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Lights, camera, action! It's time for your McLane Parent Teacher Student Organization's (PTSO) 2017 theater season! To afford a theater experience for as many students as possible, we are offering two programs based on grade levels—one for Lower Elementary Kindergarten-2nd grade and one for Upper Elementary 3-5th grade—kicking off first with our Lower Elementary production.


LOWER ELEMENTARY

We are partnering with TOAD (Theater of Arts Discipline) theater company to provide musical theater education and a performance opportunity to 40 energetic, hardworking young actors in grades K-2nd. Artistic staff from TOAD will travel to McLane to audition, teach, and lead rehearsals for two weeks, culminating in two performances of “Sleeping Beauty, Kids”, a 30-minute show specifically written for young kids.

Please join us on EITHER Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:00pm OR Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7pm in the McLane music room to review this year's guidelines and expectations, meet TOAD staff, and ask questions. Attendance at one of the meetings is *mandatory* for your child to participate. Registration forms will be available at these meetings, with an enrollment cost of $40 per student.

Scholarships are available by request. Your PTSO will provide one full $40 scholarship and one $20 half-scholarship. If more than one application is received for each type of scholarship, applicants will be randomly drawn.

Completed forms with payment will be accepted at the meetings and in a marked box in the office until 4:00pm on Thursday, Jan. 26. If we receive more than 40 paid registration forms from parents who attended one of the mandatory meetings, applications will be randomly drawn with spaces allotted by proportion based on the number of students in each grade. Kindergarten will have 12 slots; 1st grade will have 13 slots; and 2nd grade will have 15 slots.

Auditions for role assignments will take place on Monday, Feb. 6 from 3:30-5:30pm. All students are given a role if they are registered. Rehearsals will take place every day after school (Monday-Friday) from 3:30-5:30pm from Feb. 7-17. Your child must be able to attend every rehearsal. Performances are Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30pm and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 12:30pm. Your child must be able to attend both performances on this holiday weekend.


UPPER ELEMENTARY

Again, partnering with TOAD (Theater of Arts Discipline) theater company, our Upper Elementary program provides musical theater education and a performance opportunity for 45 energetic, hardworking young actors in grades 3rd-5th. Artistic staff from TOAD will travel to McLane to audition, teach, and lead rehearsals for four weeks, culminating in two performances of a fabulous 60-minute musical.  

Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30pm in the McLane music room to review this year's guidelines and expectations, meet TOAD staff, and ask questions. Attendance at this meeting is *mandatory* for your child to participate. Registration forms will be available at this meeting, with an enrollment cost of $60 per student.

Scholarships are available by request. Your PTSO will provide one full $60 scholarship and one $30 half-scholarship. Thanks to a very generous McLane community member, we have funds for two additional full scholarships and one more half-scholarship. If more than one application is received for each type of scholarship, applicants will be randomly drawn.

Completed forms with payment will be accepted at the meeting and in a marked box in the office until 4:00pm on Friday, Feb. 17. If we receive more than 45 paid registration forms from parents who attended the mandatory meeting, all 5th graders applying will be granted a slot as this is their last chance to perform in a McLane musical. Applications will be randomly drawn for the remaining spaces by proportion based on the number of students in 3rd and 4th grades. 

Auditions for role assignments will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 3:30-5:30pm. All students are given a role if they are registered. Rehearsals will take place Monday-Thursday after school from 3:30-5:30pm from Feb. 27-March 23, except on Wednesday, March 1 when early release dictates a 12:15-2:15pm rehearsal. Your child must be able to attend every rehearsal. Performances are Friday, March 24 at 6:30pm and Saturday, March 25 at 12:30pm. Your child must be able to attend both performances.

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While your PTSO is paying TOAD to produce our musicals, the PTSO side of the program is run completely by volunteers who spend many hours working to ensure a great experience for our students. Our two theater chairs are moving on to middle school next year, and we are actively looking for interested parents to learn the program this year in hopes that they can continue the program for the next generation of McLane student actors. Not looking for a commitment that big? We will have plenty of other volunteer opportunities! Come assist at a rehearsal, assemble our flower lollipops, arrange our raffle baskets, or sell tickets and concessions at the performances.

Have questions or want to volunteer? Email us at ptsotheater@mclaneptso.org

Thank you,

Wendy Harris and Audrey Young

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PTSO Outreach,
Feb 26, 2017, 7:35 PM
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PTSO Outreach,
Feb 26, 2017, 7:35 PM
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