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E- Letter from March 17, 2010

A Little Princess March 19 - 28, 2010

A Little Princess is a stage adaptation of the famous classic by the author Frances Hodgson Burnett. Sara Crewe, heiress to a large fortune, (played by Emma Busch and Erin Ruark) is enrolled at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies in Victorian England. At first her life is happy, but news arrives that her father has died and her fortune is lost. Sara is forced to become a servant, scrubbing cobblestones and washing cooking kettles. She must live in a miserable attic room that seems no better than a prison cell. When a mysterious gentleman (Ralph Maldonado) from India takes the house next door, some strange and curious things begin to happen. In time, Sara even discovers that her fortune has been retrieved. The enchanting story is filled with fascinating characters, both good and bad: greedy Miss Minchin (Carol Ray) and her timid sister, Amelia (Laura Johnson); Becky, the kitchen slavey (Katie Parks and Cassidy Gardner); snooty and jealous Lavinia (Kelsey Johnson and Abby Sokolnicki); and Ermengarde (Paige Scholten and Audrey Yonkis), who hates to read and can't spell. There's even a Hindu servant named Ram Dass (Sabrina Boxer), whose monkey is always up to mischief. You'll never forget Sara's birthday scene, nor the odd tea party she conducts in the cold attic. This show is filled with comedy, drama and, most of all, charm. When things turn out splendidly for our clever Sara, it's no wonder she feels just like a little princess.

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions for Hansel and Gretel will be held Monday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 23 from 6:30 to 8:00. You can audition either night. Please come at the beginning of the audition time and plan on staying until dismissed by the director. There are plenty of roles for boys and girls and adults.

Drama Festival

Our next Drama Festival, an afternoon of activities for our youth will be held April 24 from 1:00 until 5:00. There will be two big sessions, one on stage combat and the other on stage and special effects make up. There will also be snacks and additional activities. The cost is $10.00 with advanced registration and $15.00 at the door.

Acting Classes at MMFT

The next set of acting classes at the theatre begins Saturday, March 20. The classes include Improvisation, Scene Study, and Creative Dramatics. The classes run for five weeks. More information about our acting classes can be found on our website.

Quick Link to Our Website

You can now easily access our website by typing in www.mmft.net. It will take you directly to our website. Thanks go out to Mr. Michael McCue for setting up this link.

Drama Blast Summer Program Set to Blast Off!

Information can be obtained about our summer Drama Blast programs for youth. There will be seven weeks of acting, movement, voice, recreation, art, and technical theatre integrated into our week long programs. The different weeks feature the following material: Peter Pan, World of Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein Celebration, The Wizard of Oz, Mythology, Animal Tales, and Tales from Around the World.

Coming This Spring

Later this spring, we are going to combine two past favorite activities. We will be presenting two radio dramas along with the talent of our acting family as we present our spring talent show. The radio dramas being considered include Little Orphan Annie, and Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. Look for information on how you can participate either as a radio actor or as a performer in our talent show by checking our website.

E-Letter from December 26, 2009

E-Letter from December 26, 2009

Hello! Here is the latest news from the Mid Michigan Family Theatre. Please take time to read through it and then pass it along to those who might be interesting in finding out what is going on at the theatre.

Christmas Pageant Present - was well received by the audience. Our production ended with a full house. We had to start our show a bit late as we found a seat for all of the patrons including some in wheel chairs and with walkers. With the cooperation of those already in the audience, room was found for everyone.

The actors bought some interesting characters to life as well as presenting the traditional Christmas pageant in fine fashion. Thanks go out to Ellie Sartorius and Stephanie Wagner for playing the violin accompaniment to the carols that were sung. Carol Ray had her hands full with the costumes but once again came up with a great touch. David Brooks once again created the set, and Sharon Carlson added a beautiful picture to go over the sofa in the living room set. Bill Gordon created the light design and Heath Sartorius and Brenden McCue ran the lights and sound. Taylor Murphy came in to stage manage the show, giving it needed backstage direction. A big thank you goes out to all the parents and volunteers who worked the front of the house and worked back stage. A big thanks also goes out to Ralph Maldonado for taking head shots, the cast photo, and rehearsal shots for our productions. and

Acting Classes - Our next set of acting classes will begin this January starting on the 9th. The classes will include Fairy Tale Theatre at 9:00; acting exploration at 10:00 a.m. and scene study at 11:00. We are also offering a class for adults, Theatre for Adults which will meet on several Wednesday nights from 7:00 until 8:30. You can register for the morning classes by downloading the registration information from our website. All classes run for 5 weeks and come with a money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the class after the first session, then your money will be returned.

