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Amy King Ruggaber
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Director of Education Outreach
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Another season has begun at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and once more I am besotted by the show on our stage. The cast of Good People and our amazing artistic staff has given our audiences a great deal to talk about. Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has been one of my favorites since I was an intern backstage during our production of Rabbit Hole in the 2007-2008 Season. He is a master of writing about broken people and these Southies are no exception. Complicated and wounded, they circle one another and struggle to remain the good people they see in the mirror each... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at But it Could be Wonderful
My time as a student teacher was hugely beneficial and absolutely shaped who I am as an educator. The Education Department at my alma mater made it very clear that arts teachers were not their priority, and without the guidance of my wonderful mentor teacher, I very likely would have turned my back on teaching altogether. I am grateful every day for her example and for those teacher who welcome me into their classrooms as a teaching artist.
The Star Chart was a HUGE hit with the kids, as evidenced by the "Ooos" and "Aaahs" from the kindergarteners in the audience of "Stella's Magical Adventure in Fairytale Land." Great job, Lara!
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2012 on Behind the Scenes at But it Could be Wonderful
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Technically speaking, some of the things we need for our Prelude plays include costumes, props, special effects (sound, makeup, and occasionally lighting), and scenery. The challenge here is that we tend to see each class only eight times, for one hour each session. Given the time crunch, it would be next to impossible to include the kiddos in the building of everything and still have time left over to write their play and rehearse it - the main aspect of this program is, after all, the process. As much as we would love for them to experience making their costumes,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at But it Could be Wonderful
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Far away, in a universe where trees are purple and all creatures have unique magical powers, there is a super-villian like no other. He reigns with an iron hoof and a malevolent "Moo." At least, according to Ms. DeLeone's 3rd graders at The Academy of World Languages! Truth be told, their play, Under the Purple Trees, featured a wonderful collection of characters and whimsy. It was almost Seussian in style, and it is always a treat to do a show full of such fantastical concepts. Here's the story in a nutshell: Bartok the Bear is sad because he doesn't have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at But it Could be Wonderful
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Last week we finished up our 8-week Prelude Program residencies with the 3rd and 4th grade classes at Academy of World Languages with five final performances. Just two weeks prior were the final performances for the 3rd graders at Rothenburg Preparatory Academy. It’s been a busy few months! I’ve already filled you in on the magnificent follies of mint-leaf eating miniature dragons, evil ghosts, impressionable young kings, secret agents at the FTBI (Fairytale Bureau of Investigation) and an epic board game of “Magic Connect” between two dueling parties to stake claim to a magical rock with phenomenal superpowers – all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at But it Could be Wonderful
If you have visited our website today, you will have no doubt noticed that we have been quite busy here at ETC - new look, new website, new email addresses- but the essentials of who we are haven’t changed a bit. For the Education Department, that means we are still dedicated to helping students in the Greater Cincinnati area discover and harness their own creative voice. Since the Fairy Godmother Program wrapped up in December, Lara and I have worked with seven different classes to create their own original plays through ETC’s Prelude Program. These plays have included some of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at But it Could be Wonderful
Mint leaf eating miniature dragons! Secret agents snooping out werewolves in rocky caves! Evil ghosts and magical bunnies! Special rocks that give the beholder phenomenal powers! It's just another day plotting plays for the Prelude program. For the next couple of weeks we'll be working with two third grade classes at Rothenburg Preparatory Academy in Over-the-Rhine. So far we've met with each class twice - enough to learn that the kids' imaginative minds are clearly hard at work dreaming up wonderful, magical, creative things to bring to life on the stage. Particularly impressive to me was some of the detail... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at But it Could be Wonderful
One of the things I look forward to the most with the Fairy Godmother program is the children’s commentary. If there’s one thing I have learned from working with children it is that they are not shy when it comes to telling you what they think. If they liked it, you’ll know it. If they are scared, you’ll know it. If they think it’s awesome, you’ll know it. And if they think it’s boring, you’ll definitely know it. Every morning I can’t wait to hear what words of wisdom will come from the mouths of babes! The Fairy Godmother program... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
