For members of AECT,
the 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that does fundraising in support of and provides
guidance to the theater program
of the East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation and Arts, located
in Hannah Community Center.
Lisa Lees, editor
The Boo Bowl is Saturday, 27 October 10:00 – noon at Spare Time
Entertainment, 3101 East Grand River, Lansing MI (across from Frandor).
Open Auditions (ages 9-18) for The Princess and the Pea &
Rapunszel are November 29-30 and December 1. Audition workshop is November 26.
Open Auditions (ages 9-18) for The Beatles Slept Here
are February 21-23, 2013. Audition workshop is February 19.
Open Auditions (ages 6-18) for Aladdin and His Wonderful,
Magical Lamp are May 16-18, 2013. Audition workshop is May 13.
(All auditions take place at Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.)
Little Women shows
Nov 2-3 & 9-10 at Hannah Community Center.|
Most meetings are held in Hannah Community Center on the third Wednesday of
the month, 6:30-8:30 pm.
October 17 (regular meeting)
December 19 (regular meeting)
Expressions, the All-of-us Express Children's Theatre member
newsletter, is published from time to time. If you have news of interest to the
AECT member community, please let us know.
Boo Bowl: All-of-us Express Bowling Fundraiser
Saturday 27 October 10:00 – noon at Spare Time Entertainment,
3101 East Grand River, Lansing MI (across from Frandor).
Costumes encouraged! Prizes awarded!
It's not too late to join the fun!
- Each participant on a five person team bowls two games. The first game
is a regular game, the second is a ghoulishly fun game.
- Your $20 registration fee offsets the cost of bowling and shoes.
Each bowler must raise an additional $30 in pledges to participate, totaling
a minimum of $50 per bowler. (The entire $50 may be raised in pledges, but
$20 must be paid when you register, with the remainder being turned in at
- First 30 teams to register receive a free Laser Tag game!
- Prizes are awarded for costumes, for various bowling achievements,
and for pledge achievements.
- We encourage team competitions. (So put together a rival team!)
More information will be provided upon registration, or call 517-333-2580x0. You
may register online or print a registration form at cityofeastlansing.com/allofus. The
registration deadline has been extended to October 12 (noon).
Watch the Boo Bowl PSA
on YouTube. Thanks to Josh Cook
(Last Laugh Productions) for filming and editing this video.
Thanks to Sandi Sigworth, Gina Golden, Kathleen Miller and others
for their time and effort in planning and organizing this fundraiser.
(If you would like to become an event sponsor, sponsor a lane, or donate a prize,
please contact Sandi Sigworth.)
23rd Season Awards Ceremony
Miranda hands out guild badges.
The annual Awards Ceremony is when the hard work of the many people who are
not on stage during our productions is recognized. Guild and Experience Crew badges
and certificates are given out and volunteers receive much-deserved applause.
It has always been part of the philosophy of All-of-us Express that
crew work is every bit as important as performing on stage. Recognition once was
done as part of each production party, then as part of a combined annual meeting
and recognition event, and now is a separate annual event of its own.
CTAM Fall Conference
Some twenty All-of-us Express members, participants and staff were involved
with or attended the
Theatre Association of Michigan Fall Conference September 28-30 at
McQuire's Resort in Cadillac.
Much fun and learning took place. The two most popular workshops
seemed to be stage combat (Brett Eckhardt) and character acting (Kellie
Stonebrook). Paul Bourne (at right) presented the Greening Your Tech workshop.
from the conference.
24th Season News
Last performed in February 1998 at Kinawa Middle School in Okemos,
Little Women returns to begin our 24th Season with a cast
of 30 and crew of about 50.
The Princess and the Pea & Rapunzel, our winter
double-bill, has auditions coming up at the end of November.
(See the left side-bar.)
Our Riverwalk Theatre production this year is The Beatles Slept
Here (not a musical).
Our summer show, Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical
Lamp, is the first full musical All-of-us Express has ever done.
We have photos of
the costume space in the basement of Hannah Community Center that
was featured in the September issue of
25th Season Planning
At its August meeting, the AECT Board established a committee to begin planning
events for our 25th Season. The committee co-chair is Lisa Lees. Please
contact her if you'd
like to help out. Committee members to date are: Sherry Bass-Pohl,
Dylan Lees and Morgan Lees.
Ideas being considered so far include a special T-shirt listing all the
shows we've ever done, a reception following a show, a special performance of
a show featuring alumni as cast and crew and/or alumni-provided entertainment
between Saturday shows.
Board of Trustees
More information about the Board, its bylaws and members may be found on the
Board of Trustees page and the
Staff and Volunteers page.
The September charity poker event raised about $1,700 for AECT, which
works out to about $20/hour of volunteer time. There is one more event
this year, December 6-9.
Charity poker events are scheduled at Stacks Hold'em Bar East Lansing
in 2013 for January 6-9, February 21-24, September 12-15 and November 18-20.
If you are able to help out (and are 18 or older) please contact
Sandi Sigworth for more
information (no poker knowledge necessary).
Grants and Sponsors
Known at this time is a grant from the Ingham County Hotel/Motel Arts and
Tourism Tax Fund for Little Women, and guild program support
from The Capital Area United Way and Jackson National Life.
Information about sponsorship opportunities may be found on our
Sponsors and grants for particular shows and seasons is detailed on the
The AECT Annual Membership Meeting was September 19. The following
people were elected or re-elected as members of the Board of Trustees:
Gina Golden, Andrea Hibbs,
Lisa Lees, Kathleen Miller, Savannah Sequeda,
Chris VanZwoll and Natalia Walter. Savannah and Natalia are new youth
members on the Board.
The AECT Board elected its officers for 2012-2013:
Gina Golden (president),
Tanya Stamford (vice president),
Crystal Carrothers (secretary),
Megan Buonodono (treasurer).
You can download a copy of AECT's annual report from
the Board of Trustees page.