Aloha Musical Theatre Students and Families,
We had our first Parent Meeting of this theatrical season this past weekend. Below are some of the items discussed throughout the different classes. There will be another Parent Meeting as we get closer to the Aladdin Jr production - End of February/Early March. Based on the remaining time after the meeting, some of the students were able to showcase class assignments. Parents also got to see some of the warm-ups done in every class.
CLASS STRUCTURE & POLICIES
Classes: Each 1.5 hour class is split into 3-30min increments to include acting, music and choreography. The content of each day will be based on instructor availability or the need of a specific area. This way each child is exposed to all elements of the musical theatre.
Please talk with your child about their class and help them with any of the assignments or songs. This can be in conversation, watching them, or playing the applicable music. Parent involvement and interest means a lot to them and their improvement.
The instructors are:
- Acting - Alan Shepard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Music - Chelsey Jensen (email@example.com)
- Choreography - Blythe Stephens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note: Productions, starting with Aladdin Jr, may require tan jazz shoes as part of costumes. These shoes, as well as ballet shoes, are acceptable for use during class. You may get these at the front desk.
Attendance: Regular attendance and timeliness is important in class. Much of the exercises and assignments are done with partners and may build upon each other each week. Please advise us if your child will be absent or late so we may enter it into the system. There is a studio policy of a $1 late charge for the class. We provide a grace period to accommodate circumstances such as traffic/parking but ask this not be taken advantage of.
ALADDIN JR NOTES
Communication: Email is the best form of communication. Please check that your email address is up to date with the Studio Admin. Since we email from our studio system, please verify these emails are not going to a spam/junk filter. We give information to the students as well but this does not always make it home. We want to make sure parents are well informed of upcoming events and expectations. Emails regarding the show will be coming from the Stage Manager, Erica Kaolowi, email@example.com. Feel free to email her with any questions or conflicts.
Rehearsals: We are done with blocking and will begin scene run-throughs with leads and other roles. Cast are required to be off-book which means all lines and blocking are memorized. We are nearing the show and those consistently unprepared are at risk of being re-cast. We do not like to do this so please check with your child that they are ready. Ensemble will join in longer rehearsals starting March. Please review the attached schedule. This is also available on the PDD website under 'Events' along with other show information and practice music:
Attendance & Uniforms: Same policies as the class applies. Scripts and pencil are also required.
Costumes: Most costumes will be rentals depending on character. Ensemble costumes will be purchased. Tan jazz shoes are required to complete costumes. Further instruction, including hair and make-up, will be given when costumes are distributed.
Volunteers: We will ask for show volunteers at the next meeting. In the meantime, please let Erica know if you can assist with sewing or show programs/ad sales.
ITEMS NOT DISCUSSED IN THE MEETING
Summer Workshops in NYC: Please respond to this email if you are interested in a summer musical theatre workshop to be held in NYC. We are looking into several options…please note some may require an application and audition or have age restrictions. We will provide more information with feedback.
Email Blog: Check out PDD email blog for emails you may have missed or can't find:
Mahalo for all your continued support,
Erica Kaolowi, Stage Manager