Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Hello Our Cast and Parents!!!

We have updated the blog with a countdown clock to our first rehearsal,
Remember, pick up promptly at 4:45.  After 5:00 $1.00/minute will be charged for daycare fees.

Costume Ideas have been posted.  If you have any questions or problems, text Jules for a quick response (801-865-7563), email Jules (, or email Mrs. Watts (  Please remember that Mrs. Watts and I are both your directors.  If you need to contact me, please cc Teresa on the email, and visa versa.   We are a team.  When you copy us both,  we are "both" in the loop!!  It goes without saying, but, everything you discuss with us is private and will not be discussed with anyone else.  Thanks guys.


Remember to check the blog FREQUENTLY!!!  This is where all updates, any and all information about ANNIE will be posted.

Thanks everyone!!!

xoxoxoxoxo MRS WATTS and MISS JULES


Annie Cast Behavior & Attendance Contract

Dear Students and Parents of the Annie Casts,

We are thrilled to be working together on the first ever LPA Elementary School Musical! Helping LPA fulfill its role as an amazing school of choice with an emphasis in fine arts is something we are truly PASSIONATE about. We have seen the impact that drama and music can have in students’ lives and it is our sincere hope that the students who have joined our Annie casts will have a wonderful experience! J

Because we have a great deal to accomplish in a relatively short period of time, POSITIVE STUDENT BEHAVIOR IS ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAINING A PLACE IN THESE CASTS! We have very high expectations for our students and because this is an “after school extracurricular” activity, we do not have the same time and resources to work through incidents of misbehavior and/or tardiness and absence as we would during school hours. We will be VERY strict in enforcing this behavior/attendance policy:

1.       Students will show respect toward one another, directors, choreographers, and ALL volunteers at ALL times
2.       Students will follow directions the first time they are asked
3.       Students will stay in the rehearsal area unless specifically given permission to leave (restroom, drink, etc.)

The first time a student chooses not to follow these rules, a note will be sent home with that student along with a phone call to the parents explaining what happened. This is the FIRST AND ONLY WARNING.

The second time a student chooses not to follow these rules, he/she will be dismissed from the show.

1.       Any conflicts with the rehearsal and performance dates need to be submitted in writing (email or note to directors) for approval within one week of the rehearsal schedule being announced
2.       Two unexcused absences will result in removal from the show
3.       Absences due to illness will require a doctor’s note
4.       Rehearsals will start promptly at 3:15. If a student arrives at 3:17, he/she is considered late. Two tardies = one absence.

Late Pick-up Policy:
1.       Rehearsal ends promptly at 4:45 and parents should be waiting in front of the school to pick up students
2.       All students MUST be picked up by 5:00 at the latest! For legal reasons we are unable to give students rides. PLEASE be courteous to those who are volunteering their time for your students and arrive on time for them
3.       Students who are not picked up by 5:00 will be charged a $1.00 a minute child care fee.
4.       Child care fee must be paid by the following week’s rehearsal for student to continue participating

Although ANNIE is extracurricular, your grades and completion of your homework are very important to Mrs. Watts and Miss Jules.  Annie rehearsals are every Thursday from 3:15-4:45 which equals 90 minutes per week until the week before our show opens.  Students should NEVER use ANNIE rehearsal as an excuse for late/unfinished homework or failure to study for tests… especially on Friday.  Students will be home by 5:00 which leaves plenty of time to finish homework and study for tests.  If your homeroom teacher sees that you are struggling with completing work on Fridays, there may be consequences related to the musical.  We do not want to have consequences regarding this issue and expect students to do their best!

Thanks everyone for your wonderful auditions and being a part of our Annie casts! We can’t wait to work with you. J

We have read the policies on the attached Cast Behavior and Attendance Contract and agree to meet ALL of these requirements. I understand that if I/my child do/does not meet the requirements for attendance and/or behavior, he/she will be dismissed from this production. I also agree to the terms of the Late Pick-up Policy.

X __________________________   __________________________ (parent print & sign)

X __________________________   __________________________ (student print & sign)

Costume Ideas for Annie Cast

Red dress like this one: we can discuss this with you in person.

Annie & ALL Orphans

Dresses should be drab, dull colors.  nothing bright.  old worn out shoes - dirty in appearance, maybe holes, shabby socks with holes if you wish, no white socks or shoelaces unless you dirty them up. dirty-worn dresses with bloomers (if you can find or make them), unclean aprons if desired, may add an old, drab colored sweater if you wish.  feel free to sew patches on these dresses. .

Apple Seller:

Nothing expensive.  You probably have these in your closet?? Black, brown, or Khaki pants, fingerless gloves in black or brown.  Long sleeved shirt, apron that is a little dirty, or suspenders.  old school hat...  If you wear suspenders and are a boy, you need a bow tie to go with your outfit.  Either way, I'd like an apron.  Either a full length like seen in the picture above, or a short half apron that ties around the waist...

Bert Healy:

Well dressed.  Do what you want with this costume.  plaid pants, or not?? Striped jacket? He was a big radio personality who was well dressed from his head to his toes.(needs a hat like in these pictures, zurchers probably carries these in the USA aisle) (church shoes are totally fine).

