Monday, January 30, 2023

NEW! Showcase audition results will be posted here by the end of the day today.

ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th.

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


REMINDER! We are working on the show we discussed in class the past couple days. More info as soon as we have it!
Chicago Trip Update
OLD NEWS: We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

 


REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

REMINDER!

DUE TODAY (Monday 1/30)! 

Some of you Allegros will need to write a bio for the program. Here is the list of who will need to do so:  CLICK HERE! I have some examples from the past in some programs that I will leave on my smart cart, in case you want to know how the look.


REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

REMINDER! THIS WEEK: Week 7

ALL BLOCKING/CHOREOGRAPHY REHEARSALS THIS WEEK WILL BE IN THE CHOIR ROOM DUE TO THE FROZEN JR CAST NEEDING THE DANCE ROOM SPACE. VOCAL REHEARSALS LOCATION THIS WEEK TBA.

 TODAY–*MONDAY 1/30

3:15-4:00 Matilda only (monologue work)

4:00-5:30 Block pgs 41-44 with Matilda, Escapologist, Acrobat, Mrs. Phelps & Trunchbull

Tuesday, 1/31

3:15-5:30 VOCALS – Full Cast “Loud” “Bruce” “Acrobat IV” “Miracle”

3:15-5:30 Blocking pgs 44-47, & 50-51 w Littles, Trunchbull, & Honey

Wednesday, 2/1

3:15-4:00 VOCALS – Mr. Wormwood & Michael “All I Know”

3:15-4:30 Polish/review LOUD with Miss Honey, Mrs. Wormwood, Rudolpho & adult chorus/ensemble

NEW! ALSO (Recently added and announced by Molly in rehearsal): 3:15-4:15 Smell of Rebellion with Trunchbull and The Littles

4:30-5:30  Polish and review LOUD with Miss Honey, Rudolpho & Mrs. Wormwood only

ALL MSHS ALLEGROS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE (FREE) DRESS REHEARSAL PERFORMANCE OF OUR ALLEGRETTOS MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL, FROZEN JR.!  SHOW TIME IS 7 PM HERE IN THE MSHS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.

Thursday, 2/2

3:15-4:30 VOCALS – Full Cast – Review as needed

4-5:30 Block/Choreograph “All I Know” with Mr. Wormwood & Michael


REMINDER! Here’s the spreadsheet for the group number videos!

If you take a video at rehearsal, feel free to add the link! You can also add any videos that aren’t necessarily group numbers: this is a tool for anyone!!

NEW! If you are looking to join some of the Pop Acts that were announced last week, keep scrolling and you will find them among last week’s posts!

REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

PAST DUE: $200-was due last week Friday, Jan 20

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

    REMINDER! When signing up for choir, make certain to sign up for the choir class you are currently in, not the one you want/hope to be in. The counseling office will adjust your schedules in late March when we provide them with a list of who make each choir, based upon your auditions.

    REMINDER: The choirs have new names and course descriptions for next year!

    COURSE OFFERINGS GUIDE 

    Wavemakers (formerly Treble Choir) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for soprano/alto singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Sailmates (formerly Anchormen) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for tenor/bass singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Stella Blues (formerly Acappella) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This soprano/alto choir is the next logical step after completing Treble Choir. This is a choir of mainly 10th thru 12th grade students and is open by audition only. Previous experience in high school choir is preferred, and a basic understanding of sight-reading and music theory is expected. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Prerequisite: By audition only. 

    Harbor Singers (formerly Singers) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This highly select mixed ensemble is made up of the most qualified singers in the choir program and is made up primarily of juniors and seniors  who are selected through audition. A member of this choir is expected to be an advanced singer, with a passion to sing and perform music that is diverse, challenging, and unique.Often the ensemble sings college level music and beyond. Self-discipline, maturity, and natural talent are a must.  In addition to the performances listed above, Singers is often called upon to do much more. Most singers in this choir study voice privately.  Past experience singing in high school choir, or a truly unusual gift to sing, is expected. Prerequisite: By audition only.


 

REMINDER! Here is an update scrip order form, which shows the percentages each business gives as well (UPDATED 12/2022): 

CLICK HERE!

 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – Dec. 2022

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information


Friday, January 27, 2023

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS INFO/DEADLINE TODAY (FRIDAY 1/27): This year, the auditions will be videotape submissions. You must perform your song in its entirety, and strive for the best quality sound and video possible. All submissions should be sent to Mr. Lawton by Friday, January 27th, no later than 3pm. Please send them to his email address at: lawtons@monashores.net.

You will likely need to upload your video to your Google Drive and then share it with him as your file may be too large for sending in Gmail.

REMINDER! It’s time to talk about Showcase 2023! If you would like to represent Mona Shores in the Performing Arts category, and possibly walk out with a prize of up to $1,000 CASH, here are the details:

Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, digital media arts, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Each school determines their own criteria for selection, within the Showcase parameters.

The accomplishments of Student Showcase are many. Since 1981, high school students from six counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high
school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

Student participation varies according to the category for which they are nominated by their schools.

You can perform any piece in any style of your choosing: Dance, Singing, Playing Instruments, Acting, etc. or a combination of these things.

ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th. If your accompanist is an adult, they do not count as far as numbers go (example: JaiLynn is your accompanist and you are singing a duet. This act would still be considered a solo/duo). On the other hand, if your accompanist were another Shores student, this same act would be considered a trio.

Performing Arts Nominees

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


REMINDER! We are working on the show we discussed in class the past couple days. More info as soon as we have it!
Chicago Trip Update
OLD NEWS: We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

 


REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

REMINDER!

DUE MONDAY! 

Some of you Allegros will need to write a bio for the program. Here is the list of who will need to do so:  CLICK HERE! I have some examples from the past in some programs that I will leave on my smart cart, in case you want to know how the look.


REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

REMINDER! NEXT WEEK: Week 7

*MONDAY 1/30

3:15-4:00 Matilda only (monologue work)

4:00-5:30 Block pgs 41-44 with Matilda, Escapologist, Acrobat, Mrs. Phelps & Trunchbull

Tuesday, 1/31

3:15-5:30 VOCALS – Full Cast “Loud” “Bruce” “Acrobat IV” “Miracle”

3:15-5:30 Blocking pgs 44-47, & 50-51 w Littles, Trunchbull, & Honey

Wednesday, 2/1 3:15-4:00

VOCALS – Mr. Wormwood & Michael “All I Know”

3:15-4:30 Polish/review LOUD with Miss Honey, Mrs. Wormwood, Rudolpho & adult chorus/ensemble

4:30-5:30  Polish and review LOUD with Miss Honey, Rudolpho & Mrs. Wormwood only

Thursday, 2/2

3:15-4:30 VOCALS – Full Cast – Review as needed

4-5:30 Block/Choreograph “All I Know” with Mr. Wormwood & Michael


REMINDER! Here’s the spreadsheet for the group number videos!

If you take a video at rehearsal, feel free to add the link! You can also add any videos that aren’t necessarily group numbers: this is a tool for anyone!!
Also, if you aren’t in the GroupMe for Matilda, here’s the QR code! Just scan with your camera and join the group 🙂
 

REMINDER! Hey everyone, my name is Charles Woolery and I’m in Anchormen. I’m trying to put together an act for Pop Go the Sailors and I’m looking for 4 more people for my act, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King!”  from the Lion King, preferably a baritone, tenor, alto, and a soprano. If you are interested let me know at your earliest convenience at (231)-457-2853 or 61601248@gmail.com. Thank you!


