It All Happened in the Country
C-MENT Newsletter #1
October 2, 2018
Welcome to the C-MENT Fall 2018 Season!
As most of you know, I’m Betty King and I am the Director of C-MENT! This will be C-MENT’s 53rd C-MENT production and I am so excited to be here! I have had the great pleasure and opportunity to watch the children grow in so many ways over the years and I look forward to continuing to do so in the years to come. For those of you who are new, I bid you welcome and look forward to getting to know you. I know that this show will be a blessing to all of us involved! A production of this magnitude requires a lot of work, support and prayers from all of us. I pray that God will guide all of us and help us make this a meaningful and spiritual experience of each of our children.
I was so fortunate to have a terrific casting team helping me with the casting this season. Adele Buffington (Music Director), Cathy Pence (Asst. Director/Production Mgr.), and Yesha Proctor (Stage Manager) sat in on the auditions and call backs. You can all be very proud of your children. They had terrific auditions! The kids were prepared, articulate and fun to watch. As always, casting a show is very difficult. With so many talented children and never enough parts, it becomes an intricate puzzle of juggling everyone around. Adele and I have rewritten the script and added in some parts in order to allow as many children as possible to be spotlighted in an area in which they wished to shine. I pray that your children will be happy with their parts and that you all will support the casting decisions made by the casting team and myself. I appreciate all of you and your support! We certainly have done our best.
Tonight, your child is bringing home a folder that will include a script, a CD (one per family) and a pencil. The script is theirs to keep as is the CD. Please help your children to highlight their lines and to start memorizing their lines. The sooner they have the lines memorized, the sooner they will be able to start working on their characters and blocking (movement on stage). Children are to bring their sharpened pencil to each rehearsal with their script so that they may write down their blocking. We would also recommend providing your child with a highlighter pen so that they can mark their lines and use otherwise as needed.
Please encourage your children to listen to their CDs daily. It will help the children tremendously in learning the music. Our family found it helpful to listen to the music in the car as we drove around town.
We will send home a rehearsal schedule at Saturday’s rehearsal. Once you receive it, please take a moment to look at the schedule with your child and make sure you have recorded all the dates and times in your personal calendars. The schedule is to help each child know what scene and song will be rehearsed on each day. The children should review the required pages/and song prior to coming to rehearsal so as to be better prepared. A child who has his or her lines memorized will be better able to really start acting. Please note that the named leads are called at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays to do blocking. Named leads are the roles that are in the scene scheduled that day.
We will continue to email a newsletter each week to keep you informed about important details. The newsletters will cover props that we need, as well as special costumes and/or accessories your children might need to bring. The newsletters will also be posted on our website (www.c-ment.org) under the Blogs menu.
We are doing costuming differently this season. We would like each child to bring in country or city-style clothing/footwear from their own closets this Saturday, October 6. Our costumer, Sara Alsop, will take a look at the costuming ideas and provide input for each cast member. As this show is set in modern times, we thought many kids might already have something they would enjoy wearing in the show. If not, we would also recommend checking out local thrift stores for more ideas that are inexpensive. Salvation Army even offers 75% off all items on Mondays.
Please pick up your children inside the sanctuary at the end of each rehearsal. I will wait to make sure each child is collected by a parent or older sibling. We hope to eliminate the unnecessary running around and playing tag outside the front of the church while children wait for parents. We trust that our C-MENT cast can be responsible and respectful of others and that they will not disrupt other meetings that are in session. Thank you for your consideration of this request (as well as being on time) and I know that you will remind your children to wait quietly in the sanctuary for you.
There is a parent meeting tonight (Oct. 2) from 6:00-6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall and I hope you will all be able to attend. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please let us know so that we can make sure to give the information you missed.
If your child can’t make a rehearsal and we were not already made aware via the conflict list in the info packet, please contact Cathy Pence (858.922.2927) at your earliest convenience. For other questions or concerns, please feel free to call, text or email me anytime. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone at 858/344-0115.
Please double check the schedule below for the next two rehearsals.
Director of C-MENT
|Sat.||10/6||Music||To Us A Child is Born||9:00-9:30 am||All Cast|
|Dance||To Us A Child is Born||9:30-10:30 am||All Cast|
|Break||10:30-10:45 am||Named Leads|
|Block||Scene 1 & 2||10:45-11:30 am||Named leads|
|Tues.||10/9||Blocking||ACT 1, Sc. 2 review||5:30-6:00 pm||Named Leads|
|NO||Music||Review To Us||6:00-6:30 pm||All Cast|
|BETTY||Acting||Getting into character||6:30-7:00 pm||All Cast|
|Run||ACT 1, Sc. 1 & 2||7:00-8:00 pm||All Cast|