Good Evening Parents,
An email went out to all of you earlier this evening without my consent or knowledge. Please do not call or email Superintendent Bates or the Granite School Board. The final decision to cancel was made by me. Without question it, would violate the restrictions and guidelines we have been given from the State Health Department and would create issues with social distancing I had not fully thought through. I did not follow protocol in getting this approved.
I need to apologize for getting your hope up to perform one last time. We have all wanted to do something for our drama kids since they worked so hard to prepare their parts and sets for our musical to only have it canceled due to Covid 19. My recent thoughts were that it might be possible for us to at least give the parents the production on DVD as we had taped some of the play before school was dismissed for the year. I had thought that it might be possible to bring students in to video the parts that we did not have recorded. I did not think about all of the students and teachers as well as parents that would be required to come to the school in order to accomplish this. Without question it would violate the restrictions we have been given from the State Health Department and would create issues with social distancing I had not fully thought through. I also did not realize the pressure this would place on students and the parents of students to feel like they would need to attend despite fears of potentially being exposed to the virus. The district did inform me of parents that were very uncomfortable with the proposal of bringing their students into the school. I have had to rethink this situation that would put people in an awkward position where they feel danger but also peer pressure. I should have anticipated this and I apologize.
Due to this we are not going to have rehearsals tomorrow but we will go forward with trying to create a DVD of our production with what we have so students and parents will have at least something to remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. As you return rented costumes, or school produced costumes in the next couple of days, please collect a gift bag that has been created for the actors in the production and we will notify you when the DVD is ready.
This has been a hard year with so many students in so many schools missing sports, graduation, dances, year-end activities, tryouts, plays etc. Know that I appreciate each of your children and all the work they put into school and this play. I hope they were able to get the learning experience out of the play we want for our students despite the fact that they were unable to have the culminating experience. Again, I am sorry that I did not fully think through the options before I allowed our drama teachers to plan a way to finish the production. This pandemic is serious and I do take serious the safety of our students and their families. That does need to be our number one priority. Thank you for your support of your student, and our school. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or email me.
Mr. John Anderson Principal
Here are the expectations of what will be happening next week. Please read through all of them carefully. If any actor or audience member is found not following these expectations, they will be asked to leave. The health and safety of everyone is a priority.
If at any point you do not want to participate, please let us know. We respect your decision either way. If you are not participating, please pick up your musical items on Thursday or Friday.
What to expect for rehearsal on Tuesday (5/19):
What to expect for the filming on Wednesday (5/20)- cast members:
Exciting news! Due to our county moving to the yellow-low risk phase, we will be doing the following:
Every cast member needs to complete this RSVP form as soon as possible.
Cast members will still get the FREE DVD of these recordings for memory purposes only.
Any parents that can stay and help on Wednesday after the production to clean everything up would be greatly appreciated.
When can you come get your musical stuff? You will be returning costumes right after the show on Wednesday and taking all your belongings home with you. We also have a special gift for each of you.
We, as a production team, have been in deep conversation with our administration over the musical over the past two months. The following decisions have been a struggle for us as we know you all have worked very hard and passionately for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Because much of the show was recorded during the elementary/assembly performances, it has been decided that we will move forward with filming scenes that were not recorded at that time. The scenes that remain will include less than 20 people, in accordance with safety guidelines. This recording in its entirety will be the performance of the show. Cast members will receive a FREE DVD of these recordings to keep. This DVD is for memory purposes only and cannot be downloaded. This is how we are able to record and give you the show without violating our rental rights.
We desperately wanted to give the students an opportunity to perform the musical again, but with restrictions ongoing as they are, we are unsure of the possibility to perform in a full audience setting even in the summer. We can space out the audience, but we can’t space out our actors onstage. This is why we have made the decision to put together this recorded version for everyone to take home.
We understand this is a massive disappointment. It is for us too. Please know that we care deeply about this production and each one of you! This is not how any of us wanted this to turn out. We feel this recording is the best way the show can be enjoyed by you and your family during this time.
When can you come get your musical stuff? Please come get your belongings on May 21st or 22nd. If you are unable to retrieve your stuff those 2 days, we will put your things in a bag with your name on it and place it in the front office.
We also have many items in our musical lost and found. A dad left a coat one of the parent work days and we have lots of other random stuff. If you are missing something, please check the lost and found when you come get your costume materials.
