East Lincoln On Stage
I hope you are all well and that you aren't singing "Be Our Guest" in your sleep. There are a few areas where we could use some help and a couple of things just to keep you up to speed. I will try my best to keep it short and to the point.
1. We are currently in our annual sponsorship and advertisement drive for 2022. This is not something we do for each show. We do it at the beginning of the calendar year and it covers all productions January through December. We receive most of our sponsorships and advertisements from businesses that have a direct link to our students and their families. If you have a connection that you feel might be interesting in being a part of what we do, please consider reaching out to them. All of the information can be found at eastlincolnonstage.org/sponsor and I am always available to answer any questions that might come up. Our deadline to get things into the Beauty and the Beast playbill is Friday, February 18.
2. The first show of the calendar year is when we run our annual raffle. We sell tickets throughout the production and then draw for prizes the week following closing. Lots of businesses, especially chains, are not able to support us through financial contributions, but are able to donate goods of some kind. If you have a connection to a business that might be willing to make such a donation, please consider reaching out to them. Obviously, our raffle will go much better with more prizes and more variety. Gift certificates and gift cards are common, but TVs, hotel accommodations, and event tickets are all items that come up from time to time. Our goal is to collect all of our items before February 18, but we can always add more items afterwards and promote that the options are growing.
Please consider reaching out to at least one business/organization whether for sponsorship and ads or raffle donations. All contributions are tax deductible and we will provide any necessary documentation they might need.
3. Parent Ads & Cast/Crew Shout-Outs are also available for Beauty and the Beast. These are personalized "ads" that are specifically for a particular show. Parent ads and cast/crew shout-outs are half the price of a year-long ad. Full page ads are $75, half page are $50, and business cards are $25. The deadline for these ads is also Friday, February 18.
**Please note that we are willing to help anyone person, business, or organization create an ad for the program. We don't want the creation part to stand in the way of them participating.
4. Tickets are currently on sale for all productions. Please help us spread the word. eastlincolnonstage.org/tickets
5. We will be having Lumiere's Palace Party on February 26. This is an event designed especially for young viewers. The guests will arrive at 11 am to play games, take pictures, and do some crafts with the characters from the show. They will have lunch with their Beauty and the Beast friends before viewing an enhanced performance of the show. Tickets for one adult and one child are $50 and that includes all of the activities, pictures, lunch, and the show. Tickets are limited. Help us share this event with our younger patrons.
6. Flyers will be available on Monday and we would love to have some help getting those out around the community.
**You may hear some questions about tickets being more expensive for this show. That is true because Beauty and the Beast is more expensive to produce. Costumes alone are significantly more because we have to rent quite a few. It is my hope that everyone will find it worth it after they see the show.
Please let me know if you have questions about any of these items and thank you in advance for your help!
Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas here in the tropics of Denver!
I am very excited to get started on Beauty and the Beast, and I hope that your child is as well! We kick off our preparations next week with our B&B Boot Camp. During this time, we will jump start our regular rehearsals by working through the music, some of the bigger choreography, and blocking while laying some ground work for the set. We will meet Monday through Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Next Thursday, we will also kick off our Sponsorship Drive for 2022. You will be getting more information about this at the beginning of the week, but we put the kids in teams and they spread out into the community visiting businesses and organizations who might be willing to sponsor or advertise with us. If you have a special connection to a business or organization, please let us know!
Tickets for Beauty and the Beast will open on Saturday, January 1, but as a parent you have access a couple of days early. Starting TODAY, you can purchase tickets for any of the performances by using the code BBCAST. If you have any issues, please let me know and I will be glad to help.
You will also see tickets available for our promotional party, Lumiere's Palace Party. Students and adults with tickets to this event will arrive on Saturday morning, February 26 and have a private crafts, games, and activities session with the cast. They will have lunch with the characters, have some photo opportunities, and then enjoy a special enhanced performance of the show. Students must be accompanied by an adult for this event. Help us spread the word, and yes, your BBCAST code will work on these tickets as well.
