Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz\r\n\r\n2016-2017 Fall Play: It’s a Wonderful Life\r\nNovember 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm\r\n\r\n2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical\r\nMarch 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm\r\n\r\nAll Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical. The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November. The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April. Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment. Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.\r\n\r\nPerformers As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability. Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical. The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical. Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance. Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.\r\n\r\nMusicians (Musical Only) As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability. Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical. Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance. Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.\r\n\r\nLighting and Sound Technicians As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills. The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.” Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.\r\n\r\nSet Crew As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills. The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical. Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”\r\n\r\nStage Manager and/or Student Director As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance. Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing. Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director. Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances. Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.\r\n\r\nStage Crew As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances. Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.\r\n\r\nUshers As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats. Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance. Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.\r\n\r\nBox Office As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances. Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.
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