How to Help Your Child Prepare for the Production and Important Dates

Dear Parents,

We hope that you and your children have had a wonderful vacation and that cast members will return with renewed energy to rehearsals, which will begin again this Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

 In the run-up to the production we are looking forward to these final few weeks, when we start to piece together the show like a giant jigsaw puzzle and add the music, songs and dances. In the meantime, costumes, props and scenery are being made and soon posters, tickets and T-shirts will be designed and produced.  

 PARENTS – WE NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE!

 By now the children should have learned their lines and will rehearse without scripts, although they should still bring them to every rehearsal.  This will allow us to block the scenes and work with cast members on developing their acting skills and dramatic technique.  

As parents, please check that your child knows his/her lines thoroughly and continues to regularly read them aloud to you, without the script, while you read the lines of the other characters.  

 Encourage your child to read the lines loudly, clearly, not too fast and with expression. Regular practice at home with a parent or sibling, will help all children feel confident about when to say their lines as well as well as what to say and ensure that they enjoy performing to an audience. It will also make a huge difference to these final rehearsals and ensure they enjoy the performances.

 All children involved must also learn the lyrics to the songs, which will be posted in the next few days.

 IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER – ALL CHILDREN                     MUST ATTEND!

 Saturday 26th May: Full Day Rehearsal 09:00 – 3:00pm

Tuesday 29th May: Extended Rehearsal 3:30 – 5:50pm

Thursday 31st May: Performance to students only 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Friday 1st June: Performance to Families 4:00 – 5:30pm

This production is a massive team effort, involving more than a hundred students. It makes it extremely difficult for the other children if any cast member is missing, especially in these final weeks.  It is essential to the success of the production that ALL children attend rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday as well as the rehearsals and performances listed above.

We very much appreciate your support in helping us make this a memorable experience for both performers and audience.

If you have any questions please drop me a line: SNilsson@isb.bj.edu.cn

Warmest regards,

 Sue Nilsson

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