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TheatreCHS Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, December 10, 6:00 PM

MUSICAL THEATRE PRESENTS:

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

Tickets $5.00

 

Thursday, December 11, 7:00 PM

C’ville Players Present Senior Directing Projects

4 Directing Projects

If Girls Asked Boys for Dates

Nobody Famous

If Men Played Cards as Women Do

**********Intermission***********

Women and Wallace

 

Friday, December 12, 7:00 PM 

 Open Mic Night

Brought-to-you by C’ville Players

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TheatreCHS Newsletter 12/1-12/5

Dear Parents and Friends,

Happy December!
I hope that everyone was able to have a peaceful Thanksgiving Holiday!
There are a lot of Theatre related activities ahead, and I did want to try to keep everyone posted as well as possible.
Parent Meeting Follow Up: 
Many thanks to those who were able to take time out of their busy pre-Thanksgiving week!
We covered a lot of organizational information during our meeting.  The meeting was largely focussed on the spring musical, and ways that the boosters can assist with productions as well as pre-productions.
Items addressed:
  • Food donations to supplement tech weeks and rehearsals. (Having a reserve)
  • Online ways of raising money for program.
  • Creating and expanding on our current sponsorships 
  • Advertisements for programs (all in color this year)
  • T-shirts for musical
  • Parent volunteers for backstage, house management/ homework assistants
  • Front of House, Door Assistance, concessions ideas. 
  • Credit Card System for Ticket Reservations
If you have any questions or ideas of ways that you would like to help out, please feel free to reach out to me. 
THIS WEEK WE HAVE SHAKESPEARE AUDITIONS!!!
FROM THE WEBSITE:

The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition provides teachers across the country with a performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare. It is a school-based program serving Grades 9-12. Through the Competition, students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. The Competition has engaged more than 250,000 young people since its inception in 1983.

Through the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, students:

  • develop essential skills: critical thinking, close reading and public speaking
  • increase self-confidence through reading, analysis and performance of Shakespeare
  • explore the beauty of Shakespeare’s language and classic themes
  • bring the timeless works of Shakespeare to life and learn to express his words with understanding, feeling and clarity
  • meet local, state and national standards in English Language Arts and Drama.

Students read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages: at the school, community and national levels. Approximately 2,000 teachers and 15,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year.

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition has been recognized by the Globe Center (USA), the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America and the American Academy of Achievement. Many distinguished judges have served on the Competition panels.

 
AUDITIONS WILL BE ON FRIDAY @ 4:00 PM
 
IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR STUDENTS TO SIGN UP. 
 
 
Criteria:

The monologue must be no more than twenty lines (verse or prose).

MORE information 

 
 
HAIRSPRAY!!!
 
Our first TECH TUESDAY will be happening this Tuesday! ALL students are welcome to come by if they are interested in being on CREW or on the production team. 
  •  Our first rehearsal Readthru/Singthru (ALL CALL) will be on December 12 from 4:00-6:30 PM  in the black box theatre.  NOTE: If you have a part, including all Council Members, you will need to be there. All singers are encouraged to also attend. Dancers do NOT need to attend, but of course are welcome.  (If you are interested, we will have an Open Mic night after rehearsal). 
  •  ALL HAIRSPRAY PARTICIPATION LETTERS NEED TO BE RETURNED AND SIGNED BY FRIDAY DEC 5 OF THIS WEEK.  ** if you did not receive a contract, just come by and pick one up, or download the attachment, get it signed, and turn it in.  Parents, please feel welcome to add any other skills or ways that you might be able to assist with the production, even if they aren’t listed on the page. 
  • If there is another email address that you would like added to this email group list, please also let me know so that I can keep you up-to-dat
Happening in Classes:
 
 
Intro to Drama
Monologue Introduction
Midterm Evaluation Rubric
Selecting a good Monologue
C’ville Players
PSA Video Projects Due ASAP
After school rehearsals will be offered until the end of this week.
TECH WEEK FOR ONE-ACTS 12/1-12/5 
Musical Theatre Ensemble
MANY THANKS TO EVAN MOOK FOR HIS TREMENDOUS WORK!
Emma K, you are doing a wonderful job with the Choreography!!!!
REMEMBER …
“Once on this Island” Goes up on December 10 !!!
Tech Theatre
TECH TUESDAY RESUMES THIS TUESDAY!
DESIGNS Scene-by-Scene
WORKABLE DRAWINGS CONTINUE.
MANY THANKS TO ALL FOR PUTTING IN FOCUSSED TIME LAST WEEK. 
 
