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Saturday, October 26, 2013



Thursdays rehearsal was AWESOME!!! 

Nearly ALL kids were memorized!!! 

April Johnson stepped into the rehearsal and literally got goosebumps from our kids voices. 

Our kids are ridiculously AMAZING!!!



THE POST BELOW THIS ONE IS THE UPDATED REHEARSAL SCHEDULE!! 
PLEASE COPY AND PASTE-THEN PRINT IT OUT!!!
NO    REHEARSAL    ON      HALLOWEEN!!
Next rehearsal is  November 7th.  
Everyone  needs to be to this rehearsal...
EXCEPT ROOSTER, LILLY and HANNIGAN
If your child does not have NYC memorized, please have them learn it completely before November 7th.  Thanks guys.


Hopefully your kids came home and told you how exciting the blocking is for NYC.  Our amazing choreographer, Erin Carlson, is a miracle worker!! She was able to wrangle two casts about 60 kids, organize them into several different groups, assign your New Yorkers actual legit characters and begin the blocking for this scene.  ERIN WE LOVE YOU!!! 
(be sure to ask your child what their NYC character is!!) 

Teresa and I were doing character work with Hannigan, Rooster and Lilly and blocked their first scene!!!  very exciting!!


PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!!  Thank you for signing up on "sign-up genius" for helping man our rehearsals.  Parents are only needed on "EVERYONE" rehearsal days....  Teresa and I will have a list for you on the door as you enter the stage area, explaining exactly what we need help with.  Unfortunately, by the time some of the parents arrive at rehearsal, we are 15-30 minutes into our practice and cannot stop to explain what we expect you to do.... We apologize for not having those in place at last rehearsal.  Thank you for your patience and support.  Our parents are the best!!



Speaking of sign-up genius.   Thank you in advance for all of the help you are going to donate towards putting together an amazing show!!!!  We cannot put these productions on with the help of our parents......
Teresa and I are in the process of putting together a list of all of our volunteer opportunities which you will be able to sign up for.  Remember all volunteer time counts towards your hours. And it doesnt have to be you, if you have a brother-father-nephew who is handy, they could help us build the stairs we need, or assemble our flats.    These are a few examples of things we will need help with to make this the best production ever; concessions during show nights, painting, building a few key parts of the set(nothing hard), putting the set together the week before the show opens, ushers, someone to find our props, SEAMSTRESSes-we have SEVERAL things we need made (bloomers for ALL of our orphans, red annie dress, and old fashioned usherette costume, and a few other things here and there). More to come on these volunteer opportunities....  there will be a "sign-up genius post" alerting you that sign ups have begun!! 

Have a fun week off and see your kids on November 7th!!!!
ANNIE kids 
PERFORMANCE DATES
ARE HERE
CAST "A" March 12, 14
CAST "B" March 13, 15

ANNIE kids 

updated  REHEARSAL SCHEDULE!!!


OCTOBER 31!!!       NO REHEARSAL
Have a hallowiscious HALLOWEEN!!


NOVEMBER 7th       EVERYONE  ‘EXCEPT”HANNIGAN,  ROOSTER AND LILY 
      Jules is in concert, Mrs. Watts is directing with Erin tonight! 
                       NYC on STAGE with Miss Erin

NOVEMBER 14th       EVERYONE for  NYC and HANNIGAN
                                      ROOSTER and LILY DO NOT COME TONIGHT..
                       
                    Block LITTLE GIRLS-song only…..MISS HANNIGAN   (in Music Room)



NOVEMBER 21st   ANNIE and ORPHANS
                        Hard Knock Life (on stage with Miss Erin)




NOVEMBER 28th THANKSGIVING BREAK NO REHEARSAL gobble gobble



DECEMBER 5th      ANNIE and ORPHANS  
                        Hard Knock Life (on stage with Miss Erin)

DECEMBER 12th (half day-rehearsal from 12:30-2:30) 
                  MISS HANNIGAN, ROOSTER, LILY
                        Easy Street (in music room with Miss Erin)


                  ANNIE  SANDY  APPLE SELLER  LT. WARD
                         Tomorrow  (on stage with Mrs. Watts and Miss Jules)
                          Block bottom of page 13 to top of page 18

DECEMBER 19th   ANNIE, ORPHANS
                        FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE (on stage with Miss Erin)


DECEMBER 26th and JANUARY 2nd NO SCHOOL  CHRISTMAS BREAK) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!   



