Well done

dscn7272_editedThe 27th year of Scrooge at Faith is in the books, and it was history making. Much of the history we already know — how many came, the smiles we saw, the laughs we heard, the emotions we felt. Much more is still to be known — the lives that were changed, the hearts and minds that were influenced, the families that were healed, the effects that will be seen far into the future.

You had a part in that. Our part is serving. God’s part is using our service for His Kingdom.

Thank you to Steve and Darcy Carlsen for their humble service and fabulous performances. Steve is a very unScrooge-like person, but he made a wonderful Ebenezer. You might think you know all of Scrooge’s lines…and you might. But knowing when to say them, how to say them, what’s going on while you’re saying them, along with many other details that are all racing towards you, is something that Steve did with great skill. All with a knee that he probably shouldn’t be walking on. (And let’s not even mention how sick he was before the last performance.) And Darcy was a wonderful Mrs. Cobbler, along with her duties as chief Propmaster and Scrooge nursemaid.

Thanks also to Mary-Jane Engelhardt for both her performance and direction. She does a little bit of everything, but does it well and with such a positive heart.

As always, thanks go to Jon Cole and Curtis Vass, the backbone of the tech crew. They really carry the heart and intention of what we do through all their efforts. The many hours they have put in are greatly appreciated.

A very special thanks also to my daughter, Summer, for assisting me throughout the production. Her help was very much needed.

I really could — and probably should — go through all the names in the program and beyond. There were many outstanding acting performances — Natalie Flecha, Pastor Sam, Kenneth Munroe, Jayda Almonte, Jonathon Morrissey…as Angel 3:, until of course, he couldn’t on the last night and had to receive last minute backup from Michael Mueller. Everyone, from those with speaking lines to those with smiling lines, was so willing to be directed, it made for a great production. (Seriously, I’m sorely tempted to mention every name, because you each were so valuable. Feel free to add your name here:)

Then there were all the non-stage performances of lighting, sound, stage, backstage, choreography (thanks Jenn, Terrie…and Carla!), kitchen, makeup, costumes (Naomi!), parking lot, ushers, greeters, worship team (the Relentless worship team was great!), construction (Frank Crater and Tom Langstine did SO much to help Mike and Ronna Dunham make the set look fantastic, in addition to their Lobby set), cookies, childcare…and more. (So many names I’m leaving out.)

It really was fascinating to watch all the different areas of ministry do their part in making one entire production that brought so much joy to so many.

So, take this gladness with you, now and throughout the year! (And mark your calendar to be involved again, once September 2017 rolls around!)

Well done, indeed.

— Pastor Tim

Tuesday night

Thank you for what you’re doing. Monday was a great rehearsal and sets us up well for the rest of the week.

Things to know

  • Worship begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Be on time.
  • We will go straight through from beginning to end.
  • Please pick up and throw away trash. It doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not. Please help us keep backstage areas clean.
  • Please stay quiet in the choir room, very quiet when traveling through the back hallway, and silent when in the wings and adjacent backstage areas.
  • No food or drink should be taken upstairs.
  • No cell phones or other electronic or non 18th century items onstage.
  • No gum.
  • Once you put on your costume, please stay backstage until the presentation is over. (Taking off your costume during the middle of the presentation does not give you the ability to wander out into the audience or other non-backstage areas.) Do not out into the auditorium during the presentation.
  • When you’re onstage – listen. Most of what you do onstage will rely on what you do when you’re not speaking or singing.
  • SMILE. Some of you are great smilers.
  • SING. Open your mouth wide. “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” In other words, SING and you just might make it easier to SMILE.
  • STAY IN CHARACTER. No matter what.

Here’s the schedule for tonight…

  • 5:00-6:15 Cast Dinner
  • 5:45-6:30 Make-up
  • 6:30-6:55 Worship
  • 7:00-10:00 Dress Rehearsal

FINAL WEEK, Monday notes

Thank you for your efforts so far. We’ve had some long rehearsals, and tonight’s will undoubtedly be the longest yet, but it’s all improving. Here’s what every cast and crew member needs to know…

Onstage

  • SMILE. SING. STAY IN CHARACTER. Do those three things consistently and you’ll win.
  • No gum.
  • Stay silent when not giving dialogue or singing.
  • Move with energy.
  • Make eye-contact with the audience (even when there is no audience). Eye-contact with your feet isn’t helpful.
  • Be in position, on-time.
  • Do not linger in the stairwells or immediately behind the set. Unless you are about to make an immediate entrance, wait elsewhere.
  • Every person with a speaking part — be clear and be loud. A line that is spoken but that isn’t loud enough to be heard or clear enough to be understood is not only a wasted line, it is a distraction to the audience and an obstacle for your fellow cast-mates.
  • Stay in the moment on stage. Remain focused on what’s going on. Listen to others when they speak, while remaining in character. At least 50% of acting is what you’re doing when you’re not saying anything.

Parking

Begin parking in the South parking lot. (The side of the building where the kitchen and choir room are) Use the south doors to enter and exit the building.

Costumes

  • Classrooms on the west side, 2nd floor will be used for changing and costumes. The locker rooms may only be used for last minute costume checks and emergencies.
  • Please keep track of your costume pieces and store them properly.
  • No cell phones, other electronic devices, or non-19th century items on-stage.
  • No jewelry or earrings of any kind for men or children.
  • No dangling, large or multiple earrings for women.

Personal

  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. Cough and sneeze only into a tissue or into the crook of your arm, never into your hand or into the open.
  • Use deodorant/anti-persperant and be mindful of the odor you are producing. Do not use cologne or perfume, but do all you can to eliminate your stink.