 
 
DATES
  • MTE Presents: “Once On This Island” Dec 10             
  • Black Box Theatre  6:00 PM
  • Senior Projects/Midterms December 11 and 12 in                                   
  • Black Box Theatre 7:00 PM
  • SPRNG MUSICAL MARCH 27-29 SHOWS:                                                
  •  MLK PAC 7:30pm 3/27, 3/28  & 3/29 3:00 PM 
  • DESSERT THEATRE : MAY 15-16                                                              
  •  Black Box Theatre 7:00 PM, 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
That’s all for now!
Thanks for reading. 
 
Have a great evening!
 
Mr. Becker

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CAST LIST

Congratulations! Thank you for becoming part of what most definitely will be one of the most uplifting, fun, meaningful, energetic, and positive shows out there!

IF YOU ARE CAST IN THIS SHOW,  PLEASE COME BY THE BLACK BOX TO PICK UP A PRODUCTION AGREEMENT LETTER BEFORE TUESDAY AFTERNOON. YOU MAY ALSO CLICK ABOVE TO ACCESS THE FILE. 

YOU ARE TO HAVE THIS LETTER SIGNED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK

THE SIGNED AGREEMENT LETTER NEEDS TO BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY DECEMBER 5th

Again Congratulations!!

CAST HAIRSPRAY 

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Cast List

The cast list will be posted on Sunday evening. Meanwhile please “like”and visit the “theaterCHS” Facebook page for updates and photographs from the callbacks this week. What an amazing night!

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HAIRSPRAY CALL BACKS FRIDAY/ DANCE

DEAR ALL,

THIS WAS A CRAZY AND EXCITING DAY OF SINGING. YOU WERE ALL ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

TOMORROW WILL BE EQUALLY IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ THE LINK CAREFULLY TO KNOW WHERE YOU SHOULD GO INITIALLY FOR TOMORROW.

SOME OF YOU CAN GO DIRECTLY TO DANCE WITH IKE, THE CHOREOGRAPHER.

OTHERS WILL STAY WITH ME IN THE BLACK BOX UNTIL I GET THROUGH THE REMAINING SINGING/ACTING CALLBACKS.

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

 FRIDAY CALLBACKS/DANCE

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Hairspray Auditions!!! TheatreCHS Newsletter 11/17-11/21

Dear Parents and Friends,

IT IS THAT FESTIVE AND WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
ALMOST THANKSGIVING, NEARLY WINTER BREAK– AND… SPRING MUSICAL AUDITION TIME!!!!
Here’s the scoop:
HAIRSPRAY AUDITIONS THIS WEEK!
WHERE: AFTER SCHOOL IN MLK PAC
WHEN: 4:00 PM- 6:30 PM
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY
CALLBACKS THURSDAY 4:00-6:00PM
DANCE AUDITIONS FRIDAY !!!!!!  4:00-6:00PM
THE CHOREOGRAPHY WILL BE TAUGHT TO ALL STUDENTS ON FRIDAY.
  • Please encourage your theatre students to audition! 
  • The experience is highly worthwhile!  
  • The sign-ups for each audition day are posted outside the black box door.
  • If your son or daughter needs a little bit of encouragement– this is one of the most uplifting and brightest musicals currently being performed.  

AVAILABLE ROLES:

 

Tracy Turnblad
Corny Collins
Edna
Penny Pingleton
Velma Von Tussle
Amber Von Tussle
Link Larkin
Seaweed J. Stubbs
Little Inez
Motormouth Maybelle
Wilbur Turnblad
Prudy Pingleton
Mr. Pinky
Gym Teacher
Harriman F. Spritzer
Matron
Gilbert
Stooie
Cindy Watkins
Lorraine
Duane

 

 

Council Members
Tammy
Brad
Fender
Brenda
Sketch
Shelley
IQ
Lou Ann
Guard
Principal

 

 

The Dynamites
Judine
Kamilah
Shayna

 

 

 

The Company/Ensemble
10+ more

 

 

“… Hairspray is, above all, Nice. This may be regarded as faint praise in New York, capital of Type A personalities. But Nice, in this instance, doesn’t mean bland. Think of it spelled out in neon, perhaps in letters of purple and fuchsia. That’s the kind of Nice that Hairspray is selling. And it feels awfully good to pretend, for as long as the cast keeps singing, that the world really is that way.”

