Hello NH Drama Club Parents,
What a fantastic group who gathered at the recent Drama Club kick-off meeting!
Attached are the meeting notes from the Parent Meeting held on September 9, 2019.
Also thank you to those who volunteered to help with the upcoming events! If you haven't signed up already, please consider it as your time supports the students. If you already signed up, feel free to sign up for more time slots too!
We look forward to seeing all of you more this Fall!
The NH Drama Club Officers
Casie Beran, Angela Arlia and Chris Kubala
REMINDER - Parent Meeting on MONDAY, September 9, 2019 7pm
NHHS Auditorium. Looking forward to sharing the Fall play information and hoping to see you there!
Hello North Hills Drama Parents!
A PARENT meeting for anyone whose child will be participating in the Fall Play, CLUE, on STAGE CAST OR CREW is scheduled for Monday September 9, 2019 at 7:00pm in the High School Auditorium. Parent participation is extremely important for success as our kids work so hard to prepare for this upcoming fabulous show!
All who attend the September 9th meeting will receive A RAFFLE TICKET TO WIN a chance for a $25 Target GIFT CARD! Also a 2nd raffle drawing will be held to give away a CLUE board game!!
Please bring your calendars as you will get to be the first to pick your time slot for volunteering! We will be needing people to help work shifts selling basket raffle tickets, selling flowers, balloons, and candy! Don't forget the cookie table which is very popular.
Any student participating in the Fall play must fill out a google form. Current cast members completed this form already. Students who are not members of the cast and who wish to join crew should fill out the crews google form by September 10 (even if they already filled out the cast one last week). The crew google form will be ready and posted in the Remind group at the student Drama Club meeting on Tuesday, September 3. Students must log into their NH student gmail account and fill out the form with a parent. The form cannot be accessed by emails outside of the district. Crew options include: Hair, make-up, costumes, props, sound, lights, building, running crew, and ushering.
All students participating in the Fall play pay a $30 fee. This covers their t-shirt, DVD, and luncheon/dinner. Checks can be made payable to NHHS with “fall play dues” in the subject line. Place in an envelope with the student's name on front. Turn into the choir room drawer labeled “dues” by September 10, 2019.
Parents can sign up on Remind @nhhsdrama for all Drama Club messages and/or @nhclue for all fall play related updates.
For all meeting agendas, calendars, paperwork, etc- please go to www.nhchoiranddrama.net
We hope to see you there!!
Lauren Sarazen, NHHS Drama Director
P.S. If you would like to be removed from this email distribution, please let us know. We appreciate your patience as we update our member and parent list during this season.
Dear TUCK EVERLASTING Cast/Crew/Orchestra Families,
Please read the attached information carefully, as it details the process of our new online ticketing and box office system through ShowClix. We’ve been talking about making this move for the better part of 5 years now and have for some reason or another not followed through. With a new leadership team of directors and changes to the program, this seemed to be the logical time to make the switch. Note that the majority of the schools around us do the exact same thing with comparable pricing, though we opted to include all fees into the price of the ticket rather than passing them on to you at checkout. So, there is an increase in prices to account for this, though it’s been 11 years since the last increase so we see this price point staying where it is for quite some time! We’ve also accounted for giving the cast/crew/pit orchestra time to reserve their seats ahead of time just as we used to with the paper pre-sale. The difference is instead of turning in a form with a check and waiting for your orders to be filled and tickets sent home, you’ll log on, choose your seats, pay for them right then, and decide how you want them to be delivered. And we’ve figured out a way to offer a (modest) discount during the pre-sale period as well that was never offered in the past.
Hopefully the attached document will answer any questions you may have. We’ve been talking through this process for several months, trying to think of any possible situation that may arise, and think we’ve streamlined everything to make it as easy on all as possible.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you next month at the shows!
(Click "read more" to see the information)
Hello, Drama Club families -
We are in need of a few parents who have sewing machines to help us make curtains (legs and teasers) out of muslin for Tuck Everlasting.
We will be working on this project:
THIS COMING Saturday, February 16 from 9:30am-12pm
Saturday, February 23 from 9:30am-12pm
We would just need cream colored thread and the machines themselves at those times. Any volunteers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!
Hello Drama Club Families,
We covered a lot of ground at the meeting on Tuesday evening. For those unable to attend, there are several attachments to this email that will help you to know what we have planned for this spring with the musical, showcase, and alumni Gala fundraiser. Some highlights:
LINKS TO GET MORE INFO:
Links to PDFs that are attached to this email but also posted on the website:
Some important dates to keep in mind:
Thank you for your participation and support of the drama program at North Hills!
Maureen Pearson, Patty Parkhill, Angela Arlia, Casie Beran, parent coordinators
Lauren Sarazen, director; and Shaun Cloonan, producer/vocal director
Drama Club Families,
We have several important announcements to share as we get closer to the play opening this week. Please read below and respond accordingly:
Some quick items about the show weekend:
Friday night—Monte Cellos:
Last year, the cast decided to create a new tradition of going to Monte Cellos on Babcock Boulevard after the Friday show. Prior to last year, the tradition was TGI Fridays, but they closed literally the week before Pride & Prejudice opened! This is definitely NOT a mandatory activity, but a number of cast and crew members will be going. Parents can drop off, or stay and get their own table...it's entirely your choice. If you are dropping your child off, please make sure they have cash and understand the practice of tipping. They will probably be finished around 11:30-12:00, based on previous years' experience.