WELCOME BACK!!!! 
JANUARY 9th         ANNIE, ORPHANS, HANNIGAN, BUNDLES, 
                                 APPLE SELLER, LT WARD and NEW YORKERS

SCENE 1 (page 1) to SCENE 3 (page 20)  Finish BLOCKING

MAYBE, HARD KNOCK LIFE, TOMORROW, LITTLE GIRLS


JANUARY 16th       EVERYONE,  ANNIE, ORPHANS, HANNIGAN, BUNDLES, 
                                 APPLE SELLER, LT WARD and NEW YORKERS
Jules at a theater conference  Mrs. Watts holds rehearsal
                        REVIEW EVERY SONG WITH CHOREOGRAPHY
                        TOMORROW REPRISE!!!! BLOCK
RUN EVEYTHING BLOCKED THIS FAR!!!

           
JANUARY 23rd     GRACE, HANNIGAN, ANNIE, ROOSTER, LILY, DRAKE
                                SERVANTS, WARBUCKS

                        SCENE 3 (page 21) to SCENE 5 (page 32) BLOCK
                           EASY STREET, NYC,

JANUARY 30th       BURT HEALY, BOYLYN SISTERS, WARBUCKS,
                                SERVANTS, ANNIE, ORPHANS, GRACE, LILY,
                                ROOSTER, FDR, LOUIS/LOUISE HOWE, HANNIGAN

                        SCENE 6 (page 32) to page 42 END OF SHOW     BLOCK
      YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED, MAYBE REPRISE, TOMORROW (FINALE)

FEBRUARY 6th         Check back as we get closer.  Might need to finish pages 32-42, but, if we finished that on January 30th, we will run the entire show… Just check back

                                                RUN SHOW
FEBRUARY 13th      EVERYONE
                                                RUN SHOW
FEBRUARY 20th   REHEARSAL WILL BE ON TUESDAY OR FRIDAY!!!!  (we will not have  access to the stage,)
FEBRUARY 27TH     EVERYONE
RUN SHOW 
MARCH 4th TUESDAY- EVERYONE
TECHNICAL REHEARSAL  3:15-6:00
MARCH 6th THURSDAY- EVERYONE
TECHINICAL REHEARSAL.. 3:15 6:00
SATURDAY March 8th 1:00-3:00  FULL DRESS REHEARSAL


MONDAY MARCH 10 3:15-6:00  CAST A ONLY 
Final Full Dress Rehearsal  *Possibly could be opening night)


TUESDAY MARCH 11
3:15-6:00 CAST B ONLY 
Final Full Dress Rehearsal *Possibly could be opening night
PERFORMANCE WEEK:
CAST “A” PERFORMS Wednesday, Friday     
                   March 12, 14
CAST “B” PERFORMS  Thursday,   Saturday
                   March 13,15


Thursday, October 10, 2013


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What an AMAZING cast we have!! Here is a "sample" of our FIRST run through of the song Tomorrow, the finale.  It just makes me giddy with excitement to watch these kids... I have directed TONS of shows, but, this cast is so happy, so joyful and so eager to learn and be involved in this musical.  They just make me giggle!!
(We had many visitors peeking into watch our amazing cast today.  April Johnson, Sami Johnson, Elizabeth Hatch and several other adults who heard these kids voices and just had to see what was going on.  Everyone RAVED about how amazing these actors sounded today!!!)



SCRIPTS:
If you were given a copied paper script...
1. three hole punch it
2. put it safely in a "hard" three ring binder
3. add a place for your highlighter and pencil if you wish
4. decorate the folder any way you want... personalize your folder any way you wish.
5. write your name on it
6. NOW it is safe to bring to rehearsal
If you do not put your copied paper scripts in a three ring binder, your pages will DEFINTELY get lost.
IT COSTS $5.00 to replace a script!!! "FIVE DOLLARS"... No acceptions.