— Ben Brantley, New York Times

“OK, so the new musical Hair- spray doesn’t offer a cure for cancer, or the nose-diving Dow for that matter, but if the infectious jubilation currently spritzing from the stage of the Neil Simon Theater were bottled and sold across the country like, say, hair- spray, consumer confidence would not be a problem. … Arriving in an aerosol fog of advance hype, it more than lives up to its promise.”

— Charles Isherwood, Variety

“Yep, it’s a hit — a great big fat gorgeous hit. For the second time in recent years, a new musical has roared into town and justified its advance glitz, glitter and hype.”

— Clive Barnes, New York Post

“All you can ask of a work of art is that it help you see the world more profoundly when you leave the theater than you did when you came in. That’s what Hair- spray does.”

— Howard Kissel, New York Daily News

“It takes a big man to play a tender woman. This theatrical truth is made joyously plain from the moment the formidable frame of Harvey Fierstein, wearing a housedress and pin curls, is revealed to the audience of Hair- spray, the buoyantly entertaining mock-’60s musical …”

— Peter Marks, Washington Post

“After a beehive’s worth of positive buzz, Hairspray opened last night … bigger, brighter — and much, much better — than the John Waters film on which the musical is based.”

— Barbara D. Phillips, The Wall Street Journal

“What’s most refreshing about this show … is its old-fashioned heart. … Playwrights Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan and tunesmiths Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman avoided the smug irony that pervades contemporary comedy. This is kitsch at its purest and least apologetic.”

— Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“RUN AND TELL THAT”!!!!

Some other quick announcements for this week:
CALLING ALL PARENTS….CALLING ALL PARENTS!
Thanks to the many who have responded to the invite.
MONDAY, NOV 24. 6:00 PM
Black Box
Items on the Agenda:
Parent Volunteers
Front of House Assistance (During Intermission)
Playbill Bio Formatting Assistance
Ads Campaign 
Hair…
Costuming Assistance
Publicity Assistance
Set Building Assistance
Food/Homework monitors “Rehearsal Parents”
Intro To Drama
WATCHING HAIRPSRAY
HAIRSPRAY STUDY GUIDE
IN CLASS ASSIGNMENTS DUE AT THE END OF BLOCK DAY. 
 
C’ville Players
Individual Rehearsals Continue
PSA Video Projects Due TUES. Nov 25
After school rehearsals will be offered until the end of this week.
Musical Theatre Ensemble
Continued work/ Choreographing/Rehearsing OOTI
More info about the show can be found here:
“Once on this Island” Goes up in December!
LIKE” TheatreCHS on facebook so that you can see a video preview!
 
Tech Theatre
TECH TUESDAY RESUMES THIS TUESDAY!
DESIGNS Scene-by-Scene
WORKABLE DRAWINGS DUE TUES. Nov 25
 
 
 
OTHER DATES
  • HAIRSPRAY AUDITIONS: NEXT WEEK November 17-21                                 
  • AFTER SCHOOL In Performing Arts Center 
  • (Mon/Tue/Wednesday Acting/Singing
  • FRIDAY –Dance auditions)
  • MTE Presents: “Once On This Island” DATE CHANGE Dec 10             
  • Black Box Theatre  6:00 PM
  • Senior Projects/Midterms December 11 and 12 in                                   
  • Black Box Theatre 7:00 PM
  • SPRNG MUSICAL MARCH 27-29 SHOWS:                                                
  •  MLK PAC 7:30pm 3/27, 3/28  & 3/29 3:00 PM 
  • DESSERT THEATRE : MAY 15-16                                                              
  •  Black Box Theatre 7:00 PM, 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
That’s all for now!
Thanks for reading. 
 
Have a great evening!
 