Hopefully, you all saw the list of important dates that I shared with the cast. In case that didn't make it to you, those dates are below. Please note the MANDATORY events which are CRUCIAL to the overall success of the production. I would appreciate any and all help reinforcing that these are not optional.
I plan to release a parent update each Sunday just to make sure we are all on the same page. Remember, you can always visit eastlincolnonstage.org/parents to read the current and past updates.
If you have questions moving forward, please let me know!
I hope everyone is well! We are getting ready to hit our intense rehearsal schedule for A Christmas Story and I want to make sure everyone is up-to-date.
First, all actors and crew members will have rehearsal on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week until 8 PM. We will also have our Q2Q rehearsal on Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.
Next week, we will have dress rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday until 9 pm, and the show will open on Thursday night. There will be 7 pm performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, as well as 2 pm matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.
The final rehearsal for the fall semester will be Monday, December 20. During this rehearsal, we will strike and get everything cleaned and stored.
If you would be willing to provide a meal for the cast during one of the long performances, please visit the link below.
If you are able to help with box office and concessions for one of the performances, please visit the link below.
Also, if you would consider bringing in one or two items to stock our concession stand, please sign up using the link below. If possible, please drop these items by my office by Wednesday, December 15.
Finally, tickets are on sale for all performances. The Sunday matinee is almost sold out, but the remaining shows still have plenty of tickets. Please help spread the word. We want to make sure the actors are able to perform to full houses! I get a lot of excitement when I tell folks about the Leg Lamp Raffle, so feel free to mention that as you are sharing the information!
Thanks again for your support of our programs. I am looking forward to another successful production. If you have any questions, please let me know.
I hope everyone is getting excited about seeing this show! These kids are getting better every day and I think adding an audience will put it over the edge!
Just a few notes going into opening night.
If you would be willing to provide an item to our concession stand, that would be greatly appreciated! Below is a link to the concessions items.
If you are able to assist with box office and concessions at one of the shows, please sign up using the link below.
If you are having any issues purchasing tickets, please let me know. Currently there are still tickets available for all performances, but that won't last long. Depending on ticket sales over the next couple of days, we may be adding an additional performance next Saturday. Stay tuned!
Thank to everyone who has provided a meal for the cast and crew! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!
And, more importantly, thank you for allowing and encouraging your children to participate in the performing arts. Last night some of them saw a glimpse of what being on stage is like and they were already smitten. You will see some of them explode over the next few days. It is truly amazing to watch.
I look forward to seeing you in the audience soon!
Below is a schedule for rehearsals and performances beginning Monday, October 25. Please let me know if you have any questions or see any errors.
Good Evening Island Families,
I want to share a few quick notes and send out a few calls for help ahead our next couple of busy weeks.
DINNER WITH DONNA TOMORROW NIGHT!
Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks in advance for you help and patience over the next few weeks!
Good Morning Everyone!
We are getting ever so closer to opening night and the excitement is building! I hope you are as excited about the performances as I am!
There are a few things I wanted to go ahead and send your way.
This is definitely a late first update, but it has been quite challenging to get information from all of the students this year. If you requested email updates, you will receive these updates in your email each time they are published. If you requested text updates, you will receive a link to this web address each time a new update is posted. If you would like to change formats at any time, let me know and I will be glad to adjust. The most important thing is that you know you can always visit this site for the most recent parent updates. You can navigate through the top left menu, or you can navigate straight to the page at www.EastLincolnOnStage.org/parents.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE DAY
Lincoln County Schools will be having Parent Teacher Conferences next week on Wednesday, October 6. These conferences are not required, but are available to you in person or virtually. My conference window will be from 11 am to 6 pm. If your schedule does not work with this timeline, please let me know and we can certainly schedule a mutually convenient time.
To ensure that everyone is able to have a meaningful conference time. we have been asked to schedule our conferences and avoid drop-in situations. To schedule your conference time, please use the sign-up button below. All in-person conferences will be held in room 302, which is the chorus and theatre rehearsal room. All virtual conferences will be held through Google Meet and those links will be sent to your email prior to your conference time. If you have any questions about Parent Teacher Conference Day, please let me know.
