Thespian Festival – Nebraska, anyone?

It is time to plan for our summer trip to the International Thespian Festival for 2019! This is the 90th anniversary of Thespians, and the last year that the festival will be held in Nebraska – so this is a big year with lots of exciting plans! Check out this website:

When: Monday, June 24th through Saturday, June 29th (although we will likely schedule flights to travel Sunday-Sunday, June 23-30)

Where: University of Nebraska in the city of Lincoln. It is Johnny Carson’s alma mater, and they have 5 theatre spaces… it is the Big 10 university campus.

Cost: Registration covers all activities, food and lodging for the festival – $840 for inducted Thespians. $870 for non-inducted Thespians. Lodging will be in the dormitories (2/room) and meals are provided in campus dining halls.

Why: Delegates spend a very busy week immersed in theatre training that is unmatched! * attend multiple workshops every day, which are taught by theatre professionals from all across the country – college professors, performers, producers, and those who work in Hollywood, Broadway and Disney. *attend mainstage productions every day – these shows have been adjudicated and have received Superior ratings. Only 11 shows nationwide are selected each year! *present IE’s at the next level – after earning a Superior at the state conference. Delegates may attend these presentations and performances as audience members – which is a valuable experience if you are considering an IE for next year . *audition for college representatives – students completing their junior year are welcome to participate in the college audition process. One short audition (or portfolio presentation for technical theatre), but is viewed by over 40 college programs simultaneously! *Graduated seniors may compete for scholarship money – based on your performance audition or technical portfolio

Mrs. Mintzer and Mrs. Shellenberger have attended for several years. Mr. Matusek attended for the first time in 2018 – ask any of us questions if you are considering if you should attend.

Registration nation-wide opens on February 1st – so if you are planning to go this summer, you must contact Mrs. Mintzer (and she will want to speak/meet with your parents) before January 25th.

Seating for the mainstage performances is based on the order in which a troupe registers and pays for their festival attendance. Last year, the festival sold out (over 5000+) almost a month before the registration deadline – and over 110 troupes were turned away. Penn Manor WILL be registering on February 1st – so it is time to get details in order to finalize thi summer’s trip!

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Applause Meeting Dates – Parents of Cast/Crew/Pit

If you have a student involved in this production – or if you are a community member or alumni who wants to support our theatre program – please join us for our upcoming meetings. They will last no more than one hour, and will begin at 6:30 pm in room 209 at PMHS.

January 8 – February 12 – February 26 – March 12 – April 9

Keep an eye out in a future post for links to our SignUpGenius registrations for how you can donate your time, talents, or supplies needed. If you are not already on the district-approved list, please also become an official volunteer and register your clearances. Info is posted on the main PM district website.

Specific Applause questions can be sent to Cathy Molitoris:

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Freaky Friday – Schedule Info

CAST MEMBERS: Monday through Thursday (all call) from 3:00 – 5:30. Mondays will be all-calls for dance (bring appropriate clothing/shoes). Tuesdays will be all-call vocals. Wednesdays and Thursdays for blocking. As a general rule, you will be doing something every day – consider these sessions “all-calls” when everyone should attend. BRING A WATER BOTTLE TO EVERY REHEARSAL!

Wed, Jan 2nd – Vocals for Katherine/Ellie only. Thursday, Jan 3rd – EVERYONE. Monday, Jan 7th – begin everyday, for everyone.

CREW MEMBERS: Please attend any work sessions to pitch in with each day’s projects. If you don’t want to use power tools, you can still help to measure, hold things in place, organize, paint, etc. You will need to log your hours on a regular basis throughout the production process – and we need your help in many areas. Helping hands and a willingness to learn is the primary requirement.

Mondays – 3:00 – 5:00 – Costumes/ Make Up/ Props. Begins Jan 7th.

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 5:30 -8:30 – Set Construction/ Sound/ Lighting. Begins Jan 8th.

Saturdays – 9:00 – 1:00 – All call. Each week – starting on Jan 12th.

