It's finally Tech Week! Tech week is when everything comes together: costumes, sets, microphones, props, lights, curtains, etc. This week is often a difficult and stressful one because so much is happening at once. We are fortunate to have already introduced a lot of these things already. Here are some reminders as we enter this week:
Students who are failing in their classes won't be able to perform for the Elementary schools because they have to miss a whole day of school. We have reminded the students for weeks about the importance of keeping up their grades. Everyday our students have had down time in class/rehearsal that they could've used to work on homework. We realize these are still young students learning how to balance and use their time. Please check your student's grades.
If they're failing, please encourage them to talk to that teacher and see if they can come in before school, during lunch or after school on Friday. Also encourage them to use their down time to work on homework. It's crucial our actors are present for tech rehearsal after school. Students who miss tech rehearsal often come to us in tears because they don't know what to do. Please talk to us if your student has talked to teachers and still has problems with making up their work.
Stress & Illness
It's a stressful time for all of our actors. You can tell them that this stress can be good. It's their body telling them that what they're doing is important and that they need to focus, practice, and work.
It can become a cause for concern is if that stress feels constant, like being on a ferris wheel, going around and around and not stopping. If they feel overwhelmed like this, please have them come see their counselor in the counseling center. There's a calming room they can use there. The counselors also have many techniques to help them get off that stress ferris wheel and focus productively on their work.
Every year at least a few cast members miss performances due to illness. Please do everything in your power to keep their body strong. Help them eat healthy. Help them get their sleep. Remind them to wash their hands. Encourage them to drink lots of water. This will also help with anxiety and stress.
In the past, tech week rehearsals often went till 7:30 or later. We are still standing by our calendar plan for this week. Please note that Tuesday goes till 5pm and the Double Dress Rehearsal on Saturday.
Monday, March 2nd
Tuesday, March 3rd
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Thursday, March 5th
Friday, March 6th
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