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Drama production EISM primary

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Dear Mr John

Dear Mrs Readman,

Dear Ms Dyche-Nichols

We are a group of parents who attended last year's drama production, and wanted to provide our belated feedback to your attention.

We really enjoyed the play. The talent and skill kids showed was extremely entertaining and we're very proud of that. In addition, we were also impressed with how the kids ran the show, from music to props and stage management, in addition to acting. The kids' hard work and dedication under the drama and music teachers' supervision was clear.

We as parents highly appreciate what drama, music and performance arts add to a kid's personality, from viewer to active participant. And accordingly wanted to share a few comments we believe could improve the experience we had with the "little mermaid production"

1. Venue:

The drama room is extremely small for audience limiting attendee numbers and not allowing for needed space between stage and audience, hence affecting the comfort of both actors and audience.

We would suggest providing a more spacious area for showcasing the production; like the high school reception, which had hosted a few events and provided ample space for audience. Or primary gymnastic hall, which had also hosted events and proved to have good space for a stage and audience.

2. Costumes and props:

The materials used were too shabby and plain.

We thought that this could've been dealt with more creatively to add flavor and positive effects to the show, as should be. It was evident that the department or school provided limited support for this category in terms of means or time.

We would suggest a few solutions for this

Call for support from other departments or clubs: like arts and art related clubs and ASA to produce props/costumes/decorative items and stage set ups. This needs to be planned early, and will have the added benefit of more kids contributing to the production extending a bigger sense of involvement and achievement amongst students

Some of us parents are ready to spare some time and energy in helping out in ideas, finding materials needed, and generally assisting in the production. We do not mind supporting this department, each with his or her skills and time if and when required.

3. Limited participation

The production contained kids from years 3-6. With the limited number of roles in any play, and the quantity of kids in 4 year groups; this limited the number of kids who could've participated from each grade.

We would prefer to see grade productions to allow for more students to participate. In the previous year (2014/2015) each grade level showcased a production that contained many kids acting on stage besides other kids participation in singing/dancing, effectively ensuring involvement of every kid in the final production.

4. The production wasn't announced properly

Only parents of participants were notified, leading to a very limited number of people attending. This reduced the chance of community involvement and exposure of kids (those in production and those who could have attended )

School productions are a source of pride to all school members, and would be more so if the community was invited to appreciate it. As parents, we wouldn't mind if there was an entrance fee or ticket for a modest amount (10-25 Dhs) if the collected money could ensure a higher standard of stage preparation and outcome. That could also mean that more audience could be invited to attend and perhaps more shows.

We do wish that you would take our comments into consideration in formulating your plans for this year's activities.

Please let us know if and when parents assistance could be needed.

We will look forward for more music, drama and lots of art.

Sincerely yours,

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