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["2017"] Show Week Information 2/12 - 2/16 2018

Posted by Wyatt on February 8, 2018 at 11:35 PM

"Show week" refers to the school week, Monday (12/12) - Friday (12/16), leading up to our production.

An informational video going over the contents of this artcile can be found here.



  • Wear show shirts to school Wednesday, February 14th & Friday February 16th.
  • Double check your calendar for rehersal times as they change this week.
  • Tickets will be for sale in the MS main office as well as at the door night of show. $7 per seat.
  • Rehersal focus will be on technical setup and integration. Actors are expected to know their lines & cues.


Rehersals will be structured somehwat differently this week. By now, actors should know their lines and cues well enough to run the show without director intervention. The focus of this week will instead be on integrating the technical components of the show - lighting, sound, and set pieces. We will also begin dress rehersals sometime this week so please be sure to bring in costume items if that has not already been taken care of.


Our schedule this week will be slighty different from any previous weeks. Here is a summarized version:


  • Rehearsal - Next Top Model & Tech - After School [2:30PM - 4:15PM]
  • Rehearsal - American Revolution & Tech - Evening [6:30PM - 8:00PM]


  • Rehearsal - American Revolution & Tech - After School [2:30PM - 4:15PM]
  • Rehearsal - Next Top Model & Tech - Evening [6:30PM - 8:00PM]


  • Rehearsal - All Cast & Tech - After School [2:30PM - 4:15PM]
  • Rehearsal - All Cast & Tech - Evening [6:30PM - 8:00PM]


  • Rehearsal - All Cast & Tech - After School [2:30PM - 4:15PM]
  • Rehearsal - All Cast & Tech - Evening [6:30PM - 8:00PM]


  • Rehearsal - All Cast & Tech - After School [2:30PM - 4:15PM]
  • Show - All Cast & Tech - Show [6:00PM]

A more detailed version of this calendar can be found here.



Please pay special attention to the "Evening" rehearsals. All technical staff & applicable cast and are expected to attend these rehearsals. We apologize if this creates an awkward transportation situation, but the only way for us to get students back to the middle school for these evening rehearsals is by asking that parents drive their child(ren). Consider working out carpools with other cast/tech members.

Students must return home in between after school and evening rehearsals. They can not stay at the school in-between.

Late buses are still available for the after school rehearsals.


During this week, tickets will be for sale in the Novi Middle School main office for $7 each. Tickets will also be for sale on the night of the show, but the lines are much shorter when purchased at the office in advance.

Show Day

On Friday, February 16th, we ask that all cast and technical crew wear their show t-shirts to school. It is, among other things, part of our final advertising push. We also ask that everyone try to wear their show shirt on Wednesday the 14th as well for marketing purposes.

As listed above, we will have a normal rehearsal after school this day. Here we will work on curtain call/bows and polish up and scenes that need attention.

All students will then go home as normal (late bus, car, walking, biking, etc) at 4:15PM.

We ask that students eat and drink water. They are also allowed to bring a water bottle for use during the show. We may have a small supply of bottled water available during the show as well.

Take care of any last-minute personal business before returning to the middle school at 6:00 PM. Information regarding costumes is below

Again, apologies, students / families will need to work out transportation on their own.

Show Night - Pre Show

Upon arriving at the middle school, cast members will be directed to the dressing rooms to change into costume, put on makeup, do hair, etc. We hope to have parent volunteers to help with this. Technical staff will perform last-minute equipment checks.

Before the show cast members will wait in one of the music rooms next to the auditorium. As we have two separate shows this year, some students wait in these rooms while the other show is performing. We will have an interal video stream setup so each cast can watch the others show while they wait.

Technical staff will be at their assigned positions for the entirety of the show.

Show Night - During Show

We aim to have all cast and crew ready for opening of house at 7:00 PM. Show will then begin around 7:30PM.

There will be a brief intermission between the two shows.

Show Night - Post Show

After curtain call, cast members will be taken back to the music hall. We will attempt to get them out to the cafeteria quickly for pictures in costume.

Please note that photography and videography of any form during the show is strictly prohibited due to copyright restrictions

Technical staff will also be free to greet their families in the cafeteria.


After the show ends we will begin cleaning up all of our equipment as quickly as possible. We ask, especially of the technical staff, if they are able to stay for at least a few minutes and aid in this effort it goes much faster. We also welcome help from actors and parent volunteers.


Cast members must change back into their own cloths before leaving. Unless you have supplied your own costume, your costume must be returned. If you supplied your own costume you can take it home. Technical staff also please make sure you don't anciently walk off with a piece of equipment (usually radios).

Before leaving please check in with an NMSTheater staff member to make sure that you are clear to leave. This helps us keep track of all the students.

Misc Notes

Technical staff, please wear black pants / shoes to the show. Sound and lighting personel can wear show shirts during the show. Stage hands must wear full black clothng so you are not seen moving around the stage - sorry the show shirts were bright red this year.

Cast and tech, please be sure to keep up with your school work. Theater rehearsal is not a pass.

Be sure to drink plenty of water and get as much sleep as you can. (No, you still can't sleep in class). No one wants to have to drop out of the show Friday morning because they got sick.

If you have any questions, concerns, or are interested in volunteering please contact us:

[email protected] - Lori Burkhardt - Director (Voulenteering, Cast, Misc)

[email protected] - Wyatt Parsons - Technical Director (Technical Staff)

We hope you enjoy watching and/or performing in the show.

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