A typed out of meme posted this morning on the broadway.bounce insta account.

“High school girls in musicals: I’ve been going to theater camp since 1st grade and taking professional voice lessons since I was 10, so excited to be townsperson #3 this spring!

“HS boys in musicals: The drama teacher cornered me after Algebra 2 and said I had to be SHREK.

While La Salle is luckier then most places, the above meme is REAL everywhere and resonates with me. So, with that tongue in cheek, please-don’t-take-this-too-seriously-opening, I’d like to introduce several folks to you who have joined our cast. Many of these folks are already involved in the show in other capacities AND have stepped out in courage and faith to make this show that much more yummy! 🙂

I’d like to welcome the following guys who will be performing in ONE number and ONE number only…

– Owen Kuntz

– Ezra Moody

– Will Clem

– Ben Steszyn and

– Sayre Albert

In the number, “Lay All Your Love on Me” in which Sky is carried off to his bachelor party.

We’d also like to welcome…senior, Gavin Fitzsimons who will be playing the role of the Priest in the final scene.

I’ll try to cover all of the great things art related going on and | or upcoming at La Salle as we move full steam ahead into the spring and that last few months of the school year.

It’s April already. How can it be April already. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. 🙂

Despite the challenges of this week and getting everyone back in the groove after Spring Break there’s a palpable energy in the air. The weather is warming up. The sun is starting to peak through the clouds for longer spells, spring sports are happening, the musical is coming, the seniors are in full senoritis mode AND there’s a general sense of celebration around the hallways.

It’s a nice season to be a Falcon.

I’ll start with Mamma Mia first. We have THREE weeks until opening 🙂

– Online tickets will be available this next week. Keep an eye open for the link, which will be coming soon.

– This upcoming week is the last “traditional” rehearsal week. The following week will be Tech Week, then Dress, then it’s go time.

– REHEARSALS THIS WEEK should look something like this…

Monday, 04.04.22 | Blocking with Shelton in the theater | 3:30 – 5:30pm [updates on Schoology will let each student know who has to be there.]

Tuesday, 04.05.22 | FULL CAST Vocals with Wild in the theater | 3:30 – 5:00pm; Scenic, Props, Costume, Make-up, Wig, Lights and Design crews, individual projects in various spaces. [Stage off limits.]

Wednesday, 04.06.22 | Choreography with Meyer in the theater | 3:30 – 5:30pm; child actors integrated into curtain call AND everyone in “Lay All Your Love on Me”.

Thursday, 04.07.22 | Blocking with Shelton in the theater | 3:30 – 6:00pm; FULL CAST

Friday, 04.08.22 | Choreography with Meyer in the theater | 3:30 – 5:30pm | FULL CAST

Saturday, 04.09.22 | ??? Possible rehearsal or work day. This day has been set aside, if needed, for crew work and | or actor work. We’ll know by Tuesday if we need to use this day. If so the time line for the crew would be 9am – 1pm. I’ll let you know as soon as I can on actor timeline. Thank you.

For those who are new to high school theater; Tech Week, April 11-15 is focused on the TECH ELEMENTS of the show. Costume fittings, parade and quick changes. Make-up | wig testing and time line. Orchestra set up in the pit and sound engineering, mic testing, etc. Running crew working on scene changes, etc. Lighting cue to cue, well…you get the idea. The focus on the week is what the Tech people need to really make things happen. The actors will often be there but are mostly placeholders for cues, etc. This is a HUGELY essential week to the overall success of the show. As we talk about as a crew.

The actors create the character; AND the production team creates the world. Tech Week is our chance to finalize that streamline that world.

Dress Week, April 19-21 will run roughly 3:30 – 8:30pm EACH NIGHT. Food is provided for everyone and these three nights are the three nights we try and put everything together. Actors come in for make-up | wig call times, do all of their costume changes throughout the show, sound cues, light cues, live orchestra in the house, we run everything as close realsy as possible.

There WILL be no show related events happening during Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Easter Weekend. There will LIKELY be some finalizing of work and rehearsals that happen earlier in the day on Friday of Easter Weekend. [There’s no school that day here at La Salle] so IF NEEDED, we’ll wrap our work earlier in the day on Friday. Thank you.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Moving forward the Week of April 11-14 the National Arts Honor Society will be holding their annual clay sale on campus. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy incredible student art work and support the arts here at La Salle. I’d encourage everyone to stop by that week even if it’s just to walk through the gallery.

The NAHS, the BSU, the Earth Club and the Theater department will be partnering later in the spring for the 2nd Annual Artists Aiding Artists event, stay tuned for more information. AAaannnnnnddddd a HUGE shout out to Emma Olson ’22 one of the originators of 1st annual AAA Digital Event last year and the visionary who is building the connections, the community and the foundation to keep the AAA event alive and strong even after she graduates. Thank you Emma for your leadership and your artistry. 🙂

Another event coming up this spring will be the 5th Annual Night on Broadway event. This is an event that is near and dear to my heart, as it was one of the events I brought with me to La Salle when I joined the community 6 years ago. For the past 4 years it’s been a student organized and run event by student leaders from both the International Thespians Honor Society and the Pride Alliance. This year’s event is sure to be an uplifting celebration and I’d encourage everyone who is able to attend. More information soon.

Also, this spring will be a combination of our 1st Annual Filmmaker’s Gala, celebrating the work of our student filmmakers combined with our 4th Annual Original Works Festival. Original student written, directed and produced work which will be a part of our 4th Annual Arts Awards Ceremony the last week of May.

Don’t forget to join us during Arts Week, May 16-20. A whole week dedicated to the Arts here at La Salle. Their impact and influence in our community inside and outside the walls of La Salle. There will be opportunities to see the La Salle Band performer. The La Salle Choir and Guitar students, Art Sales, Theater events, it’s a great way to celebrate the end of yet another school year.

Thank you to all of you for all you do both on campus and off, publicly and behind the scenes to support our students, our community and pour your light and influence into the lives of the students in our care. La Salle is a special place in part because people here care, they are involved and they take to heart the mission of entering to learn, leaving to serve.

Very best wishes to all of you this next week. Be safe. Take Care and enjoy yet another sneak peek image of Mamma Mia as the featured image.

Deep regards,

Shelton