REMINDER! Hi everyone, this is Jasmine Perry from Acapella and Treble choir.  Maggie,  Ashlee, and I are putting together a minions act for Pops. We want as many freshmen and new people in the choir as possible. Anyone can be in it but the goal is for new people to join. We want to make everyone feel included and have fun. Here is a link to the form to sign up. There are many different roles to choose from as well. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. Right now there’s absolutely no limit to how many people we want everybody! When a good amount of people sign up I will try to figure out how to make a group chat for all of us to stay in contact!

 If you have any questions please let me know
My number is 231-531-0997 and my school email is 61600218@monashores.net

REMINDER!  I am doing an act for the song “Flesh & Bone” (https://youtu.be/vfzZ_6zG1yY) from the movie Zombies 2. I currently need 4 people to be main dancers and 12 people to be backup dancers. There will hopefully be a total of 5 main and 14 backup dancers. The main roles are Girl, Zombie A & B, and Wolf A & B. I want the A’s to be feminine presenting and the B’s to be masculine presenting. I really need someone who is fully feminine presenting to be the Girl role. The backup dancers will be split in half between the wolves and the zombies.

I made a REMIND text group you should  join. Text @fleshan to 81010 to join!
After you join, tell me your first name and last initial, and let me know whether you want to be a backup dancer or a main dancer. Let me know what role you would like along with that. I will be putting up a schedule and videos of the dance once I’m finished choreographing it. More info about the act can be answered through the REMIND group.
Sincerely,
Ashton Zarowitz
Junior
A Cappella

WILL NEED TO KNOW TODAY (FRIDAY)! Hey there NYC folks! It’s time to sign up for your roommates! You will be in rooms of four in NYC. Here is a list of everyone that is going on the trip. Bass/Tenors, there are 11 of you, so there will likely be one room of 3 instead of 4.

There are 32 Soprano/Altos, so that is 8 rooms with 4 in each room.

Follow this link to view the list: CLICK HERE!


REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

PAST DUE: $200-was due last week Friday, Jan 20

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

    REMINDER! When signing up for choir, make certain to sign up for the choir class you are currently in, not the one you want/hope to be in. The counseling office will adjust your schedules in late March when we provide them with a list of who make each choir, based upon your auditions.

    REMINDER: The choirs have new names and course descriptions for next year!

    COURSE OFFERINGS GUIDE 

    Wavemakers (formerly Treble Choir) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for soprano/alto singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Sailmates (formerly Anchormen) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for tenor/bass singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Stella Blues (formerly Acappella) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This soprano/alto choir is the next logical step after completing Treble Choir. This is a choir of mainly 10th thru 12th grade students and is open by audition only. Previous experience in high school choir is preferred, and a basic understanding of sight-reading and music theory is expected. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Prerequisite: By audition only. 

    Harbor Singers (formerly Singers) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This highly select mixed ensemble is made up of the most qualified singers in the choir program and is made up primarily of juniors and seniors  who are selected through audition. A member of this choir is expected to be an advanced singer, with a passion to sing and perform music that is diverse, challenging, and unique.Often the ensemble sings college level music and beyond. Self-discipline, maturity, and natural talent are a must.  In addition to the performances listed above, Singers is often called upon to do much more. Most singers in this choir study voice privately.  Past experience singing in high school choir, or a truly unusual gift to sing, is expected. Prerequisite: By audition only.


 

NEW! Here is an update scrip order form, which shows the percentages each business gives as well (UPDATED 12/2022): 

CLICK HERE!

 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – Dec. 2022

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information


Thursday, January 26, 2023

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS INFO/DEADLINE TOMORROW (FRIDAY 1/27):This year, the auditions will be videotape submissions. You must perform your song in its entirety, and strive for the best quality sound and video possible. All submissions should be sent to Mr. Lawton by Friday, January 27th, no later than 3pm. Please send them to his email address at: lawtons@monashores.net.

You will likely need to upload your video to your Google Drive and then share it with him as your file may be too large for sending in Gmail.

REMINDER! It’s time to talk about Showcase 2023! If you would like to represent Mona Shores in the Performing Arts category, and possibly walk out with a prize of up to $1,000 CASH, here are the details:

Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, digital media arts, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Each school determines their own criteria for selection, within the Showcase parameters.

The accomplishments of Student Showcase are many. Since 1981, high school students from six counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high
school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

Student participation varies according to the category for which they are nominated by their schools.

You can perform any piece in any style of your choosing: Dance, Singing, Playing Instruments, Acting, etc. or a combination of these things.

ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th. If your accompanist is an adult, they do not count as far as numbers go (example: JaiLynn is your accompanist and you are singing a duet. This act would still be considered a solo/duo). On the other hand, if your accompanist were another Shores student, this same act would be considered a trio.

Performing Arts Nominees

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


REMINDER! We are working on the show we discussed in class the past couple days. More info as soon as we have it!
Chicago Trip Update
OLD NEWS: We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

REMINDER! Some of you Allegros will need to write a bio for the program. Here is the list of who will need to do so:  CLICK HERE! I have some examples from the past in some programs that I will leave on my smart cart, in case you want to know how the look.


REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

REMINDER! THIS WEEK: Week 6

TODAY:  Thursday, January 26

3:15-4:00 Blocking pages 36-38 w/ Wormwoods, Miss Honey, Rudolpho

4-5:30 Choreography “Loud” Mrs. Wormwood, Miss Honey & Rudolpho


REMINDER! Here’s the spreadsheet for the group number videos!

If you take a video at rehearsal, feel free to add the link! You can also add any videos that aren’t necessarily group numbers: this is a tool for anyone!!
Also, if you aren’t in the GroupMe for Matilda, here’s the QR code! Just scan with your camera and join the group 🙂
 

NEW! Hey everyone, my name is Charles Woolery and I’m in Anchormen. I’m trying to put together an act for Pop Go the Sailors and I’m looking for 4 more people for my act, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King!”  from the Lion King, preferably a baritone, tenor, alto, and a soprano. If you are interested let me know at your earliest convenience at (231)-457-2853 or 61601248@gmail.com. Thank you!


REMINDER! Hi everyone, this is Jasmine Perry from Acapella and Treble choir.  Maggie,  Ashlee, and I are putting together a minions act for Pops. We want as many freshmen and new people in the choir as possible. Anyone can be in it but the goal is for new people to join. We want to make everyone feel included and have fun. Here is a link to the form to sign up. There are many different roles to choose from as well. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. Right now there’s absolutely no limit to how many people we want everybody! When a good amount of people sign up I will try to figure out how to make a group chat for all of us to stay in contact!

 If you have any questions please let me know
My number is 231-531-0997 and my school email is 61600218@monashores.net

REMINDER!  I am doing an act for the song “Flesh & Bone” (https://youtu.be/vfzZ_6zG1yY) from the movie Zombies 2. I currently need 4 people to be main dancers and 12 people to be backup dancers. There will hopefully be a total of 5 main and 14 backup dancers. The main roles are Girl, Zombie A & B, and Wolf A & B. I want the A’s to be feminine presenting and the B’s to be masculine presenting. I really need someone who is fully feminine presenting to be the Girl role. The backup dancers will be split in half between the wolves and the zombies.

I made a REMIND text group you should  join. Text @fleshan to 81010 to join!
After you join, tell me your first name and last initial, and let me know whether you want to be a backup dancer or a main dancer. Let me know what role you would like along with that. I will be putting up a schedule and videos of the dance once I’m finished choreographing it. More info about the act can be answered through the REMIND group.
Sincerely,
Ashton Zarowitz
Junior
A Cappella

WILL NEED TO KNOW TOMORROW (FRIDAY)! Hey there NYC folks! It’s time to sign up for your roommates! You will be in rooms of four in NYC. Here is a list of everyone that is going on the trip. Bass/Tenors, there are 11 of you, so there will likely be one room of 3 instead of 4.

