Sunday, February 14, 2010

Fantastic Job!

Fanstastic job everyone....cast and crew! It was a wonderful show, and a wonderful experience. Thank you all for your hard work. Sure hope to see everyone in the summer for Youth Theatre Camp in July. Don't forget to pre-register for Camp. Watch the Barrow Civic website for more details.

There were a couple of pairs of shoes/boots and a couple of camera cases left behind at the theatre. Check the lost and found at the box office if you think you lost anything.

If you sent me your email address, I will be sharing my pictures as soon as they are available. If anyone else took pictures during the show or backstage, and you upload to, please share them with me, and I will, in turn, share with everyone

Thank you again for a very successful show!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

February 11th Show

Great job everyone! You did great! Get some rest, and we will see you tomorrow night! 7pm call. Show begins at 8pm.
I took lots of pictures today, and they take forever to upload to the blog. So, if anyone would like to send me their email address, I can "share" the photos at  Just send your email address to
Again, great job everyone!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rehearsal Wednesday, February 10 Cancelled

Tonight's rehearsal for Wednesday, February 10th has been cancelled. You need to be at the theatre by 8am tomorrow, even if school is cancelled or delayed. If school is running on time try to be there a little early. Don't forget to do your hair and wear extra make-up. Breakfast will be served. Everyone has done a great job and I know you are ready!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Countdown Begins

We are coming up on tech week, and everyone is doing a great job! Keep working hard, sing loud and strong, and keep smiling!

A couple reminder for the parents...tomorrow night...February the last day to sign up for the Parent's Booster Group. Information is hanging in the green room. Also, happy ad information and money is due on Thursday as well, and, if any parent is interested in helping with the school shows on February 11th, the sign ups and money is due tomorrow.
Rip Tide and Zip Tide strike a nasty pose as the seaweed prepare to wait on the queen and Jenna offers to model the crab head while crafting a crown for Neptune.

The set is nearly complete, and the show is right on track! Everyone keep a good attititude for next week :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

January 28 Rehearsal

There will be rehearsal tonight unless you receive a phonecall by 3:00pm.You can check this blog before you leave tonight.Thank you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January 26 Rehearsal Pics

Wow...everyone in the tech crew has been working hard, and it shows! The stage is coming along quite nicely already, and the coral looks fantastic in all its purple, orange, and blue glory! This is going to be a fantastic undersea world. A special kudos to Aaron, Andrew, and the "men" for all the sawing and cutting and "man's work" that's been going on backstage building the ship.

Leah glitters up Queen Neptune's trident..and her hands...and her pants...and her hoodie..and....Jimmy, Veronica, Chloe, and Sam put highlights on the coral under the watchful and artistic eye of Mrs. she really was just helping prop up the coral for them!

Rebecca runs through some acting exercises with some characters on stage. No, Connor...pretend the camera ISN'T there!

The next rehearsal is Thursday, January 28th, 6:30 - 8:30. The rehearsal involves everyone, including the technical crew. Wear your dance shoes! (except the tech wear old clothes)
Characters don't forget to be memorizing your lines. Show time will be here before you know it!
Martha will be distributing school excuses at Thursday's practices so that your principal knows you will be participating in the show!

Thanks for all your hard work. Keep it up!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January 26 Rehearsal

Tonight's rehearsal, January 26th, involves all tech kids and all characters with lines....MINUS the sailors. The sailors worked hard last week and worked through their stuff, so they will not need to be there tonight.
Rehearsal will run from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

I hope everyone was able to see the fantastic article in last nights "News Herald" on the front page..."Barrow all-youth productions celebrating 10th anniversary." It was a great article written by Kristi Cummins about the last 10 years of the FCOA Youth Theatre and what drives it (hint...Martha!). Connor Kingdom was even interviewed and was quoted as saying "It teaches us teamwork, and it's really fun and upbeat and you make a lot of friends when you're here."

Also, of note, alumnae from the past shows are encouraged to attend the "Little Mermaid," and, if they wear their show shirts or bring a program from a previous show, will receive $1 off their ticket and be invited to the stage for the finale. Very cool! The stage will be packed!!!

Well, the show has been great so far. If you have any questions or comments, please see me, Theresa, Stacy, or Jess....or you can see Martha or Kelly before or after rehearsal. Thanks!
Keep up the great work kids!


Friday, January 22, 2010


The next rehearsal is Saturday morning, January 23rd, 10am-1pm. This is rehearsal for everyone...actors and technical crew. Bring your dancing shoes and your best attitudes (as always!).

There will be no rehearsal on Sunday, as we have had no snow days to make up.

Letters for the school principals to excuse students from school the day of the school performances will be distributed on Thursday, January 28th.

Cast picture forms and DVD forms will be not be given out until tech week. Money will be due at that time.

Thank you! Feel free to ask before or after practice if you have any questions!


Pictures from January 21 Rehearsal

 The mermaids and the sailors got down to some serious blocking and rehearsing on Thursday night as they started learning their lines.

 To the right Anemone and Clem worry that Zip Tide and Rip Tide may be lurking near as Bubbly looks on nervously.

 Sailors run their lines from the ship.
Jimmy, one of the tech, practices his ninja techique.                                                                             

Some of the tech crew was busy blowing up fish for the chorus.

 The mermaids practice their dancing (and posing) in the lobby.

 Prince Theodore and his first mate get ready to follow their fellow sailors into the sea.

Jordyn, Bridget, and Connor wait and watch from the auditorium. One of the best parts of being "part" of the theatre is the friends you make there!

