Important Note: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29th rehearsal!

Good morning & Happy Thanksgiving.

As forewarned as a possibility on the schedule and subsequent updates, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29th is now an active rehearsal day – 4-7pm at the high school.

Thanks!

Mrs. G

Important information for the next two weeks…

Important Dates and Times for November 20-December 2

All these rehearsals are MANDATORY and have been on the schedule since day one!

Tuesday, November 20 Rehearsal at Littleton High School from 2-4pm

Students will hop on ANY bus at the middle school and get off at the high school. 8th graders and Mrs. O’Neill will be there to guide you. Bring a snack to eat quickly before we start rehearsal. You will NOT be allowed to bring food into the auditorium! And there is NO microwave so NO popcorn. Please bring your own water bottle. Only water is allowed in the auditorium!

Sunday, November 25 Rehearsal at Littleton High School from 4-6 pm

Please bring a bin or basket with your name clearly labeled! This is where you will keep your extra clothes and costumes throughout the show’s production! ALL STUDENTS MUST BRING DEODORANT AND LEAVE IN THESE BINS! WITH 55 KIDS IN THE SHOW AND THE HOT LIGHTS, THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! NO JOKE! NO EXCEPTIONS!

MANDATORY REHEARSALS- No Exceptions!

Monday, November 26- Rehearsal at Littleton High School from 4-7pm MANDATORY *Musicians will be at all remaining rehearsals! (if you need help with getting your child to rehearsal please let us know ASAP!)

Tuesday, November 27 -Rehearsal at Littleton High School from 4-7pm MANDATORY (if you need help with getting your child to rehearsal please let us know ASAP!)

*Wednesday, November 28 – Students should wear their HONK! T-shirts or a yellow shirt. Students will walk to Russell St to perform a few songs from the show at 1:10pm. Students will return to the school and take their regular buses home.

ALSO

Wednesday, November 28 -Rehearsal at Littleton High School from 4-7pm MANDATORY (if you need help with getting your child to rehearsal please let us know ASAP!) This rehearsal will be full costumes and make up (see notes at bottom of notice).

Thursday, November 29 No scheduled rehearsal but please be available in case you are needed!

Friday, November 30- OPENING NIGHT

Please arrive NO LATER than 6pm to prepare for the show. Please come with make-up already applied to save time! If you need help with make-up, please ask and arrive a little early! (See character list below for those who need to arrive between 5 and 5:30, these characters also will be getting microphones which can’t be put on until make-up and costumes have been put on). Enter band room, sign in and get into your first costume. Be ready for warm ups! Doors will open at 6:45.

 

Saturday, December 1

Please arrive NO LATER than 6pm to prepare for the show. Please come with make-up already applied to save time! If you need help with make-up, please ask and arrive a little early! (See character list below for those who need to arrive between 5 and 5:30, these characters also will be getting microphones which can’t be put on until make-up and costumes have been put on).

Enter band room, sign in and get into your first costume. Be ready for warm ups! Doors will open at 6:45.

 

Sunday, December 2

Please arrive NO LATER than 2pm to prepare for the show. Please come with make-up already applied to save time! If you need help, please ask and arrive a little early! (See character list below for those who need to arrive between 1and 1:30, these characters also will be getting microphones which can’t be put on until make-up and costumes have been put on). Enter band room, sign in and get into your first costume. Be ready for warm ups! Doors will open at 2:45.

 

Shoes and Make-Up

Shoes- Cast members are asked to wear nice black sneakers, shoes or boots.

Make-up- Foundation and Blush for all

                    Mascara and/or Eyeliner and pink  (NO RED)lipstick for girls

(The lights can wash the faces out so please apply just enough) NO SHARING of MAKE-UP! Don’t overdo the make-up! This is not a recital.

After the show!

Immediately following the final bows, all students need to make sure their area backstage is cleaned up, costumes returned to Mrs. Nichols, etc. We are guests at the high school so we need to leave Mrs. Bridge’s room as we found it! You must check in with an adult before heading to the cafeteria for the cast party! No food or drinks will be served until everything is cleaned up!

