Children’s Theater Outreach Program

*Stay tuned for info on the 2023 Theater Program!
Bravo to the Cast and Crew of The Jungle Book

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2022 Duveneck actors and tech crew members for putting on a phenomenal show for our school, family, and community! What an incredible accomplishment! Many thanks to the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre and to our Duveneck school and PTA for co-sponsoring this wonderful Outreach Program. Special thanks to all of the students who participated, to their families who made time for their participation, for all of the parent volunteers, to everyone who donated to the PTA, and those who purchased a ticket. A huge thanks to our parent liaisons, Karen Chow-Gregory and Ami Knoefler, who recruited our parent volunteers and kept us all informed and in line. Thank you!

Hello 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families,
We are so excited to be bringing back the beloved Duveneck tradition of hosting a Children’s Theater Outreach Play! This year’s play will be The Jungle Book. Your students heard all about the play from the Children’s Theater director, Christopher Luciani, at an in-school assembly on Thursday, February 24. Look for a flyer with more information in your child’s Friday Folder. If your child chooses to participate, you’ll receive lots of detailed information starting in early March.
For now, here are the highlights:

Auditions (Your child should go to the auditions right after school; we’ll send you the location shortly):

  • Wednesday, March 2, @ 1:05p – 2:20p, 3rd Grade
  • Thursday, March 3, @ 2:35p – 4:15p, 4th & 5th Grade

Rehearsals (Everyone who auditions is guaranteed a part!):

  • First rehearsal is Wednesday, March 16, 2:35 to 4:45 PM
  • Subsequent rehearsals are generally Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for two hours after school. Each child typically only rehearses 1-2 times per week, depending on the size of their role. You’ll get a more specific schedule each week.
  • No one in the play can miss any rehearsals from April 25 through May 7

Performance dates:

  • Thursday, May 5, @ 4:30 pm
  • Friday, May 6, @ 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 7, @ 2:00 pm
Our most urgent need right now is for one or more people to step up to be the PARENT COORDINATOR(S). This role will likely take 5 -10 hours total per week, so it would be great for two or three people to share. If your child comes home super excited about the play, and if you have time to support the play, please consider taking on this role, alone or with friends! The play WILL NOT RUN without Parent Coordinators, so please help if you can! Email Linda Henigin at Linda@brail.org to volunteer, or to ask questions or chat about the role.
Here are the Parent Coordinator’s main responsibilities:

COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS OF CAST MEMBERS

  • Answer general questions related to the play (the Director will help you with this)
  • Send out rehearsal schedules (you’ll receive schedules from the Director)
  • Send important communiques to parents prior to Tech Week

RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS

  • Put in place a shared document  template (Konstella, Google Docs, etc.) for parents to sign up for volunteer duties related to the play.
  • Work to ensure that there’s at least one parent present at every rehearsal to supervise the kids who are not needed on stage the whole time, during the first six weeks of the production, and 2-3 parent volunteers assisting during the final week of rehearsals and performances.
  • Oversee the marketing of the play (PTA Board members will help you with this)

LIAISE WITH THE SCHOOL

  • Provide important play information and dates to school personnel, i.e., teachers, front office staff, Administrators (PTA Board will help you with this)
  • Work closely with the school to ensure that during Tech week the casthas two classrooms to  use, one for costume changes and the other as a Green Room
  • coordinate with the front office to secure keys for the MP room and bathrooms for weekend performances and rehearsals
Please email Linda Henigin at Linda@brail.org to volunteer, or to learn more, and stay tuned for more information!

We are parents and teachers who support Duveneck Elementary School in Palo Alto, CA. As a community, we help create the school we want our children to have by providing funding for school equipment and materials, hosting community events, and providing enrichment programs for parents, teachers and students.