Friday, May 13, 2016

Closing Out Notes/Things to Think About!

Hi all - Thanks so much for helping us give our community this really exciting show!

As we enter our final couple of performances and strike, I have some things for everyone to think about:

-Treat each remaining show as if you've never done it before.  Treat every movement, every line, every set move, every thing about the show as if it requires just that much focus and attention to get just right.  When we stop doing that, that's both when a show loses energy for its audience, and when mistakes happen that lead to injuries to people and things.

-Remember to be grateful...for everything!  For the opportunity to do a new show, for the hard work of the wonderful people around you, for readily available food, for insights from the 'hotseat', for standing ovations, and songs that get stuck in your head.  It's hard to get mad about things when you're happy to have them.

-That said, we've reached a point backstage where canoodling couples are actively getting in the way of things that need to happen and resulting in missed cues.  While I'm grateful there is so much romance in the air, I need to lay down the law, as it's actively impacting the show.  Regrettably, allow me to spell it out: We don't sit on each others' laps, kiss/make out, cuddle, nuzzle, grope, have deep talks where you can lose track of time, not be in your place backstage where you're needed, block entrances/exits, etc.  From here out, if it happens backstage, anticipate it will be very hard to join further (SW)2's that bad.

-Strike is on Sunday!  Unless your name is listed below, you are called at 1100am, and we'll continue until we're done.  Bear in mind, we know you're tired, we know you're stressed, but this is just as important a process to us as the build up.  Rest well (as much as possible), eat well, stay focused, and stay motivated...the faster and more efficiently things get done, the sooner we go home.  The following people will need to arrive no later than 1000am:

/Cooper (don't worry, I'll find something to do that doesn't involve knees)
/Grace D
/Daniel N-H
/...or anyone that is available and wants to get us the heck out!

Thanks, all, for what has been a wonderful experience in nearly every way!  Let's bring it home!


Friday, May 6, 2016

A Message from Mt. Rock!

So guess what I got in my email this morning...

Let's kill this, (SW)2!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Notes for Preview May 5th

Hey Everyone,

First off, congratulations on performing in front of your first audience!!  You guys were ready, and they were a delightful crowd.  Hope all your houses will be that enthusiastic.

I have very few notes.  Just a few picky things I need to say or I wouldn't be the director you have come to know and love! Haha! ;-)

Act I
PARENTS/STUDENTS:  Why is the SL line always shorter than the other lines?  Why is it, that the last 3 times I've watched this number, someone different was always in the front of that far left line?  Can you fix that please?

KATIE:  You've been quietly playing Katie in rehearsal, and tonight she exploded!!  I think it was the adrenalin.  You're way too over the top with the energy and enthusiasm.  Bring it back down.  It almost looks like there's something wrong with you, rather than you're playing youthful exuberance.  Also, don't cross over to Zack on his guitar solo.  Only cross to listen to Lawrence.  Bring back the sweet, quiet Katie...not the manic, overly enthusiastic one.  Thanks!

STUDENTS:  When you do the dance for Stick It to the Man, the entire group needs to move over to SL.  Lawrence is on the SR side and he's practically offstage.  Spread it out and move it over.

STUDENTS:  If you can, when covering the drums, try to cover the cymbals.

LIZ:  Run across the catwalk in The Escape.  Don't walk.  You need to be in a hurry.

CLAIRE & LIZ:  You're dancing is too much and too mature. Cut out the shimmies and tone it down.

STUDENTS:  Time to Play was sharper than last night, but still felt off.  You may need/want to run it before the show.

PROPS:  Please put tea (to look like beer) in the glasses and pitcher for The Roadhouse scene.

That's all I've got!  Everybody looks great; the show is running tightly, and you guys deserve to have a fantastic run.  I'll be there on and off throughout the run but just want to say it's been a pleasure working with you all!!!

Break legs and have fun!!!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Call Times & Rehearsal Notes for Dress Rehearsal: May 4th

Your call time has changed.  It is now 5:30 pm for a 7:30 performance on May 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th.  Your call time on Sunday, May 8th is 12:30 for a 2:30 performance.

As you head into performance, please be sure to do a vocal and 
physical warm-up prior to the show.  Stay healthy, take care of yourselves and get as much rest as you can!

Act I
CAST:  Actors backstage, please yell "Yeah" when you hear No Vacancy introduced.

PATTY:  Be sure to wear your skirt for every scene except the one where you go running.

DEWEY:  Great finish to Mt. Rock.

TOMIKA/MR. WILLIAMS/MR. SPENCER:  Come in faster for your scene coming into the school.

STUDENTS/TEACHERS/ROSALIE:  Here at Horace Green, we march in lockstep--Make sure those movements are clean, sharp, crisp.Very military-like.

ZACH:  Learn the moves for "Nothing can shape these ivied walls."  You looked very unsure of yourself.

SHEINKOMPF:  "Get back" When you're walking to the SR vom, Remember you are entering a lion's cage.  You should be slightly afraid.

STUDENTS/DEWEY:  First classroom scene was great.  Good listening & reacting.

NED/DEWEY  Great energy for Children of Rock.  You two were really doing a great job playing off each other.

SOUND:  Queen of the Night must start immediately as lights come up on Dewey.

DEWEY:  Don't mime the door going into the music room...just exit.

STUDENTS:  In the music room (on the catwalk) I can't see Lawrence from the left side of the house.  Everyone needs to move over slightly to their left on the catwalk.

ROSALIE:  Make your dancing/singing even bigger after Summer exits and before you get caught by Sheinkopf.

PROPS/DEWEY:  Bring sheet music into the classroom for You're in the Band.  Dewey, you can have it folded in your pocket.  Preset at start of show.

BILLY:  "What about the rest of us?"  Come in faster with that line.