The following characters need to arrive between 5 and 5:30 on performance days for costumes and to get their microphones put on :

1)Ugly 2) Ida 3) Cat 4) Drake 5) Queenie 6) Lowbutt 7) Greylag 8) Dot 9) Bullfrog 10) Maureen
11) Penny 12) Beaky 13) Plucky 14) Whack 15) Billy 16) Downy 17) Dawdle 18) Waddle

19) Fluff 20) Jay Bird

 

Please share this information with your cast member so they are aware as to what is happening and where and when it is happening!

Any questions: email JulieAnn at jag4lhs@gmail.com (director)or Tracey O’Neill at tigger.oneill@gmail.com (general show questions)or Ashley Sheldon at asheldon@littletonps.org (music questions) or Susan Nichols at snichols@littletonps.org (costumes)

It’s been a pleasure working with your child!

HONK!!!!!!

 

 

Warts & All Study Guide

Hello, All.
Below is a link to each of the parts for “Warts and All” from Mrs. Byrne to help with practicing the number.
Enjoy!
Mrs. G

FABL Annual Meeting Monday, November 5th

The Fine Arts Boosters of Littleton (FABL) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization focused on enhancing the arts programs within the Littleton Public Schools. FABL will be hosting its third Annual Members Meeting on Monday, November 5th from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Littleton High School Library Seminar Room. This meeting is open to the public. All parents with children involved in the Littleton Drama, Band, or Choral programs are strongly encouraged to attend.

At this meeting, the following main topics will be covered:

  • Election of two members to the FABL Board of Directors
  • Nomination of the FABL Officers to vote for by the Board of Directors
  • FABL Financial Review

Please see the attached PDF document for more detail on the meeting and consider volunteering some of your time to this parent-run organization!

FABL Annual Meeting Invitation Letter

HONK! costumes

Good afternoon, All!

We are really coordinating and collecting the costumes for HONK! at LMS.  Near all Ensemble members have at least three changes, so we’re looking to have all in a basic black base costume – i.e., black slacks or leggings and a black (preferably long-sleeved) shirt.  Anyone who has these item, please bring them to Costume Designer Ms. Nichols by October 30 so they can be labeled and inventoried.  If you do NOT have black pants/leggings or a black shirt, please let Ms. Nichols know ASAP at snichols@littletonps.org.

Thanks!

Mrs. G

Another update on HONK! rehearsals

Thanks everyone for getting added to the distribution list!  Suffice it to say, a lot of kids left parent email info out on their participation forms.  FABL and I will do our best to keep current information going out via email, on the FABL Facebook page, and on the website at www.littletonmiddleschooldrama.com.  Thanks again for your continued cooperation.
Apologies, but it has become apparent that having staggered rehearsals is not going to work. I had hoped to give kids/families down time outside rehearsals when their not needed. Unfortunately, there have been many absences already, and much time is being spent tracking kids down or having to stop to answer “am I called” and/or “what are we rehearsing next” questions despite it being noted on the schedule. Therefore, to make it easy – ALL cast members are called the entire time during every scheduled rehearsal. (All are pretty much called at least part of every rehearsal from this point forward anyway.) Bring homework for down time. Also, I’d like to re-emphasize that rehearsals are not optional – 4 excused maximum.
If I don’t know about conflicts in advance, I cannot plan around them – ergo, my plan is to do one thing during rehearsals, but then come rehearsal, I cannot do it because I’m missing key kids.  It throws everything off timing wise and scheduling wise. Even more importantly, those who don’t show are missing a LOT every time they miss and this schedule does not permit going back to revisit/re-teach things. Thanks for your understanding!
Some actors were sent home with formal scripts today.  These books are not our property and will have to be returned to the licensing agency, so please – NO HIGHLIGHTING, and any note-taking must be in a soft pencil, to be erased before we return them.  If books are lost or damaged seriously, it is a minimum (I don’t know the exact replacement cost) of $25.
The School has asked me to remind everyone that Student Activity Fees are required to participate in the production.  If you have not yet submitted yours, please do so at your earliest convenience to the Main Office.
Remember also, T-shirt and DVD orders are due back to Mrs. O’Neill ASAP, please.
Lastly, a closing word to cast members and an appeal to parents to drive this point home… I am not a maid.  I stayed an extra five minutes today just to clean up the food wrappers and other trash that was left behind after rehearsal.  Thank you in advance for picking up after yourselves – otherwise, I’m going to demand a raise.  😎
Thanks!

