We're excited to kickoff a new season of theatre at CHS!!
Here is the information for those of you who weren't able to make it to the kickoff meetings:
It's time to start feeding those hungry kids again!! We appreciate any help you can give.
As we go through the process of creating our next production, we will need to feed those students!
If you would like to help, please find out more here.
LAST CALL FOR BIOS/T-SHIRT SIGNING
If you are a Hamlet cast or leadership team member who still needs to submit a bio, today is the deadline! Click here to take care of it now.
If you are a Hamlet cast or crew member (including our outstanding costume and set build teams!) and you haven't had a chance to add your name to the t-shirt signature paper, stop by the PAC office immediately after school on MONDAY.
REMINDER: LOAD-IN 10/31
Hamlet cast and crew: Remember our load-in is scheduled for Saturday, October 31, from 9:00-4:00. Dig out your work clothes, start stretching, and get ready to haul our massive set!
PARENTS: HELP FEED THE LOAD-IN AND SET-BUILD TEAMS
We're looking for just a few more items for the load-in lunch on 10/31 and snacks for set-build days. All volunteer needs for food are managed through Sign Up Genius. Visit this page to sign up for load-in lunch items, and visit here to sign up for set-build snacks. Helping with food at load-in is a great way to interact with the students (and it helps them remember your name!). Please contact Amy Basner with any questions.
PARENTS: HELP SELL TICKETS ON SHOW NIGHTS
CHS Theatre needs parent volunteers to help with ticket sales for I Hate Hamlet. We need four people for the evening performances on 11/19-21 and two for the Understudy Cast performance on 11/21. Please contact Wayne Kledzik at email@example.com.
PARENTS: BRAVO ADS AVAILABLE
Parents of I Hate Hamlet cast and crew members have the opportunity to purchase Bravo Ads for their students (anyone involved with the show: actors, crew, costumers, set builders, etc.). Bravo Ads are placed in the program (for a particular musical or play) to congratulate your student on a job well done. The ads are usually simply (e.g. Break a leg, Ann! We are so proud of you! Love, Mom and Dad), and you may word them any way you like.
How much do they cost?
-Business-card size: $25
-1/4 page ($45)
Make checks payable to Centerville High School. Send your payment in to Mr. Hamen with your student or mail to:
Attn: Mr. Hamen
500 E. Franklin St.
Centerville, OH 45459
How do I submit an ad?
-Create it yourself (business-card size= 2" high by 2.5" wide, and 1/4 page= 4" high by 2.5" wide)
-Save it as as jpg, bmp, png, pdf, or psd format
-OR just email the text, and we will create it for you
-Email to publicityCHStheatre@gmail.com
Bravo ads are due by WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28. Please contact Ann Meyer (publicityCHStheatre@gmail.com) if you play to buy an ad so she can save space in the program.
IT'S TIME TO COLLECT YOUR CANS!
Join CHS Theatre in our effort to support Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat, a nationwide program aimed at fighting hunger run by the International Thespian Society. Students will be collecting non-perishable, non-expired food items while the costumed kiddies are collecting candy on Saturday, October 31.
According to Feeding America, 12 million U.S. children suffer from hunger, and we aim to make a big contribution to the national goal of collecting 350,000 pounds of food! All donations will help local families: our collection is supporting the Epiphany Pantry.
We know we won't be able to canvas every Centerville neighborhood, and many donors may not be home. Feel free to drop off donations to the scene shop entrance of the PAC from 9:00-4:00 on October 31 to join the cause!
STUDENTS: Deliver your pre-collection announcements to your neighbors soon. Pick up extras outside the PAC office.
BE A PERFORMER AT WOODLAND LIGHTS
S.T.A.G.E. has partnered with Woodland Lights to provide student performers for this year's event! Actors will perform as holiday characters and mascots from December 4-30 (except 12/24-25). If you'd like to join the fun, check your availability, then see Mr. Hamen to add your name to the calendar. More information will be coming soon about final schedules and training sessions.