There are 32 Soprano/Altos, so that is 8 rooms with 4 in each room.

Follow this link to view the list: CLICK HERE!


REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

PAST DUE: $200-was due last week Friday, Jan 20

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

    REMINDER! When signing up for choir, make certain to sign up for the choir class you are currently in, not the one you want/hope to be in. The counseling office will adjust your schedules in late March when we provide them with a list of who make each choir, based upon your auditions.

    REMINDER: The choirs have new names and course descriptions for next year!

    COURSE OFFERINGS GUIDE 

    Wavemakers (formerly Treble Choir) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for soprano/alto singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Sailmates (formerly Anchormen) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for tenor/bass singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Stella Blues (formerly Acappella) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This soprano/alto choir is the next logical step after completing Treble Choir. This is a choir of mainly 10th thru 12th grade students and is open by audition only. Previous experience in high school choir is preferred, and a basic understanding of sight-reading and music theory is expected. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Prerequisite: By audition only. 

    Harbor Singers (formerly Singers) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This highly select mixed ensemble is made up of the most qualified singers in the choir program and is made up primarily of juniors and seniors  who are selected through audition. A member of this choir is expected to be an advanced singer, with a passion to sing and perform music that is diverse, challenging, and unique.Often the ensemble sings college level music and beyond. Self-discipline, maturity, and natural talent are a must.  In addition to the performances listed above, Singers is often called upon to do much more. Most singers in this choir study voice privately.  Past experience singing in high school choir, or a truly unusual gift to sing, is expected. Prerequisite: By audition only.


 

NEW! Here is an update scrip order form, which shows the percentages each business gives as well (UPDATED 12/2022): 

CLICK HERE!

 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – Dec. 2022

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information


Wednesday, January 25, 2023

 

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS INFO/DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY 1/27:This year, the auditions will be videotape submissions. You must perform your song in its entirety, and strive for the best quality sound and video possible. All submissions should be sent to Mr. Lawton by Friday, January 27th, no later than 3pm. Please send them to his email address at: lawtons@monashores.net.

You will likely need to upload your video to your Google Drive and then share it with him as your file may be too large for sending in Gmail.

REMINDER! It’s time to talk about Showcase 2023! If you would like to represent Mona Shores in the Performing Arts category, and possibly walk out with a prize of up to $1,000 CASH, here are the details:

Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, digital media arts, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Each school determines their own criteria for selection, within the Showcase parameters.

The accomplishments of Student Showcase are many. Since 1981, high school students from six counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high
school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

Student participation varies according to the category for which they are nominated by their schools.

You can perform any piece in any style of your choosing: Dance, Singing, Playing Instruments, Acting, etc. or a combination of these things.

ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th. If your accompanist is an adult, they do not count as far as numbers go (example: JaiLynn is your accompanist and you are singing a duet. This act would still be considered a solo/duo). On the other hand, if your accompanist were another Shores student, this same act would be considered a trio.

Performing Arts Nominees

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


REMINDER!
We are working on the show we discussed in class the past couple days. More info as soon as we have it!
Chicago Trip Update
OLD NEWS: We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

NEW! Some of you Allegros will need to write a bio for the program. Here is the list of who will need to do so:  CLICK HERE! I have some examples from the past in some programs that I will leave on my smart cart, in case you want to know how the look.


REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

REMINDER! THIS WEEK: Week 6

TODAY:  Wednesday, January 25

CANCELLED—>3:15-4:00 VOCALS Teen Chorus & Littles “School Song” “Chokey Chant”<—-CANCELLED

STILL HAPPENING: 3:15-4:00 Blocking pages 29-31 w/ Matilda, Wormwoods & Michael

STILL HAPPENING: 4-5:30 Blocking and “Chokey Chant” w/ Matilda, Little Kids, Teen chorus, & Trunchbull pages 32-35

Thursday, January 26

3:15-4:00 Blocking pages 36-38 w/ Wormwoods, Miss Honey, Rudolpho

4-5:30 Choreography “Loud” Mrs. Wormwood, Miss Honey & Rudolpho


REMINDER! Here’s the spreadsheet for the group number videos!

If you take a video at rehearsal, feel free to add the link! You can also add any videos that aren’t necessarily group numbers: this is a tool for anyone!!
Also, if you aren’t in the GroupMe for Matilda, here’s the QR code! Just scan with your camera and join the group 🙂
 

NEW! Hi everyone, this is Jasmine Perry from Acapella and Treble choir.  Maggie,  Ashlee, and I are putting together a minions act for Pops. We want as many freshmen and new people in the choir as possible. Anyone can be in it but the goal is for new people to join. We want to make everyone feel included and have fun. Here is a link to the form to sign up. There are many different roles to choose from as well. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. Right now there’s absolutely no limit to how many people we want everybody! When a good amount of people sign up I will try to figure out how to make a group chat for all of us to stay in contact!

 If you have any questions please let me know
My number is 231-531-0997 and my school email is 61600218@monashores.net

REMINDER!  I am doing an act for the song “Flesh & Bone” (https://youtu.be/vfzZ_6zG1yY) from the movie Zombies 2. I currently need 4 people to be main dancers and 12 people to be backup dancers. There will hopefully be a total of 5 main and 14 backup dancers. The main roles are Girl, Zombie A & B, and Wolf A & B. I want the A’s to be feminine presenting and the B’s to be masculine presenting. I really need someone who is fully feminine presenting to be the Girl role. The backup dancers will be split in half between the wolves and the zombies.

I made a REMIND text group you should  join. Text @fleshan to 81010 to join!
After you join, tell me your first name and last initial, and let me know whether you want to be a backup dancer or a main dancer. Let me know what role you would like along with that. I will be putting up a schedule and videos of the dance once I’m finished choreographing it. More info about the act can be answered through the REMIND group.
Sincerely,
Ashton Zarowitz
Junior
A Cappella

NEW! Hey there NYC folks! It’s time to sign up for your roommates! You will be in rooms of four in NYC. Here is a list of everyone that is going on the trip. Bass/Tenors, there are 11 of you, so there will likely be one room of 3 instead of 4.

There are 32 Soprano/Altos, so that is 8 rooms with 4 in each room.

Follow this link to view the list: CLICK HERE!


REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

PAST DUE: $200-was due last week Friday, Jan 20

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

    REMINDER! When signing up for choir, make certain to sign up for the choir class you are currently in, not the one you want/hope to be in. The counseling office will adjust your schedules in late March when we provide them with a list of who make each choir, based upon your auditions.

    REMINDER: The choirs have new names and course descriptions for next year!

    COURSE OFFERINGS GUIDE 

    Wavemakers (formerly Treble Choir) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for soprano/alto singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Sailmates (formerly Anchormen) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for tenor/bass singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Stella Blues (formerly Acappella) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This soprano/alto choir is the next logical step after completing Treble Choir. This is a choir of mainly 10th thru 12th grade students and is open by audition only. Previous experience in high school choir is preferred, and a basic understanding of sight-reading and music theory is expected. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

    Prerequisite: By audition only. 

    Harbor Singers (formerly Singers) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This highly select mixed ensemble is made up of the most qualified singers in the choir program and is made up primarily of juniors and seniors  who are selected through audition. A member of this choir is expected to be an advanced singer, with a passion to sing and perform music that is diverse, challenging, and unique.Often the ensemble sings college level music and beyond. Self-discipline, maturity, and natural talent are a must.  In addition to the performances listed above, Singers is often called upon to do much more. Most singers in this choir study voice privately.  Past experience singing in high school choir, or a truly unusual gift to sing, is expected. Prerequisite: By audition only.


 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – June 2019

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

REMINDER! When signing up for choir, make certain to sign up for the choir class you are currently in, not the one you want/hope to be in. The counseling office will adjust your schedules in late March when we provide them with a list of who make each choir, based upon your auditions.

