Wizard of Oz – Week 2
a note from alise

Diving In, Digging Deep

On Sunday, we hit the ground running. It was evident all of our actors came to rehearsal today ready to work – we love that! But before it all began, both casts took a JPAS mindful meditation moment. After a few calming deep breaths, we focused on being our true selves, the power of being you, and authenticity.

Being an actor takes practice and self-care. Help us set them up for success by making sure each week your actor reviews their lines, songs, choreography, and blocking. Please show your actor our link to the electronic resource library. It has choreography videos and MP3s of songs learned, organized per week, per cast. We would love actors to be off-book as soon as possible. Off-book means not needing their scripts anymore to recite their lines. Directors will be providing an off-book date this week.

Equally as important is that our actors take the time to restore their well-being and fill their creative well – lessons we could all likely benefit from and incorporate more of into our daily routine. I encourage you too, to take time for YOU.

Electronic Resource Library

This week’s new songs and choreography videos are online! Please also keep listening to the CD, reading the script, and memorizing lines. Keep up the good work!


Conversation Starters

  • Do you know what blocking means (ask your actor)?
  • Ask your budding actor what their character is like. What is their character’s backstory?
  • Discuss the themes of Wizard of Oz at home. Maybe watch the movie together or check out some YouTube performances – either the Broadway version and/or other youth productions.

Emerald City Cast

Enthusiasm for the show is off the charts! We are already starting to see actors reacting to the scenes they’re in and making great character choices!

  • Learned about stage directions and how to note them down in the script
  • First choreography rehearsal; learned dance sequence for Jitterbug
  • First day of blocking; made it to scene 5. Way to go!
  • Crows and Trees learned their big songs (“You Can’t Win” and intro to “If I Only Had a Heart”)

Ruby Slippers Cast

The teamwork and productivity was amazing! We covered a lot of ground. So many discoveries – our actors are learning about themselves and their characters. Some new roles were assigned and the actors graciously took on their new responsibilities.

  • The students had the experience of working on blocking, character development, dance, and music (reading and singing)
  • First choreography rehearsal; learned dance sequence for Jitterbug
  • Blocked intro to Munchkinland!
  • So much music was learned. Jitterbug, Munchkinland, If I Only Had a Brain, intro to If I Only Had a Heart, and Apple Tree Song

Rehearsal – Sunday, February 10

  • Everyone should arrive promptly at 1:30 pm.
  • Ruby Slippers Cast will meet in Zale Auditorium.
  • Emerald City Cast will meet in Senior Assembly
  • Pick-up will be at 5:30 pm in the lobby.
  • Please remind our performers to bring their scripts, folder, character development sheet, pencil, and a highlighter.
  • Please pack a healthy snack and a water bottle.
  • Wear clothes you can easily move in with sneakers or bring your jazz/dance shoes.

Important Dates & Reminders

  • This Sunday, February 10 is when we will be taking head shots for both casts. Please make sure your actor is camera-ready!
  • Wednesday, February 13 actor bios are due. YOU got this! If we do not receive your actor’s bio by February 13, they will not be included in the playbill.
    Click here to look at a sample format/instructions on how to send in your actor’s bio.
  • Wednesday, February 13 actor Playbill Ad/Messages are due. Think of our playbill as our annual fundraiser. Your actor will get a memory of a lifetime and the proceeds from all playbill ads help fund our amazing performing arts program. The playbill is a great way for a relative who is unable to attend to send a note of support, or utilize this opportunity if you own a small business. Placing an ad in our playbill is a strategic way to reach the community. Click here to see sample format/instructions on how to send in your playbill ad.
  • I encourage you to please take care of both the bio and playbill ad now. Knock it off your to-do list and feel like a rock star.

Exciting! Tickets Are on Sale – Buy Early & Save!

Please spread the word about Wizard of Oz. to friends and family.

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Reminder About Healthy Snacks

Please continue to do your best to provide healthy snacks, low in sugar. Healthy, low-sugar snacks help to keep our performers engaged, focused, and on task. Actors will not be allowed to use the vending machines.

Our Performing Arts Camps –  Filling Fast!

Camp StarQuest and Camp StarPower rock! The culture we create oozes awesomeness on every level – it’s the best of times!
Please register today to save your spot. Seriously!

Click here to learn more about JPAS Camps. Click here for registration forms.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone this Sunday!

Shine Bright,

alise sig