STUDENTS/DEWEY:  Great energy for You're In the Band.  You look like you're having fun!!!

STUDENTS:  Repeat note from last night:  Ease up on your activity during the Lawrence/Dewey scene.  Keep your actions smaller--you're all stealing focus from the scene that is happening on the floor between Lawrence & Dewey.

DEWEY:  Go, study, learn.  When you say that line, proclaim it as if you're preaching from the mountain top.  Really take authority here.

DEWEY:  Enter the Faculty Lounge AFTER the Faculty Quadrille.

SHEINKOPF:  More inflection when you ask the question, "Isn't that a song?"  Really ask the question.  Let your voice go up and not be so flat.

KATIE/JAMES:  Don't run over to Zack when he is doing his guitar solo.  Stay SL.  Only run over to SR on Lawrence's solo.

STUDENTS:  Do not sit profile on the boxes.  Angle yourselves out toward the audience.  You should always be at  a 45 degree angle from the wall both on SL and SR.  If the boxes are angled, you should sit on that angle too--not in profile.  This is really important as it effects sight lines from the audience.

STUDENTS:  Sustain the energy you had during Act I.  Time to Play was very low energy.

ZACK:  Learn the dance for Time to Play.

STUDENTS:  Run Time to Play before the show tomorrow, or at least check in with each other about it.  It seemed very tentative and sloppy.

DEWEY:  Don't forget to take a drink and have water in your mouth to do an effective spit take.

DEWEY:  Classroom scene w/Tomika dragged a bit tonight.  You need to tighten that sequence up.

TECH:  Please be sure the jukebox is spiked.  It needs to be further SL; closer to center.

ROSALIE:  "Nothing else matters" worked because you start getting into the music and you're getting tipsy and it doesn't matter if it's not with the recording.  It worked really well tonight.

SHEINKOPF:  If Rosalie is late in the hallway scene, arrange the cookies on the platter as if you're setting up for Parent's Night.

STUDENTS:  Whoever brings the chairs for the parents on SL, they were completely off.  They need to be on the angle.  Do not put them profile--angle them along the angle of the boxes.  If the scene starts and you notice they are in the wrong place, fix it.  It's really bad for sightlines if this happens.

CAST:  This show is (obviously) very technical.  So if weird things happen sound-wise, light-wise, etc., don't let it throw you. Don't telegraph to the audience that something is wrong.  Keep going! This is what happens in live-theatre.  It won't be perfect every night.  Or any night.  

DEWEY:  The monologue before Dewey's Confession must have a desperation to it.  It's got to come faster.  Don't lose your energy on this monologue.  You need to show how you feel about each of the kids you talk about.

CAST:  Small mistakes will occur, but please stay focused and listen.  There were more mistakes in Act II tonight, than in Act I, so you need to pace yourselves. Sustain the energy all the way through the entire show!

CAST:  For the final scene at the Battle of the Bands, spread out.  You're only taking up space on 2 sides of the stage almost in lines.  You can fill in more, or clump instead of lining up.

Keep up the great work and don't back down until the run of the show is over.  Every performance needs to be full of fun and energy.  Every audience deserves to see it as if you were doing it for the first time.  You guys got this!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rehearsal Notes for Dress Tech 5/3

Overall, much better than last night, but still plenty of room to grow and improve!


DEWEY:  Opening w/No Vacancy, MUCH BETTER ENERGY!!

THEO:  Great reactions to Dewey during opening number.

SOUND:  Phone ring needs to come faster after "Children of Rock"

DEWEY:  Be more triumphant at the end of "Children of Rock."  Again, live in the fantasy that you will be a rock star.

KATIE:  Make sure you are even with the other lines during Horace Green. We are missing 1 person from the back of the line, so you can move up and be on the same plane as the other line leaders.

SHEINKOPF:  "You're welcome."  Much sharper delivery as if you just did Rosalie a huge favor.  Which you did.

DEWEY:  "Whose got food?"  Come right in with this line as soon as Rosalie leaves.

DEWEY:  Take one bite of the granola bar and then spit it out.  No need to linger over that moment.

LIZ:  Talk less to Freddy during the first classroom.  Focus more on action between Dewey & Summer.

SOUND:  Queen of the Night should be playing as Dewey walks in.

CLAIRE:  Please bring in a chair for Katie during the music room scene on the catwalk..  She needs to sit down to play the cello.  Take it off when you leave.

SUMMER: Say the line, "Ms. Mullins, may I speak to you," from the catwalk.  Then run down to meet her.

KIDS:  Ease up on the activity during the Dewey/Lawrence scene.  You're too distracting.  The audience needs to focus on them.

DEWEY:  Don't give Eric Clapton to CD to Lawrence--it goes to Zack.  Review the order of who gets what CD.

MOSES:  Take the Vogue magazine away from Billy as soon as you discover he's reading it.

LIGHTS: A weird, dark moment when Mooneyham is still talking and Zack hasn't started singing yet.

KATIE:  At the end of If only you would Listen, don't break the line.  Fit into the line downstage, don't stand slightly behind.

SOUND:  Do we have enough mics for all Faculty during Faculty Quadrille?

DEWEY:  Faster entrance into faculty lounge after the Quadrille.

FREDDY:  Come in right away with the line, "Are we gonna goof off like this..."

KIDS:  During Stick it to the Man, those of you on SL, don't cross over to Lawrence until he starts to play his solo.

JAMES:  Use the whistle for "Mullins is on the move"  You have to go to the door before you can say the line.  Hold 3 counts after Stick it to the Man, then go up to the door.

DEWEY: Tighten up the lines when you gather the kids and say "go on my signal."  It's very draggy.

SOUND:  Jeff needs to be mic'd at the end of Act I.