BE A DAYTONY AWARDS JUDGE
CHS Theatre is proud to participate in this year's DayTony Awards season (I Hate Hamlet and The Addams Family will be adjudicated). As part of the process, we send student judges to evaluate (and celebrate!) the work of our fellow actors and technicians at other local high schools. If you'd like to be a judge, pick up the startup information outside the PAC then sign up here. CHS will be evaluating 11 productions this year, so we need lots of help! Judges receive a free ticket to the show for themselves and a guest. Contact Mr. Hamen for more details.
BE AN USHER FOR I HATE HAMLET
There will be a meeting for students interested in being ushers for I Hate Hamlet after school on Wednesday, November 4, in C108. This is a great way to help out and see the show!
ALL-OHIO SHOW INFO NOW AVAILABLE
The annual All-Ohio Show is one of the most exciting projects that the Ohio Educational Theatre Association offers to students. CHS Thespian Troupe #2204 may send up to six registered, inducted Thespians to audition for the cast and six registered, inducted Thespians to interview for crew positions. Once chosen, cast and crew only have three rehearsal/build weekends and one and a half days of tech/dress rehearsals in which to create an amazing production. The All-Ohio show is the featured opening show of the EdTA Ohio Chapter State Conference. The All-Ohio show intends to provide participating students with the unforgettable experience of working on an advanced level of theatrical production.
This year's All-Ohio show is She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition by Qui Nguyen. Actor auditions, student director interviews, and technician applications must take place online by NOVEMBER 15. This means if you're interested, you need to sign up outside the PAC byMONDAY, OCTOBER 26, so there's time to begin the process of selecting and preparing our CHS representatives. Find more information about the All-Ohio show here, and contact Mr. Hamen with any questions.
SEE A SHOW, GIVE A SHOW, SUPPORT CHS THEATRE!
If you're planning to see a performance at the Schuster Center or Victoria Theatre this year, you can support CHS Theatre by purchasing your tickets from the Victoria Theatre Association's fundraising program. Download instructions and a season schedule here or visit the VTA fundraising website. VTA fundraising is not just for theatre tickets: many concerts and special events count too! Please spread the word about VTA's sponsorship of CHS Theatre!
THINKING ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS?
Make your holiday spirit bright with tickets to Manheim Steamroller Christmas (12/2), A Christmas Carol (12/5-6), or Straight No Chaser (December 23). Or, give the gift of theatre to someone on your "nice" list who'd enjoy Once (1/19-24), Cinderella--just added! (2/9-14), The Bridges of Madison County (3/15-20), Million Dollar Quartet (4/8-10), Blue Man Group (4/22-24), or The Lion King (6/7-7/3).
NOT THINKING ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS (BECAUSE IT'S STILL OCTOBER!)?
Catch Bullets Over Broadway (11/3-8) or Evil Dead the Musical (11/6-8)!
POWER AUDITIONS COMING SOON!
FORMS AVAILABLE: November
AUDITIONS: December 1-2
CALLBACKS: December 3
Check out Mr. Hamen's Director Notes to get some ideas about our show! See the originalPower script. It's still under review to match the version we will produce (especially the ending), but the skeleton is all there.
ALTER'S GOT TALENT AUDITIONS
Alter High School invites students in grades 6-12 to audition for their annual public talent show,Alter's Got Talent. Auditions for all talent acts (not just singing!) will take place on Saturday, November 21 from 12:00-3:00 in Seaton Hall room 404. Students should prepare a two-minute audition piece and bring any necessary recorded music on an mp3 player. There is a $5 audition fee. The top acts will be chosen to perform on Saturday, January 23, for a $500 grand prize! Contact director Megan Sears for more details.
2016 DAYTON DRAGONS GREEN TEAM TRYOUTS
The Dayton Dragons are looking for energetic, enthusiastic, and hardworking people to be a part of the 2016 Green Team! Green Team members facilitate all in-game entertainment skits, entertain fans throughout Dragons home games and special events at the field. Duties include selecting contestants, welcoming fans as they enter the stadium, prepping contestants for skits, assisting mascots and hosts, dancing on the dugouts, and shooting t-shirts.
