East Side Elementary
MTW Drama Club has been part of East Side Elementary afterschool enrichment programs since its inception in 2005.
Over 1,200 East Side students have been a part of Drama Clubs and shows.
Drama Club at East Side Elementary meets every week for ten 90 minute classes in the fall. Space is limited to 12 students per teacher, with a maximum of 3 teachers. Students will build confidence and learn stage skills through fun-filled theatre games, improvisation and scene study. Parents are invited to sit in during the last class so we can “show and tell” our favorite activities.
Annually, East Side puts on a musical complete with lights, costumes, and sets. The shows are a great way for children to gain confidence, learn teamwork, acquire organizational skills, and practice singing, dancing and acting as they put on a professional show. Whether your child is headed for a career on the stage or as a part of the audience, they will have a great experience learning all that is involved in a production. In casting the shows, we take into account the comfort level of each child and hope to give them their moments to shine. The first 50 children who sign up to be in the show will be the cast. Our auditions are only for role placement. The Cast will fill up quickly, so sign up at Meet and Greet!
Former MTW students have gone on to stages at performing arts schools, universities and to audition on Broadway.
Please download and print the registration forms, and fill them up as indicated on each form.
MTW’s students, parents and staff work together really hard for several months to put on a great show. Here you will find helpful information for MTW students and parents regarding the shows.
A Family meeting for all cast families will be 1-2 weeks before auditions and is where the show CD and audition material will be distributed. You will be asked to sign your child up for one of the 2 audition days. We will answer any and all questions about the audition experience, casting, scripts, volunteering, and rehearsals. Children are welcome to attend this approximately 45 minute meeting.
Auditions are held to appropriately cast the students who have enrolled. We will have 2 days of auditions, but your child need attend only one of those days. Only children who wish to have a solo or a speaking role will be asked to sing a short solo from the show at the auditions. We would like for all children to attend auditions so we can meet them and assign their role. We will make the auditions fun and very positive. If a child only wants to participate in a group, they are welcome to do so.
Children will receive their cast assignments at the end of the school day prior to a holiday. At East Side they will receive it before Thanksgiving. Sometimes children are disappointed in their assigned role. Trust that we know the show well enough to create extra moments for all children to be in the spotlight.
MTW will provide the majority of costumes for all shows. We will ask parents to provide pieces if it is something your child probably has, or if it is a personal piece—like tights for girls or a wig. We often ask you if you have specific items before we shop (for example, black pants, white t-shirts, etc.). Should you be asked to bring in a piece that you don’t have, we strongly recommend looking in thrift stores and asking neighbors! Your pieces will be returned to you after the show. MTW costumes must also be returned at the end of the show. We highly recommend labeling all personal items with your child’s name.
MTW asks all parents to volunteer in some capacity during the Musical production. We will use Shutterfly for convenience and communication. Please check back for link and further information the week before rehearsals begin.
Volunteer opportunities are:
- 2 Rehearsal monitors at each rehearsal.
- 2 – 4 people with trucks or other large vehicles for transporting sets/costumes/props to and from East Side.
- 5 People to help set up and strike the set. Strength and tools are a plus. No kids allowed.
- 3 – 5 People to help serving and cleaning up pizzas at Dress rehearsal.
- 2 – 4 People painting sets and organizing props.
- 1 Concession chair to organize food and volunteers.
- 10+ Ticket salespeople.
- 2 Volunteers backstage during each performance.
- Someone to create the program – we’ll give you the info and suggested layout.
Important dates for the Junie B. Jones, Jr. musical are:
- Auditions: November 12 and 14
- Start Rehearsals: November 26
- Show: March 23 and 24 at Dickerson Middle School