Boylyn Sisters:

Boylyn Sisters:  We haven't decided if we are going with matching dresses/same color for all three or matching dresses different colors...  Either way, we will be taking your measurements on the first day of rehearsal, Thursday October 3rd.  We also need to know your sizes, S, M, L youth size or juniors etc. If you know your daughters sizes already, please email me at  Because these are very specific costumes, Teresa and I will buy these costumes...  Shoes, are up to you.  We would like black patten shiny sunday shoes, please.  You won't be dancing in these shoes, so, look at the DI and buy them there...


Bundles is a working man back in the 20's.  He needs a black bow tie, black or white pants, and a white  Dress shirt.  Also needs hat like in the pictures above..  Working shoes, not dress shoes, please.  But, if all you have is sunday dress shoes, use those... No need to spend money on the shoes.  A Jacket is optional.  If you have one lying around or find one for CHEAP at the DI, add it, if not, no biggie.  not required.

Drake and ALL Servants:

Drake White Shirt, Black Jacket or Black Sweater, Bow Tie, Black dress pants, Black dress shoes:   Servants: look at pictures, BOYS LONG SLEEVED Black T-shirt, Long black slacks, black dress shoes…. GIRL: SHORT sleeved black T-shirt, Long black slacks, black dress shoes… TERESA AND I WILL FIND THE MAID HATS AND APRONS.  NO V-NECKS.. NO WHITE TEES UNDER SHIRTS, please buy exactly as listed above.  

Grace Farrell:

Grade needs a business suit with a dressy shirt underneath..  In the second picture, you see Grace featured in a beautiful business "dress", this will have to be approved by Teresa and I before you purchse it...  The business suit, there is no need to approve it.. Professional etc.. Character shoes are preferred if you have them as Grace will be dancing and we need her to move with ease across the stage.

Louis Howe:

SECRET SERVICE AGENT LOOKING!!  Sun Glasses…. Slicked back hair.  Sunday suit, a regular long tie please-no bow tie for this character.  He is well dressed and pushes FDR onto the stage.  He was his body guard.  We have a LOUISE HOWE she will be in this exact outfit.. long pants, etc.  Go to the DI and buy a cheap dark suit....

Lt. Ward:

 We will help find this costume.  It needs to be a cop uniform with period specific hat and a billy club.

Miss Hannigan

Miss Hannigan needs TWO funny, outlandish  outfits.  One, her STATEMENT for a dress.... character shoes are preferred, easy to dance in, wont'slide around during her songs.  Look at the DI you will find something very inexpensive.

New Yorkers
Parents, please do not search google images with your children as you are looking for costume ideas.  There are some interesting things on Google, if you dont' have your computer blocked.
The New Yorkers are comprised of a wonderfully colorful collection of characters, usually identified by their occupation. Some ideas for these costumes are: street vendors, homeless people, tourists, taxi drivers, newsboys, pickpockets, street cleaners, mothers and children, and news reporters.  have fun with this and DO NOT spend a lot of money.  CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP at the DI.  For examples, google images 1920’s and type which character are interested in.

Oliver Warbucks      

Oliver Warbucks  is ALWAYS well dressed.  Sunday Best.  Suit, Tie, sunday shoes, nice belt... dress coat for NYC.. If you google him, he is usually in a tux, unless you can find a CHEAP tuxedo at the DI don't worry about it.  But he does need a NICE dress coat for NYC... 

President Roosevelt  

Very well dressed.  A LONG tie, not a bow tie please.  dark suit, grey, or dark blue... Sunday best for sure on this one.  We will find his spectacles.

Rooster Hannigan
costume 1


costume 1

costume 2

costume 2
Rooster costume 1..Preferable, a FLAMBOYOUNT SUIT!!  however, If you have a suit you wear on Sunday, add a PINK or LIME shirt underneath with a bow tie.  Hat.   Or just have fun with this costume... Shoot me a text (801) 865-7563 to approve it.  Costume 2, sort of like the orphans... a very dirty, word, ragged suit with old ragged sports coat, newsies hat, etc... drab colors, no white shirt please.  Mustaches will be provided by me and Teresa.

Lilly St. Regis  

costume 2

costume 2  needs a dirty, shabby jacket and hat

costume 2, needs an old shabby dirty coat with hat

costume 2, perfect  in every way. 

Costume 1)A flamboyant dress, feel free to get a faux fur scarf to go around the neck, matching little cute hat. jewelry...(refer to Roosters pictures also for examples)  Costume 2) old colorless drab, grey, dark beige, dress, holes in stockings as if worn, ratty shoes, possibly glasses and an old looking hat.


We will help find you a costume... looking at this one:  Teresa and I will buy this costume

Stars To Be   

The star to be's have arrived in NYC and are READY TO BE STARS!!! Well dressed and ready for their first NY audition!!  No need to match, just dressed in a cute business suit or skirt with a dressy long sleeved shirt, hats were worn back then, so, a matching hat would be awesome...


We will help you find this costume.. it is very specific.  if you find one on your own, especially now at halloween, please send me a text so i can okay it (i will send it to teresa.  we are a team and approve everything together).  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tonight is the Mandatory Parent Meeting
See you ALL in the stage area of the gym, tonight at 3:30!!

(unless you have already sent me an email regarding missing this, it is mandatory for all parents)
We will be reviewing and signing our cast contract and collecting the $45 fee.
Can't Wait!!
xoxo Miss Jules and Mrs. Watts