NO REHEARSAL NEXT THURSDAY!!! 
It is fall break, also known as UEA!! YAY... enjoy your four day weekend everyone!!!




NEXT REHEARSAL IS: THURSDAY OCTOBER 24th....
Get in the habit of bringing your scripts, a highlighter and a pencil to every rehearsal.  If you don't use it, that's ok.  At least you were prepared... Better to have everything and NOT use it, then NOT to have it at all.





Yep, there is homework!!
CD's were sent home today.
NYC must be memorized by next rehearsal (Thursday October 24th).
Please burn your cd onto your computer or laptop.
Then you have your music at your disposal.
IT COSTS $5.00 to replace the cd!!! "FIVE DOLLARS"... No acceptions.
So burn your cd onto your computer.

and last but not least.....

CHARACTER ANALYSIS:  These were due today.  If you didn't hand them in, no problem... you now have TWO weeks to finish them. Please fill out your CHARACTER ANALYSIS and turn them into Teresa Watts and/or myself.  
We are so excited to see what history you have created for all of your characters!!










Saturday, October 5, 2013


SCRIPTS ARE HERE!!!
WOO HOO
Our first rehearsal was AWESOME!!!  I hope your child had a great time at our "get to know the stage and read through of the script" rehearsal.  Teresa and I were able to share some funny stories of some of our times on stage, as well as teaching your kids the basics in acting... Center stage, when to be memorized or "off book (December 5th), treat each with respect, where is stage left, have fun, etc. 

We didn't get through the entire script, but, were dang close!!  I hope they all went home and finished the script (only 8 pages were left).  Had to cut it short, as Teresa and I will always strive to get your kids out of the building at exactly 4:45!!!  This gets them home by 5:00 with plenty of time do homework, eat dinner, etc... 

Regarding scripts... Some of the cast members were given "actual" script/books.... while some of the cast members were given "copies" of the script/books.  Let me explain:

Teresa and I were not sure how many children were going to audition.  We were HOPING for 16-20, would have been excited for 25 and OVERJOYED with 30... We had NO idea we were going to have 60 kids audition for this amazing opportunity.  
It really put us in a dilema.  
Do we double cast?  
Do we choose 30 kids and send the rest into the mental hospital thinking they weren't good enough to make the show and ruin their lives forever? (ha ha).  
Obviously we didn't want to hurt anyones feelings, so we chose to have "two" casts.
So we ordered the rights to Annie kids ($487)  it came with "30" scripts/books.
Out of our 60 kids, 38 have lines.  the rest do not.
we ordered "10" more books, which cost us $125.  
This way, everyone who has a line, has a script/book... We simply could not justify spending another $250 to order 20 more scripts/books. 
IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR CHILD TO HAVE A SCRIPT/BOOK.  Teresa and I are MORE then happy to order them, but, it will NOT come out of the fees.  They come in packages of "10".  You will have to get 9 other students who want them and split the cost between yourselves.  It would come to $12.50 per person.  Feel free to organize this, collect the money and either Teresa or I will order the actual scripts for these 10 children.
I have NEVER given out books/scripts before at the high school level.  Kids lose their scripts and it is much easier to hand out the copies... 

Regarding the Paper Copies of the Script:  We are suggesting that you three hole punch the paper scripts, put them in a HARD three ring binder and let the kids personalize them!!!  Make them their unique scripts... 

If you are at all interested..... Let's talk a little bit about where the money goes to for a production. If you are not interested, scroll to the next picture and see what's coming up next!!

It seems some of you are thinking that the $45 you paid should go towards everything-- including costumes and scripts--- and every child equally. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work that way....  This is a lot of your first productions... It is SO exciting to see your kids sing and dance on the stage!!  Nothing is more gratifying then the applause after a production.  Your kids are going to have that magic moment in a few short months... It's AWESOME!!!  But, acting and singing isn't all that makes a production successful.  I have never really explained to parents where the money goes from fees, but, I think it is important that those of you who have questions, see what we will be spending the cast $45 fees on.