Mrs. Govang

Note from Mrs. Govang on HONK! rehearsal

[Including a note from Mrs. Govang about rehearsals sent via email]

Hello again!
Attached please find the current schedule of rehearsal days and the plan for those days.  There have been a couple of updates/changes, but nothing major.
Please remember: If a cast member is not called, then they don’t have to attend rehearsal.  They can attend if they’d like to, but it’s not mandatory.  Also, if the schedule says they get out earlier than the end of a rehearsal day, they can leave.  They can also stay and do homework until rehearsal is over.  If they are in the building, though, ALL STUDENTS MUST REMAIN IN OUR REHEARSAL AREA (including the caf, the lobby and the bathrooms.  All other school areas are off-limits.
Reminders:
  • As mentioned the other day at rehearsal, cast members are allowed no more than four (4) EXCUSED absences from rehearsals.  Rehearsing is not optional.
  • “Homework” is not a valid excuse for missing rehearsal.  Just like all other extra-curriculars such as sports or other school teams/clubs, homework must be scheduled around them.
  • If you miss rehearsals because of soccer or other sports (which should have been noted including dates on your audition forms), and you are scheduled to learn Ensemble material, I cannot guarantee cast members will be kept in the Ensemble number affected.  This rehearsal schedule allows for us to teach things once and then revisit them during runs.  Time does not permit us to have to reteach staged numbers.
Things will change, but hopefully not dramatically from what is on the schedule herein.  This is our plan and we’re aiming to stick to it so everyone stays on the same page.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks!
Mrs. Govang

Honk! cast list posted!

The cast list for Honk! has been posted! So many kids!!!!

 

Aesop and George cast!

From Mr. Bergman:

Hi Everyone –

Please find attached the cast list for Aesop and George! Michelle and I were very proud of all of your work, and we’re looking forward to having a great show with both casts!

The “Aesop” cast will perform on Thursday evening (May 31 @ 7pm), and Saturday afternoon (June 2 @ 2pm), while the “George” cast will perform on Saturday evening (June 2 @ 7pm) and Sunday afternoon (June 3 @ 2pm). This will be followed by a cast party for BOTH casts on Sunday June 3 at 4pm.

We’re still finalizing the rehearsal schedule, but EVERYONE should be at the read through this Monday March 12, 2:30-4pm. This will be the rehearsal times for most of the rehearsals, so please be sure that your cast member has transportation home at 4pm. The first four rehearsal dates are on the website (www.littletonmiddleschooldrama.com), and then the majority of the rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays (with some Wednesdays added).

Be aware that Nature’s Classroom and the DC Trip are both the week before Production Week. How we’ll navigate rehearsals around these trips will be addressed later.

Email me with any questions, and congratulations!

Mr. Bergman

Spring play: Aesop and George

We are going to do “Aesop and George” by Claudia Haas for the LMS Spring play!

Performance dates are May 31 (7pm), June 2 (7pm), June 3 (2pm), with a possible matinee on June 2 if needed.

Here is the synopsis:

Aesop–now a mere shadow of himself–wanders the world looking to see if his stories have made an impact over the centuries. When he takes refuge in an abandoned theater during a thunderstorm, he encounters George the ghost and his echoes, all that remain of the building’s past performances. As the ghost and the storyteller square off, stories fly back and forth: Aesop’s tales come thoughtfully with just a touch of silly, and George delivers his side of the argument with all the razzmatazz of show biz. But what is the value of a story? Is it there to entertain? To educate? Can it do both?

Tryouts will be Tuesday March 6th, from 2:30-5pm in the LMS Cafe. Most rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursday (beginning March 27), though the first two weeks’ rehearsal will be:

Monday March 12
Friday March 16
Thursday March 22
Friday March 23

Thanks!


Steven Bergman, M.Ed.
Chorus and Drama Instructor
Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, MA.