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Our rafters are ringing with giggles, screams of joy, and awe-struck "Oooooo!"s, and that's just the way we like it here at ETC during this time of year. As you can imagine, things are chaotic and wonderful as we throw open the doors twice a week and welcome nearly 200 children to see Snow White. If you've read this blog for very long, you know what my feelings are on the subject of the Fairy Godmother Program, but this year we have a new perspective - that of our Education Outreach Intern, Lara Rhyner. Lara will be posting a blog... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
Amy King Ruggaber is now following Lara Rhyner
Nov 3, 2011
“Presidents! I mean, like, Barack Obama!” This was the enthusiastic first reply to the question, “What interests you?” As you may have guessed, we’re shoulder-deep in our first Prelude in-school residency program of the 2011-2012 school year! This time we are working with the 4th grade class at Roselawn-Condon Elementary School. After we discussed the elements of a story, we dove right into brainstorming ideas for the first draft of our script, which has since been transformed into an original production, proofread, edited, and is now the final draft we are rehearsing with. When we first began, Amy asked the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
Amy King Ruggaber is now following Allyson West
Nov 3, 2011
Amy King Ruggaber is now following Julie Woffington
Nov 3, 2011
A: They are all characters in our first Prelude play of the season! The highly creative kids at Roselawn Elementary School have set the bar high for the year with their wonderfully zany story. I don't want to give too much away (especially since I still have to write up the script!), but it starts out with the President and First Lady discussing where they will live once they leave the White House. They then purchase a house which they discover is full of monkeys. Chaos ensues. Sounds like a Marx Brothers film, doesn't it? Mrs. Likens, the teacher of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
Yesterday we began our first Prelude Program of the season, and Lara and I met the 30 students with whom we will collaborate! The first session is always an adventure and a study in creativity and childhood logic, so here's a taste of the fantastically creative story the kids are working on with us: President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, monkeys, and zombies. Oh, did I mention we're studying math?? Stay tuned to learn how this all fits together! Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
Our stellar 2011-2012 season has opened with a bang with our nearly sold-out run of Next to Normal, and everyone around here at ETC has hit the ground running. It has been wonderfully busy around here, and our Education Outreach programs have been no exception. We have an enormous amount of great work to do in the schools and comunities coming up this season, and I can't wait to share it all with you, our loyal blog readers! But today, I want to introduce you to someone who will be blogging right along with me this season - Education Outreach... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
We're back in the 60's with the incredible Sara Mackie, Denise Devlin, Mia Gentile, and Brooke Rucidlo as the Marvelous Wonderettes, but this time we are all awaiting the arrival of a certain man in a red suit as we celebrate Christmas is July! This show is absolutely ADORABLE and it was surprisingly emotional for us all to see the four girls back together again. I cannot say it enough - get thee to ETC for this show! Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
ETC has announced our fantastic 2011-2012 Season, and there are some incredible opportunities for teachers and students in the mix, so drop me a line if you want to bring students to see a performance! Read all about it here! Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
As you may or may not have noticed, my posts to this blog have been fewer and farther between of late, and they often begin with things like, "sorry it's been so long . . ." or " Wow! We've been busy around here!" Part of the reason for this is that our Education Outreach programs have widely expanded in the past few years, thanks in no small part to the support and patronage of those of you who read this blog regularly. We're getting more and more requests from schools, community centers, and afterschool programs to provide programming, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
All members of the ETC Entourage and/or friend of Diane's are welcome! Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at ETC Entourage Callboard
Amy King Ruggaber added a favorite at ETC Entourage Callboard
Mar 14, 2011
It is with tremendous sadness that I must announce the passing of our extraordinary Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Johnson. Diane was the driving force behind the founding of the ETC Entourage, and was a tireless and selfless volunteer for not only ETC, but also for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at ETC Entourage Callboard
This past Saturday, the ETC Interns (acting + one of the stage management) and I kicked off ETC's newest educational endeavor at the Get Smart About Art Festival as part of the ArtsWave Sampler weekend. ETC's Play in a Day program is a response to the ever growing requests we receive for programs that work for community centers and after-school programs. We have all kinds of workshops and classes, etc., but I really wanted to build a program that gives the kids a chance to create, not just learn as they play theatre games. Play in a Day takes the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at But it Could be Wonderful
WINE! The Bacchanalian Society of Cincinnati partners with local non-profits to provide them with a source of special event income. The non-profit organizes the Society's wine-tasting events, and they receive the profits from the evening in return. ETC is working with them to plan and man the May 26th event... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at ETC Entourage Callboard