The Little Red Schoolhouse Players were founded in 1996 with “OZ!” as its inaugural show. In the following years, the drama program has grown to include over seventy students per musical production, and two different shows each year (a middle school non-musical, and a full-blown Broadway musical with students in grades 3-8).
Past musicals have included Oliver, Crazy For You, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, The Wiz, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, and Honk. Non-musicals have included Tom Sawyer, Alice In Wonderland, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Scapin, The Doctor In Spite Of Himself, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing.
Rehearsals take place afterschool from 3:30-5:00 for 6-8 weeks prior to curtain. Additional sectionals or coaching sessions occur during lunch recess or before school occasionally. Directors of the Drama Program are Ms. Lourie and Mrs. Kinna.
Who can participate in the play?
Will my child be “cut” if they don’t sing or act well?
How do students audition?
Can my Sprout audition?
How/when do we learn about parts?
How can my child get a “bigger role” next year?
How do I know when rehearsals are?
What are lunch rehearsals?
We have piano on Tuesdays and violin on Thursdays….
Are there weekend rehearsals?
Are there scholarships available?
How are cast members costumed?
Do I have to read all of these emails?
I have no time. How can I help?
What about schoolwork?
Who provides concessions during the performances?
Is there a cast party? Who comes?
Who has to go to the initial “parent meetings”?
Do all students HAVE to audition?
Should kids audition with a song from this year’s musical?
What are “call backs”?
My child didn’t get the part they wanted…
How do cast members learn their music, dances and lines?
How often will my child rehearse after school?
Where are rehearsals?
What about Anderson basketball/track conflicts?
Why so many different charges on the registration form?
What does the registration fee cover?
What can parents do to help with the play?
What can we expect the last two weeks?
When does the cast go to the Emerson?
How do I get tickets?
What is “strike?” Who does it?
What does it cost to produce a school musical?
^^Approximate Expenses for 2013-2014
Music Theatre International : $2,100.00
Royalties and Script Rental
Rehearsal Score (computer Program)
Emerson Cultural Center for the Arts: $3,776.00
Theatre Rental, Lighting Technician
Additional Sound/Light Equipment
Independent Sound Technician: $787.00
On-site production week and both performances
Directors’ Stipends (2 directors): $3,000.00
Performance Orchestration: $1,300.00
Computer program/software for performance
Additional Sound Equipment Rental: $200.00
Back Drop Rental: $1,000.00
2 Drops, including shipping
2 performance shots, edit
Capital Investment Purchase: $1,430.00
3 New Hanging Choral Microphones
Poster artwork and printing, tickets*, program*
Batteries, bulbs, bungies, bandages, bagels*: $100.00
Shakespeare in the Schools: $450.00
*most of these expenses absorbed by families working on tasks
^^ approximate because many expenses go unreported due to in kind donations or out of pocket contributions.
Cast and Crew t-shirts paid for by corporate sponsors.