Help Spread the Word! - They say the best form of advertisement is "word of mouth". Please help us get the word out about our shows and programs. We have a variety of written material that we would be glad to send out if you give us the contact information. Thanks in this effort to help our theatre grow.

Auditions were held for The Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock. The cast is posted on our website and scripts have been delivered. We will go into rehearsal the first week of January and then produce the play starting on Friday, February 5th. This cast will be made up of actors of all ages. You will definitely want to see this zany comedy.

Talent Show - As you might recall, we hosted our first talent show this fall as a fund raiser for the theatre. We had a little bit of everything. Our second talent show is in the planning stage. Look for more information as we head toward spring. All sorts of talent is sought out. Get those songs, dances, routines ready to share with out MMFT audience.

Our 501(c)(3) status - which gives us official non-profit status is complete. We have begun our tax deductible campaign. Please look on our website for additional information.

Grants - We are currently seeking contributions to the theater through a variety of grant sources. We want to thank Chuck Sartorius for securing a grant from Consumers' Energy as well as his volunteering at the theatre. If you know of any sources to which we can apply, please let us know. This potential will help us out immensely.

Upcoming Auditions - there is information on the website about our next two plays. Both have interesting plots and unusual characters. If is easier to understand the storyline if you read the descriptions! Auditions for A Little Princess, a wonderful classic will be held Monday and Tuesday, February 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. Hansel and Gretel, a classic folk tale will be presented in May with auditions be held Monday and Tuesday, March 22 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. There are plenty of roles for pre-teens and teens as well as adults. Perusal scripts are available in the lobby for you to read.

Thanks to our donors - who have made a tax-deductible contribution to the theatre. These donations will help us cover many of the expenses that we incur during the course of the year as well as allowing us to expand our opportunities to others.

Continuing on the success of our participation in a Radio Drama for LCC's contribution to Silver Bells in the City, we will be holding a one day workshop in radio drama finishing up with a live presentation sometime in January. Look for the day and time in an email.

Upcoming Events include The Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock, acting classes beginning on January 9, a radio drama in late January, an evening class for adults starting on January 16, and another talent with date and time TBA.

The latter part of spring will feature a second drama festival and the summer will offer a multiple weeks of Drama Blast, a summer camp for actors featuring acting, singing, movement, art, and recreation.

Look for additional information about Drama Blast as soon as we finalize our plans for this exciting summer program.

We hope that you have had a pleasant holiday so far and continued success into 2010.

Sincerely,

Mid Michigan Family Theatre

E-Letter from October 26, 2009

E-Letter from MMFT October 26, 2009

Hello! Here is the latest news from the Mid Michigan Family Theatre. Please take time to read through it and then pass it along to those who might be interesting in finding out what is going on at the theatre.

The Orphan Train - was well received by the audience. The actors were praised for their fine interpretation of their characters. Congratulations go out to all of our actors and the tech crew. In addition to fine acting, we once again had great costuming from Carol Ray. David Brooks once again created the set, this time a train car for the arrival of the orphans. Bill Gordon did most of the set painting, but the highlight was the detail work provided by Laura Brooks.

Rob Boes created the light design and David Boes, David Brooks, and Jordon Walling ran the lights and sound. A big thank you goes out to all the parents and volunteers who worked the front of the house and worked back stage.

Acting Classes - Our next set of acting classes began this past Saturday, October 24. They include Fairy Tale Theatre at 9:00; acting exploration at 10:00 a.m. and scene study at 11:00. We are also offering a class for adults, Theatre for Adults which will meet on Wednesday nights from 7:00 until 8:30. You can still register for these classes and the fee will be pro-rated for the number of weeks that you attend. You can download registration information from our website. All classes run for 5 weeks and come with a money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the class after the first session, then your money will be returned.

