Kids Summer Production Class – week 4

Week 4

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We continued work on our final project
We listened to the recordings from last week, and most of the students decided that would like to re-record their lines, so that will be coming in the next two classes.

The Play

Captain Jack Smiley’s Cadets

Director – Ricky
Captain Jack Smile – Jeff Hite
Lt (Captain of the ship ) – Jyl
Chief of Engineering – Michelle
Engineering Assistant #1 Madge – Madelyne
Engineering Assistant #2 (Sara Stick) – Elizabeth Hite
Chief of Security – Chris Hite
Chief Medical Officer (Tom Heinz) – Tom Hite
Communications Office (Alicia Ericson) – Christina Schwalb
Pilot (Data Serious) – Patrick Hite
Cookie – Charles Hite
Helm – Griffin

We did some work on getting the story outline more flushed out.

Story outline:

  1. Capt. Smiley talks with the LT. Chargin about getting her troops ready for the mission
    1. Lt Chargin gathers her troops
    2. The Captain talks to the troops about the mission
    3. Lt Chargin gets everyone on board the ship.
  2. Lt Chargin introduces herself and tells the troops about the safety features of the shuttle
    1. All of the characters talk to the person sitting next to them on the ride up to the ship waiting in orbit
      1. This is a chance for each of the students to introduce their character, so that the audience has a chance to figure out who they are.
  3. They arrive at the ship and every one goes to the ship and finds their places.
  4. The Big reveal.  The Capt. tell LT. Chargin That they will be on their own for the mission and that she is now in charge.
  5. LT. Chargin – talks to each of the major groups on the ship, and tells them she is the Captain of the ship now.
    1. Engineering
      1. The head engineer gets her team working on getting the ship ready to go
    2. The Doctor and Cookie
      1. Review everyone medical records and make sure things are safe.
      2. Make sure all the food on the ship is stowed and eatable
    3. Bridge crew.
      1. Prepare to leave orbit
  6. The ship crashes into or gets crashed into by and asteroid.
    1. Turns our to be an alien ship
      1. with little tiny aliens
    2. The aliens start eating the ship
    3. The pilot tries to get them out of there.
    4. Medical dispatched to treat the injured
    5. Security dispatched to get rid of the aliens
      1. reports that the aliens are all over the ship and there is nothing security can do.
  7. Captain (Lt Chargin) orders abandon ship
    1. They leave on shuttle craft for Earth.
      1. I have to stop at this point to talk about one of our discussions.  When the students suggested that they abandon ship I asked them what next.  We discussed space suits and escape pods, and the limits of both.  (a little scary) They wanted the crew to be able to get back to Earth to get a new ship so they could complete the mission.  At one point one of the students (LT Chargin) suggested they separate the the saucer section. (this is a Star Trek The Next Generations trick for those of you who don’t know)  I had to smile that she would know that.
  8. Captain Smiley is anything but smiley when they get back, and makes sure Lt. Chargin knows it.  He wants to know if she knows how important this mission is.
  9. The second ship is launched.
    1. The pilot is order to go OVER The asteroid belt
  10. They arrive at Pluto
    1. The break out the measuring tapes to see if Pluto is really too small to be a planet.
    2. and the answer is ????? (not going to post the answer.  The Students all know but it should be a surprise for everyone else.
  11. Now that their first mission is over, the crew heads out into deep space to voyage among the stars.

The second half of the class was spend on a presentation by Flying Island Press Owner and Lawyer Zack Ricks who talked to us about Copyright.
Some notes from that discussion.


Right to make Copies of Something.

The law – 17 USC 102

What is protected
(a) Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in

original works of authorship

(1) literary works;

(2) musical works, including any accompanying words;

(3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music;

(4) pantomimes and choreographic works;

(5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;

(6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works;

(7) sound recordings; and

(8) architectural works.

    When those are protected

fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

(b) In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any





method of operation,



or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

We Talked about a great many other details of copyright, and the students had a lot of great questions for Mr. Ricks.

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