Happy Weekend, lovely people!

How are all of you doing? I hope in the time between the last News You Can Hopefully Use and now has been worthwhile.

I’m mostly going to be focusing on Mamma Mia in this post; however, we’ve got lots of things going on so I’ll do my best to try and give some lines to each of them. In fact, as I’m tying this out, I’m deciding to start with some of the other news then transition into Mamma Mia news. As always, feel free to skip to only the areas relevant to you and | or to message me with any questions, ideas or encouragement…seriously, we’re all down for encouragement around here. 🙂

HEADLINE Item: As you all know, as of 11:59pm last night Oregon’s mask mandates expired. This of course, means starting on Monday, Mamma Mia rehearsals like everything else on campus will be mask optional for students. This extends as well to the adults coming on campus. La Salle is still enforcing proof of vaccination for volunteers and adult support staff, as well as completing the wellness check each time folks check in with the front office; but masks will NOT be required.

Vice Principal of Student Life, Mr. Brian Devine wisely encouraged the students, during an assembly this last week, to be purposeful about a culture of respect and honoring each other’s personal decisions and I agree. 🙂 It’s important to support the students who feel the best choice for them and their families are to continue to wear masks AND it’s equally important to support the students who feel the best choice for them and their families is to take off the mask. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions specifically about how we’re rolling with things in the theater department.

We were going to do it this past week; but have since moved it to this week. This week we will be announcing the winners of the 4th Annual Original Works Scriptwriting Competition. We have some really unique and interesting scripts which students submitted and I’m excited to share the winners with the rest of you.

London 2022. Our group has just about taken shape. We’re on a plane in a little more then three months! How time flies. For those of you attending or with a student attending London, there’s an update going out in next few days with some additional info and deadlines. Check your inbox for that.

Over the past TWO WEEKS the 2nd period Filmmaking and Screenwriting students along with several Advanced Acting and Production students have been doing a filmmaking masterclass with Randy Sellars, shooting short scenes and learning all about being on set, camera operation and the creative process. It’s been fun. The last session will wrap this upcoming Thursday. Those filmmaking students will be working throughout the remainder of the semester on shooting their own short films, which we would like to premiere at the 1st Annual Filmmaker’s Gala later in the spring. More details to come.

The La Salle DANCE team are going to STATE!!! Cheer for them, send them love and if you can make it out to the competition I know they’d relish the support. Nikki Meyer the dance coach also doubles as our choreographer and many of our cast and crew members are also part of the dance team: Special shout out to, Hailey Gray, Audrey Wersch, Kamryn Houghton, Lilly Tiller, Riley Herington, Claire Schnyder, Izzy Sulloway Ferreras, Madeleine Wisler and Sofia Taylor.

Now on to the Elephant in the the room…Mamma Mia. 

Things are going well. Here’s our schedule through the end of spring break.

  • Monday, Mar 14 | Blocking | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Theater] pp. 56-62, Sophie, Donna, Sky, Pepper, Eddie, Sam; pp. 63-66, Pepper, Tanya, Harry, Bill, Rosie, Lisa, Ali, Eddie; pp. 68-73, Sophie, Sky, Sam, pp. 74-84, Donna, Harry, Sophie, Sam.
  • Tuesday, Mar 8 | Scenic Construction, Props and Painting | Design Crew | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Theater]
    • Tuesday, Mar 8 | Vocals | 3:30 – 5:00pm [Choir Room]
    • Wednesday, Mar 16 | Blocking | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Theater] pp. 56-62, Sophie, Donna, Sky, Pepper, Eddie, Sam; pp. 63-66, Pepper, Tanya, Harry, Bill, Rosie, Lisa, Ali, Eddie; pp. 68-73, Sophie, Sky, Sam.
  • Thursday, Mar 17 | Vocals | 3:30 – 5:00pm [Choir Room]
  • Thursday, Mar 17 | Scenic Construction, Props and Painting | Design Crew | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Theater]
  • Thursday, Mar 17 | Pit Orchestra | 3:30 – 6:30pm | [Band Room]
  • Friday, Mar 18 | Blocking | 3:30 – 5:30pm [Theater] FULL CAST, minus dancers, Act 1 integrating ensemble into blocking. Pp. 3-52.

WEEK of MARCH 21 – MARCH 25, 2022

SPRING BREAK, No production work scheduled

Please note, I recognize that this is the week before spring break officially begins and some folks are heading out of town before the end of the week. That’s cool. If your student hasn’t already, please make sure they connect with me about your travel plans so if we need to adjust rehearsals to accommodate schedules we can do that sooner rather then later. Thank you.

As of right now, the master plan is for the show to run the last two weekends of April. We will open on Friday, April 22 and run that first weekend with 7:00pm curtains on Friday and Saturday and a 2:30pm curtain on Sunday, April 24. Then the students will have a couple of days off, a pick up rehearsal on Wednesday, April, 27 with the closing weekend of the show taking place Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1. The current plan is for the understudy show to be Friday, April 29.

After spring break we will have some other folks joining us in rehearsals, namely the incredible actors playing young Sophie and several surprise appearances…more on that later. 🙂

We should, fingers crossed be finished with the set, except for texture and detail work by the time students get back from spring break! The design crew are working so hard to bring the world of Mamma Mia alive. During building and painting sessions and production meetings, we’ve been talking about how we want the audience to grab their programs, walk into the theater and say, “wow!”

Online tickets will be available soon. Don’t forget to check out the Mamma Mia swag, flowers, concession packets and other opportunities to immerse yourself in the world of Mamma Mia and support our the theater program.

Additionally, when we return from spring break we’ll have our sitzprobe and the student actors and crew will start integrating with the orchestra during rehearsals.

Keep in mind that Tech Week runs April 11-15 from roughly 3:30 – 6:30pm each night. These are MANDATORY dates listed in the audition packets and show contract your students signed. During Tech Week is when we start integrating microphones, sound and light cues, SFX, running crew movements, costumes, quick changes, props, the whole shebang, it’s a long week for the company and deeply essential to the overall success of the show for full attendance and everyone giving their best. Tech week is followed by Dress Week the week of April 18-21 from roughly 3:30 – 8:30pm each night. We provide dinner to the company during these days. Dress Week is where we take everything we put together and stepped through during Tech week and run the full show as if we are running for an audience working out any additional kinks along the way.

Those of you who have been a part of past La Salle shows are familiar with all of this. Please, please help encourage your students to stay hydrated, get rest AND plan ahead with their teachers and their homework time management going into those two weeks. The are AMAZING and EXHAUSTING.

Thanks everyone. I hope this week is fulfilling and meaningful and you all take full advantage of a well-deserved spring break. Take care, stay safe. See you soon,

Shelton