Help Spread the Word! - in addition to seeing a fun play, The Adventures of Nate the Great, the audience members will have chances to win a variety of gifts to be drawn at the completion of each show. They include the following: two tickets to any upcoming show during the 2009 - 2010 season, a theatre t-shirt, an enrollment voucher for an upcoming youth theatre class during the remainder of the 2009 - 2010 season or $30.00 toward the enrollment of an adult class during the 2009 - 2010 season, a gift baskets including miscellaneous fun items, and a grand prize of a Nintendo DSi. This will be drawn for after the final performance on November 15.

Auditions for The Adventures of Nate the Great were held Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29 at the theatre. This cast will be made up of children of all ages. The cast is well into rehearsal and they show a lot of promise. It will prove to be a great show with a cast of 20.

Talent Show Held October 18 - We hosted our first fall talent show this October as a fund raiser for the theatre. We had a little bit of everything. The following people participated on behave of the theatre: Jake Forbush played a guitar solo, Emily Hadick sang a song from Les Miz, Katie Parks did a modern dance, Abby Sokolnicki did a monologue and participated in some skits, Bill Gordon served as Master of Ceremonies, David Brooks and Ralph Maldonado did a Abbot and Costello scene, Sarah Hermanek, Andy Hermanek and Jaleigh Keyes performed in a number of skits, and Taylor Murphy, Ben Vasquez, Jordon Walling and Emma Bunker performed a funny skit called "Hold On!"

Advertising - has been going well for MMFT. Thanks go out to Noreen Boes who heads this committee. She has bought in necessary funds through different types of adverting. If you have an interest in advertising with us or would like to help Noreen, please let us know.

Our 501(c)(3) status - which gives us official non-profit status is complete. We have begun our tax deductible campaign. Please look on our website for additional information.

Grants - We are currently seeking contributions to the theater through a variety of grant sources. If you know of any sources to which we can apply, please let us know. This potential will help us out immensely.

Upcoming Auditions - there is information on the website about our next two plays. Both have interesting plots and unusual characters. If is easier to understand the storyline if you read the descriptions! Auditions for Christmas Pageant Present, a lovely Christmas show takes place on Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10. There are plenty of roles for pre-teens and teens as well as adults. Perusal scripts are available in the lobby for you to read.

E-Letter from September 9, 2009

Hello! Here is the latest news from the Mid Michigan Family Theatre. Please take time to read through it and then pass it along to those who might be interesting in finding out what is going on at the theatre.

Aladdin - was a big success. The theatre was packed with enthusiastic audiences. Congratulations to all of our actors and the tech crew. In addition to fine acting, the costumes created by Carol Ray looked great. Thanks go out to David Brooks for his work on the set and to Trent Walenight for his painting of the set. We had two dinners prior to the Saturday shows with meals catered by Aladdin's Restaurant in Frandor. Thanks to Jennifer Keyes for handling the dinner arrangements.

I will want to thank all of the theatre members who pitched in to take over various responsibilities while I was hospitalized and at home recuperating from my three knee surgeries. You certainly rose to the occasion and did a wonderful job!

Summer acting Troupe - We had a summer acting troupe that performed at three different venues. The plays include "Johnny Appleseed", "The Boy and Dike", and "Stanislaw and the Wolf". The troupe presented two shows at the Renegade Theatre Festival, at the Pumphouse in East Lansing, and the Lake Lansing Band Shell in conjunction with the hometown heroes celebration put on by the Meridian Community Church.

Acting Classes - Our next set of acting classes begins Saturday, September 12. They include creative dramatics at 9:00, and acting exploration at 10:00 a.m. You can download registration information from our website. All classes run for 5 weeks and come with a money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the class after the first session, then your money will be returned.

Work Day! - It's back! We have another work day scheduled where we try to sort things out, build new areas, and otherwise clean up the theatre. It will be held Sunday, September 20 from 1:00 until 4:00. No experience necessary. See you then.

Open House - In conjunction with the work day we will host an open house on Sunday, September 20 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. We will pass out information about upcoming events and have refreshments including hot dogs, pop corn, soft drinks and offer many door prizes.

