Category Archives: Performances


Bravo and congratulations to all of our cast, crew, student production team, and families on a fantastic run of This Bell Life! We couldn’t be prouder of the way everyone and everything came together to celebrate our incredibly special school community. Hopefully everyone has caught up on their rest today and is ready to get back to the real world tomorrow!

One more gigantic thank you to everyone who took time to volunteer for this production during the last couple months and in the previous few days. Every bit of help, no matter great or small, is crucial in making our show a success and every year we’re humbled by the help and kindness given to us by our play families. By the final show, we were running like a well-oiled machine and I’m so impressed and grateful at the way Bell’s students and their families can make magic like this happen.

If you’re interested in helping us out one last time, parent volunteers Frank and Nathalie will be at Bell around 5:00pm on Monday the 6th to strike our set and get the stage back to normal. The more hands we have on deck, the faster this process will go! Sign up for the spot here (and bring a drill if you have one!). Thank you!

Also – don’t forget that all t-shirt orders are due this Friday, March 10th. Click here for the This Bell Life t-shirt order form!

More information will come in the next couple of weeks about the cast/crew party, DVD orders, and more. It’s hard to believe we don’t have rehearsal tomorrow, but we’ll still have at least one more day all together to celebrate one last time! Once again, thanks for being a part of This Bell Life with us. ♥


A few notes about Thursday…

…It’s our big day! Everybody is tired but hopefully excited, too! Just a few reminders for our rehearsals and shows tomorrow:

All cast and crew are called to the auditorium from 9:15am-11:15am. (Come to school as normal and go to your first hour of classes.) Our plan is to try to run the show (not a full dress rehearsal), go over some notes, clean up a few things, etc., before the afternoon school performance.

EVERYONE is going to eat lunch and have recess during the 11:15am-12:00pm lunch period. PLEASE BRING A BAG LUNCH. As soon as lunch is over at noon, all kids are called back to the auditorium to prepare for our first school performance. We need to schedule the dressing room/hair and makeup station in shifts: All kids who need a mic check at the top of the show (the first narrators, the first several Attic Kids, etc.) should get in costume and hair/makeup first. Once the dressing room is mostly clear, the 1917 narrators and all students who are in “Have a Little Faith in Me” can prepare for the show, followed by all kids who are in Pep Rally and later numbers.

Our show is scheduled to start at 1:30 and MUST end by 3:00, whether we are finished or not. (Our approximate run time right now is 75 minutes, so barring any major crises, this should not be a problem.) Remember that school is still in session during this time, so no cell phones, running around in the hallways, etc.

Students should then head home at 3:15 as they normally do – there will be no after-school supervision for students between 3:15pm and 5:30pm. Go home, freshen up, eat dinner, and come back to get ready for our first public show!

We’d like to go over notes with students promptly at 5:30 and then prepare for the top of the show, which starts at 7:00pm. By this time we will have run the show at least twice in its entirety, so it should be a piece of cake! 🙂

Remember that it’s very important to stay quiet backstage because the audience can hear you from inside the auditorium! Students should always be aware of what numbers are coming up next and where they’re supposed to be and when. Snacks are allowed backstage but NOT in the library. No students except lights crew should be on the balcony (except during transitions between songs when necessary). All crew members should stay with their crew in their assigned area. ALL students should listen to and respect all adults backstage as well as student production team members. Pick up all your costumes, belongings, garbage, etc. before you leave!!

If you have any questions about procedures, logistics, etc., don’t hesitate to shoot me an e-mail or see me or another production team member while we’re running around tomorrow! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out today, to everyone scheduled to help out the next few days, and to all of you for your support and flexibility during tech week. BREAK A LEG TOMORROW!! #thisbelllife

Tech week and performance schedule!

Our schedule is finally ready! PLEASE LOOK OVER THIS AS A FAMILY VERY CAREFULLY to ensure you know when you will be missing class, when you need to bring a bag lunch, when you need to arrive at school early, etc.! (Please treat the Wednesday and Thursday schedules during the school day as tentative, as we are still awaiting final approval from administration on this.) If you have any questions or concerns at all, don’t hesitate to shoot me an e-mail or see one of us after rehearsal.

Also don’t forget to bring in all your costumes tomorrow to leave in the dressing room.

Tech week…here we go!!

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Volunteer opportunities – we need you!!

Sign up to volunteer for “This Bell Life” at this link!

Hello TBL families,

Our premiere is less than a week away!! Tech week and performances are always a VERY busy time for the production team, cast, and crew, and a successful show would not be possible without the amazing volunteers we are lucky enough to have every year. We have many opportunities for parents and families to lend a hand to our production, including:

  • Final stages of set construction and painting
  • Backstage assistance and supervision
  • Hair/makeup station supervision
  • Ticket sales
  • Reserved seating/ushering
  • Show breakdown and cleanup

Detailed descriptions of each role are listed on the website. We need volunteers during tech week, at our dress rehearsals during and after school, at our in-school and public performances, and after our final performance. Please consider donating your invaluable time or skills to our production, and check back periodically for possible additional volunteer opportunities. Thank you in advance – we truly couldn’t do it without YOU!

Sign up to volunteer for “This Bell Life” at this link!

Closing weekend starts today!

We will see everyone today at 2:00 to start our cue-to-cue, photoshoot, dinner, and final Friday performance!