The Dragons are also holding auditions for the Host position. Dragons’ hosts act as the master of ceremonies for the entire entertainment show at every game. Hosts are involved in almost every inning break throughout the game. They are responsible for introducing and providing witty commentary for each skit or contest. Interested persons are also able to audition for Mascot positions. Mascots are among the most visible entertainers at the stadium, as the central part of nearly every skit. To receive more information and to reserve an audition spot, students can visitwww.daytondragons.com or call (937) 228-2287.
COSTUMING BEGINS TUESDAY, 9/29
Costume work for I Hate Hamlet begins on Tuesday, September 29. Students who'd like to learn new skills and help create the costumes will meet in the Costume Shop (upstairs of the PAC lobby). No experience necessary!
LEAD REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY, 10/2
Formerly ThesFest, the Leadership Excellence & Advocacy Day is the first 2015-2016 event for Ohio theatre students. This all-day experience will be held on October 17 at Dublin Scioto High School. Delegates will connect with other theatre students, hear about this year's All-Ohio show, and participate in acting, technical theatre, and leadership workshops. Registration is $20 and is due by October 2. Code of conduct and emergency medical forms are available outside the PAC office. Turn these in with your registration payment.
BE A DAYTONY AWARDS JUDGE
Student adjudicators will review I Hate Hamlet and The Addams Family for this year's DayTony Awards. In return, we will send CHS students to judge other schools' productions. If you are seriously interested in being a judge, please sign up online. You will receive a follow-up email about training and scheduling.
STUDENT-PRODUCED SHOW AND HOLIDAY SHOWCASE APPLICATIONS DUE 10/7
Students who are interested in filling leadership roles (directing, designing, etc.) for the student-produced show or any roles (including acting) for the holiday showcase may pick up applications outside the PAC office. Return applications to Emma Ingram, Becky Seiler, or Mr. Hamen by October 7. Interviews will be scheduled after the application deadline.
LEAD A GIRL SCOUTS' HALLOWEEN HAIR/MAKEUP DEMO
Centerville Girl Scouts are looking for theatrical hair and makeup artists to present demonstrations at an afternoon event on October 31 (Hamlet load-in is that day, and can collecting is that evening). If you are seriously interested, add your name to the list outside the PAC office by October 2 so they may contact you with details.
I HATE HAMLET T-SHIRT FORMS/THEATRE PROGRAM FEE DUE 10/9
The Theatre Program Activity Fee for students who are part of the cast and crew of I Hate Hamlet is $20 and covers a show t-shirt, scripts, and meals. Return forms and fees (cash or check made out to Centerville High School) by OCTOBER 9. Download and print a form here or pick up forms outside the PAC office.
SENIOR COLLEGE AUDITIONS/INTERVIEWS AND JUNIOR PREP SESSIONS
The Ohio Educational Theatre Association sponsors two opportunities for college-bound theatre students.
Ohio Unified Auditions - January 9, 2016. Bexley High School. Representatives from at least 16 universities will be present to watch seniors sing, dance, act, and interview their way into college. Technical students, directors, Stage Managers and, of course, actors and musical theatre students will have the opportunity to be seen by Ohio and surrounding states all in one place. It saves money and gives lots of options. Colleges will represent BFA programs, theatre minors, BA programs, and lots of other choices and options. Whether you want to perform for a lifetime, become a theatre teacher, a professional stage manager, or a technician/designer, colleges will be present to discuss options! Students do not need to be from a thespian troupe. This event is open to all students. Students need to create a profile on getaccpetd.com. Registration is now open!
State Conference - March 11-13, 2016. Dublin Scioto High School. Representatives for a variety of Ohio colleges will be in attendance to provide workshops, masterclasses, and feedback for current juniors preparing to audition in their senior year. Students will have the opportunity to present an audition or interview in front of a college panel and get constructive feedback about material choice, tips for the interview, etc. Registration is open to any troupe that is registered for State Thespian Conference. Register at getacceptd.com. Registration opens on January 1.
START COLLECTING YOUR CANS!
