Good afternoon everyone,

We’ve been having off and on rain by our house. During the breaks in the showers, we’ve been creating all kinds of imaginary games outside with the kids. And during the heaviest part of the raining, like now, it gives us all a chance to come inside, warm up a bit and in my case, type a message while the kiddos watch Encanto, again… 😉

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

Let’s get started with Mamma Mia news. Leading us of today is our production schedule for this next week.

  • Tuesday, Feb 22 | Vocals | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Choir Room]
  • Tuesday, Feb 22 | Scenic Construction, Props and Painting | Design Crew | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Theater]
  • Tuesday, Feb 22 | Production Meeting | 3:30 – 5:00pm [Theater] folks needed: Shelton, Marychris, Dan, Austin, Kayla, Donnelly, Nikki, (if available).
  • Wednesday, Feb 23 | Choreography | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Theater]
  • Thursday, Feb 24 | Vocals | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Choir Room]
  • Thursday, Feb 24 | Costume Shop | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Costume Shop]
  • Thursday, Feb 24 | Scenic Construction, Props and Painting | Design Crew | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Theater]
  • Thursday, Feb 24 | Sound Work Day | 3:30 – 5:30pm | [Theater]??? Austin will decided if needed.
  • Thursday, Feb 24 | Pit Orchestra | 3:30 – 6:30pm | [Band Room]
  • Friday, Feb 25 | Choreography | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Theater]

You’ll likely notice TWO specific changes from the production calendar posted in January.

CHANGE 1 – NO REHEARSAL tomorrow. Monday is a non-school day and as such we will not be asking students to come in for rehearsal.

CHANGE 2 – NO COSTUMES on TUESDAY, 02.22. We are replacing that costume day with a production meeting for the adults on design team. If your student is working with the costume crew, they have a day off this Tuesday.

Speaking of calendar, we should likely have a production calendar for March in the next couple of days. It will be posted here and on the All Things Theater site. Let me know if you have any questions.

Also, please welcome Keira Olson as one of the child actors who will be portraying a young Sophie this version of Mamma Mia. She’ll start attending rehearsals in March along with two other child actors who will be introduced shortly.

REMINDER, I’m putting this in BOLD and strategically using ALL CAPS in hopes of grabbing folks attention. IF YOU HAVEN’T yet had a chance to pay the $50.00 activity fee, please, please do so ASAP. Or, reach out to me about scholarships. Thank you for those who have already submitted the fee. Let me know if you have questions or clarifications. Thank you.

Keeping with our Mamma Mia thread. Thank you to the students who have submitted Mamma Mia t-shirt designs. We are still accepting submissions so if you are hoping to slide in that last minute artwork for consideration, this is the time!!! 🙂

The featured image in this post is a sneak peek of our progress, as of this past Friday, with creating the world of Mamma Mia. I have to be honest, it’s hard for me to post images of uncompleted work but I’m trying to get better and sharing the wins and loses of our journey with all of you, so for a WIN, the featured image in this post is the progress we’ve made on the set since this past Tuesday. 🙂

Moving on from Mamma Mia, this next week is the deadline for student scriptwriters to make their submissions for the 4th annual Original Works Scriptwriting competition. This competition is open to the whole student body and winning scripts will be produced later in the spring. 🙂

ITS students are noodling out their spring service project so stay tuned for updates on that front.

We have more travelers signing up to join us in London this June. Yeah! and Welcome! If you’re reading this message and are like, wait, what…there’s a chance to go to London? Yes, there is still a chance, but not for much longer. We closing down new travelers joining in mid-March. If you have been thinking about travelling this is the time to join us! Holler at me if you have any questions or would like more information.

Finally, we’re wrapping this NYCHU with two cool opportunities. Our 2nd period filmmaking and screenwriting students will be shooting a short film this upcoming Thursday, Feb 24 as part of a 2 week workshop with Hollywood cinematographer and camera operator, Randy Sellars. He’ll be curating the shoot with the student who will be serving as crew while two of our Advanced Acting students, Isaac Shirley and Riley Herington, along with yours truly will be acting in front of the camera. I for one am excited about this chance for our students to work and learn with a working professional these next two weeks.

Cool opportunity number 2, Portland Opera will be on campus, March 9th for a performance here in the La Salle theater. This is a wonderful partnership through the hard work of Mr. Otto Wild and is open to all La Salle students. Cost for the performance will be $1.75 per student.

Okay, I’m going to get carried away if I keep going so I’ll wrap for now. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for all of your support of our kids and this community. It takes a village and none of this would happen without you. Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful week.

Shelton