Sunday, July 24, 2016

Full Day Dressing Room Guidelines

These guidelines are not intended to a comprehensive list of acceptable or unacceptable dressing room behaviors.  Please use common sense and principles of respect when making decisions regarding appropriate dressing room use.


  • Without the specific permission of the backstage manager, you should NEVER enter any dressing room other than the one to which you have been assigned.
  • Each student has been assigned a specific area of the dressing room.  Personal items and costume items should be confined to this area.  Your individual area should be cleaned before you leave the theater after each rehearsal and performance.  
  • You must check out with the backstage manager before leaving at the end of the night.


  • Suggested underclothing for the dressing room includes biker/compression shorts for both boys and girls and a tank top/camisole/leotard for girls.  
  • Underclothing should not be visible when you are in costume.  Consider strap color and placement when choosing which items to wear under your costume.
  • Conversations in the dressing room need to show respect and consideration for others in the room.  Avoid gossip, profanity, innuendo, or language which in any way degrades or devalues others.
  • Conversations that must happen backstage should take place in the dressing rooms, since the doors close and prevent the noise from reaching the audience.  However, please keep dressing room conversation as quiet as possible.  
  • Be considerate of your use of music in dressing room, whether you are playing music or singing it yourself.  Ask those in your area if they mind the noise.  Make these types of decisions together as a dressing room.
  • Please shower within 24 hours of each performance and wear appropriate amounts of deodorant or antiperspirant.  
  • Avoid use of colognes, perfumes, and oils as others may be sensitive to strong aromas.
  • In general, costumes should be returned immediately to their hangers and hung on the provided clothing rod.  In the event of a fast change, you may lay your costume on the back of a chair until you are able to hang it up.  Do not ever crumple your costume or put your costume on the floor.
  • Unless you have specific health-related dietary need, there is no need to eat during the show.  Food will not be permitted in the dressing rooms, nor is it permissible to eat once you are in costume.
  • Water is the only allowed drink in the dressing rooms and must be in a container with a lid.  
  • Any dressing room concerns should be reported immediately to the backstage manager. 

Half Day Hair and Makeup

Beginning on Wednesday, all students need to arrive at the theater in complete hair and makeup.  

  • All half day girls should wear their hair in a version of two pigtails or two braids.  
  • Either part or all of the hair should be held up in the hair style.  
  • Any hair not pulled up should be worn curled.  
  • Bangs past the eyebrow must be pinned back.
  • Makeup should not be heavy, simply enough to compensate for the washed-out effect that happens under stage lights.
  • Pink blush
  • Eye liner and mascara
  • Naturally colored lip gloss (no bright or dark colors)
  • Pastel eyeshadow (optional)
  • Half day boys should have an intentionally tousled look.
  • Hillbilly Boys group needs to do a side part with slicked hair for the "Scientist" scene.  Practice this at home so your child can do it on his own backstage.

  • Makeup should not be heavy, simply enough to compensate for the washed-out effect that happens under stage lights.
  • Brownish blush
  • Eye liner and mascara
  • Chapstick

Monday, July 18, 2016

Base Costume Drop Off

We have nearly reached the base costume drop off date (Wednesday).  Please follow these procedures:

  1. Label each item of the base costume with your first name.  We have no duplicate names (when spelled out) in this cast, so you don't need a last name.  Please write directly on the fabric or sew in a tab.  Tape will eventually peel off, leaving confusion.
  2. Place each item in a gallon-sized Ziplock bag.  Label the bag clearly with your name.
  3. DO NOT TURN IN YOUR SHOES!  We don't need to put patches on them, and you need to rehearse in them.
  4. Bring your bag to rehearsal on Wednesday morning.  Our costume team will add patches, then reissue the costume to you.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Friday Workshop Requirements

Our awesome hair and makeup workshops on Friday require a bit of audience participation.  Please see below for which items your student should bring.  Students who do not arrive prepared with the items will only get to watch the demonstrations and will not be able to participate.

Guys- theater make up
Students should have their own since germs are spread extremely easily through make up. If you don't already have the items handy the dollar store, grocery store or Walgreens all carry make up. Students will use these items for the actual show, not just the workshops.

  • blush
  • mascara
  • chapstick
  • eye liner (fair hair and skin should bring brown eyeliner; dark hair and skin should bring black or black/brown). 

Gals- hair supplies 
Even if your student has short hair they will still learn curling skills. If your student is wearing a wig in the show please bring it if you need styling tips. Not all students will wear curls for the show; this is a techniques workshop.

