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JR Cast List – 5pm Tuesday (please read)

Dear Understanding JR Troupe,
*Your cast list will come out at 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday)*. If this is your first year dealing waiting for a cast list to come out you really need to go over the attached document with your child before 5pm. If you are not familiar with theater, it is important that you have a basic understanding of the normal “issues” when casting, as well as the additional “issues” created by HST’s “share the wealth” policy. PLEASE print up the attached document and have it ready. *No matter how many years your student has been with HST, if they are disappointed with their part, you are going to need the info in this document.*
*I am going to cut and paste the last part of this document because we it has some new explanations and includes* the most important message for parents: your reactions/comments have a huge impact on your student. Dealing with your own expectations and potential disappointment before the cast list comes out will make it much easier for your child. They do not need to feel that they “let you down” on top of being disappointed. * Being upset with your child may seem like you are commiserating with your child, but it means your child is processing your emotions as well as theirs. * We suggest stepping back and saying, “I am so sorry you are disappointed. I definitely understand why you feel that way, but it doesn’t mean you are any less important. I’m going to love you and be proud of you no matter what role you have.” Here is the new info in our casting document:
It is important to realize that with a limited number of students in the troupe (vs. the 100+ students that might audition for a show in a regular school) , HST does not always have the perfect fit for every role. Final casting is a massive puzzle. *Directors often end up casting the show two or three ways before settling on the one that brings them peace*. *In every case there are compromises and at least one student the director will say, “I wish I had something more for this student.”* Also, the director is aware of future yrs:
· Sometimes a director casts a non-graduating student in a role because it will be a good moment in the sun for them & they aren’t sure they’ll have a ‘moment’ for them in later. This means that a student who had a bigger part before their graduating year, may not get a big part their last year.
· Sometimes a director wishes they could cast a student in a part but they realize that would limit them from casting them in a big part later on, so they “save” them for a future show. *Please assure your student that their value in HST has nothing to do with the size of their part. *There is a saying in theater, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” This statement is true because *it is the ensemble’s reactions and interactions that bring a scene to life. **They** are responsible for transporting the audience to another place and time.* Good ensemble work is the best evidence of being a seasoned actor and HST takes great pride in our ensemble work being top notch. Please *show your child that you value ensemble work by talking to them about the creativity/skills you see in ensemble players*. Remember, the parent’s reaction/attitude toward casting has the greatest impact on a student’s outlook
*Please know that there is a lot of prayer support for your students and for you, as you travel the journey of excitement, nerves, anticipation, and (potentially) disappointments. * *We suggest you give you child some time to just be disappointed and then go back and reaffirm their value by reviewing the casting challenges document.* After that, please encourage them to choose to make the most of a performance year in which they are not particularly excited about their part. Sometimes, those “easy” years are the ones where they have the most fun because they have time to relax and socialize. We’ve also found that sometimes those are the years where we see huge character growth in a student, which ultimately has a greater impact on their future lives than any part in a show, ever could. I often wonder how many suicides could have been prevented if the person had learned how to process disappointment and realize that their real value does not come from what they accomplish, but from who they are as a person.

Blessings,
Marilyn

GB Cast List later today (please read)

Dear Understanding GB Troupe,
*Your cast list will come out at 5pm today*. If this is your first year dealing waiting for a cast list to come out you really need to go over the attached document with your child before 5pm. If you are not familiar with theater, it is important that you have a basic understanding of the normal “issues” when casting, as well as the additional “issues” created by HST’s “share the wealth” policy. PLEASE print up the attached document and have it ready. *No matter how many years your student has been with HST, if they are disappointed with their part, you are going to need the info in this document.*
*I am going to cut and paste the last part of this document because we it has some new explanations and includes* the most important message for parents: your reactions/comments have a huge impact on your student. Dealing with your own expectations and potential disappointment before the cast list comes out will make it much easier for your child. They do not need to feel that they “let you down” on top of being disappointed. * Being upset with your child may seem like you are commiserating with your child, but it means your child is processing your emotions as well as theirs. * We suggest stepping back and saying, “I am so sorry you are disappointed. I definitely understand why you feel that way, but it doesn’t mean you are any less important. I’m going to love you and be proud of you no matter what role you have.” Here is the new info in our casting document:
It is important to realize that with a limited number of students in the troupe (vs. the 100+ students that might audition for a show in a regular school) , HST does not always have the perfect fit for every role. Final casting is a massive puzzle. *Directors often end up casting the show two or three ways before settling on the one that brings them peace*. *In every case there are compromises and at least one student the director will say, “I wish I had something more for this student.”* Also, the director is aware of future yrs:
· Sometimes a director casts a non-graduating student in a role because it will be a good moment in the sun for them & they aren’t sure they’ll have a ‘moment’ for them in later. This means that a student who had a bigger part before their graduating year, may not get a big part their last year.
· Sometimes a director wishes they could cast a student in a part but they realize that would limit them from casting them in a big part later on, so they “save” them for a future show. *Please assure your student that their value in HST has nothing to do with the size of their part. *There is a saying in theater, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” This statement is true because *it is the ensemble’s reactions and interactions that bring a scene to life. **They** are responsible for transporting the audience to another place and time.* Good ensemble work is the best evidence of being a seasoned actor and HST takes great pride in our ensemble work being top notch. Please *show your child that you value ensemble work by talking to them about the creativity/skills you see in ensemble players*. Remember, the parent’s reaction/attitude toward casting has the greatest impact on a student’s outlook
*Please know that there is a lot of prayer support for your students and for you, as you travel the journey of excitement, nerves, anticipation, and (potentially) disappointments. * *We suggest you give you child some time to just be disappointed and then go back and reaffirm their value by reviewing the casting challenges document.* After that, please encourage them to choose to make the most of a performance year in which they are not particularly excited about their part. Sometimes, those “easy” years are the ones where they have the most fun because they have time to relax and socialize. We’ve also found that sometimes those are the years where we see huge character growth in a student, which ultimately has a greater impact on their future lives than any part in a show, ever could. I often wonder how many suicides could have been prevented if the person had learned how to process disappointment and realize that their real value does not come from what they accomplish, but from who they are as a person.

