Note from Mr Franz to all parents

Dear Theatre Boosters-

Since we are not having our meeting as planned tonight, I want to check in with you. I hope you and your families are all safe and well. These times are challenging, to say the least, but we do have some bright moments. I was delighted by the flood of original sonnets that your students wrote for our online classes.

For those who don’t know, I live in the countryside on a farm, quite isolated in the best of times, with no cell reception and limited internet. It is beautiful and QUIET. I miss our theatre family and our projects. I look forward to the time when we will be able to meet in person again to make magic to share with you all. In the meantime we are doing our best to network, Zoom, and challenge our students in ways that are both fun and productive.

After our spring break we will zoom classes for check in regularly:

4th period on Wednesdays 10:00-10:50

5th period on Tuesdays 11:00-11:50

6th period on Wednesdays 11:00-11:50

I may offer Happiness Meditation sessions online for students who would like to take a break from the boredom and frustrations of the new daily routine.

I am also available online for smaller groups and individuals on demand.

Some updates:

With so much theatre being cancelled throughout the nation, we are pleased to be moving ahead with Neil Simon’s FOOLS. It is a really fun project to focus on. Since our return to school date is not set in stone, our FOOLS ensemble is readying itself to perform in a relatively short time, after the restrictions are lifted. They are a talented, bright and resourceful team. We grow with every online rehearsal. They are able to connect with each other, even with Zoom-imposed-time-lag-delays. It is heartening and charming to work with them. We can’t wait to share it with you. * Our booster techies will have their hands full with costumes and sets. Fortunately we have much of this done already.

We will be having some kind of mandatory meeting on May 20th. It might need to be online. We feel that is essential for us to get an idea of our theatre department goals, needs, and routines for the coming 2020/21 school year. I am working on a calendar, but with so much up in the air, it might just be a penciled in proposal, rather than a hard and fast timeline. At least it may give us an idea about the possibilities. Next year we will have the largest enrollment in theatre since I have taught at MSA.

In the event that we may not be able to meet for our last scheduled Studio Night, the remaining students will have a performance assignment to make up for it. Most likely they will repeat something they have already performed on video. I will then give some notes, which they will incorporate to perform again on video.

I have met with our theatre seniors and we are also thinking creatively about their final showcase.

Other things I am currently working on: MSA Scheduling, MSA Website, finishing video documentation, rubrics, research for possible productions, networking with other professionals, etc.

Please contact me if you have any questions or inspirations. May you all be well, safe and happy. As artists and a community, we are being stretched in new directions. We are a creative and resourceful team. We will grow and prosper.

Blessings to all-

Rodney Franz

Director of Theatre

Marin School of the Arts

625 Arthur Street

Novato, CA 94947

415 892-7915

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