For those who could not attend, here is a transcript:
Hello, I am Chris Treister and I have two 5th graders here at Linda Vista. My wife Suzy and I have been involved in the school plays since our oldest daughter attended Linda Vista and she is now a freshman in high school.
When our oldest tried out for her first play, we had no idea we would become as involved as we have over the years with all 3 of our kids. It’s exciting to bring the play back after the last two years, due to the pandemic.
Just to explain how this process works a bit, here’s a little run down. My wife and I are just parent PTA volunteers. We got involved in this because our kids had an interest and the PTA needed volunteers. We both have full time jobs, 3 kids with multiple extracurricular activities, and social lives.
We don’t get paid to do this and we aren’t professionals, we are just here to fill a need to make this happen for our kids just like all the great volunteers that help make all our other school activities happen throughout the year. Our kids will be moving on to middle school next year so this is our last year here at Linda Vista. Thankfully Gabby and Suraiya have volunteered to learn the ropes this year and take this on for the next couple of years hopefully.
Stagelight Family Productions is the company that the PTA has hired to produce this play. Stagelight is a company that casts the roles, sets rehearsal schedules, provides sets, costumes to rent, choreography, and everything else that comes with putting this show together. Janice Krauss is the owner of Stagelight Family Productions and she is the one that runs all the rehearsals.
The school play costs our PTA quite a bit of money and we only hope to break even on this event. This is not a school event that the PTA makes any money off of. This is why the registration fee is part of the participation. This helps offset the cost of hiring the production company, costumes that need to be rented, the cost of renting the theatre, renting microphones, light technicians, cast party, cost of scripts and getting the rights to use the show, etc. There’s a lot that goes into it. The participation fee alone isn’t enough to cover all the costs of putting on this show, and we try to make up the difference with ticket sales, concession sales, break-a-leg messages, etc.
We will also need lots of parent volunteers to make this possible. To keep costs down, we will need parent volunteers to work backstage moving sets, helping with costumes, supervision, selling concessions, helping with ticket sales, and helping with set tear down. I know this sounds like a lot, and let me tell you, it is! Before you leave tonight, please take a look at our sign up sheets and sign up to help out.
At the end of this process you will see what an amazing experience this is for your child. This has become such a huge part of what our own kids love to do most. To see them on stage being so brave and confident is absolutely thrilling. Over the years we’ve watched so many Linda Vista children completely transform onstage after months of sweating it and worrying that they couldn’t do it. You really can’t top that feeling.
At the end of the day, I think you will all be blown away by the scope of this production. To get an idea, take a look at our 2020 production of the Wizard of Oz that is posted on our Linda Vista Play website.
1. Please make sure your child is registered to be in the play. We need contact information for
each child in the show. If your child is not registered they cannot be in the show because they
will not be accounted for when we are prepping costumes, printing playbills, etc. The play
participation fee must also be paid.
2. We strongly suggest joining our ‘Remind App' group for all updates regarding play
information. Additionally, please check your emails and the play website regularly, as information
will be updated often.
3. Children must be picked up inside the school or you can pull up to the gate next to the lunch
tables and we can release your child to you as you pull up. We need to make sure all the kids
are leaving with a designated adult. This is a safety issue. We can’t have kids walking off
campus and we don’t always have enough volunteers to walk the children out front. Please
inform your child if you will be picking them up inside, or at the side gate.
4. Please make sure your children are practicing dances, songs, and dialog. We don’t have
enough rehearsals for play participants to only learn their parts while they are at school.
• If a lead is struggling with songs, look into getting a few voice lessons to help work on songs if
you have the means to do so. Otherwise, practice on your own as often as you can.
• Practice reading lines with your child as often as possible. You can also record reading
the lines of other characters for your child and leave spaces of silence so your child can
practice saying their lines with the parts you recorded.
• Arrange extra practices to meet up on your own with other lead characters
• We encourage you to look up any production of Lion King or Lion King Jr (can be found on
YouTube) to watch to familiarize yourself with the show and work on developing your
What is Tech Week?
Technical week is the week prior to the opening night of the play in which all the technical
elements (such as costumes, lights, sound, sets, and makeup) are present during rehearsal for
the first time. Up until tech week, the actors are not on the stage and have only been rehearsing
in a separate location. Tech week will be the time that the actors will be running through the
entire show on the actual stage they will be performing on, wearing full costumes, makeup,
microphones and getting the fine details of lights, sound, props, and sets worked out. The
purpose of tech week is to rehearse the show with all the technical elements in place. This
allows the actors to become familiar with the sets and costumes, and allows the production crew
to iron out unforeseen problems. It takes a full week because the first few rehearsals with all the
technical elements are characterized by frequent stopping and starting of scenes so the
technical crew can practice their necessary duties (such as executing their cues or scene
changes correctly). Everything that goes wrong will be fixed by the next day and each day of
tech week should go a little smoother and eventually get the production ready for its first live
This play isn't possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. We are looking for volunteers to help supervise the lunch tables during the auditions. Please consider signing up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48aaa82ba7f58-linda