36 Amateur Dramatics

The local amateur dramatic society was holding their first meeting of the season after a long summer break. They had selected Harold as their director last season, and he had ferreted out some scripts that he thought the members might like to perform. The various members had thumbed through these and had given their opinions. After a lot of discussion and some argument, a play had been chosen. Then Pam, who was in charge of costumes, had handed round coffee and biscuits. Now, the director had begun to parcel out the parts, and this always caused some controversy. The members, who had been in the society longest always thought that they should get the best parts and sometimes overestimated their talent. Harold had no intentions of doing this. He told the members that it was absolutely necessary that they improve on last year’s performance, and that he was not going to select anyone who was going to ham up their part. He went on to say that the society had acquired a reputation for being very amateurish after their last few performances, and that it was vital to shake this off. Because of this reputation, they had had found it difficult to scrape together a reasonably sized audience for their last production, and this was causing financial problem. His comments stirred up some anger and resentment among the older members as he was quite new to the society, but several of the members stuck up for him.

 

Talk about a person you know who is remarkable at ferreting out secrets? How do they do it?

Do you thumb through the newspaper or go through it thoroughly?

When was the last event you attended where they handed round some snacks and drinks?

Were the chores parcelled out fairly in your household while growing up?

What aspects of your English do you feel you have improved on lately?

Does it annoy you or make you laugh when someone hams it up?

What do you do to shake off anxiety/boredom?

Would you need to scrape together if you had to buy a car today or do you have the cash for it?

What kind of things stir up hatred and negativity in a community?

Talk about a person you know who is always stirring things up.

Have you ever stuck up for someone who couldn´t stand up for themselves?

 

 

 

36 Amateur Dramatics

The local amateur dramatic society was holding their first meeting of the season after a long summer break. They had selected Harold as their director last season, and he had ……..     …    some scripts that he thought the members might like to perform. The various members had …….    …….   these and had given their opinions. After a lot of discussion and some argument, a play had been chosen. Then Pam, who was in charge of costumes, had ……    …..   coffee and biscuits. Now, the director had begun to ……    …   the parts, and this always caused some controversy. The members, who had been in the society longest always thought that they should get the best parts and sometimes overestimated their talent. Harold had no intentions of doing this. He told the members that it was absolutely necessary that they …….    ..   last year’s performance, and that he was not going to select anyone who was going to …    ..   their part. He went on to say that the society had acquired a reputation for being very amateurish after their last few performances, and that it was vital to …..    this …  . Because of this reputation, they had had found it difficult to ……    ……..   a reasonably sized audience for their last production, and this was causing financial problem. His comments …….    ..   some anger and resentment among the older members as he was quite new to the society, but several of the members …..    ..    …   him.

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