Benefit Dinner - which included a catered dinner and a show will continue during the run of The Orphan Train. The dinners will be on Saturday nights from 5:00 - 6:30. The meals will be catered by Aladdin's Restaurant.

Auditions for The Adventures of Nate the Great will be held Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29 at the theatre. This cast will be made up of children of all ages. We also need one or more musicians. If you have questions, please contact Bill at 339-2145.

Talent Show Coming in October - We will be hosting our first fall talent show this October as a fund raiser for the theatre. Be sure to sign up and share your various talents with us. We are looking for singers, dancers, musicians, monologues, scenes, skits, and so forth. Look for sign up opportunities on the website soon.

Advertising - has been going well for MMFT. Thanks go out to Noreen Boes who heads this committee. She has bought in necessary funds through different types of adverting. If you have an interest in advertising with us or would like to help Noreen, please let us know.

Our 501(c)(3) status - which gives us official non-profit status is complete. We have begun our tax deductible campaign. Please look on our website for additional information.

Grants - We are currently seeking contributions to the theater through a variety of grant sources. If you know of any sources to which we can apply, please let us know. This potential will help us out immensely.

Season Two - Shows for season two are listed on our website. Following The Orphan Train, comes The Adventures of Nate the Great. Christmas Pageant Present, a lovely Christmas show takes us through December.

E-Letter from May 15, 2009

Hello! Here is the latest news from the Mid Michigan Family Theatre. Please take time to read through it and then pass it along to those who might be interesting in finding out what is going on at the theatre.

Work Day! - It's back, another work day where we try to sort things out, build new areas, and otherwise clean up the theatre. It will be held this Saturday, May 16 from noon until 4:00. No experience necessary. See you then.

Acting Classes - Our next set of acting classes begins Saturday, June 13. They include creative dramatics at 9:00, acting exploration at 10:00 a.m. and scene study at 11:00. You can download registration information from our website. All classes run for 5 weeks and come with a money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the class after the first session, then your money will be returned.

Open House - We will host an open house on Saturday, June 13 from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m. We will pass out information about upcoming events and have refreshments including ice cream cones and offer many door prizes.

The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf - was well-received by our audiences. Congratulations to our actors and crew. In addition to fine acting performances from our cast, the costumes by Anella Gentilozzi drew many comments. Thanks go out to Lisa Funkhouser, Kathy Sodman, and David Brooks for their help on the set. We would also like to thank our program and window sponsors for the show.

Benefit Dinner - which included a catered dinner and a show was held on Saturday, May 2. We had a good crowd for dinner and a good number joined them for a packed crowd for the evening. Thanks go out to Jennifer Keyes, Cindy, Todd, Michael, and Natalia Walter for their help with the dinner. Thanks also to Noreen Boes who work hard to collect donations for the dinner.

Auditions for "The Pied Piper" and "Dick Whittington and His Cat", our early summer show were held Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 at the theatre. While most of roles in the shows have been cast, there is still a need for some additional children to round out the cast of "The Pied Piper". If interested, please contact Bill at 862-6448.

Sammy Carducci's Guide to Women opens for a short run on Saturday, May 30. There will be three performances of this funny play about teenage love. Shows are at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. You will not want to miss this great show featuring five of our teens.

Our 501(c)(3) status - which gives us official non-profit status is nearly complete. It has been received by the IRS who promptly cashed our check! Much thanks goes out to Michael McCue who spearheaded the drive to complete the overwhelming paperwork needed to complete the task. THANKS, Michael!!!

Summer acting Troupe - we are in the process of forming at least one acting troupe to tour the area with a presentation of three one-act plays. The plays include "Johnny Appleseed", "The Boy and the Dike", and "Stanislaw and the Wolf". The tour will present shows at the Renegade Theatre Festival in late August and at other venues during the summer. We are looking for an ensemble of at least nine actors of all ages and gender. If interested please contact Bill Gordon at 862-6448 or respond by email [email protected]

Season Two - begins with the play Aladdin. Auditions will be held on June 15 and 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the theatre. There are many roles to be filled. Rehearsals will begin Monday, July 6. Production dates are August 7 - 16. Watch for information regarding the rest of season two to be announced later on in the spring. If you have a conflict with the audition times, please contact the theatre ahead of time to schedule a makeup audition.