Rehearsal begins promptly at 7pm. Please be ready to go at that time. We’re looking forward to what God will do through you this week. He is ready to begin…even tonight. See you there.

Next Rehearsal, Monday, November 28 at 7pm

“…it is more than usually desirable that we should make some light provision…”

What we needed Sunday afternoon was some provision for lights. But, oh, well.

We will pick up the rehearsals on Monday, as scheduled. EVERYONE is needed for this rehearsal, beginning at 7pm. (It will be extremely helpful if everyone can be early.)

  • 7:00 WYS
    Location: Auditorium
  • 7:30 RTB
    Location: Auditorium
  • 7:30 Schoolroom Scene
    Location: Studio 7
  • 7:30 [6] Scrooge, Bob Cratchit
    Location Fellowship Hall
  • 8:00 People
    Location: Auditorium
  • 8:15 TYVM
    Location: Auditorium
  • 8:30 Celebrate
    Location: Auditorium
  • 8:30 [23-29] Scrooge, Angel 2, All Cratchits, All Grimsleys
    Location: Choir Room
  • 8:30 [32/33] Mrs. Cobber/Laundress/Chambermaid/Pawnbroker/Mrs. Dilber/Urchins 1/2/3
    Location: Fellowship Hall

Due to the loss of Sunday’s Tech Rehearsal, it becomes even more critical that everyone be present for the remaining rehearsals. This week there will be rehearsals on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Sunday Tech Rehearsal; Last 2 weeks begins!

Sunday Tech Rehearsal

Everyone with a speaking part, all lighting and sound, backstage, and stage crew are needed for Sunday’s Tech Rehearsal.  (If you don’t know if you are needed, please ask.)

The schedule for Sunday looks like this:

  • Immediately after 2nd service, the stage will be cleared and prepped for rehearsal.
  • Lunch for everyone involved in the Tech Rehearsal will be served.
  • As soon as the stage, sound, and lighting are ready to go, we will begin.
  • We will go through the entire production, from beginning to end, allowing stage, sound, and lighting to go through their cues and addressing any issues.
  • When a scene has been performed to the satisfaction of stage, sound, and lighting directors, including all transitions from that scene to the next, the scene will be declared “Cleared.” Once the scene is Cleared, actors who have no more lines in subsequent scenes are free to leave.
  • We anticipate a long, but fun, afternoon.

Monday Rehearsal

EVERYONE is needed for Monday night’s rehearsal. We will go through all songs, beginning at 7pm. (Please be early!)

Please check your schedule and stay in touch. We will continue to post reminders at ScroogeSupport.com and on Facebook and Twitter. Your diligence and faithfulness is highly valued. Thank you for all you are doing to make this happen. Above all, continue to seek God during this time.

Schedule adjustment for tonight

A small schedule adjustment was made for tonight, but, first…

What HAS NOT changed:
7:00 Schoolroom Scene
Location: Studio 7
8:00 TYVM
Location: Auditorium
8:00 [32/33] Mrs. Cobbler/Laundress/Chambermaid/Pawnbroker/Mrs. Dilber
Location: Fellowship Hall
8:30 Celebrate (Celebrators only)
Location: Auditorium
8:30 [18/21] Young Adult Scrooge, Belle
Location: Choir Room

What HAS changed:
Previously, [29] Scrooge, All Cratchits, All Grimsleys were scheduled at 8pm in the Lobby. This has been moved to the Choir Room.

Remember to get all the latest info at ScroogeSupport.com.

WYS updates and more

The position charts for Whaddaya Say have been posted on the Choreography page. There are five different times that groups will be entering, A-B-C-D-E. Please check which “Entry Group” you are in and what your “Group #” is, then you will be able to see your movement throughout the song. We will be going over this at next Tuesday’s rehearsal.

We have also posted a Script Update. This includes some very minor corrections.

Next Rehearsal: Thursday, November 10.

Quick Reminder: MONDAY rehearsal this week

Just a quick reminder that this week’s first rehearsal will be held on MONDAY night, instead of Tuesday. (This week’s second rehearsal will be the normal Thursday night rehearsal.)

Thanks to all of you who attended Sunday’s choreography workshop. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what you learned as we rehearse RTB, WYS, and People on Monday night.

The schoolroom will be rehearsing in the Faith Kids area on both Monday and Thursday at 7pm.

Rehearsal tonight: RTB, WYS, People

The position/movement charts for Ring the Bells have been posted on the Choreography page. Please review these to see where you will be during RTB. That page also has the videos of the choreography moves for RTB, People, and WYS. (Please read the note about “grapevines” on the WYS video)

Rehearsal tonight begins promptly at 7pm in the Auditorium for RTB. Whaddaya Say will follow at 7:30pm.

Scrooge, Angel #2, Mr. & Mrs. Cratchit, Young Adult Scrooge and Young Adult Belle all rehearse as well.

And don’t forget – if you need help on Choreography, the last optional Choreography Workshop takes place this Sunday in the Auditorium.

Also this Sunday, November 6, we are clearing the stage to begin erecting the set. If you can stay for about a 1/2 hour—hour after second service, we can use help in carrying and clearing.

Schoolkids and Thank You Very Much!

The Schoolroom Scene…which involves all the schoolkids, including Young Belle and Young Scrooge, will rehearse tonight at 7, upstairs in the Faith Kids area.

Townspeople will be rehearsing Thank You Very Much at 8pm in the Auditorium. Celebrators – not everyone in Celebrate, only those marked as “Celebrators” – will be rehearsing at 8:30pm in the Auditorium.

Lyrics for all 5 songs have been posted on the Music Download page. You’ll also find all the mp3’s and sheet music for Scrooge songs on that page.

And don’t forget to visit the Choreography page to see which groups you are in during the different songs.

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