First, a big thank you to all who came out last week and auditioned for the improv troupe. We very much enjoyed seeing the array of talent and clever wit on display by all. Regardless of whether or not you are in the improv troupe, remember that we are having an improv block during panther hour once panther hour begins next week, happening on Fridays in Portable 2. That improv block is open to ALL (Even if you did not audition) and will focus on large group games that bring the energy and the humor. If you attend the panther hour rehearsal you are invited to attend and participate in the large group games when we perform them at our shows.
Second, if you are listed below then congratulations, you are on the improv troupe! The troupe will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00, beginning the week of October 1st. Please find Mr. Korbelak tomorrow in school to officially accept or decline your spot on the troupe (2nd Floor, Blue Corner is the math office).
Also MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We will have three shows this year in our auditorium and here is when they will be happening (All Fridays from 7:00 - 8:30):
And without further ado, here is our 2018-2019 Improv Troupe, under the direction of Mr. Korbelak and our student improv troupe manager Katie FitzPatrick:
The AHS Drama Company Directors
Hello Annapolis High Drama Co. Members and Parents,
We directors have had a very busy summer but are currently working hard to prepare for the upcoming year and all of the wonderful productions and plans that we have in store!
As many of you already know, Mr. Parr has accepted a job outside of teaching and will no longer be working with us. We will miss him and wish him the best of luck on his new journey. He has been an integral part of this company over the past 5 years and we are certainly sad to see him leave.
Mr. Murphy has accepted a new leadership role within Annapolis High School. He’ll now be working as the Student Testing Coordinator. As a result, he feels that it would be best if he stepped down from directing so that he can focus his time and energy on his new role. We are very excited for him and think he will be a perfect fit in his new position. He’ll still be around the hallways to pester and harass the other directors, so that, at least, is comforting.
Ms. Lorenz spent a big part of her summer on a cross-country road trip. She has now officially driven coast to coast, and has the pictures of her feet in the water on each side of our country to prove it!
Mr. Korbelak spent much of his time at Camp Letts running the day camp and various other responsibilities. He is also taking on a new role at Annapolis High School as the new math department chair. He has had a great summer but he’s ready to get back to a daily work environment that doesn’t include swarms of mosquitoes.
Ms. Hackett could be found around the halls of Annapolis for most of the summer as she helped to run the Summer Bridge Program as the IB Coordinator. She also spent some time writing curriculum for the county. When she wasn’t knee deep in the world of education, she spent her time outdoors walking and hiking with her dog and taking all of the naps she missed during the school year.
Ms. Breidenbaugh traveled to two different music festivals this summer where she worked as an intern and performer. She is also currently working with Annapolis High School’s marching band camp. We hope she wears a lot of sunscreen because it is hot out there!
We hope your summers have all been relaxing, restful, and renewing. This year will see many changes at Annapolis, not just in the drama company, and we are excited to see the growth and continued Panther spirit over this coming school year. Take some time between now and the start of the year to think about what each of you would like to accomplish within the drama company. Maybe it’s trying out a new task or role or preparing for an audition in a different way. Whatever it is, come prepared and excited to learn and grow and most importantly, to be dramatic!
See you soon!
Ms. Lorenz, Mr. Korbelak, Ms. Hackett, and Ms. Breidenbaugh
Between camps, professional developments, and in some cases, cross country road trips, the directors completely forgot to post PRODUCTION STAFF for the 2018-2019 season. Our apologies for that!
Congrats to all!
Sound Technician - Eduard Smith
Props Mistress - Megan Barnes
Lead Make-Up Artist - Lena Hanrahan
Assistant Make-Up Artist - Morgan Bower
Rehearsal Accompanist/Student Music Director - Beda Vining
Scenic Artist - Jill Fisher
Scene Shop Manager - Claire Paalman
Stage Manager - Alaina Wong
Assistant Stage Manager - Amelia Farrell
Assistant Stage Manager - Teresa Nguyen
Set Designer - Sophia Healy
Lead Choreographer - Emma Wilansky
Choreography Team - Aria Grizzle
Choreography Team - Michaela Saul
Choreography Team - Miranda Franco
Producer - Chloe Gordon
Fall Technical Director - Katie FitzPatrick
Assistant Technical Director - Teresa Nguyen
Spring Techical Advisor - Katie FitzPatrick
Spring Technical Director - Amelia Farrell
Lighting Designer - Katie FitzPatrick
ASL Coordinator - Katie FitzPatrick
The Directing Team
Thank you for your patience and dedication to the Drama Company as we navigate new waters. The cast lists for both shows are attached, and we have faith that we will have two AMAZING, HIGH QUALITY shows.
Just a reminder, everyone is in the ensemble for both shows.
Please note: The acro and tap teams will be utilized from the original casting of NEW HOLLYWOOD CITY. There will also be some new, small ensembles created for ANYTHING GOES and DROWSY CHAPERONE. This will happen during rehearsal.
If you have not joined the Google Classroom, please to do so to accept your role by 9:30 AM tomorrow.
1. Parent/Student Meeting - You are required to attend the meeting tomorrow night Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria in order to accept your role. Your parent/guardian will sign off on contracts and required documents in order to participate
2. Casting - As always, the casting process is difficult. There will always be a mix of reactions, but this show gives ALL OF YOU the most stage time that we can offer. There will not be another show like this until 2023. If you skip your rehearsals or miss too many rehearsals, we will remove you from your parts, so other students can get the opportunity. We are holding a very high standard for this show.
3. Casting Spreadsheet - Due to quick turnaround, the casting spreadsheet will look complex and different from previous cast lists. It is broken down by individual. A different version of the cast list will be created once everyone accepts their part at the Parent/Student Meeting.
4. Director Blocking - Mr. Parr, Ms. Lorenz, Ms. Gonzalez, Mr. Korbelak, and Ms. Hackett have divided the songs among each other to block and develop. We will reveal who is in charge of what numbers at the Parent/Student Meeting.
5. Other Opportunities - There will be some other opportunities that occur throughout the rehearsal process to feature more students. Please continue to be professional as you are always on audition.
6. Tap/Acro Team - We will have special workshops for these teams to learn combos and skills to incorporate into various musical numbers.
Key for Songs:
Here they are! Both vocal and dance callbacks are in the document below. Please follow the instructions carefully.
If you were not called back, that does not mean you will not get a part or cast. We just do not need to see more of you at this time.
Also, please try your best on songs you were called back for. We may be considering you for other parts based on the callback piece.
There will callback information sessions and workshops during Panther Hour. We strongly encourage that you attend. Obviously, this does not apply to Middle School students from Annapolis and Bates.
We are officially unveiling the audition packet! Copies of select sections will be available after break, but we are not printing the entire packet due to size. Please use your digital resources.
It is imperative that you join the Google Classroom and follow all instructions very carefully.
The below information can also be found on the NEW HOLLYWOOD CITY landing page.
Google Classroom Code: nkoz1n3
Note:You MUST use your AACPS student code login to gain access into Google Classroom. Example: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Questions? Email email@example.com
Student specific or private questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here it is! Please report to Room 124 right after school to start your evening in preparation for Lost in Narnia.
If you need to leave for part of the 2:30 PM - 5:45 PM time frame, please complete an absence form and let Mr. Parr or Ms. Lorenz know ASAP.
If you are in the cast, crew, or production staff of LOST IN NARNIA, please complete a bio. Use the example as a model. If your bio is inappropriate, it will simply, NOT appear in the program.
Thank you and have a nice day :-),