If anyone is available to volunteer tonight or tomorrow, we are still looking to fill a few more spots for Reserved Seating/Ushering, Hair/Makeup Supervision, Ticket Sales, and Backstage Supervision. Thanks in advance! Click here to sign up to volunteer!

See you all SOON!

Final Week! Pick-Up Rehearsals and Final Performance Schedule!

Two shows down, two to go!! What a fantastic opening weekend we’ve had! We are unspeakably proud of the work of all students in the cast, crew, and student production team, and can’t wait for our very special closing weekend! A gigantic “thank you” is owed to all the parent and family volunteers this past week who ensured a smooth run of our dress rehearsals and performances. You rock!

Here is the schedule for our final week together (sniff, sniff!)! Friday’s schedule is tentative pending administrative approval.

Pinocchio – Pick-Up Rehearsals and Final Performance Schedule


Als0 – don’t forget that final orders for t-shirts are due Monday, April 11th!

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Food tonight

We do not have a meal planned this evening, so students should eat before they arrive at Bell and can bring a healthy snack or small meal to eat backstage or during intermission. Remember that students should be respectful of the space they are in and clean up wrappers, bags, crumbs, and all other garbage after themselves.

Information and Reminders for Friday, April 1st – Opening night!

After our two very exhausting school shows today, we’re hoping everyone gets lots of rest tonight in preparation for opening night tomorrow! We have some information about tomorrow, reminders about behavior expectations, a call for volunteers, and a prop request:

  1. All actors are called at 4:00pm. All crew members are called at 5:00pm. Crew members are welcome to come earlier if they so choose.
  2. We have a handful of parent volunteers to assist backstage tomorrow, but we are sorely in need of more! If you can volunteer tomorrow, Saturday, or next weekend, please click this link for our VolunteerSpot page!
  3. All students “backstage” in the hallway must be on the best behavior at all times and clean up after themselves! Several Bell staff members today mentioned that the behavior of our offstage actors and crew members was not stellar. Many students were loud, disrespectful to adults and other students, left garbage and crumbs all over the hallway, and were playing with props and equipment that was not theirs.
  4. With the exception of lights crew and actors in scenes 1 and 4, no students should be on the balcony at any time during the performance. Actors must remain backstage and crew members should remain with their crew to perform their responsibilities.
  5. DO NOT TOUCH OR PLAY WITH PROPS. Several props were broken or misplaced today due to misuse. Production Team members also witnessed crew members playing with props and chatting behind the curtains while scenes were taking place onstage. Remember that if you are behind the curtains and you can see the audience, it means they can also see you!
  6. We are looking for a service bell for a prop…if anyone has one, please bring let Ms. Schmidt know!
  7. Lastly, in case anyone was unaware, Ms. Schmidt, Ms. Lambert, and all Bell interpreters and other CTU members are not allowed to be present for opening night due to the CTU’s “day of action.” However, Ms. Miller, Katy, Levi, Mr.Guzmán, volunteer interpreters, other Bell staff members, and many parent volunteers will be present to assist all our students and ensure a smooth run of our show. The full production team will be present for our show on Saturday, April 2nd. Please contact Ms. Schmidt if you have any questions.

Good luck to all cast and crew tomorrow on our opening night of Pinocchio!!! ♥

Reminders for Thursday’s school performances / Call for hair/makeup donations!

Hi everyone! Today was very long, but we finally have a complete run of our show under our belt! We are very excited for tomorrow and have a few last-minute reminders and requests for everyone.

  1. Call time for all cast and crew is 7:15am sharp! If you are unable to get a ride to school at this time, let Ms. Schmidt know as soon as possible what time we should expect you.
  2. Remember to BRING A BAG LUNCH tomorrow. Our morning show will end no later than 11:30am (whether it is finished or not) and lunch for all cast and crew will immediately follow. There will only be time for touch-ups to hair and makeup before we start the next school show at 12:30pm, so all students should leave their hair and makeup on between shows. Most students (with the exception of Dead Girls, Blu, Pinocchio, Redd, Geppetto, Cypress, and Birch) should leave their costumes on between the shows as well.
  3. Townsfolk who want their hair curled/styled should do so at home before they arrive at Bell.
  4. All actors, if possible, should bring their own hairbrush, makeup brushes, and personal makeup supplies to limit sharing as much as possible. (It is more important that this is done for Friday night rather than tomorrow morning, but do bring these items in tomorrow if possible.)
  5. Remember that there is NO REHEARSAL after school tomorrow. When our second school show ends (no later than 3:00pm), all students should go home as normal.

We are also in need of some last-minute makeup supplies for tomorrow. We ideally need these items for tomorrow’s shows but need them no later than 5:00pm on Friday before our opening night. If anyone has any of the following items (unused/unopened), we will gladly and gratefully accept your donations!

  • hair gel
  • brown and black eyeliner
  • eyeshadow
  • mascara
  • dark-colored bronzer
  • white face paint
  • white/light face powder
  • baby wipes
  • makeup brushes

Tomorrow will be our first time practicing with full hair and makeup. Actors should remember to be patient and treat all crew members and adults with respect as this will be their first time performing these tasks for the production.

Get a good night’s sleep tonight and break a leg (and some fingers) for tomorrow’s shows! We are so proud of everyone’s hard work and dedication this week and can’t wait for 7:15 tomorrow morning! 🙂