lundi 26 mai 2014

The Little Prince - Newsletter #2

Summer Camps

- All camps are now for open to ages 6-16 years old
- Possibility to take half day instead of full day camp. Half day camps are 9-12pm or 12-3pm, $150. (Full camps are 9-3pm, $300.)

I may hold a camp on 6/16-6/20 if there is enough interest. Please shoot me an email if you would like to sign your child up for that week. 

All camps create scenes towards the production of The Little Prince in September.

If your child has started and you have not filled the form yet, please do! I need all the detailed information, and we are producing a public event so I need your agreement on using your children's images.

Sunday Workshops

We've had two Sunday practices and I've been quite pleased with what I see! The students are focused and willing to "play the game", and the result is pleasant!

Students who've missed a practice, please plan to stay for 3 hours this coming Sunday 5/30 - 3pm-6pm.

All Sunday students, please plan to attend all 3 hours on Sunday 6/8, 3pm-6pm. This is the last day of the workshop, and we'll put back to back all the parts we've been working on.

Parents are welcome to observe the last 10 minutes.

Homework, due Sunday 6/1

Homework 1: Learn & practice 

If you have speaking lines: Learn 5 lines of your part.
Click here for Script 

While learning, practice:

- take a deep breath, at the exhale say one sentence, from the tummy up.
- pause, take another breath, at exhale say the next sentence, and so on.

Once you know your lines, practice in front of the mirror:
- Keep looking in your own eyes while saying the line.

This book is written like a poem, each word must be pronounced with clarity and intensity. (Only the business man may speak fast).

If you have singing lines: Learn 5 lines of your part.
Songs are in Dropbox or on If you have difficulty finding, please email me.

- Listen over and over again to the song
- Learn 5 lines
- Sing out loud, pressing air from the tummy up
- Once you know your lines, sing in front of the mirror while keep looking into your eyes

If you have singing and speaking lines, learn 3 lines of each.
Once you know well your lines we can add body movements and staging.

Homework 2: Translate 
"The eyes are blind. One must look with the heart"

Parents please help: Browse for "The Little Prince" "Saint-Exupery" in your language, go to chapter 25, at the middle of the chapter, you'd see
And the little prince added:
"But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart . . ."

Please copy the translation of "But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart . . .",  print it for your children, and teach them how to say it.  
Please also email me the translation (and language) so I can include it in the script.

In the studio we will practice the scene where this will be used.

Sneak Peek

You may have a sneak peek through the rehearsals by following me on Facebook, Instagram or Tumblr:

The Little Prince - Newsletter #1

Dance, sing, act, and put up a show!

All camps and workshops work toward the full length performance of The Little Prince, text Antoine de Saint Exupery, music Rachel Portman.

Workshops and Camps are for 6-16 years old.

Workshop 1: 5/18-6/8.  Sun 3-4:30pm. $75
Workshop 2: 5/18-6/8.  Sun 4:30-6pm. $75
Camp 1:  7/7-7/11.   Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm. $300
Camp 2:  7/14-7/18.   Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm. $300
Camp 3:  7/28-8/1.   Mon-Fri, 9:30am-12:30pm. $150 (FULL)
Camp 4:  8/4-8/8.    Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm. $300
Final Workshop:   8/24 - 9/14.    Sun, 3-6pm $120.  (Must have participated in one of the previous sessions)
Performances: 9/20-9/29, exact dates & times TBA

Wear comfortable clothing. Dance shoes or socks. Hair tied back. Bring water.
Practices: Cassand Ballet studio. 223 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
Performances: Theater You, Mountain View

     Hao's background in writing, music dance, and acting allowed her to be a driving force in the creation of full length story ballets at Cassand Ballet. Today an Expressive Coach, and multiple artistic director for Musical Theater programs, she wants to share the spaciousness in her heart and quietness in her mind with the children so they can meet, and express their true self.
     Nolwenn has been part of a theater troupe for 8 years. Her experience in acting techniques helps the children warmup while having fun, and to be ready to perform without apprehension or inhibition. Nolwenn has experience in dance, and played piano at the conservatory in Saint Germain en Laye, France and performed solos and chorus singing in both US and France.

To sign up:
1. Fill the Registration form.
2. Send payment to HaoExpression, check payable to HaoExpression.
Tuition is due upon registration. Places are limited, first come first served, please register early.

If you have questions, please contact Hao at or 408-636-3123

Notes from Hao:
I don't necessarily cast skilled singer, actor or dancer. I rather look for people who are committed to personal growth. I will cast people who: 
- can focus
- has team spirit
- has interest in developing self expression through performing arts