School Play Information
Mandatory Play Parent Meeting
Nov. 12, 6:00-6:30 pm in the Deerfield School gym.
Come and learn about all you need to know about the school play.
Auditions are Nov. 19th and 20th, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Deerfield gym.
Please come prepared to recite a monologue or poem (even tell a story!) that is 30 to 60 seconds long. Although it is not required to memorize your piece, we strongly encourage it.
We are looking for strong voices, stage presence, enthusiasm, and a great attitude!
Tues. Nov. 19th (Last names A-L), Wed. Nov 20th (Last names M-Z)
When you arrive at the audition, take a number from the front table. If you have a higher number (above 20), you are encouraged to leave and come back. We usually see around 20 children per hour, so plan accordingly. Please try to attend the evening that correlates with your last name.
All children who audition will be cast in the production.
The cast list will be posted outside the Deerfield gym and on the Deerfield PTA website on Tuesday, November 26, at 9:30 a.m.
Script excerpts and the Rehearsal Schedule will be made available on the Deerfield PTA website before Christmas Break.
Students (with parent help) are to provide their own costumes. They are usually simple and inexpensive. A parent coordinator will contact and give instructions to all cast members.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 7 and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Deerfield continuing through mid-March.
Rehearsal times will extend beyond the 7:00 p.m. hour in February and go until 7:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. This is to accommodate running the entire show. See rehearsal schedule online for more details.
All rehearsals in March are mandatory to participate in the school play.
Final Dress Rehearsal (no audience) is on Tues., March 17th. from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Performances are March 18th-20th (Wed.-Fri.) at 7:00 p.m. Cast is required to be at all performances.
There is a matinee performance for the school, Thursday, March 19th. This is during the school hour and starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. Children need to be ready and in their "green room hallway" by 9:15 am. Children should wear their costumes to school on Thursday morning and bring a change of clothes to wear after the performance.
Tickets for the performances will be available for purchase on the Deerfield PTA website or at the door on the evening of the performance
Parents are asked to volunteer for one area of production. Please see the audition form for choices and indicate what you would like to do. Parent help and involvement are the key to the success of this production! We love our "School Play Parents!"
FINAL TWO WEEKS OF REHEARSAL INFO:
FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL
Final Dress rehearsal is Tuesday, March 12 at 6 pm. This rehearsal ends at 9 PM. Please make sure your children have eaten before rehearsal. They are welcome to bring snacks, but need to clean up any messes. Please make sure ALL HAIR AND MAKE UP is ready, appropriate shoes are on as part of their costume, and all costume pieces are worn. We will be taking photos at this rehearsal, so they need to look their very best! We had quite a few missed lines last week, so please go over your child's lines with them. We want them to shine. Final Dress Rehearsal is a non-audience rehearsal. Please come and see your child on one of the performance nights (Wed-Fri).
NO RESERVED SEATING
There are no reserved seats for any performances of the school play. We will have one seat for our show photographer reserved for Friday night. There are some seats set aside for wheelchair seating only. There are four groups of two seats for wheelchair assisted seating. Because it is "first come, first served" the line to enter the show can be long. If you have any elderly family members, it is suggested that you bring a chair for them to sit in while waiting for the gym to open and seating to begin. Please enter the school through the FAR WEST SIDE DOORS. This is where the ticket table will be and they will direct you to the line. This entrance is over near the KINDERGARTEN PLAYGROUND. Please DO NOT enter through the actor doors. Drop off your actor at the bus drop off and then audience entrance is the WEST door. Please help us with our no reserved seating policy by being courteous to others and not reserving a large row of chairs once you enter the gym. We understand that some family may be getting concessions, but we do not advocate "bulk" reserving so that only one person was waiting in line. We want to maintain a happy, "play"-ful atmosphere. Help us with this in being kind and courteous. We thank you in advance.
The Wizard of Oz performs March 18, 19, & 20 at 7 pm. The children need to be in the hall at 6 pm. The show should run about 80 min with an intermission. There is also a performance for the entire student body of Deerfield on THURSDAY, MARCH 19 at 9:30 am. Please have your children wear their costume to school and bring a change of clothes for after the play. They DO NOT need to wear makeup for the 9:30 am show. This show is for the student body only (because that's all that can fit!), so please send your child ready to perform. If they are on the late track, please have them to school by no later that 9:15 in the hall to set up their chair, etc. and prepare for an exact 9:30 am start.
We would like our parents to remind their children to pick up after themselves after the show. Our "greenroom" hall for the actors is often filled with garbage and food and we don't like leaving that mess for our custodial team. Encourage them to pick up any trash they see.
There will be concessions available at the school play, as well as "Arthur-grams" you can send your actor during the show. All money earned by Concessions goes back into the school play to fund the production.
VIDEO AND PHOTOS OF THE SHOW
The show will be video taped and is directly linked into our sound system, so whatever is heard on the mics is piped right into the camera and heard super well. This footage is then edited and mixed by our Sound and Lights Designer, Richard Holdman. We will also be putting ALL of the photos online and send the link. The final cut of the play video will be a DVD and a digital download. The cost of this video is $20. Please purchase at the Deerfield PTA store at www.deerfieldpta.com/online-store Scroll to the bottom and add "Wizard of Oz DVD" to your basket. We will deliver the flash drives to you in late April/early May. This treasure is one that you will cherish! Don't delay!
Thank you for your patronage and your membership to the Deerfield PTA. We are grateful to the PTA for assisting us in putting on this production and creating these opportunities for our children. Come and see the play as many times as you can to witness the amazing work of these students! Tell your friends and neighbors! It's going to be one "wicked" week of performances.
The Wizard of Oz Directing Team
The Wizard of Oz
Please download, print, fill out, have a parent sign, and bring with you to the audition. You cannot audition without a parent-signed form.
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz
The cast list is also posted at the school outside of the gym.
The Wizard of Oz
"What Scene Am I In?"
JOIN THE DEERFIELD PTA
If your child wishes to participate in The Deerfield School Play, which is an after-school extracurricular activity, you must either join the Deerfield PTA ($8) or pay a participation fee ($8). Click to join!
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