Blessings,
Marilyn

Anxiety & Depression Q&A tonight at 7pm

Dear Understanding HST Families,
My daughter, *Rebecca Mullan, is a licensed counselor who has worked extensively with children and teens who have anxiety and depression*. She is offering a Q&A session for anyone interested in learning more about the increasing illness of anxiety/depression among our youth. She had to fit in a late evening client session so she will be delayed in getting to my house until 7:15ish (depending on traffic). *We will still start at 7pm with coffee/snacks and my own sharing of my experiences with these issues when raising my children. *
There is no fee but we request that what is shared at the meeting and who attends the meeting, stays at the meeting. Of course factual information can be shared with others outside the meeting, but personal information should remain confidential.
*This meeting is open to any adult. They do not need to be affiliated with HST.*
Location: 400 Broadwood Dr, Rockville, MD 20851 Time: 7pm. Q&A will start between 7:15 and 7:30.
Blessings, Marilyn

We’re Behind on Auction! Please help….

Dear Understanding HST Families,
I am SO aware of how stressful life is for our families. I do hate that HST has the potential to add to that stress. If it wasn’t for *my absolute certain belief that God is never out-done in generosity, which means that your service to HST will be blessed by Him ten-fold, a hundred-fold, even a thousand-fold!! * He is so, SO generous…in ways we can’t even imagine. *Knowing this truth is the only reason I can emotionally handle the begging that I need to do – year after year – for HST. *
*Today’s begging list is all about Silent Auction. *We are trying to make this event saner for those running it by moving more things to Sign-Up Genius as well as moving some deadlines forward. Here are the most pressing needs:
*DONATIONS* – *we received very little for household items and basket items.* Please bring items to Redland tomorrow or drop off on my porch. Next week (Friday, Oct. 19 we will be collecting TOYS and BOOKS/Curriculum).
*BAKED GOODS* – Our students donate their baking skills to supply the desserts on the night of the auction AND to bless families with Thanksgiving goodies (coupons purchased at auction and goodies are delivered/picked up at Redland on Fri., Nov. 16). Please go to the SignUp (link below) and sign up! *NOTE: Honor Society members will have sheets for students to sign up before/after rehearsals tomorrow.* www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aea72ca1fa7-thssilent
*STUDENT and PARENT SERVICE COUPONS* Students use the same Sign-up as baked goods (above link) – just scroll down past all the baking items. Parents use this Sign-Up: www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aea72ca1fa7-silent
*SOLICIT DONATIONS* There are 3 businesses left that are close to dance: Chipotle at Wintergreen (near dance), Vie de France – Rockville Town Squre, PB’s Coffee & Dessert in Norbeck/Bauer Shopping Ctr. www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aea72ca1fa7-20182019 *Many thanks to those who already signed up. * *I’ll be praying that you find time to go solicit sooner than later and that you are successful!*
*VOLUNTEER during AUCTION on Nov. 10* Many hands make light work. Please see if you can help with a small piece of this massive event. www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aba922a5ff2-silent
*VARIETY SHOW* – This is the highlight of the night and *we need performers! * Sign Up to Audition:
*www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aea72ca1fa7-variety <www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aea72ca1fa7-variety>*
*PRAYER * Year after year God blesses this event so that we only have to do this one fundraiser. Unfortunately, continued generosity often leads to decreased gratitude and increased entitlement. *We are not owed God’s blessings and we certainly should not assume He will bestow them again simply because He has always done so in the past. * *We need to humbly ask for His help every year….every day.* Please join me in prayer (and *ask your children to pray as well because their prayers are the most powerful of all!*).
Many thanks for whatever piece you can do to help with this event. Blessings, Marilyn

Honor Society (THS) First Social a Success!

Our first THS sponsored social event of the year was the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Thirteen students joined up to enjoy professional performances of classic Shakespearean scenes, many starring SH Troupe’s director Steffi Phelan as Queen Catherine, as well as many other activities that the festival had to offer. We were blessed with wonderful weather, which unfortunately meant a sold-out crowd, but we still had a wonderful time and managed get everyone home safe. The success of the event certainly sets a positive tone for the future social gatherings THS has planned for our high school students. Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aea72ca1fa7-social to sign up and get in on the fun!

What happened to those text messages?

Dear Understanding HST Families,
So, we all remember being told that if something is too good to be true – it’s too good to be true. This old adage was proved true once again with our plan to text people about emails. It turns out that sending one message to our 100 families, counts as 100 messages! So, the 50 free messages a month was a bit deceptive.
We have negotiated a reduced monthly fee that will basically give us two text messages (250 messages by their count – but with a contact list of over 100 – two group messages puts us close to that limit).
SO – if you signed up more than one cell phone – *please decide which phone will be the one your family uses and delete the others:*
– Delete by texting the word – stop to 31996
If you were not at the parent meeting and did not sign up for text messages – please do so:
– Sign up by texting the word – joinhst to 31996
While *we cannot text you for every email that goes out* (*you’ll just have to keep checking the website to make sure you haven’t missed anything*), we will send out a text for major reminders, cancellations, early closure (if there was a problem with the buildings we rent). We don’t anticipate any problems, but we want to know we are prepared just in case. So – *please make sure someone in your family signs up for our text messages. *
Blessings, Marilyn