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Clarification about Auditions

First – I will send out all the Troupe lists tomorrow so that people won’t have to ask people, “Did you get in?”
Second – Both SR and SH troupes made cuts (which has been the case for several years now. These troupes stayed at the same size that they were last year – SR 30 and SH 22.
Third – moving forward ANYONE who wants to audition for SR Troupe (whether they are coming from Acting, JR, GB, or SH Troupes) will have to do a year in Theatricals first.
Blessings, Mrs. Mullan

Tap assessment will come out tomorrow

Putting together the charts so there can be complete transparency and consistency from year to year – is taking time. After this year it will be easier to update.
I’m going to take a break and get the Tap assessments out tomorrow.
If there is an error concerning your age or the number of years you’ve taken dance, please let me know. Blessings, Mrs. Mullan

SH Audition Results

If you are receiving this email, you have been accepted into SH Troupe for next year. The 2020 Shakespeare Troupe list is attached.
Please be aware that *we did NOT accept everyone*. *Shakespeare Troupe will be the same size as last year – 22 students. *
Ms. Steffi’s preference is that everyone in SH Troupe have some lines because an actor can work on projection, diction, and speaking in Old English. These skills are essential for the audience to understand a Shakespeare production so it is important for students to have the opportunity to work on them (even if the number of lines is small). While we *could* use an ensemble to enhance some scenes/dances, we decided that the value derived from that for the audience, was not greater than the additional burden of costuming and the loss of skill development for the ensemble actors.
We ask that everyone honor our 24 hour black-out for communicating with peers about the audition results. The students who were not accepted deserve to have a day to process their feelings. Note: *the black-out includes communicating with peers who were accepted.* We feel it is best to process disappointment or excitement privately first so that communication with peers can be professionally calm and supportive, not emotional. Also, *it adds to the pain of not getting into troupe to feel that everyone else is happily chatting. *Remember – *HST is one big family that puts on six equally important shows. * I hope you will continue to communicate with peers whether or not they are in the same HST program as you.
Blessings, Mrs. Mullan

Welcome to JR Troupe

The JR Troupe list is attached.
If you did not get assigned to the troupe you’d hoped for, please remember that you can ask to be switched after this year. Assignments were done with the goal of balancing # of students, # of families, boys/girls, and distribution of ages.
We are looking forward to our 25th Year, but we ask that you not have high expectations for “special” shows. Both JR & GB troupes are lower in numbers which means less tuition income and less ticket sales. We know that whatever shows fit HST’s budgets, God will help us make them great.
Blessings, Mrs. Mullan

Welcome to GB Troupe

The GB Troupe list is attached.
If you did not get assigned to the troupe you’d hoped for, please remember that you can ask to be switched after this year. Assignments were done with the goal of balancing # of students, # of families, boys/girls, and distribution of ages.
We are looking forward to our 25th Year, but we ask that you not have high expectations for “special” shows. Both JR & GB troupes are lower in numbers which means less tuition income and less ticket sales. We know that whatever shows fit HST’s budgets, God will help us make them great.
Blessings, Mrs. Mullan

Audition Results

If you are receiving this email, you have been accepted into SR Troupe for next year. The 2020 Senior Troupe list is attached.
Please be aware that *we did NOT accept everyone*. *Shakespeare Troupe will be the same size as last year – 22 students. *
We ask that everyone honor our 24 hour black-out for communicating with peers about the audition results. The students who were not accepted deserve to have a day to process their feelings. Note: *the black-out includes communicating with peers who were accepted.* We feel it is best to process disappointment or excitement privately first so that communication with peers can be professionally calm and supportive, not emotional. Also, *it adds to the pain of not getting into troupe to feel that everyone else is happily chatting. *Remember – *HST is one big family that puts on six equally important shows. * I hope you will continue to communicate with peers whether or not they are in the same HST program as you.
Blessings, Mrs. Mullan

Audition results will go out Tuesday morning

Dear Understanding Parents,
Based on the progress made yesterday (and the fact that we take Sunday off), we will need Monday to continue working on troupe assignments and audition results. I know how stressful waiting can be, so I want to get this info out now to avoid students checking email all tomorrow. Blessings, Marilyn
PS – HST will be making cuts from both SR Troupe and SH Troupe.

Clarification – HST Prom – Forms due May 21(postmark)

———- Forwarded message ——— From: HST Administration <hstalents@gmail.com> Date: Tue, May 14, 2019 at 11:05 AM Subject: HST Prom – Forms due May 21(postmark) To: Marilyn Mullan <hstalents@gmail.com>
Sorry for the confusion. The dates on the Prom form are not correct. You can drop forms off at auditions or you can postmark them by Tuesday, May 21. Blessings, Mrs. Mullan
Dear Understanding HST Families
The prom registration forms are attached. You have one week to mail these forms (postmark deadline is Tuesday. May 21). You can also drop them off this Friday (have your parent turn them into the basket at the parent meeting).
Reminder – this event has reverted to how it started – a non-dating Formal. *Please refer to the earlier email sent out about this change*.
*The explanation of why HST does a formal is attached for those who are new to HST. *
*WHEN? * Wednesday, June 5.
*Who can attend*? Current HST students who were age 15 or older on this past Dec. 31 (2018), are eligible to come to HST’s Prom.
– You may bring one guest to dinner and you are encouraged to invite up to 5 friends to the dance only (our dance-only guests help keep the prom affordable).
*Age Verification*: HST students and returning HST guests do not need to submit verification of age. *New guests send in a copy of a birth certificate or driver license*.
*ALL attendees need to send in a signed copy of the policies* (attendees who are age 18, 19 or 20 do not need parent signature).
*AFTER PROM BREAKFAST* – Please register/pay for this in advance. Even if you do not wish to eat, there is still a $10 cost. Guests that you invite to HST’s dinner are also welcome to attend the breakfast but they should register in advance.
*DEADLINE*: Postmarked Tuesday., May 21st
Please remember to include the signed policies contract with your registration. Blessings, Mrs. Mullan

Reminder-Presidential Volunteer Forms due at Pool Party

Dear Understanding HST Families,
HST processes Presidential Volunteer Forms for free as a service to our families. Getting this award on your student’s transcript is a great thing to do, especially for highschool students.
HST’s “year” for recording hours is June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019.
The sheets are attached. Email any questions. Blessings, Marilyn