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Minutes – from parent meeting

Next meetings will be February 6th and 27th. Show shirt orders are due by Feb 4th.

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Reminder: Parent Meeting – TOMORROW (WED) at 6:30 pm.

Please remind your parents that we will need their help to plan several projects – we cannot do it all without more volunteers!     Tech week meals, after party, rose sale, the spring banquet, senior awards, and we’re having a Tea Party!

Look for us in the lobby in front of the library – we’ll meet for no more than one hour!

PS – Show shirt order info will be posted tomorrow in the google classroom – and provided at the meeting!

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Applause Meeting – Jan 24th

January 5, 2024

Hi, All!
I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to jump into the musical season! There are plenty of jobs for everyone, and the actors, crews and staff would very much appreciate any help you can give. We would like to begin with a meeting of our booster club, Applause!! Since Mrs. Ciemiewicz is having vocal rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, we thought that it might work for a parent meeting, too. Our first meeting will be held on January 24 th at 6:30 pm. I would also welcome any questions you might have about Applause!! Please contact me at if you have any questions or comments.
I’m looking forward to working with you again!
Carole Shellenberger

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PUFFS – “Magical Sneak Peek” special event

Please plan to join us twice in the month of November!

On Saturday, November 4th, from 2:00 – 4:00, we’re hosting a Magical Sneak Peek event where you’ll get to meet many of our characters, play games, take lots of photos & even run through the wall at Platform 9 3/4. We’ll also host a behind-the-scenes tour so you can see some of our theatre magic! Admission is $5/person – we do ask that adults stay with children throughout the event.

You can make a reservation for the Sneak Peek by using our online ticket site: This will allow you to RSVP and pay the $5 admission fee online with a credit card. You may also just show up to the event on November 4th – but we can only accept cash/check payments in person.

That same site is also open for business for you to join us to see the whole show on November 17th or 18th at 7:30 pm. We are performing the “Two Act Version for Young Wizards” – so it is enjoyable for many ages… but there are just a few brief moments that could be a bit scary for very young wizards. Please contact Melissa Mintzer with any questions.

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Parent Meeting Notes – October 10th

Enclosed are the notes from last night’s parent meeting. Reminder to everyone that the sponsorship deadline is quickly approaching! And, start spreading the word about our Magical Sneak Peek event on Saturday, November 4th. $5 admission – photos, games, behind the scenes tours.

Next parent meeting: November 7th, 6:30 pm

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Parent Meeting – Notes – Sept 26th

Please read this document about our discussions from this week’s meeting. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on October 10th and November 7th for PUFFS business!

Student surveys were distributed through our google classroom to gather information about students’ preferences for activities/after party – and any food allergies and preferences. These are due back to Mrs. Mintzer by October 6th.

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Fall Play 2023 – “PUFFS – Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” by Matt Cox

This year’s fall play will be “PUFFS – or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” by Matt Cox. A certain boy wizard went to a certain school and conquered evil – however, this is NOT his story. This is the story of the Puffs – who just happened to be there also. It is #2 on the Top 10 list of most-produced plays in high schools, and it is a play that was meant to have fun performing. We are looking for cast members, crew members who will be hands-on in all areas, and puppeteers. You and your parents are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wed, Sept 6th at 6:30 in the auditorium to learn more about getting involved. You can also contact Mrs. Mintzer in C205 or Dr. Lindstrom in C303.

A google classroom will be created for Penn Manor Theatre news for 2023-24. Students: Please email Mrs. Mintzer to be invited to join that classroom. Audition materials, crew registrations and other news throughout the year related to our theatre program will be posted here. PM credentials are required for access. Public information will be posted here on this blog on an ongoing basis for parents & community members.

Please know that we did the best we could to find a place for everyone – but there’s still a lot more to be determined.  You will be involved in as many scenes as we can accommodate – but we need more time to consider costume changes and other logistics.  We’ll figure that all out together.

Please look at everything posted here:
-The Cast List Flow Chart
-The List
-The google form that needs to be completely by Sunday evening to formally accept/decline your role(s). 

Every cast member is welcome at Monday & Tuesday’s read-through rehearsals, if your schedule permits.

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Crucible – Sign Up Genius links

We rely on the help of volunteers to serve as ushers and to sell items in the lobby during performances. If you are able to help, please use this link to sign up:

Parents: We are also hoping to provide meals for the cast and crew involved in our run-through dress rehearsals during tech week. In order to do this, we need donations of food items as well as some helping hands to set up and serve the meals. If you are able to contribute, please use this link to signup:

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Fall Play: The Crucible – by Arthur Miller

The Crucible, widely regarded as one of the greatest American plays of all time, is set in the scorching context of the 17th-century Salem witch trials. The story includes timeless topics and a community dealing with fear, suspicion, revenge, intolerance, and the power of hysteria. The Crucible stands as a timely reminder to not always take everything at face value – centering around accusations of witchcraft, consuming Salem as the town waited, stunned, to find out who would be accused next.

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play.

This play marks 20 years of directing for our beloved fall play director, Carole Shellenberger, who has announced that this will be her last production at PMHS. We invite theatre alumni to join us to celebrate her contributions to the PM theatre program.

The Crucible will be performed November 18-19 and is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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