REMINDER: The choirs have new names and course descriptions for next year!

COURSE OFFERINGS GUIDE 

Wavemakers (formerly Treble Choir) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for soprano/alto singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Sailmates (formerly Anchormen) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for tenor/bass singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Stella Blues (formerly Acappella) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This soprano/alto choir is the next logical step after completing Treble Choir. This is a choir of mainly 10th thru 12th grade students and is open by audition only. Previous experience in high school choir is preferred, and a basic understanding of sight-reading and music theory is expected. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Prerequisite: By audition only. 

Harbor Singers (formerly Singers) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This highly select mixed ensemble is made up of the most qualified singers in the choir program and is made up primarily of juniors and seniors  who are selected through audition. A member of this choir is expected to be an advanced singer, with a passion to sing and perform music that is diverse, challenging, and unique.Often the ensemble sings college level music and beyond. Self-discipline, maturity, and natural talent are a must.  In addition to the performances listed above, Singers is often called upon to do much more. Most singers in this choir study voice privately.  Past experience singing in high school choir, or a truly unusual gift to sing, is expected. Prerequisite: By audition only.


DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS TODAY (TUESDAY)! The Lip Sync Battle is BACK! It will take place on Monday, February 6th.

The Lip Sync Battle is an exciting event that CSEB introduced last year in place of Dynamic Duos. It was an absolute hit! After taking feedback, we realized that everyone had a blast and  so we decided that it would be a perfect tradition to start. The event goes like this… Every participant arrives at the choir room at the given time (5:00), pizza is provided ;),  participants are assorted into random groups and then given an hour to create a lip sync act to perform for the rest of the participants and people that come to watch.  There are judges that evaluate each of the performances and a winning team is decided! The winners get a prize… and bragging rights! We are adding some exciting twists this year so BE THERE OR BE SQUARE… OR BE SQUARE BUT YOU SHOULD STILL BE THERE!!!!! Please see Lydia or Mr. Lawton with any questions or clarifications!

If you want to be a part of it, sign up here: CLICK HERE!


WE NEED YOUR $$-DEADLINE (TODAY) TUESDAY! Hi everyone! For our senior project, we are planning on bringing back Allegretto Camp as we know how impactful it was for us in middle school (not including Eliana of course haha). In order to make this happen, we need to raise money to purchase items for games, goody bags, and other necessities. We will be collecting donations starting today until January 24. Thank you so so much!! If you have any questions, please see one of us!

Emma Lewis, Alexis Brayton, Chloe Nelund, and Eliana Bement

If you have any questions, please see one of us!


VIDEO SUBMISSIONS INFO/DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY 1/27:This year, the auditions will be videotape submissions. You must perform your song in its entirety, and strive for the best quality sound and video possible. All submissions should be sent to Mr. Lawton by Friday, January 27th, no later than 3pm. Please send them to his email address at: lawtons@monashores.net.

You will likely need to upload your video to your Google Drive and then share it with him as your file may be too large for sending in Gmail.

REMINDER! It’s time to talk about Showcase 2023! If you would like to represent Mona Shores in the Performing Arts category, and possibly walk out with a prize of up to $1,000 CASH, here are the details:

Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, digital media arts, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Each school determines their own criteria for selection, within the Showcase parameters.

The accomplishments of Student Showcase are many. Since 1981, high school students from six counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high
school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

Student participation varies according to the category for which they are nominated by their schools.

You can perform any piece in any style of your choosing: Dance, Singing, Playing Instruments, Acting, etc. or a combination of these things.

ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th. If your accompanist is an adult, they do not count as far as numbers go (example: JaiLynn is your accompanist and you are singing a duet. This act would still be considered a solo/duo). On the other hand, if your accompanist were another Shores student, this same act would be considered a trio.

Performing Arts Nominees

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


REMINDER!
We are working on the show we discussed in class yesterday. More info as soon as we have it!
Chicago Trip Update
OLD NEWS: We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

REMINDER! THIS WEEK: Week 6

TODAY: Tuesday, January 24

3:15-4:45 FULL CAST Run all of Act One, pages 1-29

4:45-5:30 Add Little Kids & Teen chorus to “Hammer” w/ Trunchbull & Miss Honey

Wednesday, January 25

3:15-4:00 VOCALS Teen Chorus & Littles “School Song” “Chokey Chant”

3:15-4:00 Blocking pages 29-31 w/ Matilda, Wormwoods & Michael

4-5:30 Blocking and “Chokey Chant” w/ Matilda, Little Kids, Teen chorus, & Trunchbull pages 32-35

Thursday, January 26

3:15-4:00 Blocking pages 36-38 w/ Wormwoods, Miss Honey, Rudolpho

4-5:30 Choreography “Loud” Mrs. Wormwood, Miss Honey & Rudolpho


NEW! Here’s the spreadsheet for the group number videos!

If you take a video at rehearsal, feel free to add the link! You can also add any videos that aren’t necessarily group numbers: this is a tool for anyone!!
Also, if you aren’t in the GroupMe for Matilda, here’s the QR code! Just scan with your camera and join the group 🙂
 

NEW!  I am doing an act for the song “Flesh & Bone” (https://youtu.be/vfzZ_6zG1yY) from the movie Zombies 2. I currently need 4 people to be main dancers and 12 people to be backup dancers. There will hopefully be a total of 5 main and 14 backup dancers. The main roles are Girl, Zombie A & B, and Wolf A & B. I want the A’s to be feminine presenting and the B’s to be masculine presenting. I really need someone who is fully feminine presenting to be the Girl role. The backup dancers will be split in half between the wolves and the zombies.

I made a REMIND text group you should  join. Text @fleshan to 81010 to join!
After you join, tell me your first name and last initial, and let me know whether you want to be a backup dancer or a main dancer. Let me know what role you would like along with that. I will be putting up a schedule and videos of the dance once I’m finished choreographing it. More info about the act can be answered through the REMIND group.
Sincerely,
Ashton Zarowitz
Junior
A Cappella

REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

PAST DUE: $200-was due last week Friday, Jan 20

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – June 2019

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information


Monday, January 23, 2023

NEW! What an amazing and rewarding weekend. I attended the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids with my son and fellow Music Educator Jonny Lawton and attended wonderful sessions and concerts. Most significant was the Mona Shores Wind Ensemble, who were invited to perform at this prestigious event on Friday morning in Devos Hall! Hats off to my wonderful colleagues Mr. Boyden, Mr. Sarns , and Ms. Sanford and to all the extremely dedicated student instrumentalists. I was also invited to a special congratulatory dinner with them on Thursday and it was a very special evening! The band played an incredible set of pieces, including a number of commissioned works! And on Saturday morning,

I also had the pleasure of attending a session put on by the MSHS student executive board of our Tri-M Music Honor Society led by the tireless Mr. Sarns. You all did such an incredible job and represented us so well (Go Syd and Ally!).

And to top it off, our Director of Orchestras, Mrs. DeRose, was nominated for the MASTA Teacher of the Year and several of her students played their original compositions at the conference in a special session showcasing top student compositions.

Go instrumental department! Very proud to work alongside each of you every day, both PA Staff and talented students too!


NEW! Since many in my class didn’t complete their work by the end of the class period on Friday (but made a concerted effort to do so), I extended the deadline to today (Monday) @ 3pm.

Lawton’s class for Today-See your Google Classroom, under the heading “Music Theory, Lawton’s Class”.  Follow the link to the spreadsheet with your assignments for today. All your “Breezin’ Thru Theory” assignments are also located in your “My Assignments” in “Breezin’ Thru Theory.” We will start with a “LIVE” review!

All your work is due at the end of YOUR choir class today!

