Thursday, December 25, 2008

Williston Times Write-Up

While I think the title caption is overstated, I thought this would be nice to share!
Yay us.
Hope your holidays are great! Have a Happy New Year

Friday, December 19, 2008

Cast List!

Hi everyone!
Earlier today I posted the cast list.  It is on the stage door of the high school.  Please initial next to your name to acknowledge your acceptance of the part to which you are assigned.  A few words on auditions and the cast list...
On Auditions:
Congratulations to everyone for being so well prepared for auditions! In the past seven years, I have seen many, many students audition for parts.  It was really great to watch almost everyone go up on stage memorized, you have put a lot of effort and care into getting your audition ready.  What was especially heartwarming was to see how supportive you were for each other.  Everyone auditioned in front of an audience of their peers who listened, cared and cheered for them.  This is certainly a good sign of things to come.  Congratulations to those of you who had "break-out" auditions (some of you even surprised yourselves, I'm sure).  To those of you who felt you weren't at your best, please do not give up - the only way to get better at performing is to keep doing it.
On the Cast list:
Creating a cast list is like putting together a big puzzle.  As usual, there were some difficult decisions that had to be made, but I am confident that we have put everyone in the best place, given the limitations of the script.  Of course there are always more qualified actors than there are parts, this show is no exception; in fact, this show is more difficult than shows past, due to the relatively small amount of sub-leads.  Any student with a named character should be very proud of themselves.  Each and every student in the ensemble should also be proud of themselves, for being a part of (what is shaping up to be) the best ensemble in (at least) my history at Mineola.  Don't ever forget that each person's voice is tremendously valuable to our show.
As I have explained in the past, please feel free to ask for feedback about your audition.
Full cast read/sing through on Monday after school!  I can't wait to start working on this show with all of you.

Find the cast list posted to the right.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

100 Music Education Blogs

Hey Everyone!
Just got an email today from Dr. Joe Pisano of: informing me that this blog is now a part of the "100 Music Education Blogs"  Its purpose is to connect music teachers and students from all over the world to globalize the conversation of improving music education.  Go to the above website, and go check out some of the other things that people are doing online, as hopefully now all of the great things we're doing will begin to reach far beyond our hometown.

The following image and text is from Dr. Pisano's blog:

So without any further “a-do”, I present … drum roll please!…

The (Quite possibly!) final of the 100 ME Bloggers:

Jeane Goforth - Scrollworks and Metropolitian Youth Orchestras
Dr. Robert Phillips - The Opinionated Arpgeggist
Cynthia Wunsch  - The Unlikely Entrepreneur (Click the Blog Tab)
Joe Owens - MHS Theater
Andy Zweibel - Music Musings and Other Randoms…
Stephen Robb - Music Schools BC
Paul Bailey - Paul Bailey’s Blog

Please stop by and say hello to all these great new ME bloggers! and…


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Audition Forms

Hi Everyone!

Please find the newly updated audition forms on the right hand side.
The Car-wash fundraiser is ready to go... there is a form for it in the audition forms.

Audition sign up sheets will go up on Thursday. Remember auditions should be a time where you get to show us your best work. Make sure you have some fun up on the stage during your audition.

Dance workshop will be tomorrow (Wednesday) after school, and Mrs. Messina will hold a song teach on Friday December 12th (the Friday before auditions).

Click on the "Audition Forms" on the right hand side of the page to download your audition form. This way you can have your contract signed and returned without having to worry about it.

Please try to sell some of these car-wash tickets... They make a great stocking stuffer, and it is a VERY beneficial fundraiser to us.

See you soon!

P.S. The Set is IN! It looks great and I can't wait to start practicing with it!