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Playbill Research Paper
The Cross Timbers Playbill organization is a class for talented students who are passionate about theatre and performing onstage. (2) This class is not for everyone; in fact, you must audition to make the class. (1) To audition, you must memorize a monologue and perform it for Mrs. Nalepa and other judges (her past students). (1)About 20 students make the class each year. Playbill is during first period at Cross Timbers, from 8:10 to 9:00. (3)

Playbill was founded in the school year of 2004-2005. (3) The idea was implemented by the directors of Cross Timbers Middle School and Heritage Middle School. However, the original idea came from Mrs. Judy Drury, the Colleyville Middle School Theatre Director, who also started a class in her school. (3) Though they have different names at different schools, the concept is the same-an advanced theatre class where students compete as well as perform onstage. The Cross Timbers Middle School Playbill directors have been Mr. Grant Hahn and currently Mrs. Emily Nalepa. (3)

Playbill is not a class for those with a full schedule. The students participate in many exercises throughout the course of the year. At the beginning of the year, the students compete in drama tournaments and write and perform their own children’s show for elementary schools in the area. (1, 2) As the year progresses, they stay busy by performing lip syncs at school pep rallies and by working on improvisation exercises in class. (1) In the spring, students work on, perform and compete with a UIL One Act Play. (2) And towards the end of the year, most of them are in the cast or crew of the CTMS annual musical. (1)

Though Playbill is a lot of hard work, it is also fosters many new friendships. Playbill kids are extremely close friends. (3) They also enjoy hanging out even when not in school. (3) Playbill is a good class for learning how to work with different types of people. New relationships have been formed that would have never taken place if these kids had not been in this class together. Overall, Playbill is an extremely fun and rewarding class and every student curious or passionate about theatre should consider auditioning. (3
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1. My topic is CTMS Playbill.
2. What I already know: Playbill is a class at CTMS for talented theatre students.
Who: People who auditioned and made the class.
What: An advanced drama class.
When: Every year at CTMS.
Where:Cross Timbers Middle School in the Theatre Room
Why: To give actors their "time to shine" onstage
How: By giving them opportunities to perform for an audience
3. My research questions:
Who: Who started it?
Mrs. Laney (HMS), Mr. Grant Hahn (CTMS), and Mrs. Judy Drury (CMS)
What: What do these kids do during the year?
Make up and perform a children's play, compete at One Act Play Tournaments

Bonding, Lipsyncs, Improv Exercises
When: When was it started?
In the school year of 2004-2005
Where: Where did the idea come from?
Mrs. Judy Drury
Why: Why is performing so important to these students?
Performing helps them express themselves and let their emotions out
How: How do these students prepare for these performances?
Read over and practice their parts in the play
How do you get into Playbill?
You have to audition. To do this, you memorize and perform a monologue for Mrs. Nalepa and other judges.
Other: What is the most fun part about Playbill?
The speech tournaments
Do they ever get stressed out? If so, when?
Yes, when their groups don't work with them
What is the least fun part about Playbill?
The after school rehearsals
Are Playbill kids close?
Yes, most of them are good friends
Do Playbill kids hang out outside of school?
Yes, when they are free
Who have been Cross Timbers Middle School's Playbill directors?
Mr. Grant Hahn and Mrs. Emily Nalepa
4. My research strategy:
Who: Mrs. Nalepa and current students
What: Expert websites, newspaper articles
When: During or after school, interviews when I have the students in class with me
Where: At CTMS or at home
Why: To obtain data for the CTMS Wikispace
How: On the computer, with pen and paper
Key Words for Searching: Playbill organization, CTMS Playbill, Mrs. Nalepa, CTMS Drama, CTMS Musical


Sources:
Anything in green font is from: Scholten, Dana. Personal interview. 17 May 2010. (1)
Anything in blue font is from:"Cross Timbers Middle School | Ulbrich, Emily - Speech-Drama Teacher." Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2010. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/17352093081736737/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=77195. (2)

Anything in purple font is from: Nalepa, Emily. Personal interview. 20 May 2010. (3)

1. My topic is the CTMS Tennis Team.
2. What I already know: The CTMS Tennis team is a team that encourages people of all skill levels who attend CTMS to join and play tennis.
Who: Pretty much anybody who showed up for tennis tryouts!
What: An tennis team.
When: Every year at CTMS in the springtime.
Where:Grapevine High School Tennis Courts
Why: To give students the opportunity to stay active, hang out with their friends, and play a sport they enjoy
How: By giving them opportunities to play tennis
3. My research questions:
Who: Who started it?
What: What keeps these kids motivated to keep coming to play?
When: When was it started?
Where: Where did the idea come from?
Why: Why did the founder start the team?
How: How do these students prepare for matches?
4. My research strategy:
Who: Mr. Boykin and team member
What: Expert websites, newspaper articles
When: During or after school, interviews when I have the students in class with me
Where: At CTMS or at home
Why: To obtain data for the CTMS Wikispace
How: On the computer, with pen and paper
Key Words for Searching: CTMS tennis team, Mr. Boykin, CTMS, CTMS Sports, GCISD Tennis Team


Approved topic: Playbill @ CTMS

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