Department Store Sketch

Department Store Sketch

Dear All
Today in drama the visitors were Amy (volunteer), and Zena, who normally comes on Tuesdays. Those not there were Terry, Nick, Sonas, Nigel, and Luke T arrived in the afternoon.
We started with Brandon telling us all that Terry fell over last Tuesday, and broke her finger, so may be out of action for a while. Next, Soufyan was out on Friday for a Driving Experience Day in Oxford for his birthday; he drove fast cars and enjoyed it.
Sam told us that Sonas is back at Hemmet, and is slowly getting better.
Then various members mentioned shows or events they are going to in the future, starting with Richard, who hopes to go to Warhorse. Jamie auditioned for Call the Midwife last Friday, and hopes to be called back. Anna saw The Mousetrap in London last week; she won the ticket at the Freewheelers fundraising event at Fetcham Park in the summer. She went last Monday, September 30th; she said it was very enjoyable.
Zena told us that a lady from Channel 4 came to her youth club last week, to talk about disability awareness.
Next, Brandon said that Eddie, the group photographer, would be taking pictures of new members sometime later in the session, for publicity purposes – to be entered into the website at a later date.
Next, a Steep Rain rehearsal, then some warm up exercises, followed by lunch; in the lunch break Nigel and Luke T both arrived.

In the afternoon, we started by listening to some music, including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony in F Minor, other classical music, plus other types of music. The music had to be played twice, because some people were not really listening the first time!

Then Brandon showed us a baton which might be used if we perform The Musicians. Andrea took Zena and Richard away to do a dance. Then Jamie and Eddie took photos of the new members to go into our website. Brandon helped with this, whilst Susan was with the rest of us, talking about what you might find in a department store, including: shoppers, shops, shopkeepers, store detectives, CCTV and personal shoppers, plus others.

In the department store sketch we played the characters mentioned earlier: I was a personal shopper called Eduardo Arnoldo, an Italian who gets shop commission, so wanted to sell all of the most expensive goods. I was also violinist Nigel Kennedy, who was signing autographs on his latest book, but did not have many customers, so was annoyed and also demanded only red sweets. That was the end of the session I really enjoyed it and I hope the rest did as well.
By Andy M.