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Freaky Friday – Cast List

Thank you to everyone who auditioned – the final cast list is posted below.  Please stop by Mr. Matusek’s office to initial by your name to indicate that you accept the role(s) offered.  Our first read-through rehearsal will be on Thursday, December 20th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in room 209. 

If you were not cast in the show, and would like to be a crew member, you must send an email to Mrs. Mintzer before the holiday break by December 21st to indicate your interest.  We must compile a list of all participating students to begin checking academic eligibility, etc. 

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Freaky Friday – Callback List

Thank you to everyone who auditioned!  The call back info is below – these students will be given (or can stop by room 209 to pick up) a libretto script to prepare more songs for Thursday’s call back session.  Please note the characters connected to your name – and the songs we’d like you to review before Thursday.  Callbacks will be held from 4-6 in the auditorium.

Just because your name does not appear on this list, does not mean that you do not have a chance to be in the cast.  We will post an entire cast list after we complete the call back process. 

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Information session – Monday, Dec 3rd from 3-4:00 in the auditorium.  Meet new staff members, ask questions, etc.

Audition materials (songs & scenes) are now posted on our Moodle site.  HS -> Student Life -> PM Theatre

Audition sign up time slots will be posted on the backstage door.  Please mark these dates on your calendar:     

Dec 10th – 4:00-6:00 – ALL CALL (everyone interested in an onstage role). Dance auditions.  Come dressed & prepared to move.  No experience required – just a willingness to learn and do your best!

Dec 10th – 6:00 – 8:00 – OPEN CALL  – sign up for a time slot that suits your schedule.  This is when you’ll sing a little, and read some scenes with other members of your group.  Students will be in groups of 6-8 per 30 minute time slot.

Dec 11th – 4:00 – 8:00 – OPEN CALL.  Same as above. You only need to attend one open call session. Choose Dec 10-11 as your schedule allows.

Dec 12th – a day off!

Dec 13th – 4:00 – 8:00 pm – AUDITION CALL BACKS FOR CHARACTERS.  This session will be by invitation only. Please keep your calendar clear.  We will let you know by Wednesday who is needed for this session.

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Teen Lounge – Thursday, Nov 29th – “42nd Street”

Theatre students – if you are interested in seeing 42nd Street at the Fulton, read on!   This Thursday night is the next Teen Lounge session – and if you sold 50 apple dumplings – you are eligible to attend.  This is a conflict for anyone attending the state conference – but there are 7 more tickets remaining!

Stop by room 209 or send an email to Mrs. Mintzer to sign up. Workshop starts at 5:15, and then the show is at 7:30. You must provide your own transportation – but the tickets are FREE! First come, first serve basis.

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Candle Orders Now Due!

This is a reminder to all theatre students that candle fundraiser forms MUST be submitted before Thanksgiving break. Please bring them on Tuesday if possible, since there will not be club time on Wednesday. Please drop off forms to the main office or to Mrs. Mintzer’s classroom, 209. We must have the orders on time so that the products arrive in time for the holidays.

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Snow! Thurs, 11/15

Because of the early dismissal for inclement weather, all after school and evening activities have been cancelled.  This includes our “Dinner and a Show” senior citizen preview performance, and our yearbook photo. (Senior citizens can come to our shows on Friday & Saturday evening instead – if they have a Comet Classic Card, they will be admitted at no charge.)

We are working with the yearbook advisor to determine another possible time (Friday or Saturday) to reschedule the full group photo.

Friday morning will be our school assembly  – wear your Noises Off show shirt!  Dinner will be provided for all cast and crew members, so they can simply stay after school as we’ve been doing earlier this week.

Please use the extra time off tonight to contact friends and family – reminding them of our performances on Friday and Saturday, and sharing the online ticket website:

Students should also use this time to get caught up on their assignments, and hopefully get to bed a bit earlier so they are well-rested for our busy weekend!

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SignUpGenius – Help & Donations Needed

Please visit EACH of the links posted below to sign up to support our theatre program.  

APPLE DUMPLING DAY – ingredients, pot luck dinner, and helpers needed



FALL PLAY LOBBY HELPERS – ushers, rose sale and concessions stand workers, and cast party chaperones. Adults must be district-approved volunteers with clearances on file.

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