RIGHTS/ROYALTIES $612 The rights to this show ($487), plus the additional 10 scripts was ($125) totals $612.  That's just permission to do the show without being sued, the 40 scripts, the sound track and the trademarked logo pak so we can make and pay for our own banners, posters and anything to do with the media.

SOUND $1,500  We do NOT have a decent sound system at the elementary school.  Certainly not one that would support 9 wireless mics, sound board, wiring for board, four speakers and one monitor.  THIS ALL MUST BE RENTED.  I go through Pro-Audio and they ALWAYS give me an amazing deal.  I have used nearly every audio company in this city in my private and professional life, and Pro Audio is who I use.  That's it...  Last year I rented 11 mics for $1,000 for the week.   We need to rent WAY more then the wireless mics for this production.   Our stage has nothing...  We need 2 hanging mics (will probably cost $150) as well as 9 wireless mics... (approx $850-$900) We have never had to rent an actual sound board and all the wiring needed to run a sound system plus the speakers and monitor which works on that sound board...  This, in addition to the $900 for the mics, will probably cost around $300-$500 (haven't had the quote yet, Chip from Pro Audio is meeting with me in a week to figure out exactly what we need to rent for the best sound).

YES we could do this production without renting this equipment, but, you, in the audience wouldn't hear ANYTHING, as you know, from previous concerts and things you've seen performed on the stage in the past.  Teresa and I are very particular and have specific visions for this musical.  It is really going to sound and look amazing... 

SETS and PAINT $500-$700  This is our elementary school's "maiden voyage".  Meaning "we have "NOTHING", ha ha... We will not have huge sets, of course, but, we certainly would like to have a few key pieces we can use in this production and others we do in the future.. A couple of flats are essential...  Casters alone are $25-$50/caster (sometimes more)for good strong ones that will last from show to show to show-we need 4-8 of these..  We need paint for the sets, etc.  Everything costs moo-law.. 

MISCELLANEOUS $200-$300  There are ALWAYS miscellaneous charges that come up... we are helping with purchasing a few costumes and material to make certain things like "bloomers for the orphans", and a "dog costume" for Sandy,  the "red dress" for Annie and dresses that match for the boylyn sisters... belts with microphone bags for the wireless mics, etc..  

My goal was to spend $2,500 for this production, or less. This is what I proposed to Elizabeth Hatch and Karen Holman when I was given the OK to do a musical at the south campus.  When we have wonderful artistic paintings, a fun set, great props and fabulous costumes, it will make the entire experience magical for both the actors and the audience.  

ADVERTISING $200??  We will be making a couple of banners, several posters and fliers... Honestly, I can't remember what I have spent on this in the past, but $200 sounds about right.  Greg Watts is going to be in charge of this.

PROGRAMS We can spend a LOT or  Little!!  Either way, we will have programs.. This is an additional expense, depending on if we do a PlayBill type program professionally done, or it we make copies in the workroom at the south campus... Depends on what we have left over.

So you can see, it isn't cheap to put a musical together... I hope this helps you better understand the costs of a musical, what your fees will go towards.  

If you have any other questions regarding the fees and what they go towards, let me know!!

Thursday October 10th:  EVERYONE should be at rehearsal
We are learning the music to 
Hard Knock Life, 
Fully Dressed, 
NYC and 
TOMORROW (finale only).  

Please send a second lunch or a large snack for your child to eat after school.

Last week's rehearsal was a blast. This week will be equally as fun as we learn the music!!

EACH CHILD WILL BE GIVEN A CD of the music at rehearsal on Thursday, October 10th.  Please download this cd onto your computer as soon as you get it.  It will cost $5.00 to replace any lost cd's.  If you burn them onto your computer, you will never have to replace a missing cd.

Thanks for the support Teresa and I have received from you guys!! It is amazing how lucky we are to have such great parents!!!

Nikki Nelson, I haven't forgotten about you... Our "NEXT" production meeting will be with you!!! Then your role will be completely explained.  Nikki Nelson is one of the most awesome parents who has volunteered herself as our "theater slave".  Teresa and I are going to take FULL advantage of her!!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!!  
See your children at rehearsal Thursday October 10th from 3:15-4:45.

xoxo Teresa and Jules