Instagram has some merits. This past week I had been in conversation with a colleague about authenticity and transparency in our work and in our personal lives. What that could | should | would look like and ways in which we might model that for others. During our conversation we rambled into healthy ways to give people permission to be authentic.

Good conversation. Lots to think about and as I was processing our convo throughout the day, Insta dropped this lovely post in my lap. [I swear the walls have ears, or at least my phone…] but that’s a weird thought for another day. 🙂

Some of you may have already seen this or a version of it. I’m sharing it as a way to continue to commit to working to build healthy community and walking alongside each of our students as they discover more about who they are and pursue their best selves. [And because this list might resonate with you as well.]

THINGS TO STOP APOLOGIZING FOR:

Asking Questions

Not Being Available at all Times [this one is particularly hard for me.]

Feelings

Vocalizing your Needs

Outgrowing a Place or Situation

Your Accomplishments

Doing Things that Make you Happy

Having Boundaries

You blink…and the summer is winding down. At least it feels that way from the corner desk here in our house. Today is surgery day for my wife Meriah. She has a 6-8 week recovery with the first 2 weeks, if recovery goes as we hope, on bed rest, followed by limited mobility for the next several weeks. The timing of this isn’t ideal.

Meriah was originally scheduled for surgery in June. Which was great. It would give her the summer to recover while I was home. As some of you know the day before her scheduled surgery she tested positive for COVID and the surgery was cancelled. Today is the first day both surgeons and the OR were available. So today it is.

Aaaannnndddddd….the timing isn’t ideal.

Aaaannnndddddd….there will potentially be some disruptions during her recovery to the start of the school year which may affect my availability.

Admin is working with me to have a plan B should I need to step away for the first week or two of classes. I welcome any questions or concerns you have. Clarifications, anything of that sort. Please feel free to reach out.

Now, on to theater related news! 🙂

It was wonderful meeting with the student leadership team this past Tuesday. They are excited, motivated and have already started planning out what they’d like this next year to look and feel like. Stay tuned for more information about our La Salle Theater Welcome Back Ice Cream Event for all current theater students and all INCOMING FRESHMEN who are interested in theater. It will be a fun way to reconnect and meet new friends.

Speaking of incoming freshmen, here’s some exciting news. We have 42 incoming freshmen who have expressed interest in theater! By far our largest interest level in my 7 years at La Salle. New Beginnings indeed…

Here’s the first page of our fall production audition forms with info about the show and dates. The full audition forms are available on the All Things Theater page and will shortly be uploaded to the parent FB page.

I’m very excited about our fall production! It’s really, really funny, lots of laughs, lots of casting opportunities and lots of challenging special effects and “magic”. I truly think you’ll all have such a good time and this show in particular will be a silly and fun Welcome Back show.

Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

By Matt Cox

 Audition Form

AUDITIONS ARE: Thursday & Friday, September 15 – 16, 2022

Audition Dates |

    • Thursday & Friday, September 15 | 16, 2022 | 3:30 – 6:30pm | La Salle Theater Auditorium. Auditions are Thursday, September 15. Please sign up for a time slot on Thursday, September 15th. Friday auditions are ONLY if: we decide we need CALL-BACKS  
    • As with most La Salle auditions there will be a sign up sheet on the theater doors starting on Monday, September 12, 2022.
  • ALL FOLKS auditioning must come with a completed audition form [hard copy] and hand it to the students checking you in before your audition. Be prepared to have your headshot taken as well.
  • ALL FOLKS may leave after their audition time slot, or you may stay to view other auditions.
    • AUDITIONS are closed, meaning only the folks auditioning will be in the theater. Everyone else will be hanging out in the lobby and main hallway.
  • Cast List will be posted to Schoology, after school on Monday, September 19, 2022. 
  • The first full cast read-through will be Wednesday, September 21, 2002 | 3:30 – 6:00pm | La Salle Theater Main Stage.

 

About The Show |

Puffs is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. For seven years a certain boy wizard went  to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs … who just happened to be there too. This clever and inventive play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the  perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous  for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers. Their  hilariously heartfelt and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a wizard hero can be.  For questions or more information, please contact Mr. Shelton at mshelton@lshigh.org. Thank you 🙂

Speaking of the fall show, we are in the process of looking for a scenic designer. OR someone would has a construction background who would be interested in building the sets and supervising the student work crews in Sept. & Oct. This is a paid gig. If this sounds intriguing to you or anyone you know, please, please, reach out to me. I’d love to fill you in with the details and see if we can make this happen.

I say it often. It takes a village.

And producing a show and running a performing arts program is no different.

We are always looking for folks to help support the work, from running concession or box office, to delivering snacks or meals to the cast and crew. Helping proofread programs or sew costumes. There are a slew of opportunities to get involved, to hang out with your kiddos and to be a part of something special. We’d love to have you. As September comes around you’ll be hearing from myself and Sarah Madrigal, our theater coordinator for specific opportunities along with asks for help. I would love for you to consider being a part of the magic this year.

In the next two weeks I should be able to update you with a calendar of events for the season as well as some additional housekeeping items as we start the year. For now, I’ll leave you all along, go finish packing up the hospital go bag and talk with you all soon.

As always, I hope you all have a wonderful week, please follow La Salle Theater, subscribe to this blog and share with your friends and families. We have incredible students and the more folks we can bring together to support them and love them and cheer for them, the better. Thank you all for being a part of La Salle theater. For all your hard work and dedication and for who you are. I appreciate all of you.

Shelton