PIZZA KIT FUNDRAISER
About two weeks ago, the Chorus and Theatre programs kicked off a Little Ceasars Pizza Kit fundraiser. It doesn't seem to be going well, so I am thinking many of you haven't heard about it. First, the fundraiser runs through October 15, when all orders and money must be turned in. The frozen pizza kits will arrive the week of October 25. All of the students have a brochure to use for the people they see in person, but they can also direct friends, family, and community members to our website to order and pay online. You can access this page from the SUPPORT US link, or directly at www.EastLincolnOnStage.org/pizza. To hopefully make it easier, we have also added additional ways to make payments. In addition to cash and check, supporters may also pay with credit card or through Venmo or Cash App. The kits are between $20 and $23 dollars and I think they are a pretty good value for a fundraiser.
Any help you are able to provide with this fundraiser would be greatly appreciated! We want to see our programs continue to grow, and because our programs are self-funded, we need your help to make that happen! If you have any questions, please let me know.
FALL CHORAL CONCERT
Our fall concert will be held in the Black Box Theater on Monday, October 18 at 7 pm. All chorus and show choir students will be participating in this concert. Please make plans to join us as we celebrate the students' work from the first half of the semester.
Tickets are now on sale for the fall production of Mamma Mia! Performances will be held on November 4, 5, 6, 11, and 12 at 7 pm, and November 7 and 13 at 2 pm. Adult tickets are $10 and student tickets are $7. Tickets can be purchased in room 302 or online at www.EastLincolnOnStage.org/tickets. Season tickets are also on sale if you are interested in attending all of our productions this season.
ALL TOGETHER NOW!
The East Lincoln Show Choir will be performing the All Together Now! music review on November 13 through 15. This review has been offered to theatrical groups all over the world to use as a fundraiser helping programs recover from the events of the last year and a half. This event will bring together some of the all-time favorite musical numbers from Broadway and we hope you will go ahead and make plans to attend. This production is included with season tickets, but individual tickets can also be purchased at www.EastLincolnOnStage.org/tickets.
I look forward to talking with many of you next week during conferences and I hope you will keep an eye out for emails and text messages providing more information as we continue to move through the semester. Thank you for allowing your child to participate in our programs! I am very glad to have them!
I am reaching out this evening to try and find some manpower for a couple of upcoming events.
First, we have been given the opportunity to sell water and Gatorade at the graduation ceremony. This is a pretty easy opportunity, but it will take 4 to 8 volunteers to make it work. We will have one station on the home side and one station on the visitor side. Volunteers would need to arrive at 6 pm to set up and should be finished by 8:30. If you are willing and able to help out with this project, please email or call at your earliest convenience. If you have questions, I will be glad to try and answer them.
Second, we are still in need of some volunteers to help out with the box office and concession stand for the last weekend of Peter and the Starcatcher. Currently, we need volunteers for Friday night, Saturday morning concessions, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. If you are able to help, please sign up using the link below.
Our year-end banquet is scheduled for next Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 pm. We will have refreshments in the lobby beginning at 6:30 pm and begin the formal program in the Black Box Theater at 7 pm. This will be a time of celebration as we check out the year in review, hand out informal awards, the annual Pony Awards, and departmental awards. We will induct new members into our troupe of the International Thespian Society, announce officers for the new year, and have the 2021-2022 season announcement. The banquet is always a special time and you are welcome to attend with your child. I have requested an RSVP. If you have not seen the invitation, you can access it below. Please have your student make the reservation for everyone in your party. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will be glad to answer them.
Finally, registrations are going well for our summer camp and we look forward to even more. If you know of any Kindergarten through 8th grade students who would be interested in participating in this camp, please let them know they can register at eastlincolnonstage.org/camp. If they register before June first, they can use the coupon code EARLYBIRD for a discount on the registration fee.
Thank you so much for all of your help and support this year. While our banquet is intended to celebrate the past year, it is also my hope that it kicks off a year of celebration and rejuvenation for our performing arts programs.
Good Afternoon Everyone!
Below are a few updates concerning the production over the next week and a half.