 Everyone loves having Lilly around during rehearsals. She is real patient while everyone does their thing and while her mom does her directing. She doesn't even really (yawn!) get (yawn!) tired.



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 21 Rehearsal

Hope everyone is having a great time so far!
The Thursday night rehearsal this week is for characters with speaking lines only and for technical crew.
Rehearsal will run 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Don't forget to bring your scripts and a pencil!

The next rehearsal will be Saturday morning,
January 23, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for everyone, including technical crew. Clothing orders are due that day.


Saturday, January 16, 2010


Hope everyone had a great time rehearsing and dancing on Thursday night Saturday morning. The next rehearsal will be Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m.
This rehearsal will be for all Rips and Zips, the Sea Witch, Sea Weed, and all the Sailors. Also, the technical crew will be needed starting this night.  There is lots to do!

Reminder to parents to sign up to work backstage. If you are unable to sign up one night, please contribute $10 to the Youth Theatre Fund for water and other "perks" for the Youth Theatre program.  Sign sheets are now available and will be sitting out for parents to sign up. 

T-shirt order forms were given to the kids at Thursday's rehearsal. These are NOT mandatory, and no one should feel obligated to purchase a shirt or pants. If desired, short sleeve shirts are $8; long sleeve shirts are $11; and sweat pants are $18.  If you didn't get a form from your child, you should get one soon. Orders are due on January 23rd so that the kids can get their shirts back in time to be used for publicity for the show. Checks should be written to "FCOA."

Also, a reminder that $10 (total) is required from each child for the script, music, and CD. This check can also be made to "FCOA" and WILL be RETURNED to you as soon as the required materials are returned (at the close of the show). With copyright laws, it is very important that these things are returned, and this is the most eficient way to be sure we get these back. Thank you!

Encourage your kids to practice their songs and to practice good, healthy habits while the show is going on. It can be an exhausting process, and good eating and sleeping habits go a long way in helping combat fatigue during school.  We are very excited to have your child involved in this production, and EVERY role is important, from the lead roles to the supporting roles, from the chorus to the technical crew. A show cannot be put on without all the characters, and it cannot be good if all the characters aren't good.  So encourage your child to stay in character, have a good attitude, and know that they are important to us! The following link gives some tips about staying healthy even when you are busy...some suggestions are geared for the adults, but we are busy right now, too...running the kids around to the rehearsals!
Fitting Healthy Habits Into Your Busy Life

Lastly, if you have any extra paint, we can certainly use it for the set! Bright colors and blues are especially needed. Also, swim noodles are needed.

I hope that this is as wonderful an experience for you and your child, as it is for us!


Friday, January 15, 2010

Little Mermaid Rehearsals Underway

 Anemone and Clem Clam lead the undersea chorus.

Martha Heise, Director, works with the cast during the first musical
rehersal of the little mermaid. 

The next rehearsal is Saturday at Smedley School for Mermaids and Sea Creatures. 10am - noon.

Chloe and Andrew (technical crew) go under the SEAts to catch some waves for the show.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cast Announcement

The cast for Youth Theatre’s production of The Little Mermaid has been announced,

Anemone “The Little Mermaid” – Kate Ditzenberger and Prince Theodore – David Zlotnicki

Mermaid Sisters (Oldest to Youngest): Rachel Wheeler (Shelly), Leisel Kober (Pearly), Anne Marie Hutchinson (Misty), Anna Wilson (Sandy), Evelyn Sopher (Bubbly)

Clem Clam – Madeline Keenan; Sea-Witch – Abby Larimore; SeaWeed – Morgan Shingledecker and Lauren Varsek; RipTide – Sammi Raybuck; Rips – Rachel Anderson, Lucy Hutchinson, Jessica Wilson; ZipTide – Amber Culver; Zips – Quinn Adams, Shannon Hingl, Beth Pfohl; Queen Neptune – Patricia Rende; Grandmother – Alyssa Zlotnicki; Georgina – Bridget Carter; Clara – Jordyn Plymire; Pierre – Lane Behe; Borgy – Stephen Dennis; Prince’s First Mate – Jenny Wiliams

Sailors: Seth Thompson, Nick Dobson, Logan Painter, Will Heller, Tyler Lyons, Reagan Scott, Grace Kellner, Katie Lawson, Elizabeth Fox, Kristine Hartle

Minister/Sailor – Connor Kingdom

Wedding Guests: Katelyn Clowes, Madison Dashner, Kylie Doctor, Devin Green, Sam Feely, Kaitlyn Kline, Jocelyn Sauer, Erika Scott, Katie Shulik, Nicole Way, Bethany Weingard
Sea Animals/Fish: Anjali Asche, Maya Asche, Tifany Berry, Bailey Cassidy, Alex Dashner, Maddy Deemer, Amanda Espy, Carly Ghering, Kelsey Ghering, Sarah Handy, Kylie Hicks, Heather Hondel, Sadie Horner, Sophie Horner, Rachel Howard, Rebecca Jordan, Reagan Lashinsky, Tina Krizon, Rachael McCauley, Kate McDonald, Ashlyn Nelson, Courtney Novak, Sophia Santee, Caroline Stevens, Allye Tenney, Katherine Thompson, Madison Vogan, Jayne Wolbert, Michelle Yasenka

Technical Crew (Back stage, Lights, Sound, special effects): Tim Dennis, Leah Fox, Sam Greene, Rachelle Heasley, Jim Heasley, Megan Kline, Andrew Krizon, Veronika Lamphere, Melinda Madden, Chloe Nelson, Christine Painter, Christian Peterson, Daniel Pratt, Aaron Ritsig, Andrew Ritsig, Will Thompson