DEWEY:  Start singing  "There's no way you can stop..."  Don't wait for Caldwell.  Let him follow you.

LAWRENCE:  What happened to the black pants?

KIDS:  Great covering of the instruments when Mullins comes in.  Keep doing that.

LIGHTS:  Lights need to come up faster when DEWEY sits at the table in the Roadhouse.

SOUND:  Can Edge of 17 play a little more loudly at the beginning of the scene, than bring it back down.  Can't really tell what the song is.

DEWEY:  Focus on Rosalie when she sings Where did the Rock Go?  You're falling in love.  Don't space out.

BILLY:  When you're holding the dress and you say "It's Fabulous."  Shake the dress on the hanger a little.  Be sassy.  You're proud of your creation.

DEWEY/ZACK:  Let the exchange between you be much faster.  That was awesome.  Zack; You really liked it?

DEWEY:  Tighten up the monologue about all the kids when you're talking to the parents.  It's still your dream to be able to do the Battle of the Bands and you love these kids.  You really do.

MAGGIE:  Don't notice the kids are gone; stay focused on Rosalie.

SOUND:  Mason needs to be mic'd in her scene in Act II. w/Rosalie.

LIGHTS:  The lights need to come up faster on the apartment.  They should come up as Ned and Patty enter.

TOMIKA/LAWRENCE/FREDDY/SUMMER/KATIE/ZACK:  Good reaction to Dewey's apartment.  It can be bigger.

ENSEMBLE:  Make sure everyone is in place on the catwalk and take your cue to bow from Grace and Paige.

Call time for tomorrow is 6pm.  Come at 5 if you want to run things, preset your stuff.  I highly recommend you come early!!!!!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Rehearsal Notes for Monday, May 2nd

PLEASE implement these notes for tomorrow's rehearsal.
PLEASE review your lines, lyrics and blocking EVERY DAY now through the closing performance.
Get your heads wrapped around the fact that we have our first audience on Thursday night! Focus on the show and take pride in it.  If you don't, why should the audience care?

First announcement for "No Vacancy" needs to be louder.

THEO:  React more to Dewey every time he sings badly or pisses you off for trying to get more attention.

DEWEY:  Try to get more attention during the opening number with No Vacancy.  Dewey's energy needs to be off the charts especially when he's performing.  He thinks he's a Rock God!  Watch the guy in the green outfit in this AC/DC video.  That's the energy you need.

DEWEY:  Do a little jump at the very end of Too Hot for you after you say goodnight to Poughkeepsie.

PATTY:  Why were you late for your first entrance?

DEWY:  In the apartment, cover yourself completely with the blanket, as much as possible.

EMO GIRLS:  You probably will not be mic'd.  You need to SHOUT your lines over the song or we'll lose them.

ROSALIE:  Face out to the audience when you're talking to Dewey on the phone.

DEWEY:  Did you have a phone when you were talking to Rosalie?

STUDENTS/PARENTS:  You must enter faster when you come in for Horace Green.  There should be NO LAG TIME between students.  Did you ever see middle school kids get dropped off?  They come pouring in.  Stagger it ever so slightly, but there should be a constant flow of students and parents coming in.  FREDDY is the only one who runs in late.  If you do it correctly, the song should start immediately following the scene with TOMIKA and her DADS.  Be prepared, alert and ready for this entrance!

STUDENTS/TEACHERS:  The lines in Horace Green were very sloppy.  They need to be tight.  The movements sharp.  Like you're in the army.  At Horace Green you are taught discipline.  SHOW THIS by keeping your lines sharp and tight.

STUDENTS:   Exit through SR Vom as quickly as possible after Horace Green.

SHEINKOPF:  Make something of the line "Get back" when you're entering the classroom.  You truly phoned it in.  Act as though you are entering a cage of wild animals.

PROPS:  Please make a new "Welcome Parents" sign and be sure it is only used in ACT II.

PROPS/SUMMER:  We need white board markers either taped on the top of the white board or in Summer's box.  DEWEY also needs a marker for the first scene in the classroom.

SUMMER:  Pick up your cues.  Come in faster with your line after "Who's got food?"

DEWEY:  I was drunk...(take a beat) yesterday.

SUMMER:  Tighten up your cues.

STUDENTS:  ENERGY!!!  Remember the age you are playing.  The wonder, the curiosity of a middle school kid.

PROPS:  We need a gold star chart taped to the white board for every performance of the run.  DEWEY shreds it every night.

CAST:  If something is on the floor that shouldn't be there--PICK IT UP!!  DON'T IGNORE IT.  The audience will only focus on that and not watch the show.

NED:  Make your entrance faster when you come in to see Patty stretching.

DEWEY:  Learn your lyrics for CHILDREN OF ROCK.

PROPS:  We need a cello for Miette.

STUDENTS:  Transition into classroom after music class was painfully slow.  MOVE!!  Anticipate the transition and get your props and boxes ready! ENERGY, ENERGY, ENERGY!!!!

PROPS:  We need sheet music set up on the keyboard.

STUDENTS:  Have spacial awareness when you're in the classroom or anytime you're onstage.  Are you standing in a straight line? DON'T!  Do you need to move over if you're blocking someone?  YES!  Are you all clumped up in a corner?  FIX IT!  Be aware of one another and work with one another!

DEWEY:  Bring the bag of CD's in with you when you enter the classroom for You're in the Band.

LAWRENCE/DEWEY:  Pick up the pace of your scene.  It was ridiculously slow.  I felt like I was watching a serious drama play out instead of a musical comedy.  It's all about keeping the energy UP!

MASON:  Come in faster with your Battle of the Bands line.

