A clarification – any students in the “Feeling Good” number should make sure they have BLACK shoes, whether for tap, jazz, or signing. As soon as you are able, please make sure to wear the shoes you plan to wear in the show during our runs. Practicing in the type of shoe you’ll be performing is very important in order to get used to walking around the stage and to alter your body language and movements appropriately.
Students should have brought their costumes in today. Please do so if you have not already. Tomorrow we will work on organizing the dressing room and labeling everyone’s costumes in preparation for our dress rehearsal on Wednesday.
There is a small mistake on the tech week schedule. Students are NOT required to bring a bag lunch on Wednesday – they only need to do so on Thursday due to the modified lunch schedule.
All students should please remember not to use cell phones during rehearsal and that eating in the auditorium is NOT permitted. All actors and crew should also be actively attending to the rehearsal happening onstage and stay quiet while the directors are working with students to ensure that we can make the most of our limited time together.
Day 1 of tech week is down…only three days until our show! We hope you’re getting excited!!
Just to make sure the students are on the right track and to offer any assistance if needed, we’d like to see a picture of what you’ve come up with for your costume(s)! Please send a picture of your costume to Katy (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND Ms. Lambert (email@example.com) as soon as possible for approval. All costumes should be finalized and brought to school no later than Monday, February 27th.
FOR ATTIC KIDS ONLY: Families should review this packet (as well as the costume guide for musical numbers) together as soon as possible! All students in the “Attic Kids” group will need a costume specific to the decade they’re representing in each of their scenes. (Students’ names are indicated under their particular decade.) Please don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money on these costumes – we strongly encourage you to use old clothes or costumes you already have at home or to buy them at the thrift store. We realize many students are in the “Attic Kids” group as well as other numbers, so if you are having trouble finding all the right costume pieces within your budget or the short time frame, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the production team for assistance. We would like all students to have their costumes ready by Monday, February 27th.
The ALL CAST Costume Guide is ready! Families should review this packet together as soon as possible! ALL performers will need a few different costumes for the show, and this will be different for each students depending on which specific numbers they are included in. (All “Attic Kids” should review the Attic Kids costume guide as well.) If you or your student are not sure which numbers they are performing in, please see Ms. Schmidt as soon as possible.
Please don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money on these costumes – we strongly encourage you to use old clothes or costumes you already have at home or to buy them at the thrift store. We realize many students are in multiple numbers, so if you are having trouble finding all the right costume pieces within your budget or the short time frame, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the production team for assistance. We would like all students to have their costumes ready by Monday, February 27th.
Hello once more, Pinocchio families!
It’s been a week since our closing show and our hearts our full of joy, pride, and wonder at what an amazing experience Pinocchio was for all of us. We thank you for your generous gifts and words of kindness to all of us…we dearly miss you all already! Lucky for all of us, we have one last chance to celebrate together at our cast and crew party on Friday, April 29th!! Claudia Tani’s mother has generously offered their home in Jefferson Park as a venue, and we couldn’t be more excited!
The deadline for t-shirt sales has been extended! Please continue to turn in your orders after spring break if you would still like a t-shirt. There may also be an option for families to order online with the company directly – more details to come after break! Pinocchio T-Shirt Order Form
Several students left costumes and other accessories on the racks and around the dressing room last week. Please see Ms. Schmidt if you are missing something or forgot to take your costume home. Any items not claimed by the end of April will be put into storage at Bell.
If you have not yet ordered a limited edition 3D-printed cricket and wish to do so, please let me know and we can have one made for you!
That’s all for now…hope to see you all at the party on the 29th!
Hi Pinocchio families!
We are dedicating part of Saturday’s rehearsal on the 19th to checking in with all of our actors – nearly 60 of you! – about costumes. Every actor is required to provide their base costume (shoes, socks, pants/top, skirt/top, overalls, or dress) as well as any accessories you might have to complete the full look. We can provide any pieces you’re having trouble finding yourself, but the more you can personalize your own unique look, the better! Please read through the costume packet again for ideas, and look around your house to see if there’s anything you already have that could work.
Puppets: Think fun puppet/costume kind of look but with a vintage/old-timey feel.
Sparks/Dead Girls: We ask that you provide your own black tights, as well as shoes as pictured in the costumes packet.
All other characters: Your costumes consist of regular clothes that have a 1930s or ’40s look to them. For example:
- Denim/tweed/wool/plain-looking pants and shirts
- Regular button up shirts
- Dresses/skirts/blouses with a ’30s/’40s feel to them
- Plain shoes/dress shoes/simple boots in dark colors
Check the costumes packet (link at the bottom of this post) for lots of examples and inspiration!
All actors should bring in pictures or actual costume items on Saturday in order for us to get a visual of what they are wearing so we know what accessories we might need to get for them. Feel free to e-mail pictures as well. If you can’t make Saturday’s rehearsal, you may bring your items in another time this week or e-mail pictures before Saturday.
We have a very limited time to purchase needed accessories for everyone, so the sooner we can see your costume ideas, the better!
We’ll be available today, Thursday, and Friday if students want to talk with us about any questions or if they want to brainstorm about what their character might wear. You can e-mail us with any questions as well.
At the bottom of this post is a link to all the information you’ll need for your Pinocchio costume!
Actors are responsible for supplying certain elements of their costumes themselves, while many specific and stylized costume pieces will be provided by the production team with the help of our fabulous parent volunteer Yvette Alvarado.
Once you’ve found a costume piece, pair of shoes, or accessory you think might work for your character, please have your child bring it to rehearsal or send a picture to Ms. Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval. (We encourage you NOT to spend a lot of money on something new, but to try and find fun, vintage pieces you might already have or can pick up at the thrift store.)
Additionally, if you are browsing through this packet and see any items that you own that you’d like to donate or lend to us, we’d love to see what you have!
We’re so excited to see your ideas and welcome any questions or requests for assistance you might have. Thank you!