Fall Season Is Here

We are ready to kick off the fall season 2012 with The Nutcracker!   Here’s a list of important news for you.

A Few Welcomes

First, a big welcome to Trish Collins, our new director for The Nutcracker! Welcome also to Christine Schoen, our choreographer, and welcome back to our pianist, David Newmant!  David has been accompanying our shows for the last few years and always does an amazing job. Marge is happy to have such a talented staff leading the children in this production!

New Locations

Second, we have a new studio and a new performance space! The new studio is located at 113 Eclipse Center, Beloit. Enter the Eclipse Center from Henry Avenue. There is a large sign on the door where you come in.

This is a fabulous new space to call home.  Marge and her husband Darrell spent many, many hours this summer getting it set up and ready for the kids.

Our new performance space is located at the Second Congregational Church, 657 Bluff Street, Beloit. There will be a lot of new and good challenges having two new spaces.  We will try to communicate clearly about these as we go along.  At some point, the rehearsals will shift from the studio to the church.  We will let you know when this happens.

Auditions

There have been a lot of questions about auditions recently.  All children who want to be a part of the program are welcome.  Auditions are done once everyone is signed up, so Marge and the directors can get a feel of the level of experience each child has.  Parts will be assigned after this process happens.

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will be Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The exception is the first day, Tuesday, September 4, the day after Labor Day. We will begin rehearsing at the studio and as mentioned above, at some point we will have practices at Second Congregational Church.  Once we shift there, we will not be practicing at the studio.

Marge always likes to remind everyone to please be on time for rehearsals, so we do not lose any momentum.  As it is, we only have 24 rehearsals (including dress rehearsals) to put together this show!

The Fundraising Dinner

Along with the show, in the fall we also have a fundraising dinner.  The theme this year is “Jazzin it up New Orleans Style.”  The dinner is October 7 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the La Casa Grande Ballroom.

Everyone needs to attend!  It is a buffet dinner with a silent auction and performances by the kids, David Newman, and vocalists Cindy Bacon Hammer and Michael Hammer. We will also have a quartet playing before dinner this year!

You are encouraged to sell individual tickets or tables, if possible!  We ask each family to contribute something to the silent auction, whether it be a certificate from a restaurant, movie theatre, store, etc. or by making an original basket. Or, if you have individual items you think will make a nice basket, but don’t have time to put them together, just bring them to the studio and we will assemble them for you!

We also need help with making table favors, decorations, transporting kids the night of the event, watching the silent auction area, cashiers to check out silent auction items at the end of the night, clean up, and thank you notes. It ends up being a very fun and inspiring evening!   The more effort we put into this event, the less we may have to do additional fundraising!

Note:  This event is only 5 weeks away!!!

Show Week

NOVEMBER 12, 13, 14 AND 15 ARE DRESS REHEARSALS!  PLEASE PLAN TO BE FLEXIBLE WITH PICK UP TIME THOSE DAYS.  THIS IS WHEN WE WORK OUT ALL THE BUGS IN THE SHOW AND SOMETIMES IT CAN RUN A LITTLE PAST 6:00 P.M.

We will issue all of this again, but on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th, the kids will need to be to the church to get changed by 6:00 p.m.  Show time is 7:00 p.m.  On Sunday, everyone needs to be on site by 1:00 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. show!

A couple other notes about show week:

We ask each family to donate two dozen individually packaged bars or cookies to the concession stand. Most people package up two cookies to a  snack bag. We will need parent help when we set up the stage the week before the show and everyone (cast, crew, parents) to help tear it down after the last performance on Sunday. After everything is put away Sunday, we have a pizza party to celebrate a job well done by ALL!

Parent Involvement

There will be a parent meeting on Thursday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m.  Please plan to attend!

Like any team, group or activity, we need lots of help from our parents to make the show go off well!!  We will be sending out a parent volunteer survey via e-mail very soon.  Please fill it out and either e-mail it back or print it and have your child bring it to Marge.  There are many ways to be involved behind the scenes so the kids can shine on stage!

See you next Tuesday, September 4 at 4:00 p.m., 113 Eclipse Center!