STUDENTS/DEWEY:  You put me to sleep watching You're in the Band.  ENERGY!!!  STUDENTS, you have never had a teacher like this before. You have never seen an adult act this way before.  Start building the excitement so by the time the number ends you're exploding with joy and energy about being in a band!!!

BILLY:  Have more confidence wihen you sing If Only You Would Listen solo.  Even when you are mic'd it's hard to hear you.

STUDENTS:  In If Only You Would Listen, the turn on "and I promise one day..." has to be SHARP!!! You're all too slow!!  WAKE UP!!!!

STUDENTS:  After If only you would listen, hold 3 counts for applause, then MOVE immediately into classroom scene.

STUDENTS:  Can you show more enthusiasm when Dewey asks if you want to hear his song?  Don't just answer, "Yeah,"  be excited, ad-lib, show ENTHUSIASM!!!!!

DEWEY:  In the End of Time was all over the place.  Focus!  You're acting out your most favorite rock and roll fantasy.

SOUND:  Faculty Quadrille--I think all teachers need to be mic'd if that's possible.

TEACHERS:  Acknowledge ROSALIE when she walks into the faculty room.

FREDDY:  Come in faster with your line about goofing off all the time.

DEWEY:  Band practice--need more of a rock 'n roll flair.  Play air guitar with Zack.  Again, you are living out your rock 'n roll fantasy.

DEWEY:  ENERGY.  When you slow down, the whole show slows down.  You have to move the scene along.  "Rock is not about being perfect,"  etc., etc., etc.


DEWEY:  Punch the word "shit" so it stands out in Stick it to the man.  It's time to throw some SHIT against the fan...

JAMES:  "Mullins on the move.  Hold the final position from Stick It to the Man for 3 counts then move to the door and say the line LOUDLY.  You can blow your whistle here too.

DEWEY:  "On my signal"  that entire sequence needs much more energy.

OLIVIA B.  Go onstage as the teacher as DEWEY does the birdcall.

STUDENTS:  During the escape you were simply going through the motions.  No one was engaged in what they were doing.  You are ESCAPING FROM SCHOOL!!!!  Where's the excitement?????

STUDENTS/DEWEY:  Stick it to the Man Reprise was a train wreck.  No one seemed to remember any of the steps.  It is the end of the Act and needs to end on a very high note.  We've talked about this before.  Please find the time to get together as a group and review the reprise!!!

PROPS:  Pens for White Board.
SUMMER:  Make sure you have a white board pen for the top of ACT II.

BILLY:  Learn the dance for Time to Play!

SUMMER:  Get your clipboard when you're up on the box for Time to Play.

BILLY:  PRESENT LAWRENCE and his costume to the class.  When they say "Hell No," help Lawrence take it off and stash it in your box.  Remember to retrieve it each night for the next performance.  This is your responsibility--this is your prop!

SUMMER:  Jump off the box earlier.  Literally push people to do things as you snap at them.

DEWEY:  Try going behind the couch for the spit take in the faculty room.  I'm losing the joke because I can't see you.

TOMIKA:  After you say, I just wish..." run back behind Billy because you are so PAINFULLY SHY!!

DEWEY:  Tighten up the cue "Ok, if you sing something, maybe I can make you a singer."  We see you getting frustrated with Tomika, but then you feel bad because she's so painfully shy!

TOMIKA/STUDENTS:  Anticpate that there will probably be applause after Amazing Grace.

SOUND/DEWEY:  Is the guitar plugged in for Math is a Wonderful Thing?

SOUND:  Bell rings after that's a magic number.

TECH CREW:  Jukebox needs to be further SR.  Is there a spike for it?
TECH:  Are we putting liquid in the beer glasses?

NED:  Forget the gloves.  I've never seen you use them.  When you hyperventilate it needs to be really big and wheezy.

PATTY:  Where is the letter from Horace Green?

CAST:  If you were missing any props today, be sure to check in with Jade.  You are responsible for every prop you handle, before, during and after the show.  If you misplace it, you won't have it for the following performance, that's on YOU!

DEWEY/NED:  The scene about the check was SO SLOW!!  I didn't even know what play you were doing.  It seemed like such a heavy drama.  Yes, this is a serious scene, but it drags the energy down.  PICK UP YOUR CUES!!

ROSALIE/SHEINKOPF:  Something really weird and awkward happened here with the blocking when Sheinkopf exited.  You bumped into each other or something.  SHEINKOPF when you exit-- walk straight US.  ROSALIE & DEWEY should be standing next to each other.  It should be from SR to SL:  Dewey, Rosalie, Sheinkopf.

BILLY:  Hold the dress out so the audience can see it.  Again, present it.  You're proud of what you created.

STUDENTS:  As soon as Zack starts to play, focus on him.

ZACK:  Use a piece of paper for the lyrics.

DEWEY:  Look at the paper Zack hands you then put it in your pocket.  Don't put it on the ground.

STUDENTS/DEWEY:  Teacher's Pet put me to sleep. DEWEY you must drive this scene forward.

PARENTS:  STORM THE CLASSROOM WHEN YOU ENTER!!!!!!   MOVE in on Dewey.  You are furious at what you see!!  Don't just stroll in like you're going to a party.

ROSALIE:  Tighten up the moment when you realize the kids are missing.

SHEINKOPF:  Too slow on your entrance.  Come in as the parents are running out.

SOUND:  Mason needs a mic in the last classroom scene.

DEWEY:  Lie on your stomach when you're in the apartment.  The appearance of the kids should surprise you.

TOMIKA:  You need to move around the chair where Dewey is sitting and FREDDY, SUMMER, LAWRENCE AND KATIE circle around the chair so you are surrounding DEWEY.  TOMIKA start moving on "Look Around see what you've done.

PATTY/NED:  React to all the kids running out of your apartment as you run in.

