I hope you’re having busy, creative, sunny, and fun summers-I miss you all!
I’m in the middle of my two-week performing arts camp in southern VT so I’ve been playing a lot of trombone, teaching a lot of music, playing a lot of improv games, blocking scenes, and doing character work with 5th-8th graders. And while that’s super fun for me to be down here with these kiddos, it makes me even more excited to come back to you in the fall!
So- you’ve got a month-ish before school starts! Get those instruments out! Play, sing, dance! And here’s a treat for your inspiration!
On March 22nd and 23rd thirty-two of our middle school musicians traveled to Alburgh to take part in the Island County Music Festival. Andy Gagnon from Stowe Middle School conducted the band, and Melissa Towle from Colchester High School conducted the chorus. Folsom set an outstanding example musically and as students in another school. The days were long, and our students were tired, but their handwork paid off because the concert sounded fantastic. Ms. Kauffeld is so proud and thankful for all of their help during the two days, we look forward to hosting the festival at Folsom next year! THE BAND
Thanks to the Tremble family for this beautiful picture, more to come! (If you have pics you’d like to share on the blog, let me know!)
It’s here finally, our 2016 production of J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”
I feel so grateful to so many people- the incredible families who brought snacks, made costumes, helped with rehearsals, brought in props, helped build sets, delivered and picked up kiddos to and from rehearsals and SO. MUCH. MORE.
I’m also so grateful and indebted to the team of Middle Schoolers who worked on this show. From our wonderful Assistant Director Holly, to our brilliant Set Designer Kayla, to our very competent Running Crew, and our extremely talented Pit Band. WOW. How can I say thank you enough? Is it okay to ask you all to never graduate? Or at least ask you to make sure you train the folks coming up the ranks?
Thank you to Dylan Degree for filming our production, please share with your loved ones who couldn’t make it to our show.
We (Gina and I,) are working as quickly as possible to get the Middle School production of “Anything Goes,” up and running. Today I met with a great group of 4th-8th graders to help them get familiar with some of the tunes. If you couldn’t attend today, do not fear. I will have another session Friday at recess and Friday after school until 4 (there is no late bus so plan accordingly.)
Auditions will be Monday March 21 and Tuesday March 22 after school. I don’t have an end time yet. More to come.
Middle School Musical FAQ-
Can 4th graders be in the production?
Yes! When making this decision to be involved please know that the time commitment is much more extensive than for the K-4 play, and these students are asked to really up their maturity and responsibility levels!
What if I have some after school commitments?
Join us! We have folks who take dance classes, play a sport a few times a week, have mentoring, and more. With this in mind, if you are available for less time to rehearse, it may mean that you are on stage less, but we’d really love to have you! When we get into the final weeks before the play students and families are asked to prioritize rehearsals and miss their other activities.
Is it possible to be in the play but not sing on stage?
Yes! The beauty of a show like “Anything Goes!” is that there’s room for all types on involvement. Join us!
What about lights/sound/crew?
More info to come… but… Join us!
How do I prepare for auditions?
It’s all about the YouTube. Here are the songs you should listen to:
Girls: Blow Gabriel Blow, All Through the Night, I Get a Kick Out of You
Boys: Be Like the Blue Bird, All Through the Night, Friendship
PLEASE listen to the three pieces for the festival. This music is HARD. Learning these tunes in a short amount of time will be SOOOO much easier if you listen. Listen with your music in front of you and follow your part.