STAGE is collecting non-perishable food items for "Trick-or-Treat so Kids Can Eat," a national campaign to fight hunger sponsored by the International Thespian Society. Donations will support our own community by contributing to the Epiphany Pantry. Consider donating non-perishable foods like these: fruits, vegetables, tuna, chicken, peanut butter, baby food, cereal, pasta and pasta sauce, rice, and potatoes. The Pantry cannot accept expired items.
STAGE members will go door-to-door on October 31 from 6:00-8:00PM to collect items. Flyers will be distributed to STAGE members' neighbors in advance, but feel free to drop off items to the PAC Scene Shop entrance on October 31 from 9:00AM-4:00PM.
Want to help further? Visit the Epiphany Pantry website for a list of other items that are needed throughout the year!
If you missed either the student kickoff on August 19 or the parent kickoff on August 20, download what you need here! If you were able join us, you’ll find new information here too!
Survey Form This gives us some information about you and your interests. Drop it off in the box outside the PAC. Take a moment to enter your contact information by clicking on “Students & Parents” above, then select “Email Signup.”
I Hate Hamlet Updated Rehearsal Calendar You can also subscribe to the calendar here! Spread the word about our new show dates.
Power Notes These are Mr. Hamen’s notes introducing the winter play, Power. Auditions will be December 1-2 in the choir room. Callbacks are December 3 in the Central Theatre. Audition requirements and forms will be posted in November.
Wright State University MAPP Program The Musical Theatre/Acting Preparatory Program offers faculty-taught private lessons and group classes in voice, acting, and dance to students ages 12-18.
L.E.A.D. Formerly called ThesFest, the Leadership Excellence & Advocacy Day is the first 2015-2016 event for Ohio Thespians. It will be held on October 17 at Dublin Scioto High School. This is a great way to start the school year and network with Thespians from all over the state. More info about the day will be coming soon, and you can check for updates at the Ohio Thespians website. Registration is $20, due October 2. See Mr. Hamen to pick up code of conduct and emergency medical forms to turn in with your registration.
All-Ohio Show This year’s Ohio Thespians State Conference All-Ohio show has not yet been announced. When it is, details about auditioning to be part of the cast (CHS may send 6 registered, inducted Thespians) or interviewing to be part of the crew (CHS may send 6 registered, inducted Thespians) will be available on the Ohio Thespians website.
Victoria Theatre Association Fundraising This is a printable/sharable version of the details found on this website. It also includes this season’s Victoria Theatre Association events.
The basics: When you buy tickets using our fundraising form via this site, a portion of each ticket sale goes directly to CHS Theatre. CHS will receive between $3-$10 per ticket, depending on the show. This opportunity is open to anyone who would like to purchase tickets, so please share it!
From Mike Cordonnier:
I'm pleased to announce that Mr. Jason Hamen has been hired as the new Theatre Instructor and Director of Theatre Programming. Jason comes to us from Waynesville High School, where he has taught for 12 years. His schedule at Centerville will include two English classes and three Theatre classes. Some of you may know Mr. Hamen from his work with Epiphany Players Drama Ministry.
There will be a parents meeting a few weeks into school to introduce Jason, ask questions, and find out what's in store for the new year.
I also wanted to make you aware of a few changes in our schedule for the 2015-2016 Season.
I am looking forward to another great year of Centerville Theatre. Jason brings a great level of enthusiasm, knowledge of theatre, and a passion to continue to build upon our tradition of excellence in theatre here at CHS.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer. The PAC will soon be filled with the sounds of rehearsing, singing, dancing, and building!!
The Daytony Awards for 2014-2015 theatre season were announced last weekend. CHS received TWO(!) awards for Outstanding Overall Production: Little Shop of Horrors and West Side Story. These two shows received many more awards, and Proof, the student directed show, won many awards, as well.
Congratulations to EVERYONE involved with those shows.
See the entire list of awards here.
Congratulations to the following students who were selected for technical leadership positions for I Hate Hamlet:
Stage Manager - Gracie Bair
Assistant Stage Manager - Natalie Rodgers
Student Technical Director - Alyssa Embry
Prop Mistress - Karissa Hodge
Master Carpenter - Cailey Kreutzer
Scenic Charge - Samantha Mowery
Prop Mistress - Sarah Parrott
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