  • brush
  • comb
  • curling iron that is less than an inch in diameter (smaller curling irons work better for curls)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Announcing the ALL NEW Promo Pack

Are you looking for a creative way to get the word out to friends, family, and neighbors about the upcoming show?

Do you plan to see Li'l Abner more than once and know you'll end up spending more in concessions than you did on your ticket?

Are you dying to see the show and just can't wait until opening night?

Does your child love nothing more than to see his or her own face and name in print?

If any of these apply to you or your family, check out our all new PROMO PACK!

  • 10 sheets of personalized "Friends and Family" discount concession cards
  • Producer's Preview ticket
When you order a promo pack, you will get 10 sheets of "Friends and Family" discount concessions cards.  Use one every time you come to see Li'l Abner, or - even better - give them away to friends and family to use when they come to the show.  All the important information including performance dates and the theater address is right on the card.  You can even add the presales discount code (DOGPATCH) on the back and encourage your people to purchase early.  

Sample Promo Pack Sheet (10 sheets included per pack)

Sure, it is really fun for your kid to see his or her own face on the promotional materials, and yes, your friends and family get to save a bit of money on Red Vines and Mountain Dew, but what is really in it for you?

That's where the Producer's Preview invitation comes in.  Come be the Producer's personal guest and see the show before it is available to the public.  Rub elbows with the Executive and Artistic Directors at the theatre and have a chance to gush about how amazing the show is (because we all know it will be, right?) before the proverbial curtain even rises.

Promo Packs must be ordered by Friday, July 22nd in order to allow time for design and printing.  The order process takes two steps.  

1. Pay for a Promo Pack here.
2. Fill out the order info here.

I will send you a confirmation within approximately 48 hours of receiving your order.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Final Parade Information

To those who are participating in the parade:

  • Remember to wear your yellow EYT shirt (I have yours if you don't have it yet) and some sort of denim shorts or pants.  Remember shorts should be at least finger length.
  • Hats are allowed for half-day kids, but try to stick with red, white, or blue if possible.
  • I have three water bottles for each kid.  We will use only those water bottles on the trailer.  However, if you want to bring a water bottle to use before or after the parade, feel free to bring your own.
  • Sunscreen!  You don't want to be sunburned for your audition and headshot this week.  Bring your own, or I reserve the right to spray you with whatever I bring.
  • Please arrive at 10:30 at the LDS stake house located at 8400 West and 3100 South.  No one can park in this lot, so plan to just be dropped off.
  • Your parents should plan to pick you up at the theater.  Full day kids, I expect you to be responsible and have a plan for yourselves.  Half day kids, I need you to be picked up by a responsible adult or sibling at the theater.  We will likely be done around 1:30.
  • Our trailer is unit number 48, which means we are close to the middle of the parade.
Oh, and most importantly, THANK YOU!

(A trailer in the dark... I should've taken these pics earlier.)

Fundraising Car Wash

We have final approval from Walmart to hold this year's fundraising car wash in their parking lot, which means I am ready to announce how to sell the tickets!

First, I need to start with a REALLY IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: All tuition money is due by the time you leave your scheduled audition, whether you plan to sell car wash tickets or not.  This means you need to handle your car wash sales in one of two ways:

#1 Pre-sell

  • Sell all your car wash tickets before your audition.  
  • Bring all the cash and checks made out to OHPAA (Oquirrh Hills Performing Arts Alliance, if you were curious) to your audition.  
  • Be prepared to pay the remaining balance of your tuition with cash or check because I won't be able to process random amounts on a credit card.
#2 Post-sell
  • Pay your tuition using cash, check, or credit card
  • Keep all the cash and checks made out to your parents to reimburse them for the money they paid for EYT
Either way you handle the timing, the basic process is this:
  1. Download and print the carwash tickets here:  PRINT YOUR TICKETS TO SELL
  2. Sell the tickets for $7 each as stated on the ticket or for the promotional rate of $10 for two car washes.  
  3. Use the money to pay for tuition.  If you sell extra, use the money to purchase the required costume items!  Or you can always donate your extra sales in the silver box at the Empress.  Please be honest and do not use this fundraiser as a way to make personal money.
And if you aren't planning to sell car wash tickets, it would still be great to have you donate your time.  Check out the facebook event for details on that.

ONE FINAL DISCLOSURE: You only get to use the money that you personally collect.  The money for all car washes sold on site on July 9th will go directly into the program and will be used to cover program costs, NOT the tuition of individual students.