JaiLynn’s class–JaiLynn will inform you when you get to your class.


REMINDER! When signing up for choir, make certain to sign up for the choir class you are currently in, not the one you want/hope to be in. The counseling office will adjust your schedules in late March when we provide them with a list of who make each choir, based upon your auditions.

REMINDER: The choirs have new names and course descriptions for next year!

COURSE OFFERINGS GUIDE 

Wavemakers (formerly Treble Choir) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for soprano/alto singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Sailmates (formerly Anchormen) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for tenor/bass singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Stella Blues (formerly Acappella) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This soprano/alto choir is the next logical step after completing Treble Choir. This is a choir of mainly 10th thru 12th grade students and is open by audition only. Previous experience in high school choir is preferred, and a basic understanding of sight-reading and music theory is expected. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Prerequisite: By audition only. 

Harbor Singers (formerly Singers) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This highly select mixed ensemble is made up of the most qualified singers in the choir program and is made up primarily of juniors and seniors  who are selected through audition. A member of this choir is expected to be an advanced singer, with a passion to sing and perform music that is diverse, challenging, and unique.Often the ensemble sings college level music and beyond. Self-discipline, maturity, and natural talent are a must.  In addition to the performances listed above, Singers is often called upon to do much more. Most singers in this choir study voice privately.  Past experience singing in high school choir, or a truly unusual gift to sing, is expected. Prerequisite: By audition only.


DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS TOMORROW (TUESDAY)! The Lip Sync Battle is BACK! It will take place on Monday, February 6th.

The Lip Sync Battle is an exciting event that CSEB introduced last year in place of Dynamic Duos. It was an absolute hit! After taking feedback, we realized that everyone had a blast and  so we decided that it would be a perfect tradition to start. The event goes like this… Every participant arrives at the choir room at the given time (5:00), pizza is provided ;),  participants are assorted into random groups and then given an hour to create a lip sync act to perform for the rest of the participants and people that come to watch.  There are judges that evaluate each of the performances and a winning team is decided! The winners get a prize… and bragging rights! We are adding some exciting twists this year so BE THERE OR BE SQUARE… OR BE SQUARE BUT YOU SHOULD STILL BE THERE!!!!! Please see Lydia or Mr. Lawton with any questions or clarifications!

If you want to be a part of it, sign up here: CLICK HERE!


WE NEED YOUR $$-DEADLINE (TOMORROW) TUESDAY! Hi everyone! For our senior project, we are planning on bringing back Allegretto Camp as we know how impactful it was for us in middle school (not including Eliana of course haha). In order to make this happen, we need to raise money to purchase items for games, goody bags, and other necessities. We will be collecting donations starting today until January 24. Thank you so so much!! If you have any questions, please see one of us!

Emma Lewis, Alexis Brayton, Chloe Nelund, and Eliana Bement

If you have any questions, please see one of us!


VIDEO SUBMISSIONS INFO/DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY 1/27:This year, the auditions will be videotape submissions. You must perform your song in its entirety, and strive for the best quality sound and video possible. All submissions should be sent to Mr. Lawton by Friday, January 27th, no later than 3pm. Please send them to his email address at: lawtons@monashores.net.

You will likely need to upload your video to your Google Drive and then share it with him as your file may be too large for sending in Gmail.

REMINDER! It’s time to talk about Showcase 2023! If you would like to represent Mona Shores in the Performing Arts category, and possibly walk out with a prize of up to $1,000 CASH, here are the details:

Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, digital media arts, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Each school determines their own criteria for selection, within the Showcase parameters.

The accomplishments of Student Showcase are many. Since 1981, high school students from six counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high
school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

Student participation varies according to the category for which they are nominated by their schools.

You can perform any piece in any style of your choosing: Dance, Singing, Playing Instruments, Acting, etc. or a combination of these things.

ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th. If your accompanist is an adult, they do not count as far as numbers go (example: JaiLynn is your accompanist and you are singing a duet. This act would still be considered a solo/duo). On the other hand, if your accompanist were another Shores student, this same act would be considered a trio.

Performing Arts Nominees

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


NEW! We Still don’t have a show that will work…believe me, we are trying! More to come once I have something to share! 
Chicago Trip Update
OLD NEWS: We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

NEW! THIS WEEK: Week 6

Tuesday, January 24

3:15-4:45 FULL CAST Run all of Act One, pages 1-29

4:45-5:30 Add Little Kids & Teen chorus to “Hammer” w/ Trunchbull & Miss Honey

Wednesday, January 25

3:15-4:00 VOCALS Teen Chorus & Littles “School Song” “Chokey Chant”

3:15-4:00 Blocking pages 29-31 w/ Matilda, Wormwoods & Michael

4-5:30 Blocking and “Chokey Chant” w/ Matilda, Little Kids, Teen chorus, & Trunchbull pages 32-35

Thursday, January 26

3:15-4:00 Blocking pages 36-38 w/ Wormwoods, Miss Honey, Rudolpho

4-5:30 Choreography “Loud” Mrs. Wormwood, Miss Honey & Rudolpho


NEW! Here’s the spreadsheet for the group number videos!

If you take a video at rehearsal, feel free to add the link! You can also add any videos that aren’t necessarily group numbers: this is a tool for anyone!!
Also, if you aren’t in the GroupMe for Matilda, here’s the QR code! Just scan with your camera and join the group 🙂
 

NEW!  I am doing an act for the song “Flesh & Bone” (https://youtu.be/vfzZ_6zG1yY) from the movie Zombies 2. I currently need 4 people to be main dancers and 12 people to be backup dancers. There will hopefully be a total of 5 main and 14 backup dancers. The main roles are Girl, Zombie A & B, and Wolf A & B. I want the A’s to be feminine presenting and the B’s to be masculine presenting. I really need someone who is fully feminine presenting to be the Girl role. The backup dancers will be split in half between the wolves and the zombies.

I made a REMIND text group you should  join. Text @fleshan to 81010 to join!
After you join, tell me your first name and last initial, and let me know whether you want to be a backup dancer or a main dancer. Let me know what role you would like along with that. I will be putting up a schedule and videos of the dance once I’m finished choreographing it. More info about the act can be answered through the REMIND group.
Sincerely,
Ashton Zarowitz
Junior
A Cappella

REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

PAST DUE: $200-was due last week Friday, Jan 20

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – June 2019

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information


Friday, January 20, 2023

NEW! 

Lawton’s class-See your Google Classroom, under the heading “Music Theory, Lawton’s Class”.  Follow the link to the spreadsheet with your assignments for today. All your “Breezin’ Thru Theory” assignments are also located in your “My Assignments” in “Breezin’ Thru Theory.”

All your work is due at the end of YOUR choir class today! Be good!

JaiLynn’s class will go with JaiLynn as usual!


REMINDER! 

When signing up for choir, make certain to sign up for the choir class you are currently in, not the one you want/hope to be in. The counseling office will adjust your schedules in late March when we provide them with a list of who make each choir, based upon your auditions.

REMINDER: The choirs have new names and course descriptions for next year!

COURSE OFFERINGS GUIDE 

Wavemakers (formerly Treble Choir) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for soprano/alto singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Sailmates (formerly Anchormen) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for tenor/bass singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Stella Blues (formerly Acappella) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This soprano/alto choir is the next logical step after completing Treble Choir. This is a choir of mainly 10th thru 12th grade students and is open by audition only. Previous experience in high school choir is preferred, and a basic understanding of sight-reading and music theory is expected. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Prerequisite: By audition only. 