Mr. Becker

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TheatreCHS Newsletter 11/10-11/14

Dear Parents and Friends,

I hope you had a great weekend.
Hairspray Auditions are happening next week!!!!!!
  • Please encourage your theatre students to audition! 
  • The experience is highly worthwhile!  
  • The sign-ups for each audition day are posted outside the black box door.
  • If your son or daughter needs a little bit of encouragement– this is one of the most uplifting and brightest musicals currently being performed.  There are also 33 actual parts. This is not even including the ensemble!!! 
Some quick announcements for this week:
IMPROV
Wednesdays are dedicated to our Improv Club which is really turning out to be a valuable component of the drama program. Please encourage your theatreCHS student to get involved with this. It is a great way to get more comfortable performing on stage!
CALLING ALL PARENTS….CALLING ALL PARENTS!
It’s that time of year again… time to start planning the Spring Musical.
I’d like to have a meeting if possible on
MONDAY, NOV 24. 6:00 PM
Black Box
Items on the Agenda:
Parent Volunteers
Front of House Assistance (During Intermission)
Playbill Bio Formatting Assistance
Ads Campaign 
Hair…
Costuming Assistance
Publicity Assistance
Set Building Assistance
Food/Homework monitors “Rehearsal Parents”
Congratulations !!!
Dora Baker VPA Governor’s School Applicant
Haden Cunningham Alternate
Intro To Drama
AUDITION TECHNIQUE
HOW TO NAIL AN AUDITION 101
MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY
 
C’ville Players
Individual Rehearsals Continue
PSA Video Ideas/Video Projects C’ville I/II Due Tuesday
After school rehearsals will be offered until the end of this week.
Musical Theatre Ensemble
Continued work/ Choreographing/Rehearsing OOTI
More info about the show can be found here:
“Once on this Island” Goes up in December!
LIKE” TheatreCHS on facebook so that you can see a video preview!
Tech Theatre
HAIRSPRAY DESIGN BEGINS!
DESIGN INDIVIDUAL SCENES LOCATIONS
VISIT PAC DURING BLOCK DAY TO BEGIN TO PLAN
 
 
 
OTHER DATES
  • HAIRSPRAY AUDITIONS: NEXT WEEK November 17-21                                 AFTER SCHOOL In Performing Arts Center 
  • (Mon/Tue/Wednesday Acting/Singing
  • FRIDAY –Dance auditions)
  • MTE Presents: “Once On This Island” DATE CHANGE Dec 10              Black Box Theatre  6:00 PM
  • Senior Projects/Midterms December 11 and 12 in                                   Black Box Theatre 7:00 PM
  • SPRNG MUSICAL MARCH 27-29 SHOWS:                                                 MLK PAC 7:30pm 3/27, 3/28  & 3/29 3:00 PM 
  • DESSERT THEATRE : MAY 15-16                                                               Black Box Theatre 7:00 PM, 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
That’s all for now!
Thanks for reading. 
 
Have a great evening!
 
Mr. Becker

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TheatreCHS Newsletter 11/3-11/7

Dear Parents and Friends,
I hope you have all enjoyed the extra hour of rest today. I know I have!
I thought I’d create a video consisting of the footage I was able to get during the Flash Mob during lunch last Friday.
The purpose of this flash mob was to provide exposure for this year’s spring musical to the majority of the student body.
The theatreCHS Musical Theatre Ensemble class took on this project. Special thanks to Cathi Shefski for providing support and inspiration for this project.
After the flash mob, there were many students running to sign-up in front of the black box.
 
 
Happening This Week:

      11/3
    • Governor’s School Theatre Auditions  – 10:00 AM  BLACK BOX
      11/4
  • Parent Conferences!  I can’t wait to meet with you! 
Happening in Classes this Week:
 
Intro To Drama
Dialect Projects
Performances On Friday
Reciting Solo Poem/Song/Rap/Monologue
Accents and Dialects!
Journey to Great Britain, the deep south, New York, and Russia!
 
C’ville Players
Memorization of Lines for One-Acts DUE Nov 4
 
Musical Theatre Ensemble
Continued work/ Choreographing/Rehearsing OOTI
More info about the show can be found here:
“Once on this Island” Goes up in December!
LIKE” TheatreCHS on facebook so that you can see a video preview! 
 
 
Tech Theatre
HAIRSPRAY DESIGN BEGINS!
 
 
OTHER DATES:
  • HAIRSPRAY AUDITIONS: November 17-20 
  • AFTER SCHOOL
  • WHERE? in Performing Arts Center 
  • (Mon/Tue/Wednesday Acting/Singing
  • FRIDAY –Dance auditions)
  • MTE Presents: “Once On This Island” DATE CHANGE Dec 10 Black Box Theatre
  • Senior Projects/Midterms December 12, 13 in Black Box Theatre