For the Love of the Job!

Around the Christmas/Febuary time of the school year I go off the radar with friends and family for a week, spend my time buying random objects (or finding random things at home) and being considerably stressed out. Why? Two words: show week!

As a drama teacher, extra curricular features high on the job specification. For some subjects it’s more revision focused but for practical subjects, such as Performing Arts and PE, it’s a weekly, if not daily, occurrence and at the heart of the subject.

Ever since I became a teacher (back in 2007!), school productions and other such things have been a favourite part of my job. These activities help us as teachers to form bonds with the students and for the students to see the teachers in a different light, as well as make friends from other years. I love that, by the final night, the cast are one big family. Bonded in the experience they have shared and the support they have given each other.

This year we did Joseph, not my choice and certainly not one of my favourites however the final result was one to be proud of. Staff and students worked hard and, although there was a lot of moaning, sweat, tears and shouting throughout the rehearsal process, there was also a lot of smiles, laughter and fun that resulted in an immense feeling of pride.

Previous shows I’ve co-directed have been Hairspray, Adrian Mole, Christmas Carol, Grease and We Will Rock You and I especially love seeing those students that get involved year in year out grow in confidence and talent. One of the students this year has been in every production and I remember him in year 7 when he was in Hairspray and dressed up in a Tux as part of the ensemble, this time he played three, yes THREE, of the main roles!

If I’m completely honest, my favourite part of my job is the extra curricular shows. Don’t get me wrong, half way through I have been known to utter the words “I can’t wait till it’s over and I can get my life back!” but then show week arrives and the excitement of it all is overwhelming and I forget all the crap stuff like kids not turning up to rehearsals, set not being built, props not being bought, lines not being learnt and every other issue you can think of! I’m already excited for next years!

Finally, if you get the chance to go see a school production, make the effort and go. There is nothing better than seeing a bunch of kids do what they love and be proud of what they’re doing. Not only that, there is nothing worse that performing to empty chairs and they appreciate every single audience member.

Do you support school productions? Were you in them when you were at school? Whats the favourite bit of your job? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below or find me on Facebook or Twitter!

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And for your amusement, here I am cuddling a blow up palm tree in the office!

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12 Responses to For the Love of the Job!

  1. Aww what a lovely post!! I can tell how passionate about this job you are and it is really nice to see it!! I can feel that you are doing a job that you love!! How great is that? I love school productions. I’m always there first row clapping and filming. My daughter loves them although she is very shy. It is true what you are saying that after the show is done there is a feeling of happiness, everybody is feeling proud and there is so much love around. I love it!! As usual I really enjoyed reading this post!!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

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  2. I wasn’t into drama at school (I was quite shy) but have done a few very amateur productions since. I love the rush of performing (I use the word very loosely) and a shared feeling of achievement when it’s all over. No wonder you are looking forward to this year’s shows already 🙂 Thanks again for linking up with #KCACOLS and I hope you can make it next week! x

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  3. Kat says:

    Wow! My daughter is still young and doesn’t really do drama at the moment but if she decided to take part in any school shows – she will, probably, she loves to sing! then I will be there with bells on. I have been to each of her christmas productions and nativities and next year she can join her after school drama club if she wants. I myself was in the school choir and senior choir which I loved – mainly because rehearsals always fell in with PE so I got to skip doing that! My mum never came to any of my productions though, and the feeling was gutting. So I’ll always be there for my daughters.

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  4. Coombe Mill says:

    How wonderful, I used to love the school productions, sadly at secondary school it has all fizzled out for me, you enjoy it all from helping to watching. #KALCOS

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  5. Amazing stuff! My fantastic music teacher in school introduced me to musicals – I had my first part aged 11 as a criminal in the school musical, and now I graduated last year with a first class degree in theatre, having played Jan in Grease and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors among many other roles! Teachers in secondary school, especially drama and music teachers, can have such a positive impact on the lives of their students – it’s diabolical that funding is being cut. #KCACOLS

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  6. I was only part of a school show twice but both times they really stuck with me (and I wasn’t very good so I only made chorus!!) I am so looking forward to Monkey doing school shows and I will be that annoying parent in the front row gushing over their little darling!! Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again this week x

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  7. Aww I was a teaching assistant before having Mia and so was heavily involved in school shows and concerts! I love them and I love being involved in them too. My grandad and mum were both in operatic society’s and choirs and Mia had her 1st preschool show at Christmas and she was centre stage (despite never being on one before!) so its obviously in her blood 🙂

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