Harbor Singers (formerly Singers) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This highly select mixed ensemble is made up of the most qualified singers in the choir program and is made up primarily of juniors and seniors  who are selected through audition. A member of this choir is expected to be an advanced singer, with a passion to sing and perform music that is diverse, challenging, and unique.Often the ensemble sings college level music and beyond. Self-discipline, maturity, and natural talent are a must.  In addition to the performances listed above, Singers is often called upon to do much more. Most singers in this choir study voice privately.  Past experience singing in high school choir, or a truly unusual gift to sing, is expected. Prerequisite: By audition only.


DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS TUESDAY! The Lip Sync Battle is BACK! It will take place on Monday, February 6th.

The Lip Sync Battle is an exciting event that CSEB introduced last year in place of Dynamic Duos. It was an absolute hit! After taking feedback, we realized that everyone had a blast and  so we decided that it would be a perfect tradition to start. The event goes like this… Every participant arrives at the choir room at the given time (5:00), pizza is provided ;),  participants are assorted into random groups and then given an hour to create a lip sync act to perform for the rest of the participants and people that come to watch.  There are judges that evaluate each of the performances and a winning team is decided! The winners get a prize… and bragging rights! We are adding some exciting twists this year so BE THERE OR BE SQUARE… OR BE SQUARE BUT YOU SHOULD STILL BE THERE!!!!! Please see Lydia or Mr. Lawton with any questions or clarifications!

If you want to be a part of it, sign up here: CLICK HERE!


WE NEED YOUR $$-DEADLINE TUESDAY! Hi everyone! For our senior project, we are planning on bringing back Allegretto Camp as we know how impactful it was for us in middle school (not including Eliana of course haha). In order to make this happen, we need to raise money to purchase items for games, goody bags, and other necessities. We will be collecting donations starting today until January 24. Thank you so so much!! If you have any questions, please see one of us!

Emma Lewis, Alexis Brayton, Chloe Nelund, and Eliana Bement

If you have any questions, please see one of us!


VIDEO SUBMISSIONS INFO/DEADLINE:This year, the auditions will be videotape submissions. You must perform your song in its entirety, and strive for the best quality sound and video possible. All submissions should be sent to Mr. Lawton by Friday, January 27th, no later than 3pm. Please send them to his email address at: lawtons@monashores.net.

You will likely need to upload your video to your Google Drive and then share it with him as your file may be too large for sending in Gmail.

REMINDER! It’s time to talk about Showcase 2023! If you would like to represent Mona Shores in the Performing Arts category, and possibly walk out with a prize of up to $1,000 CASH, here are the details:

Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, digital media arts, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Each school determines their own criteria for selection, within the Showcase parameters.

The accomplishments of Student Showcase are many. Since 1981, high school students from six counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high
school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

Student participation varies according to the category for which they are nominated by their schools.

You can perform any piece in any style of your choosing: Dance, Singing, Playing Instruments, Acting, etc. or a combination of these things.

ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th. If your accompanist is an adult, they do not count as far as numbers go (example: JaiLynn is your accompanist and you are singing a duet. This act would still be considered a solo/duo). On the other hand, if your accompanist were another Shores student, this same act would be considered a trio.

Performing Arts Nominees

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


REMINDER! Chicago Trip Update
We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

NEW! NEXT WEEK: Week 6

Tuesday, January 24

3:15-4:45 FULL CAST Run all of Act One, pages 1-29

4:45-5:30 Add Little Kids & Teen chorus to “Hammer” w/ Trunchbull & Miss Honey

Wednesday, January 25

3:15-4:00 VOCALS Teen Chorus & Littles “School Song” “Chokey Chant”

3:15-4:00 Blocking pages 29-31 w/ Matilda, Wormwoods & Michael

4-5:30 Blocking and “Chokey Chant” w/ Matilda, Little Kids, Teen chorus, & Trunchbull pages 32-35

Thursday, January 26

3:15-4:00 Blocking pages 36-38 w/ Wormwoods, Miss Honey, Rudolpho

4-5:30 Choreography “Loud” Mrs. Wormwood, Miss Honey & Rudolpho


REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

DUE TODAY: $200-is due this Friday, Jan 20,

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – June 2019

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information


Thursday, January 19, 2023

NEW! Let’s talk about music theory (Lawton’s Class–this is your reminder Shawn)!

Google Sign-In

Drills and Green Check Marks


NEW! NEXT YEAR’S CHOIRS! BIG NEWS! (Also, how do I sign up for choir for next year?)

COURSE OFFERINGS GUIDE 

Wavemakers (formerly Treble Choir) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for soprano/alto singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Sailmates (formerly Anchormen) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ A non-auditioned choir for tenor/bass singers in any grade, this group will concentrate on the basics of  singing and no prior singing/music experience is necessary. An emphasis will be placed upon the development of the singing voice. Students will learn basic music theory concepts and music reading skills will also be taught. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Stella Blues (formerly Acappella) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This soprano/alto choir is the next logical step after completing Treble Choir. This is a choir of mainly 10th thru 12th grade students and is open by audition only. Previous experience in high school choir is preferred, and a basic understanding of sight-reading and music theory is expected. Students in this ensemble will participate in world class events such as “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, Spring Concert, and our Pop Go The Sailors music show, which includes dance in addition to singing. Students in this choir may also audition for the annual Allegros Musical and other events such as Coffee House and Musical Theater Cabaret. 

Prerequisite: By audition only. 

Harbor Singers (formerly Singers) 1½ credits Career Pathways: ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ This highly select mixed ensemble is made up of the most qualified singers in the choir program and is made up primarily of juniors and seniors  who are selected through audition. A member of this choir is expected to be an advanced singer, with a passion to sing and perform music that is diverse, challenging, and unique.Often the ensemble sings college level music and beyond. Self-discipline, maturity, and natural talent are a must.  In addition to the performances listed above, Singers is often called upon to do much more. Most singers in this choir study voice privately.  Past experience singing in high school choir, or a truly unusual gift to sing, is expected. Prerequisite: By audition only.


DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS TUESDAY! The Lip Sync Battle is BACK! It will take place on Monday, February 6th.

The Lip Sync Battle is an exciting event that CSEB introduced last year in place of Dynamic Duos. It was an absolute hit! After taking feedback, we realized that everyone had a blast and  so we decided that it would be a perfect tradition to start. The event goes like this… Every participant arrives at the choir room at the given time (5:00), pizza is provided ;),  participants are assorted into random groups and then given an hour to create a lip sync act to perform for the rest of the participants and people that come to watch.  There are judges that evaluate each of the performances and a winning team is decided! The winners get a prize… and bragging rights! We are adding some exciting twists this year so BE THERE OR BE SQUARE… OR BE SQUARE BUT YOU SHOULD STILL BE THERE!!!!! Please see Lydia or Mr. Lawton with any questions or clarifications!

If you want to be a part of it, sign up here: CLICK HERE!


WE NEED YOUR $$! Hi everyone! For our senior project, we are planning on bringing back Allegretto Camp as we know how impactful it was for us in middle school (not including Eliana of course haha). In order to make this happen, we need to raise money to purchase items for games, goody bags, and other necessities. We will be collecting donations starting today until January 24. Thank you so so much!! If you have any questions, please see one of us!

Emma Lewis, Alexis Brayton, Chloe Nelund, and Eliana Bement

If you have any questions, please see one of us!


ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th. If your accompanist is an adult, they do not count as far as numbers go (example: JaiLynn is your accompanist and you are singing a duet. This act would still be considered a solo/duo). On the other hand, if your accompanist were another Shores student, this same act would be considered a trio.

REMINDER! It’s time to talk about Showcase 2023! If you would like to represent Mona Shores in the Performing Arts category, and possibly walk out with a prize of up to $1,000 CASH, here are the details:

Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, digital media arts, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Each school determines their own criteria for selection, within the Showcase parameters.