JEFF:  Stand center stage when you introduce No Vacancy.  Then move over to SR.

JEFF:  React when DEWEY and the STUDENTS arrive.  Shush them with a gesture.

LEXA: I do not want to see you handing off the bass to KATIE.

STUDENTS:  Exit faster into the vom.  ALL VOM exits are TOO SLOW!!!

TOMIKA:  Sing your solo to the audience.  Don't sing it to Dewey.

JEFF:  Come out as soon as the song ends.

PARENTS:  School of Rock chant needs to start earlier. Elizabeth and Bryce will start the chant.  Start it as soon as all of No Vacancy come back onstage.

HENRY:  The curtain call intros have to MOVE!!!  High energy as you introduce everyone.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Needs to Attend to - Actors, Crew, Mgmt

Hi there folks!

Great job through Tech!  We've tackled so much, and are working forward everyday!

Please take care of the following things for me in anticipation of performing next week:

-Submit a Bio (see the earlier blog post for info)

-Make sure your Production Fees are paid up

-We are asking technicians to kick in $10 for show/crew shirts...this should go to the WHS Bookkeeper ASAP

-Bring in any missing Costumes/Props that you've promised...they're essential

-Focus on the job at hand, whether it be onstage/backstage/academic

-Maintain a helpful, grateful, kind's a tough week

-Sell your show!

You're doing a bang up job...keep it going!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Notes from Friday's run-through

Hey Gang,

I don't have a lot of notes, but please take the time to read through them and IMPLEMENT them the next time we run the show (Tuesday.)  I will be polishing some things on Monday, but after that, it's all about running the show and getting tighter and stronger every time we do.

If you're still weak on lines and lyrics:  REVIEW!!!  If you're unsure of blocking and choreography: ASK FOR HELP!! It's up to you now to make this show great.  And it can be.  And it will be.  But it's up to ALL OF YOU!!

Act I
DEWEY:  Get more obnoxious earlier on when doing "I'm Too Hot for You."  You desperately want to be playing rock and roll and you're stuck playing this mediocre pop song.  The more obnoxious you get, the more THEO can react to you.

NED:  You will be pulling a blanket off of Dewey in the opening scene in the apartment.  We need to get that blanket sooner rather than later so you can rehearse that bit.

DEWEY:  Wear the gig bag in Mt. Rock, don't just hold it by the handle.  Also, (I'm so sorry, Henry) but we need to reblock some of this because the catwalk is not available during this number.

NO VACANCY:  You guys were late in your entrance to the scene during Climb to the Top of Mt. Rock.

MR. WILLIAMS:  Where were you for your scene entrance with TOMIKA?

ROSALIE:  Let the song and music completely end (Horace Green) before you say "Children, one word before you go..."

THERESA:  Scream as if you see a ghost when you see Ms. Mullins, when she asks if you want  a hug.

KIDS:  Please be aware of where to place your boxes EVERY TIME you set up the classroom.  It's wider than you realize.  We are spiking it for you.

KIDS:  REACT!!!!!  Freddy is the only one worth watching in the opening scene in the classroom.  He is the only one listening to DEWEY.

NED:  Tighten up the line "What's your plan? during Children of Rock.  We will review and polish this number on Monday.

PATTY:  Let Dewy really have it right from the start (after you catch them playing guitar hero.)  You have reached the breaking point.  I have the image of a witch casting her spell...

SUMMER:  Can you get to Ms. Mullins faster on "Ms. Mullins, may I speak to you a moment?"  You can start earlier than you are and run up to her.

KIDS:  The final section of You're in the Band when Dewey is handing out the CD's is ANEMIC!!  You guys look like the Walking Dead.  If the energy in this show drops at any time, we're dead in the water.

BILLY:  Sing louder in If Only You Would Listen.  You're very tentative.  You've got this.  Sing loud and proud!

MASON & SHONELLE:  Sing louder in If Only You Would Listen.

FREDDY:  Come in with the line "Are we gonna goof off..." faster.  Pick up the cue.

SUMMER:  Be careful not to shout on the line "Unrealistic and idealized images..."  Your voice gets really shrill.  Keep it low and supported.

DEWEY/KIDS:  The guitars are in full view when ROSALIE comes into the classroom after Stick It to the Man.  They need to be moved (perhaps stage left behind the students) in order to be "hidden."

KIDS:  Stop coughing after DEWEY says "wheelchairs."

JEFF:  The line "I surrender.  You're in" needs to be much bigger.  You're totally impressed with these sick kids!

KIDS/DEWEY: Reprise of Stick It to the Man is the END OF THE ACT.  You've got to keep up your energy to leave the audience wanting more.

KIDS:  Time to Play-needs to be much sharper.  It will help when there are more props, but for now find a way to make yourselves look busy.  It can't all come from SUMMER.  Not feeling the energy of this number.

KIDS:  There needs to be much more panic when DEWEY talks about the Parents Meeting.

KIDS:  Keep the ad-libbing and talking up until TOMIKA starts to sing.  Then it should stop completely and dramatically as you listen to her.

TOMIKA:  Let's talk to Jon about this, but I think Amazing Grace should be sung slightly faster.

KIDS:  The reaction to TOMIKA needs to be IMMEDIATE.

ROSALIE:  When you move away from DEWEY in Where does the Rock Go-move more Downstage Right (the magic spot!)  This gives you a bit further to cross when you make the cross to center.

NED:  When you find out Dewey has been teaching under your name, your asthma attack needs to be much bigger.  You need to wheeze!

PARENTS/KIDS:  You all need to react when ROSALIE kisses DEWEY at the battle of the bands.

PARENTS:  Please move upstage during the encore at the Battle of the Bands.

DEWEY:  Please go over all your lines for the curtain call.  We will block this on Monday.

