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Diary 7: Rehearsals

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  • Wednesday 15th December

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    The end of term is nigh, and I think everyone will be glad come next Wednesday when we can all take a decent break. Especially the students, it seems, seeing as only one turned up to my class today – and even she announced that she had to leave after an hour. This always seems to be a problem in Russia, as students drift away before the start of the holidays and don’t come back until February, largely because of university exams but in some cases perhaps because of severe ...

  • Thursday 16th December

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    I’ve been picked up by my wife (who quality controls all my work) for yesterday’s comments in which I suggested that some Russian students may be drunkards, especially around the New Year period. This was a comment intended entirely in jest, and one that was in fact bourn out of the British tendency to rather overdo things during the festive period rather than anything I’ve ever seen over here. Though you certainly see examples amongst older people that match up ...

  • Monday 20th December

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    Despite not feeling great I made it in for the final rehearsal yesterday, which took place in the theatre. To say we’re not ready is something of an understatement, as the play keeps getting changed every time we practise and the lyrics and the music to the final show-stopping song have only appeared today. The fact that most of our audience will be children with little clue as to what is really going on onstage eases the tension slightly, the main thing that’ll impress them is good ...

  • Tuesday 21st December

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    Final lessons today, or at least in theory. As with last week hardly anyone has turned up today or yesterday. This lack of students is a common problem for many teachers, and one that requires you to think on your feet. Usually it goes something like this: you’ve prepared a great, fun warmer activity for the start of your lesson, but for it to work you need at least six students of the eight in your group to arrive on time. It’s time to start class, but only three of ...

  • Thursday 23rd December

    Author: Saul Pope Type: Reference material

    Although it would perhaps be sacrilegious to suggest that a miracle happened yesterday evening, it was certainly something close. We spent the afternoon going through a final rehearsal, at which point things didn’t look good, to put it politely. We were missing not just cues but whole sections of dialogue, the sound engineer kept putting the wrong sounds or music on, and the final song sounded as unlike a final song should as you can get. But before we could correct ...

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