The accomplishments of Student Showcase are many. Since 1981, high school students from six counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high
school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

Student participation varies according to the category for which they are nominated by their schools.

You can perform any piece in any style of your choosing: Dance, Singing, Playing Instruments, Acting, etc. or a combination of these things.

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS INFO/DEADLINE:This year, the auditions will be videotape submissions. You must perform your song in its entirety, and strive for the best quality sound and video possible. All submissions should be sent to Mr. Lawton by Friday, January 27th, no later than 3pm. Please send them to his email address at: lawtons@monashores.net.

You will likely need to upload your video to your Google Drive and then share it with him as your file may be too large for sending in Gmail.

Further Details:

Performing Arts Nominees

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


REMINDER! Chicago Trip Update
We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

NEW! THIS WEEK: Week 5

Thursday, 1/19

3:15-4:00 Miss Honey only Block “Pathetic”

4-5:30 Blocking pages 26-27 w/ Trunchbull & Miss Honey

Stage Trunchbull’s “Hammer” w/ Trunchbull & Miss Honey only


REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

DUE NEXT WEEK: $200-is due this Friday, Jan 20,

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – June 2019

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

REMINDER! The Lip Sync Battle is BACK! It will take place on Monday, February 6th.

The Lip Sync Battle is an exciting event that CSEB introduced last year in place of Dynamic Duos. It was an absolute hit! After taking feedback, we realized that everyone had a blast and  so we decided that it would be a perfect tradition to start. The event goes like this… Every participant arrives at the choir room at the given time (5:00), pizza is provided ;),  participants are assorted into random groups and then given an hour to create a lip sync act to perform for the rest of the participants and people that come to watch.  There are judges that evaluate each of the performances and a winning team is decided! The winners get a prize… and bragging rights! We are adding some exciting twists this year so BE THERE OR BE SQUARE… OR BE SQUARE BUT YOU SHOULD STILL BE THERE!!!!! Please see Lydia or Mr. Lawton with any questions or clarifications!

If you want to be a part of it, sign up here: CLICK HERE!


WE NEED YOUR $$! Hi everyone! For our senior project, we are planning on bringing back Allegretto Camp as we know how impactful it was for us in middle school (not including Eliana of course haha). In order to make this happen, we need to raise money to purchase items for games, goody bags, and other necessities. We will be collecting donations starting today until January 24. Thank you so so much!! If you have any questions, please see one of us!

Emma Lewis, Alexis Brayton, Chloe Nelund, and Eliana Bement

If you have any questions, please see one of us!


ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th. If your accompanist is an adult, they do not count as far as numbers go (example: JaiLynn is your accompanist and you are singing a duet. This act would still be considered a solo/duo). On the other hand, if your accompanist were another Shores student, this same act would be considered a trio.

REMINDER! It’s time to talk about Showcase 2023! If you would like to represent Mona Shores in the Performing Arts category, and possibly walk out with a prize of up to $1,000 CASH, here are the details:

Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, digital media arts, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Each school determines their own criteria for selection, within the Showcase parameters.

The accomplishments of Student Showcase are many. Since 1981, high school students from six counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high
school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

Student participation varies according to the category for which they are nominated by their schools.

You can perform any piece in any style of your choosing: Dance, Singing, Playing Instruments, Acting, etc. or a combination of these things.

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS INFO/DEADLINE:This year, the auditions will be videotape submissions. You must perform your song in its entirety, and strive for the best quality sound and video possible. All submissions should be sent to Mr. Lawton by Friday, January 27th, no later than 3pm. Please send them to his email address at: lawtons@monashores.net.

You will likely need to upload your video to your Google Drive and then share it with him as your file may be too large for sending in Gmail.

Further Details:

Performing Arts Nominees

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


REMINDER! Chicago Trip Update
We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

NEW! THIS WEEK: Week 5

Wednesday, 1/18

3:15-4:15 Review “School Song” (Vocals too) w/ Little Kids & Teens

4:15-5:30 Blocking Pages 22-24 w/ Little Kids & Miss Honey

Thursday, 1/19

3:15-4:00 Miss Honey only Block “Pathetic”

4-5:30 Blocking pages 26-27 w/ Trunchbull & Miss Honey

Stage Trunchbull’s “Hammer” w/ Trunchbull & Miss Honey only


REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

DUE NEXT WEEK: $200-is due this Friday, Jan 20,

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – June 2019

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

NEW! The Lip Sync Battle is BACK! It will take place on Monday, February 6th.

The Lip Sync Battle is an exciting event that CSEB introduced last year in place of Dynamic Duos. It was an absolute hit! After taking feedback, we realized that everyone had a blast and  so we decided that it would be a perfect tradition to start. The event goes like this… Every participant arrives at the choir room at the given time (5:00), pizza is provided ;),  participants are assorted into random groups and then given an hour to create a lip sync act to perform for the rest of the participants and people that come to watch.  There are judges that evaluate each of the performances and a winning team is decided! The winners get a prize… and bragging rights! We are adding some exciting twists this year so BE THERE OR BE SQUARE… OR BE SQUARE BUT YOU SHOULD STILL BE THERE!!!!! Please see Lydia or Mr. Lawton with any questions or clarifications!

If you want to be a part of it, sign up here: CLICK HERE!


REMINDER! Hi everyone! For our senior project, we are planning on bringing back Allegretto Camp as we know how impactful it was for us in middle school (not including Eliana of course haha). In order to make this happen, we need to raise money to purchase items for games, goody bags, and other necessities. We will be collecting donations starting today until January 24. Thank you so so much!! If you have any questions, please see one of us!

Emma Lewis, Alexis Brayton, Chloe Nelund, and Eliana Bement

If you have any questions, please see one of us!


ADDITIONAL INFO! The maximum time for a Showcase act is 4 minutes. Also, the dates for the workshop are either Monday, February 27 or Saturday, March 4th. If your accompanist is an adult, they do not count as far as numbers go (example: JaiLynn is your accompanist and you are singing a duet. This act would still be considered a solo/duo). On the other hand, if your accompanist were another Shores student, this same act would be considered a trio.

REMINDER! It’s time to talk about Showcase 2023! If you would like to represent Mona Shores in the Performing Arts category, and possibly walk out with a prize of up to $1,000 CASH, here are the details:

Student Showcase is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, digital media arts, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Each school determines their own criteria for selection, within the Showcase parameters.

The accomplishments of Student Showcase are many. Since 1981, high school students from six counties have had an opportunity to be recognized. For many of our student nominees, this will be the shining moment of their high
school years – for others, the beginning of an amateur or professional career as actors, musicians, writers, athletes, and artists.

Student participation varies according to the category for which they are nominated by their schools.

You can perform any piece in any style of your choosing: Dance, Singing, Playing Instruments, Acting, etc. or a combination of these things.

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS INFO/DEADLINE:This year, the auditions will be videotape submissions. You must perform your song in its entirety, and strive for the best quality sound and video possible. All submissions should be sent to Mr. Lawton by Friday, January 27th, no later than 3pm. Please send them to his email address at: lawtons@monashores.net.

You will likely need to upload your video to your Google Drive and then share it with him as your file may be too large for sending in Gmail.

Further Details:

Performing Arts Nominees

They must attend their assigned performing arts workshop held at the Frauenthal Theater, where performing arts professionals will assist students in developing their performance and perfecting all technical aspects.

They will perform their act on one of the two Showcase nights (to be assigned based on show order and your school’s availability).  Show dates are either Wednesday March 15 or Thursday March 16. Each school’s students perform and are introduced on only ONE of the two Showcase nights. But, if you do perform on Wednesday, they sort of expect you to be there for the awards ceremony at the end of the night on Thursday….