That's all for now. Thanks!  Have a nice weekend.

Rehearsal & Performance Schedule for April 25th through May 15th

School of Rock
Rehearsal Schedule for April 25th through May 15th

All Rehearsals, Performances & STRIKE are MANDATORY ATTENDANCE.  If you cannot be there, you cannot be in this show.

Monday, April 25th
3:30pm-6:00pm—FULL CAST CALLED
Block Curtain Call
Review final encore performance of Stick It to the Man
Review other musical numbers

Tuesday, April 26th
3:30-6:00pm—FULL CAST CALLED
Run-through show

Wednesday, April 27th
3:30pm-8:30pm—FULL CAST CALLED

Thursday, April 28th
3:30pm-8:30pm—FULL CAST CALLED

Friday, April 29th
3:30pm-8:30pm—FULL CAST CALLED

Saturday, April 30th
4:00pm-8:00pm—FULL CAST & ORCHESTRA

Monday, May 2nd
3:30pm-8:30pm—FULL CAST CALLED

Tuesday, May 3rd
3:30pm-8:30pm—FULL CAST CALLED

Wednesday, May 4th
Call time for Actors-6:00pm
Performance Time-7:30pm

Thursday, May 5th
Call time for Actors-6:00pm
Performance Time-7:30pm

Friday, May 6th
Call time for Actors-6:00pm
Performance Time-7:30pm

Saturday, May 7th
Call time for Actors-6:00pm
Performance Time-7:30pm

Sunday, May 8th
Matinee Performance
Call Time for Actors—1:00pm
Performance Time—2:30pm

Wednesday, May 11th
3:30-6:30 Pick-up Rehearsal—FULL CAST CALLED

Thursday, May 12th
Call time for Actors-6:00pm
Performance Time-7:30pm

Friday, May 13th
Call time for Actors-6:00pm
Performance Time-7:30pm

Saturday, May 14th
Closing Night Performance
Call time for Actors-6:00pm
Performance Time-7:30pm

Sunday, May 15th
11:00am till it’s DONE!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bio Info

Hi Team -

Here's your bio information post...please email completed bios to




-Personal Info: Past Shows/Roles, Thank Yous, Well-Wishes, etc.

-Max. Word Count: Seniors - 50 Words (60 for Company); All Others - 25 Words (35 for Company)

-All bios should be serious, professional, and in 3rd Person

-I have full right of good!


Crew Now Called!

Here it is...the band's all together as of Monday, 4/25!

All crew members are due to be a part of rehearsal and performance from that day through strike.  Please notify me via email if that won't be possible about arrangements and further commitment to the show.  This pertains to the following crew members:

Addison Houck, Kai Clayton, Zoe O'Loughlin, Sophia Burton, Amy Rodgers, Amy Sloan, Elijah Moon, Grace Kemling, Hannah Engstrom, Kendall Berry, Jade Faulstich, Lindsey Schulhof, Mattie Richardson, Gwyneth Bushman, Shelby Rosenfeld

Call is 330pm-600pm...



Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rehearsal Schedule for April 18th through April 22nd

Rehearsal Schedule for April 18th-20th
Monday, April 18th
3:30-4:30:  DEWEY, FREDDY, KATIE, LAWRENCE, ZACK w/Mr. Caldwell
3:30-4:00:  NO VACANCY (I’m too Hot for You)
4:00-4:30: KIDS (Time to Play)
4:30-6:30:  DEWEY, KIDS

Tuesday, April 19th
3:30-5pm: DEWEY
4:30-5:00: FACULTY w/Jon in Choir Room
5:00-6:00: KIDS w/Jon in Choir Room

Wednesday, April 20th
3:30-6:30:  ACT ONE:  All in Act One called

Thursday, April 21st
3:30-5:30:  ACT II: All in ACT Two called. 

Friday, April 22nd
4:00-6:30:  Run ACTS I & II

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Rehearsal Schedule for April 6th – April 15th

Rehearsal Schedule for April 6th through April 15th

Wednesday, April 6th
Act 2, Scene 2: Faculty Lounge
3:45-4:15  Pgs. 82-85: DEWEY, ROSALIE, FACULTY
Scene 3: Classroom
4:15-5:15   Pgs. 85-91: DEWEY, KIDS, ROSALIE
Scene 4: The Roadhouse

5:15-6:30: Pgs. 92-98  DEWEY, ROSALIE, BIKERS, PUNKS

Thursday, April 7th

Friday, April 8th
12 noon-4pm
Scene 5:  The Apartment
12:00-12:30 Pgs. 98-101:  DEWEY, NED, PATTY
Scene 7: The Classroom
12:30-2:00pm Pgs. 103-114:  DEWEY, KIDS, ROSALIE, PARENTS, NED, PATTY
Scene 8: The Apartment
Scene 9: The Palace Theatre

Monday, April 11th
Stumble-through Act I (If you are in Act I, you are called for this rehearsal)

Tuesday, April 12th
Stumble-through Act II (If you are in Act II, you are called for this rehearsal)

Wednesday, April 13th

Thursday, April 14th
Faculty Quadrille, Time to Play, The Escape, Stick It to the Man: FACULTY, KIDS, DEWEY

Friday, April 15th
Stumble-through FULL SHOW!



Friday, April 1, 2016

Rehearsal Schedule for April 4th through April 8th

School of Rock
Rehearsal Schedule for April 4th – April 8th  
*If you are not able to attend a rehearsal due to conflicts, you are responsible for finding out what you have missed!  Make sure you learn your blocking!