Look Back - Congratulations to the cast and crew of Tales from the Brothers Grimm. We had consistent performances for the shows with good attendance. The opening and closing shows were both packed! People went away with smiles on their faces and left many warm comments. Highlights of the show in addition to the acting were the set designed by Trent Wakenight and Lisa Funkhouser, the creative costumes designed and prepared by Anella Gentilozzi, and the work of our assistant director / stage manager, Devon Brooks.

Look Back - Congratulations to the cast and crew of Tales from the Brothers Grimm. We had consistent performances for the shows with good attendance. The opening and closing shows were both packed! People went away with smiles on their faces and left many warm comments. Highlights of the show in addition to the acting were the set designed by Trent Wakenight and Lisa Funkhouser, the creative costumes designed and prepared by Anella Gentilozzi, and the work of our assistant director / stage manager, Devon Brooks.

A Look Forward - We are currently in rehearsal for two shows. Next up is The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf. It features a trial between the wolf and the Three Little Pigs. The jurors and alternates are made up of your favorite nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters. After spring break will come a special presentation of Sammy Carducci's Guide to Women. This funny play will feature some of our youth actors and you won't want to miss it.

Our early summer show will be two one act plays, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Dick Whittington and His Cat. Our late summer show will be Aladdin. This play should be fun for the cast as well as the audience. There are lots of great roles, costumes, etc. The rest of the season is still in the planning stage but should be announced pretty soon.

Work Days - We have a workday scheduled for Saturdays, March 21 and 28 from noon until 4:00 p.m. Please consider coming in on either of these days and help with a number of  projects around the theatre. If you free time on your hands and want to help out in the future, send Bill a note and he'll work you into the schedule.

Upcoming Events - In addition to our plays, we would like to host another open house before the opening of The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf. That would not only allow people to get information about that show, but also get the word out for the next set of classes and upcoming auditions. Stand by for the date and time.

Lighting Update - We have made our first of six payments for our lighting system. This payment came from the donation fund set up to cover the costs. We want to thank Panera Bread for helping us in this needed purchase.

Wish / Dream List - As the theatre grows, so does our needs. From things used on a daily basis to things that will be used over a longer period of time, our list grows. Here is a start.

Immediate Needs:lumber for the set and changes to the seating, fabric for additional curtains and costumes, small chairs, tables, furniture pieces for set pieces, mop bucket, mop, and wringer, push mop, 8' ladder, Consumable Goods, toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, hand soap, storage containers, clothing to use as costumes, cleaning supplies, envelops of all sizes, printer paper, stamps, pens, pencils.

Class Offerings - We are currently offering two classes on Saturday morning. They are "Acting Exploration" at 9:00 a.m. and "Scene Study" at 10:00 a.m.

All classes are fifty minutes in length and run for 5 weeks. Enrollment fee is $30.00 on the day class begins or $25.00 if enrolled ahead of time.

Suggestions - We have found out from our audience surveys, that our audience members have some good ideas. We feel that you do too. If you have an idea, please send it in an email to Bill and he will address it. Thanks for all you support.

NPO Status - We are nearing completion of the paperwork involved with achieving our non-profit status which will allow you to take a tax write off for donations and allow us to seek out grants and other moneys. As soon as one step is accomplished, we move ahead with securing grants and donations. The end is in sight and the goal of being a non profit organization is on the horizon. Comments / Questions - If you have any comments or questions, please send them to Bill and he will get back to you. Please use the company email: [email protected]

A Look Back - It doesn't seem possible that we have put on four shows since July, but it's true. First came Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and then came Snow White and Friends, followed by A Fairy Tale Trio, and ending with A Christmas Carol. This has generated a lot of good entertainment by some fine actors with assistance from

A Look Back - It doesn't seem possible that we have put on four shows since July, but it's true. First came Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and then came Snow White and Friends, followed by A Fairy Tale Trio, and ending with A Christmas Carol. This has generated a lot of good entertainment by some fine actors with assistance from some skilled backstage workers. Congratulations to all who participated in the various shows.

A Look Forward - Now as 2009 approaches, we are gearing up for another set of shows. The season starts off with Tales from the Brothers Grimm with the retelling of their stories.

 

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