UPCOMING PERFORMANCES and a New Canadian Province

Proud to say, May I Have Your Attention, Please? will soon be performed in another Canadian Province. Thanks, Newfoundland for spreading the message! It is up to 4 Canadian Provinces, 25 US States and Scotland! Keep spreading the message!  #Theatre4Change

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

02/07/2017 BOLD SCHOOLS, OLIVIA, MN

03/15/2017 CARTWRIGHT, GOOSE BAY , NF

03/16/2017 CAMBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, MILTON, GA

05/03/2017 MIDLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
GRANITVILLE, SC (2 performances)

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May I Have Your Attention, Please? The Movie

One year I had an extremely talented and driven group of drama students who were able t0 go beyond plays for the stage. They made, May I Have Your Attention, Please? into a movie and showed the final product at the Tri-County Cineplex. This was a wonderful way to bring the message to a larger community. I am including a short introductory clip of that production. Special thanks to Principal Allen Storie for his support for the project and to Larry and Sherry Harris for opening their home for the filming.  #Theatre4Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I Taught

I found this clip while going through tons of saved dvds from my years of being a public school teacher. In this interview which aired as part of the school’s tv news, I talk about the benefits of a class called VPA. I always thought teaching was a natural extension of my love for the arts. This interview will give you a glimpse in to the, “teacher” me. The entire newscast appears in the second video.

Spotlight on Royalty Free Play – The Dinner Club

The Dinner Club remains one of my favorite full length plays with a running time of 100 minutes. It takes place in Josie’s Red Grill and cast is 4f and 5 m. The video contains a clip from a live performance in 2005 by Knox Central High School. This would be a great dramatic script for a high school, college or community theatre. The play deals with issues of diversity, domestic violence, tolerance and disability awareness. For a limited time, this is a royalty free option. If you are looking for a piece to address any or all of these issues and are on a budget, this may be your answer. Email author@MayIHaveYourAttentionPlease.com for more info.   #Theatre4Change

Sharing the message through Curriculum

I am always honored to have the message of May I Have Your Attention, Please? spread via the stage. It has been an effective way to reach out to large audiences at one act festivals and community performances. Another way to spread the message that also makes me proud is when teachers decide to use the script as part of their curriculum. This also is a way to reach out to many students and being a former High School teacher, it is a way I can attest to firsthand as effective. So however you spread the message, consider adding the script to your curriculum as yet another way of spreading the message of #Theatre4Change.   We’ve reached 25 states, 3 Canadian Provinces and Scotland. Thank you to all who continue to share this message and recommend the play to your friends.

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Posted 05-08-2015 12:54

We have produced many plays, over the years, regarding suicide.  These are my favorites.

MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE! by Catherine Rhoden-Goguen (Pioneer).  Each member of the troubled young man’s family reviews how they treated him.  Many warning signs are displayed in this story. We’ve had many positive responses from family and audience members.

AND THEN YOU DIE by Vern Harden takes place in a city dump where a young girl goes to kill herself, but the old homeless man who lives there catches her and talks with her.  She ultimately decides not to end her life, but it’s two person cast.

NOBODY HEARD ME CRY by Vern Harden (Pioneer) is about a Jason whose troubles are heard by mom, step-dad, siblings, friends, but he finds “deaf” ears.

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Kathy Siler
Theatre Educator
Payson Unified Schools
Payson AZ
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Hidden Secrets in May I Have Your Attention, Please?

When I get to meet with casts who perform May I Have Your Attention, Please? they often have questions about the inspiration for writing it, the writing process and the most frequently asked question, “How does the videotape get to Charlie.” My inspiration for the play was my own students. It was a new drama program with zero budget to purchase scripts, pay royalties etc so I just custom wrote a play to fit the students I had in class. Having a special needs student who I wanted to make sure was included, gave me the character of Charlie. As to how the videotape arrives if Chris is dead, I always just say that it’s my hope he is alive and it all is a practical joke but many options exist and I have felt it best to let the audience draw their own conclusion.

A few fun facts about the play that you would not know until now…..Christopher’s birthday is April 1st. I used that because it is also my mom’s birthday. Brent’s is November 10th which happens to be my birthday 🙂 Nearly all cast members can recite their “abc’s” forwards and backwards after being a part of this play. The back story for this is that when my mom was young, her Dad told her he wanted her to learn her abc’s from a chalkboard he had left by the time he came home from work. She didn’t know which way was the beginning so she learned them both ways. She was very young but also very smart and now that trait is one passed on to the character of Chris. You never know what story from your own life will be an inspiration for a character to another writer. So now you have…. the rest of the story 🙂   #Theatre4Change

#Theatre4Change – Spreading the Message

Proud to say, May I Have Your Attention, Please will soon be performed in another Canadian Province. Thanks, Newfoundland for spreading the message!  #Theatre4Change

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

02/07/2017 BOLD SCHOOLS, OLIVIA, MN

03/15/2017  Cartwright,  Goose Bay NF

Who would have thought growing up that plays I wrote would be performed in 25 states, 3 Canadian Provinces and Scotland? I thought a performance in my classroom with my first drama kids was a big deal and never fathomed that the messages I wanted to share in my writing could reach beyond those walls. I am thankful to all those who choose my works each year to spread the messages in their own way. Here’s hoping that I get to update this map often and that soon, whether it be Christopher Borthwick from May I Have Your Attention, Please? or Jane from First Week of Jane or Bob and Betty from Boxes, that they all come alive on a stage somewhere  to spread the message again to new audiences in new places.

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