Monday, April 4th
Scene 10
3:45- 4:30:  Pgs. 59-69 Classroom: DEWEY/KIDS (Stick It to the Man blocking)
4:30-4:45: Add in ROSALIE
Scene 12
4:45-6:45: Pgs. 71-76  The Palace Theater: DEWEY, KIDS, JEFF

Tuesday, April 5th
3:30-4:00  Horace Green: KIDS, FACULTY, ROSALIE
4:00-4:45  Faculty Quadrille:  FACULTY
4:45-6:00 Stick It to the Man:  DEWEY, KIDS

3:30-4:45: ZACK, KATIE, DEWEY, FREDDY, LAWRENCE work w/Mr. Caldwell

Wednesday, April 6th
Act 2, Scene 2: Faculty Lounge
3:45-4:15  Pgs. 82-85: DEWEY, ROSALIE, FACULTY
Scene 3: Classroom
4:15-5:15   Pgs. 85-91: DEWEY, KIDS, ROSALIE
Scene 4: The Roadhouse
5:15-6:30: Pgs. 92-98  DEWEY, ROSALIE, BIKERS, PUNKS

Thursday, April 7th
Scene 5:  The Apartment
3:45-4:15  Pgs. 98-101:  DEWEY, NED, PATTY
Scene 7: The Classroom
4:15-6:45    Pgs. 103-114:  DEWEY, KIDS, ROSALIE, PARENTS, NED, PATTY

Friday, April 8th
Scene 8: The Apartment
Scene 9: The Palace Theatre



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rehearsal Schedule for March 28th-April 5th

School of Rock Rehearsal Schedule for March 28th-April 5th
Monday, March 28th
Act I, Scene 2 Pgs. 3-11
Dewey’s Bedroom:  NED, PATTY, DEWEY
*When I Climb to the Top of Mt. Rock:  DEWEY, NO VACANCY, EMO GIRLS, STANLEY, ROSALIE
Scene 3
Pgs. 11-13  Horace Green Front Entrance:  PARENTS, KIDS, ROSALIE
Pgs. 13-15  Assembly Hall *Here at Horace Green:  KIDS, TEACHERS, ROSALIE
Pgs. 17-20 *Here at Horace Green: ROSALIE, DEWEY, MR. NOBLE, MS. SHEINKOPF

Tuesday, March 29th
Scene 3 (cont’d)
Pgs. 20-24 Classroom:  DEWEY, KIDS
Scene 4
Pgs.24-26 Apartment:  NED, PATTY, DEWEY
Pgs. 26-30 *Children of Rock:  NED, DEWEY, PATTY
Scene 5
Pgs. 30-32  School Hallway:  DEWEY, GABE, ROSALIE, KIDS, SHEINKOFF

Wednesday, March 30th
Scene 6
Pgs. 32-34  Classroom: DEWEY, KIDS
Pgs. 34-41*You’re in the band: DEWEY, KIDS
Pgs. 41-43  Classroom:  DEWEY, KIDS
Pgs. 44-45:  You’re in the Band Reprise- DEWEY, KIDS

Thursday, March 31st
Scene 7
Pg. 48-49 *If Only You Would Listen:  ADD IN OTHER KIDS
Scene 8
Pg. 49-51 Classroom:  DEWEY/KIDS
Pg. 51-53 *In the End of Time:  DEWEY/KIDS

Parents called today!

Call today for SoR Rehearsal should read: Dewey and PARENTS, not Dewey and FACULTY...

Spread the word!


Sunday, March 13, 2016

NEW SCHEDULE FOR Monday, March 14th-Wednesday, March 16th.


Monday, March 14th
3:45-4:15 Rosalie
4:15-4:45 Patty

Tuesday, March 15th
3:45-4:45:  No Vacancy Band Members

Tuesday, March 15th
5:30-6:45:  Freddie, Lawrence, Katie, Zack w/Mr. Caldwell

Wednesday, March 16th
3:45-6:45:  FACULTY

Thursday, March 17th
3:45-5:30:  Dewey & PARENTS

Friday, March 18th
3:45-5:30:  FULL CAST

Friday, March 11, 2016

Music Rehearsals for the Week of March 14th-18th

Monday, March 14th
3:45-4:45:  All Faculty Called
4:45-5:30:  Rosalie
5:30-6:30: Patty

Tuesday, March 15th
3:45-4:45:  All Faculty
4:45-5:45:  No Vacancy Band Members
5:45-6:15:  Tomika

Tuesday, March 15th
5:30-6:45:  Freddie, Lawrence, Katie, Zack w/Mr. Caldwell

Wednesday, March 16th
3:45-6:45:  ALL KIDS

Thursday, March 17th
3:45-5:30:  Dewey & Faculty

Friday, March 18th
3:45-5:30:  FULL CAST

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Music Rehearsal Schedule for March 9th-March11th

Wednesday, March 9th
3:45-5:30: Dewey & Kids w/Jonathan
5:30-6:45: Dewy, Zack, Katie, Lawrence, Freddy w/Mr. Caldwell

Thursday, March 10th & Friday, March 11th
3:45-5:30: Dewey & Kids w/Jonathan

Friday, March 4, 2016

You’re In The Band!

