Drama Club Families,
We would just like to clarify something that was put on the agenda at the parent meeting last week that may have been confusing or misleading. As it has been in the past (most years we have this issue), there is a direct conflict with the rehearsals for the PMEA Honors Band festival and a day of our performances. PMEA policies state that a student must fully participate in the entire festival once they commit to going and are only excused from rehearsals in very rare instances. Mr. Lavelle clarified for us that it is common for our North Hills students to audition for the ensemble and then choose not to participate in the actual festival for a variety of reasons, but that the audition is important in that it assures band students an auto-bid into the PMEA District Band festival later in the year.
It was not our intent to say that a student shouldn’t go to the audition – just that if they are cast in the show after our auditions later this week, or participate in the performances in some way on the crew/stage managing/etc. that would conflict with PMEA, that they should decline participation in the festival. Students make this choice every year, and if participating in the PMEA festival is a priority for them, they typically choose not to audition for the play or they volunteer to help with set construction or some less demanding part of the production. If a student was selected for a lead role, rehearsed for a month with the cast, and then informed everyone after Honors auditions that they would not be performing the shows, that would force a situation where a re-cast would be necessary. So, band students, by all means, please audition and we hope you do well enough to be put on the auto-bid list for Districts!
Also, there was a misprint on at least one of the handouts… the choir and drama website is www.nhchoiranddrama.net, not choir@drama. An autocorrect took over or something! We hope you check the website often, as we will post all handouts, announcements, and the calendar for easy access.
We’re looking forward to auditions this week, and the start to a great year in the drama club!
Mr. Cloonan & Ms. Sarazen
Thank you so much to everyone who attended last night's Drama Club Parent Meeting. It sounds like it's going to be a great year, with some new and exciting changes to the program and opportunities for the students! If you were unable to attend, all of the handouts can be found on the North Hills Choral Music and Drama Programs website, under the Forms tab.
There you can find last night's agenda, as well as a Semester 1 Tentative Calendar. Be sure to check the website often for updates about all aspects of the drama program.
We lost one of our Drama Club Parents coordinators this year due to a school transfer, and the remaining coordinators, as well as some parents who have headed up many of our other volunteer efforts, have kids who are seniors this year. So throughout the year, we will be looking for parents of younger students to shadow us so that there is a seamless transition next year. THANK YOU to everyone who offered to help at the meeting, and to those of you who have already emailed with offers to help! Within the next few weeks, we will be sending out more details about the types of volunteer positions and items that are needed as we prepare for the fall play.
We are looking forward working with all of you to make this a wonderful year!
North Hills Drama Parents Coordinators
The purpose of the North Hills Drama Parents & Friends Association is to aid and support all theatrical and dramatic programs for current and former students in the North Hills School District in cooperation with the production staff, school administrators, and the School Board of Directors. These ensembles include, but may not be limited to, the high school fall play, spring musical, student showcase, and theatre camp; middle school winter musical, elementary drama camp, and alumni gala fundraiser.