Saturday afternoon--break between shows.
There will be a break of a couple hours between the Saturday matinee and the Saturday evening show. Some of the kids pack a lunch and stay at the school. Some leave, and either go home or get food locally. This is entirely up to your family! But it's a very long day so please make sure your child has something to eat and drink. We want everyone to feel good and have energy for the evening show!
Saturday night--cast party.
Following the Saturday performance, the cast party will be held at North Hills Christian Church, 778 Thompson Run Road, Pgh 15237. All members of the cast and crews are invited to attend. Please enter through the bottom doors. Contact Katie Knox (412) 302-6508 in case anyone has a question. Since the kids won't be arriving until 10:30 pm, we think a reasonable end time is 12:30 am. If picking your child up at 12:30, please feel free to pitch in and help clean up! The party is very low-key and we are not decorating, but we do want to leave the church the way we found it. Thanks to the Knox family for securing this space for us!
Thank you all for your help in making our drama program shine for our students and our community!
The Drama Parent Coordinators & Staff
We are still in need of scratch-off lottery ticket donations for our lottery tree raffle.The lottery tree will be included with our basket auction, which is one of our biggest fundraisers. Please have your students give their donated tickets to either Sean Nolan or Josh Kubala during practice, or you can bring them to the meeting on Tuesday.
Please respond to this email if you would like to contribute anything to the basket auction. So far we have a family fun basket with donations from Fun Slides, Laser Storm, Code Breakers, and the Children's Museum, as well as an Avon Basket, a Mary Kay donation, and a couple of baskets that will be donated by parents.
Thanks so much for all of your help!
NH Drama Parents Coordinators
Sorry for all of the emails today, but there are a lot of pieces that need to come together with just a few days until the play! We are asking that each cast and crew member donate 3 dozen cookies for the cookie sale. Please bring your donations to the cookie table in the lobby on Thursday, Nov. 15, any time after 6 p.m.
NH Drama Parents Coordinators
Hello Drama Club Parents,
I am in the process of putting together the basket auction fundraiser for the Fall play, and I could really use your help! If anyone is a business owner or knows any business owners, or if you know anyone who is involved with any local sports teams (Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates), we could use gift cards of any denomination or any type of merchandise to put in our baskets. Please let me know if you are able to help in any way!
In order to avoid duplicate requests, please note that I have already filled out online request forms or sent emails to the following businesses:
Pines Plaza Lanes
The Barre Code
West View Floral Shoppe
Carnegie Science Center
Heinz History Center
I am attaching a donation request form, in case anyone would like to e-mail it or present it in person to any businesses not listed above.
Heather Geyer has generously agreed to donate a Mary Kay product and facial certificate for the basket auction, and Angela Arlia has been kind enough to agree to put together a basket. Thank you so much to both of you!
A big thank you also goes out to Chris Nolan and Chris Kubala, who have agreed to coordinate putting together a lottery tree that will be auctioned off along with the baskets. We would like to request that each cast and crew member donate one $1 scratch off lottery ticket(higher dollar amounts will also be accepted!). Please have your students give the lottery tickets to Sean Nolan or Josh Kubala at practice by October 31.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for all of your help!
Some important news from last night’s meeting…
Make-up kit orders for new cast members are due THIS EVENING, Friday, Oct. 5. Please send Ms. Stephanie Fairley a text on Remind or email her at email@example.com with your foundation color. Use this link to choose color – we are ordering the $20 kits. Returning cast members, please alert Ms. Fairley of any replacement stage make-up needed for this production. Payments were already included in your fall play $50 cast dues; no need to send in additional money.
Parents and students, use this Election Day Bake Sale link to sign up for a slot to sell baked goods on Tuesday, November 6. This is our big fundraiser for the fall play. We are asking that each drama club family brings in THREE DOZEN baked goods. Baked good donations can be dropped off on Monday, November 5 during set construction from 2:15pm-5pm.
Check out the Props Google Doc for the fall play, The Beverly Hillbillies. Please add your name next to an item if you own it or can acquire the item. Send in the prop with your student or stop by after school/Saturdays during set build.
ALL students involved in the fall play (cast, stage crew, hair/make-up/costumes crew) need to fill out the Biography Google Form by next Friday, October 12. If not, we will not have any information to include about him/her in the show playbill.
Students must have accumulated at least ONE shop hour by this Saturday, October 6 to 1) be in the playbill and 2) have their name on the show t-shirt. Send t-shirt sizes to Ms. Sarazen via Remind App or email firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, October 6. Students with the most shop hours have the best chance at receiving their desired crew assignment. Stage crew assignments (lights, sound, running crew, ushers, etc.) will be determined by the technical staff by November 2.
Attached are the following documents:
Letter from Drama Alum Parent regarding Gala Fundraiser in June, 2019
Agenda for Oct. 4 meeting
UPDATED Semester 1 calendar
Fall Play Program Ads – each student involved in the production is asked to get AT LEAST ONE PROGRAM AD. All ads due Friday, October 12. Questions go to email@example.com.
Looking ahead to next week’s email… we will have a sign-up sheet for all parents to volunteer to work lobby tables during the performances.
Thank you so much,
Lauren Sarazen, NH Drama Program Director