There are also 5 CCBB sweatshirts available to purchase (1 medium, 4 smalls). It you want one, they will be first come first serve in the front office.
Ms. Dallimore will be sending out an email soon regarding help with getting everything (costumes, sets, props, etc.) cleaned up, put away, and taken back. There is a lot of stuff and she will need assistance. Let us know if you have a truck.
We will let you know when DVDs are available for pickup. Please stand by for further details in the coming weeks.
We just want to take a moment to thank all of you for the work you've put into this show. We appreciate the countless hours you've poured into making this show great. We know some of you wonderful volunteers never got to see your work come to fruition, but none of it was wasted. This show will be with us forever in our memories. Thank you all for making Wasatch a great place to learn and create.
Ms. Dallimore, Ms. Thompson, Ms. Whiting, & Ms. Carling
Imagine you finally get to see a show you've wanted to see for a very long time. The show begins and you can't understand what the actors are saying. It sounds like a foreign language or mumbling. It's extremely disappointing. You can't even follow the story. What the actors lack is diction.
Diction: Speaking clearly by enunciating the consonants in words. Emphasizing the last letter in a word is important in diction. For example: the word "stop" would have a hard 'p' sound when speaking with diction. When a director says you need more diction it means that it sounds like you're mumbling. Your words need to be said clearly so the audience can follow the story.
Here's a diction exercise. It says to use a cork, but an empty water bottle or something similar will do. Pay attention to how your mouth moves during this exercise.
You might notice that your lips need to move more while you talk. Diction requires you to use and move more of your mouth than you usually do. Since these muscles aren't usually used, your mouth can get tired and achy after awhile. Make sure you work those muscles out each day so your mouth gets used to it.
You can test your skills by playing the telephone game, recording yourself, or speaking to someone from a distance.
The company On Stage, who was handling our ticket sales, will be contacting you on the March 30th regarding whether you would like a refund of your tickets or if you would like to donate the money to the school. Because they have a legal and financial responsibility to the ticket holders, they have instituted a new process specifically for this unprecedented situation. We would greatly appreciate your contribution, because a production of the caliber has been very costly, but we also understand you may need the funds to help your own family at this time. When we are back in school, we can decide when “the show will go on” and the show WILL go on, and we’ll decide on performance days and then you can go back online and order tickets again. Thank you for your supporting Wasatch and our school theatre program. You’re all wonderful!
We, as directors, have met with school administration and talked at length about the future of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We want to assure you that we fully intend to perform the show. The students have put so much hard work and dedication into this. We want them to perform it. Please be sure your student is reviewing choreography, lines, and music.
We don't have a specific date until we know when quarantines/restrictions will be lifted. Mr. Anderson says we can put on the show in the summer if that's when it's safest. We know none of this is ideal, but we appreciate your patience so we can keep everyone safe and healthy. We will let you know as soon as we know.
We're also posting some fun activities each week on our Fine Arts website to help our cast keep up their amazing skills. This week it's learning and dancing Broadway choreography.
Check it out: https://wjhfinearts.weebly.com/announcements/dance-it-off
We want to express our appreciation for the students and how cute they were on that Friday when we gave them donuts. They were singing and dancing the songs. We just want you to know how awesome your students are!
Ms. Dallimore, Ms. Thompson, Ms. Whiting, and Ms. Carling
This week we're trying out some Broadway choreography. The best way to get better at dancing is to dance. This stuff isn't like TikTok dances. Broadway choreography can be pretty hard core.
A lot of these videos go at a quick pace. It may feel daunting, but keep at it and you will get it. Try to do at least 1 of these Broadway choreography tutorials.
Before beginning any exercise you should always stretch and warmup. We also don't want any of you injured so please be careful as you try these out at home.
There are honestly a lot of dance tutorials out there. Here's just a selection:
We hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. We only have one more day left of the musical production class before the quarter ends. We want all of our cast members to know that we are still planning on performing the musical sometime in the future. Therefore, we want our cast members to do the following: review songs, choreography, and lines at least 2 times a week.
We will also be posting on the Fine Arts website optional activities for our cast members to do to build/strengthen their acting, singing, and dancing skills. Please see this as a a time to build skills and become an even stronger performer.
Our first activity is something we would like every cast member to do. Please complete the breath support activity for tomorrow's school time. We noticed during rehearsals that this is something all cast members need to work on.
We miss all of you! Thanks for being so supportive during this crazy time!
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