Thank you, times a million


NIMH families:

Thank you, so sincerely, from the bottom of my heart. Are you sad? I am!! I already miss all of you so much.

Young artists: be proud, everyday, of what you did. It was hard. But it has to be, doesn’t it, to be good?

Families: You’re amazing. Hold tight to each other.

If any of you need anything, ever, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Be good, ya filthy cheese-grubbin’ pantry mice!


volunteer check in

Volunteers Needed.  Please consider volunteering to help behind the scenes.  This play is fully supported by parent volunteers.  We need you.  
You child does not need to be in the play. 
We’re using (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for NIMH BELL SCHOOL PLAY!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Hi everyone. Today was a good day.


Details for tomorrow:

Full company 7:15am.

7:15-9am: Work troubles spots

9am: Get ready for show

10:15am: first school show

12-1pm: BRING YOUR LUNCH, we’ll eat in the auditorium after.

1-3pm: photo shoot, work problem areas

3:15: Full company goes home, eats, and focuses.

5pm: Full company called.

5-6pm: Work problem areas.

6pm: Get ready for show.

7pm: Opening night.


7:15am: Full Company

7:15am-8:15am: POLISH

8:30: Get ready for show

9: 15: second school show

FULL COMPANY RELEASED AFTER SHOW (and debrief), with possible exceptions of Brisby’s, Shrew. and Ages for scene work.

5pm call: FULL COMPANY

7pm: Second public performance.

Be here. I love everyone. You should be proud.


Call for volunteers (desperately needed)!

Hello NIMH families,

I have received a request from a parent to share our volunteer sign-up link with you. NIMH’s parent volunteer team is working with a bare-bones crew to complete the huge amount of work before and during the performances for the remainder of this week and they are in desperate need of more volunteers to make the process run as smoothly as possible. Bell School truly thrives because of the generosity of its amazing parents and families, and the show simply cannot happen without enough volunteers behind the scenes. The students and production team have worked so hard for months to make this show a success, and they need all hands on deck for the home stretch of this process. Please consider donating a couple hours of your time tomorrow, Friday, and/or Saturday to assist our incredible group of students and their families with what I’m sure is going to be an outstanding performance!

There are approximately 20 volunteer “spots” available to assist with ticket booth sales at the door of the performances, and backstage assistance and supervision during every in-school and public performance. The link is below, and all you have to do is enter your e-mail in order to volunteer. For questions or more information, contact Claire Sutton at

Click HERE to volunteer at!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Ms. Schmidt 🙂

Weekend stuff

Hey yall! Some updates and major points of consideration:

Costumes: Many actors have brought in costume pieces for approval. That’s awesome.

I ask that each family reviews the costume guide here: NIMH Costume Guide

It’s helpful! Remember, we are NOT asking you to make a bunch of purchases or break the bank. This is a sourcing materials opportunity. It’s a thrifting opportunity. Know that the aesthetic concept is old timey, dust bowl era clothes: knickers, vests, argyle socks, button up shirts, suspenders, earth tones. black or brown shoes or boots (no tennis shoes, no sneakers).

The SET:

Any one willing to come in and get their hands dirty Sunday morning from 9-12 is more than welcome. We have a good amount left to do. We could use the hands!


Charlie Jolls, our lighting designer, is loading in rentals monday morning. he could use an assist. If you have a truck or van and some time or you’re interested in helping, please email him ASAP at


note that ‘full company’ means ALL CAST AND CREW.


please please please please, no more conflicts. If you send me an email thinking, well it’s not that big of a deal…just realize that YOU ARE NOT the only one sending me an email:)

Golly gee I tell ya, last week I got over THIRTY emails with last minute conflicts.

AND HERE’S A THING: WE HAVE NEVER HAD EVEN CLOSE TO PERFECT ATTENDANCE. It’s a little maddening. There are so many people, families, volunteers, teachers, etc. working so hard to make this thing happen. KIDS, please honor their work by doing yours.

okay. keep an eye out for updates. be vigilant. be proud. it’s a thing, and it’s happening.


hey everyone!

great rehearsal today. really strong work.

stage and prop crew: you have training with Larry Huetteman TUESDAY 4/17 3:30 to 4:30.

costumes crew: you are called MONDAY 4/16 3:30 to 5:50 in the music room. you already know this, but a reminder!

hair and make up, stand by.

ALL CREWS: see you this week!!!!

Ads and Bios- IMPORTANT



— The final deadline for placing an ad in The Secret of NIMH StageBELL program book is Thursday 4/12! Recognize the hard work (and talent!) of a cast member, crew member or production member with a personalized ad. This year, you can pay for ads online — so convenient! But we need to receive your order and your ad by Thursday to make it into the program book.  The ad order form can be found at:   

— Actor and student production team bios will be featured in the “The Secret of NIMH” StageBELL program, which will be distributed at our three public performances. Actors and student production team members, please complete your bio as soon as possible. If they are not received by Thursday 4/12, they may not make it into the keepsake program book.  Fill out the bio form at  Crew members do not need to fill out this form.