The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
year marks the first Theater Tech / Stagecraft friendly competition
with Rio Rancho High School. Rio Rancho is producing the musical
"Oklahoma" next month. Oklahoma is near and dear to my heart as my
senior class (Holliston High School, Holliston MA Class of 1976) also
performed it. I was in the pit orchestra and my good friend Jay Alger
played Curly. Jay is currently on a worldwide tour as Music Director for
the 50th Anniversary production of the Sound of Music.
CHS Theater Tech and Stagecraft classes are building a 'surrey'; a type
of covered 2 seat wagon used in the play. Rio Rancho's classes are also
building one. Both surreys will be on display outside of the PAC at RRHS
on the night of each performance. Incoming audience members will get to
vote on which surrey will be used for each performance. This is a
complicated stage prop, so please wish us luck in the assembly process.
Theater Tech Club Has Begun
world renowned CHS Theater Tech Club has kicked off the 2015 - 2016
school year. Meetings are held each Thursday right after school in the
concert hall until 4:00pm. All students are welcome!
2016 -2016 Has Begun!
Of Rock meets every Monday right after school in the concert hall. All
are welcome, from beginning musicians to already formed bands. This year
we'll be hosting a monthly performance in the cafeteria on the last
Friday of each month, there will be plenty of opportunity to perform for
hundreds of your friends and fellow students!
Theater Tech at Cirque du Soleil
Concert in the Cafeteria
Friday, March 27th during both A and B lunch the CHS School of Rock
bands Daybreak and Freshmen will be performing on stage inside the CHS
Cafeteria. This is the third concert this year and each band is getting
better and better. Come support these musicians as they perform both
original music and covers!
Rosco Mfg. Visits
Cowen & Jenny Knott of Roscoe Mfg. Inc. stopped by our class this
week. Henry is the Southwest company representative and Jenny manages
Rosco's Theaterical paints and accessories division. The two discussed
the state of theatrical products today, and what it's like to work at
the jobs they hold- a typical month at Rosco.
What we can accomplish!
is an example of what Theater Tech Class, Club, and Crew can do in
three short weeks when we put our minds to it... Their teacher is
SO PROUD of all of them!
Cirque crew pulls back curtain for theater class
Cirque de Soleil
Tuesday, 1/15/13 our CHS Theater Tech Club has been invited to watch
the final portion of the load-in for Cirque de Soleil at the Santa Ana
Star Center. Like last year, their show 'Quidam' will roll in
with roughly 20 semi trucks full of state-of-the-art equipment from
their world tour. Nick Morales, the Cirque Tour Manager will be talking
to the kids about the show, life on the road, and answering any
questions they may have.
Students interested in attending
should arrive at the SASC front door (lower level) no later than 3:00pm,
we'll be there until 5:00pm.
Fall Plays Huge Success!
am incredibly proud of this class with their performances of the plays
"Will" & "And" this week. They were poised, well prepared, and
displayed mad skills on stage. Including open dress rehearsals, they
performed overall in front of several hundred people which is a very big
deal for young actors. Kudos to the Theater Tech students who helped with direction, lighting, design and management. I'm a very proud and happy teacher today!
Stay tuned for more information about the Tennessee Williams classic play "Streetcar Named Desire" which will be performed in March 2013!
CHS Annual Madrigal Dinner Approaches!
Friday evening, December 7th, 2012 in the CHS Cafeteria. Come feel the magic!
have begun for 2012- we had a great turnout on August 30th and will
meet again on 9/6/12 right after school in the concert hall. Planning
has begun for our fall/winter schedule which includes the Madrigal Dinner
and several other concerts and events. Our 2012 T-Shirt is being
designed and will be ready to order after our third club meeting. We're
looking forward toward a most awesome 2012-13 school year here in Fine
Field Trip a success
Thanks to all
who participated, Shayne Abrahamson, Helene Apper, Rich Garland, and Mr.
Calabrese (who I found out knew some of the people I used to work with
in CT- small world...) as chaperones, and especially thanks to Mikey
Newman and Eric from Cirque du Soleil for answering questions and making
this possible, and to Keisha & Chris Jones from the Star Center for
escorting us and answering more questions. Lastly, thank you students
for behaving in a manner that we've come to expect at CHS- the best!
our Drama I, Theater Tech class & Club are bussing over to the
Santa Ana Star Center to watch the Cirque Du Soleil equipment load in.
This is a rare opportunity to see over 200 stage crew members set up 18
semi trucks worth of staging and equipment in a world class setting.
Thanks to the Star Center Management and to Mike Newman, the Cirque du
Soleil production manager who has invited us today to watch the
proceedings. We're very excited and honored to be there.
Tech Club meetings have moved to Thursdays after school in the concert
hall for the rest of second semester. please check the schedule in the
control room for upcoming events to sign up for.
The School of Rock will continue to meet second semester every Monday after school.
Cirque du Soleil Field Trip
Abrahamson is taking several classes to visit the Santa Ana Star Center
on Feb. 28th, 2012. Cirque du Soleil is beginning their load in for an 8
show run and Mike Newman, the interim production manager for Drallion
has invited students to watch the process as 12+ semi trucks roll in and
the show is set up by over 150 hired stage hands and crew members.
Our classes will be watching the process from an area inside, and Mr.
Newman will be explaining the process and introducing various crew and
cast members to the students. The trip does not include tickets for the