School of Rock Cast List 



DeweyHenry Hakanson____________

RosalieSydney Yeargers____________

Ned       Wolf Morgan-Steiner____________

PattyAlexandra Cameron-Pizzo____________



Summer               Zoe Bennett____________

Tomika               Alexis Barnes____________

Zack  (Guitar)       Cooper Poole____________

Freddy (Drums)Quinland Thompson____________

Katie  (Bass)       Miette LaPierre____________

Lawrence (Keys)Aidan Sivers-Boyce____________

Marcy               Lucy Grissom____________

Shonelle               Sofia Solares____________

Billy                 Solomon Burr-Harris____________

Sophie                 Liz Boyle____________

Mason               Taegan Snyder____________

James               Daniel Trusty____________

Madison                 Claire Barnes____________

Theresa               Sarah Pfeiffer____________



Mrs. SheinkopfAnnia Hedlund____________

Mr. Noble        Bryce  Snyder____________

Mr. Green       Moses Felberg____________

Gabe Brown       Andrew Foran____________

Mr. Sanders       Tate Iverson____________

Ms. Gordon       Julia Taylor____________

Ms. Bingham       Noreena McCleave____________

Ms. WoodwardAnnika Phillips____________

Ms. Janes       Parker Callais____________

Ms. MacapugayOlivia Balkam____________

Mr. Wagner       Sheyko Palacios____________


Mr. MooneyhamLevi Nixon____________

Mrs. HathawayMaggie Conroy____________

Mr. Williams       Daniel Nyounai-Herrera____________

Mr. Spencer       Andrew Foran____________

Mr. Sandford       TBD 

Mr. Ward               TBD 

Mr. Hamilton       TBD 

Mrs. Turner       Olivia German____________

Mrs. Travis       Elizabeth Sikora____________


Additional Ensemble Roles  

Sanderson (Battle/Bands Manager)

                                Brittany Tomko____________

Band Member of No Vacancy

                                Drake Shults____________

Band Member of No Vacancy

                                Lexa Machinski____________

Band Member of No Vacancy

                                Noreena McCleave____________

Band Member of No Vacancy

                                Olivia Balkam____________

Stanley (Dewey’s Boss)

                                Andrew Foran____________

Security Guard 1Tate Iverson____________

Security Guard 2TBD

Emo Girl 1           Clementine Hage____________

Emo Girl 2       Tatum Bair____________

Police Officer       Bryce Snyder____________

Bikers               Grace Dotson____________


Punks               Daltry Russo____________

                       Paige Adrian____________

Waitress               Elizabeth Sikora____________


CAST MEMBERS:  Please pick up a script from Mr. Miller.  

FIRST REHEARSAL:  Monday, March 7th  3:45-6:45 


Monday, March 7th through Friday, March 18th.  All rehearsal times are 3:45-6:45. 


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

CallBack List

You may be called back for a specific role or ensemble. Either way, you’ll be ask to sing, attend the movement portion of the callback and possibly read from the script. There are many roles you may be considered for, but in the interest of time, I may only have you read one. Jonathan may have you sing for more than one role.

If you have signed up for an Instrumental audition, you will attend that as well.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 2nd

330p-520p (Vocal/ActingCallbacks)

530p-700p (Instrumental Auditions)


Thursday, March 3rd

330p-500p (Movement Callbacks)

515p-700p (Instrumental/Acting Callbacks)


Name Role


Maggie Conroy Patty

Andrew Foran Ned/Mr.Williams/Mr.Spencer/Gabe

Aidan Sivers-Boyce Lawrence

Moses Felberg Freddy

Miette LaPierre Katie

Zoe Bennett Summer Hathaway

Taegan Snyder Marcy

Noreena McCleave Shonelle

Grace Dills Patty

Sydney Yeargers Rosalie Mullins

Alexis Barnes Tomika

Parker Callais Mrs. Sheinkopf

Sarah Pfeiffer Marcy

Liz Boyle Sophie

Claire Barnes Marcy

Annia Hedlund Mrs. Sheinkopf

Sofia Solares Shonelle

Cooper Poole Zack Mooneyham

Henry Hakanson Dewey Finn

Olivia Balkam Patty

Bryce Snyder Zack

Tate Iverson Freddy/Lawrence

Wolf Morgan-Steiner Ned

Julia Taylor Patty

Olivia German Marcy

Solomon Burr-Harris Billy Sandford

Daniel Nyounai-Herrera Mr. Williams/Mr. Spencer

Tosca Ruotolo Freddy

Clementine Hage Katie

Lucy Grissom Summer Hathaway

Alexandra Cameron-Pizzo Patty

Grace Dotson Marcy

Levi Nixon Ensemble

Taylor Morehouse Ensemble

Quinland Thompson Ensemble

Elliott Braxton Ensemble

Drake Schultz Ensemble

Amelia Levine Ensemble

Elizabeth Sikora Ensemble

Annika Phillips Ensemble

Daniel Trusty Ensemble

Daltry Russo Ensemble

Tatum Bair Ensemble

Ariel Garcia Ensemble

Brittney Tomko Ensemble

Molly Girsch Ensemble

Lexa Machinski Ensemble

Paige Adrian Ensemble

Sheyko Palacios Ensemble

Friday, February 19, 2016

Welcome to The School Of Rock!

Hi there, and welcome to the official SouthWest StageWorks blog for everyone involved with Oregon's first production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The School Of Rock!  We are so excited to be one of the first companies in the nation to produce this exciting piece of musical theatre!  (Have I said how 'excited' we are yet?)

We are actively now seeking the performance ensemble to bring this show to reality!  We're going to need actors, technicians, rock musicians, stylists, and, sometimes, all of them at the same time.  Have you got what it takes to be in the band?

Here's what you need to do:

-Listen to the music...available on Spotify and iTunes
-Read the script...Yeah, I know you've probably seen the movie (I mean, who hasn't?), but the play IS slightly different, and knowledge is power!  They're available in the Drama Room.
-Pick up and fill out an Audition can pick up hardcopies in the Drama Room or download it from the link on the right
-Prep your stuff...singers = 16 measures of a rock musical/rock song; actors = 30-60 second comic monologue; instrumentalists = 90 seconds of prepared music (that said, we want to hear everyone...ask for details)
-Attend the meeting in Room 108 on 2/25 at Lunch for any questions about the audition or rehearsal processes
-Have a great time...yeah, that's just implied

We want YOU for this exciting (there's that word again) show!  Ready?