Students can pick up a complimentary ticket at the Frauenthal Box Office with photo ID that will allow them to attend the show on the night they do not perform. Prizes will be awarded on the second night of the show – Thursday.

Performing Arts Nominees must be students of the same school and will be judged by a panel of professional actors, producers, and musicians. Solo/duo performances consist of a soloist or a duo. Group performances are three or more students with no more than 15 in the entire group.

If you are in Allegros, and you choose to audition and are selected to represent Mona Shores, you MUST choose to perform on Wednesday, March 15th (you will miss the polish dance night and I talked with Molly already so she knows. We have our first full run through of the Matilda on Thursday so that date won’t work for you!)

Three cash prizes are awarded in Solo/Duo and three cash prizes are awarded in Group – with an additional Showstopper cash prize (seven awards total).

First, second, and third place awards in the performing arts category (both solo/duo and group), visual arts, literary arts, and digital media arts receive cash awards of $1000, $500, and $300, respectively. Also, the winner of the Performing Arts Showstopper award will receive $1000.


REMINDER! Chicago Trip Update
We are still negotiating with Broadway Chicago regarding the tickets for the Chicago Trip. At present, they are not willing to refund our ticket money (which was the majority of the trip cost), but they we are in discussions about choosing new shows and going at another point in time this school year. Dear Evan Hansen is already closed (It closed on Dec. 31st). The Lion King closes on Jan. 14th and we are unable to get that many tickets so late in their run. Please know we are working on it and will do the best we can. Since the bus company ended up cancelling due to the weather and the restaurant was cooperative, we will be able to work with them again.

REMINDER! If you are going on the Chicago Trip and have not done so, please join our REMIND text group today!
Text: 81010
And the code is: @mschicago

REMINDER! Allegros Schedule!
Here is the FULL current schedule:

NEW! THIS WEEK: Week 5

Tuesday, 1/17

3:15-4:15 VOCALS – Parents – “Miracle”

3:15-5:30 Choreography “School Song” w/ Little Kids & Teen Chorus

Wednesday, 1/18

3:15-4:15 Review “School Song” (Vocals too) w/ Little Kids & Teens

4:15-5:30 Blocking Pages 22-24 w/ Little Kids & Miss Honey

Thursday, 1/19

3:15-4:00 Miss Honey only Block “Pathetic”

4-5:30 Blocking pages 26-27 w/ Trunchbull & Miss Honey

Stage Trunchbull’s “Hammer” w/ Trunchbull & Miss Honey only


REMINDER: Here is the payment schedule for NYC: 

$130-(initial deposit) June 17

$ 200-Aug 18

$ 200-Sept 16,

$ 200-Oct 14

$ 200-Nov 18–(PAST DUE)

$200-Dec. 16

DUE NEXT WEEK: $200-is due this Friday, Jan 20,

$ 200-Feb 17,

$ 100-Mar 17.

There is a late fee of $10 if late more than 5 days. Your space will be canceled if more than 30 days past due. 


GET ON THE WAITING LIST…!

Hello All! I’m here tonight to give you an update regarding our 2024 Trip to South Africa and where we stand with our numbers and the possibility of adding interested parents and seniors.

As you may recall, there was a deadline to sign up on Dec. 31st, 2022 for all current 8th-11th grade choir students to sign up and be guaranteed a spot. At present, including Jailynn and I, we have 40 total travelers.
This isn’t a really great number as far as continuing to add additional travelers, as each bus holds 50 passengers. So, I can either cap the numbers at 50 and call it good, or continue on and hope we get closer to 80-100. The thing is, every empty bus seat still costs money, as the bus cost is divided by the number of travelers. I could get into more detail, but I think it would bore you! The short of it is we need to be close to 50 or close to 100 total travelers to make it work price wise. But I want as many to go that can do so!
So, here is our plan. Beginning immediately (that means right now!) the tour is now open to any interested parents of students going on the trip as well as this year’s choir seniors. As explained at our initial meeting, if a senior commits to singing in the choir, attending all rehearsals, and following the same rules as a student, they may attend! Please see the choir blog at: choir.monashores.net for further information about the tour as well as a sample rehearsal schedule and links to get signed up.
At present, we can offer the next 10 travelers a guaranteed spot, on a first come, first served basis. Once we hit our 50 person cap, anyone that signs up will be placed on a waiting list. You do NOT need to put any money down to be placed on the waiting list. If we get enough people to sign up so that we can afford a second bus, we will alert you immediately. Also, if someone must drop out of the original 50 persons, the first person on the waiting list will be invited to join the tour. All of the waitlisted travelers signing up online will be time stamped so that we will have an accurate and fair process as we move forward.

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

Note: Each student traveler should select a DOUBLE ROOM. We will work out roommates once the tour sign-ups have slowed down. Adults can choose a SINGLE ROOM at an additional cost. A parent and a student can room together in a Double as well. Also, everyone should also choose ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS when asked. If you’ve already signed your student up and made the error of signing them up for a single room, we can later adjust that and you will go back to the lower price. We do not want students in single rooms for both safety and student management reasons, unless they are rooming with their parent. You can ignore the TRIP KEY.

Thanks for considering joining us! I can promise this will be a life changing experience for all!

Here is the link to register for the South Africa tour: REGISTER ONLINE AT bookings.wittetravel.com and use booking code 061924LAWT

DID YOU MISS THE SOUTH AFRICA TRIP MEETING?

See Mr. Lawton in class if you would like a brochure outlining the trip and costs.

 Initial deposits, to guarantee a student spot on the tour, were due by Dec. 31st, 2022.

Additionally, you can follow these links to view the presentation slides that we shared at the meeting:

CLICK HERE! (to view the scripted presentation)

CLICK HERE: Some representative pictures of our tour

We also showed this video from the Notre Dame Concert Band’s Tour to South Africa. It gives you a good feel for what the trip will be like for us!

AWESOME VIDEO! CLICK BELOW!

Also, here is an example of what the spring 2024 rehearsal schedule will look like (this was the one we had planned to use in 2020. This is being displayed here especially for this year’s seniors, who might be considering joining us.

Overseas Tour Rehearsal Dates 2020

  • Friday, April 17th: 3pm-4.30pm (new time)
  • Sunday, April 19th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, April 24th: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Sunday, April 26th: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 1st: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 24th: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, May 29th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, May 31st: 2pm-4pm
  • Friday, June 5th: 3pm-4.30pm
  • Sunday, June 7th: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday, June 14th: 2pm-4pm
  • Monday, June 15th: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, June 16th: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Departure! (return on June 28th)

 

REMINDER! Scrip continues every other week

Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account. 

PURCHASE ONLINE! You can purchase your choir e-scrip ONLINE. Here are the details: Anyone interested in buying e-gift cards and paying online can set up an online account at: https://www.shopwithscrip.com/. You will need a code to register for the choir scrip program, and we aren’t allowed to post it here. Please email our Scrip Chairperson and MSCA Board Member, Jennifer Harper @ mschoirscrip@gmail.com to get the code. 

You can either link to a checking or savings account for automatic payments, or you can use a credit card at check out when shopping online. A $0.15 fee is added to your order total each time you pay with your linked checking or savings account, or a 2.6% fee is added to your order total each time you pay with a credit card. Either way, the choir will still receive 1.5 percent of the percent earned for both the expenses of keeping the scrip program going and as a part of our fundraising efforts.  You can then either receive your e-scrip online instantly, using your cell phone (you will need to download the app, RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip). Email mschoirscrip@gmail.com with any questions or to help you get set up. You can only purchase e-cards (and pay online) through this website (no paper gift cards or local places that may not be participating in the online platform). 

We will continue to sell scrip in person as well. 5:15 pm-6:30 pm on Thursdays in the front lobby of the school. 

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

SCRIP Order Form – June 2019

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information