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
Open Auditions (ages 9-18) for Little Women are
September 6-8. Audition workshop is September 4.
First Read for Little Women is Thursday, September 13, 6:30 pm
at Hannah Community Center. Board members are encouraged to attend.
Annual membership meeting is Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 pm at
Hannah Community Center, with board meeting immediately following.
23rd Season Award Ceremony is Thursday, September 20, 6:30 pm at
Hannah Community Center.
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.
September 19 (a short session following the annual
membership meeting to elect officers)
October 17 (regular meeting)
December 19 (regular meeting)
Expressions, the All-of-us Express Children's Theatre member
newsletter, has been on hiatus, so this issue is
rather plump with news. We intend to make the newsletter a regular
feature of the AECT website again, so 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!
- 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, shoes and T-shirt.
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
- A bowler who raises $100 in pledges receives a free Laser Tag admission
good for the day of the event.
- This event works great for company team building!
- 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 provided upon registration, or call 517-333-2580x0. You
may register online at cityofeastlansing.com/allofus. Choose
Online Registration from the left column, then Children's Theater from
the right column on the next page, then you should see the event on the
following page. (Note that you must create an account before you can register.)
Printable registration form (PDF).
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.)
Costume Shop Expansion
After much discussion with City staff, work is going forward to improve the
spaces used by the All-of-us Express guild program in Hannah Community Center.
Over the summer a former locker room was converted into a dedicated costume
shop and costume storage area, allowing all of our costumes to be securely
stored in Hannah Community Center for the first time since the merger.
The cost for converting the costume shop space and moving the costumes was
about $9,000, which was shared by AECT and the City. AECT is now pursuing
a grant to cover
the cost of further enhancements to the basement space, including bringing
running water to the area. (When Hannah Middle School was converted into a
community center, work was only partially completed in the basement and on
the third floor.)
Thanks to Sandi, Missy, Crystal, Katy and Kathleen for organizing and
unpacking the costumes into the new space.
23rd Season Wrap-up
Our four mainstage productions showed an increase in cast and crew
participation, with audiences that averaged about 100 for most shows.
Refresh your memory by looking at the
Season 23 page, which includes
links to the photo galleries for its shows, and lists the sponsors
and grants that helped make the season possible. We have not been able
to have our touring troupes (ACTORS and SBST) the past few years, but
hope to find a way to do so in the future.
Also of interest to those who have been involved in shows in the past,
beginning with the summer show in 2012 rehearsals now make use of the
auditorium for the week prior to tech week, making the transition to the
performance stage much easier.
Summer Acting Academy was taught this year by Paul Bourne and Jennifer
Smith. Paul had this to say:
"All-of-us Express offered six weeks of summer acting academies during June,
July and August. The themed, one-week programs were geared toward either
4-8 year old or 9-12 year old participants. Our themes included: Stage
Adventure, Monster Tales, Royal Pains and others. Of the possible six
weeks my very talented co-counselor Jennifer Smith and I taught four weeks
together. One week did not have enough enrollment to go and the other week
Jennifer and I were not available, so we had a substitute instructor from
the Mason Youth Theatre.
"I thought the format of camp this year was much better than the past summer.
Having the same instructors for every week was a wonderful benefit, because
Jennifer and I could rely on the other for different skill sets in providing
different lessons. Having themes was also a tremendous benefit, because it
lent a direction to the original scripts that Jennifer and I wrote each Monday
night of camp. Last summer I wrote at least two different scripts that tried
to make a story that included Jedis, pirates, werewolves and more. This made
script writing very difficult. Having the themes kept the youth's imagination
focused on one general group of characters which allowed for much cleaner
"All participants seemed to have a really fun time, and several parents promised
that their children would be returning next summer. Other participants were
very keen on auditioning for our shows in our 24th season. A very fun and
successful summer of outreach for AECT in my opinion.
"If I have any criticism of the program this summer it would be that a lot of
pressure falls on the counselors Monday nights to compose, in one night,
an original script that incorporates the ideas the youth generated during
the first day of camp. Having prewritten scripts that might be expanded
on would alleviate some of that pressure and provide the counselors some
much needed sleep.
"Thank you for a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful Summer!"
24th Season Preview
Last performed in February 1998 at Kinawa Middle School in Okemos,
Little Women returns to begin our 24th Season.
Directed by Miranda Sue Hartmann
with student assistant director Nick Cook and
stage manager Gretchen Baker.
Costume crewhead is alumnus Katy Kettles,
Makeup crewhead is alumnus Morgan Lees,
Props crewhead is alumnus Karyn Thrush,
Sets crewhead is Nick Eaton
and Tech crewhead is Paul Bourne.
The Princess and the Pea & Rapunzel is a double-bill,
two shorter shows performed back-to-back, each with a separate cast.
Our Riverwalk Theatre production this year is The Beatles Slept
Here, which is not a musical. However,
our summer show this year, Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical
Lamp, is the first full musical All-of-us Express has ever done.
More details about production staff and related events will be
included in upcoming issues of Expressions.
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. We're especially interested in having AECT alumni
participate in the planning and in the season!
Art of Combat Workshop
Several AECT alumni are members of
Combat, an organization dedicated to bringing historically accurate combat
to stage and screen. This summer three of these alumni (Tobin Bates, Morgan Lees
and Amelia Rogocka) attended a week-long
AOC intensive workshop in New York City
that included doing two public performances in a Broadway theater.
CTAM Fall Conference
A number of All-of-us Express members, participants and staff are involved
in or are attending the
Theatre Association of Michigan Fall Conference September 28-30 at
McQuire's Resort in Cadillac. We'll have photos and a report in the next Expressions!
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.
Charity poker events are scheduled for September 13-16 (2012) and
January 6-9, February 21-24, September 12-15 and November 18-20 in 2013.
If you want 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.
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 is Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 pm at
Hannah Community Center. This is a short meeting in which the Theatre's
annual report is made available, members are elected to the Board, and
the Board holds a short meeting to elect its officers for the season.
If you're going to be at HCC for rehearsal that day, please stop by and
participate, or just meet the Board of Trustees.
As of the time this issue of Expressions was published, the
following people are standing for election or re-election to the board:
Lisa Lees and
Further nominations may be accepted before or at the beginning of the
Once the election of members to the board by the members of AECT is
finished, the board convenes a brief meeting to elect its officers for
the next year. Board members standing for office are:
Gina Golden (president),
Morgan Lees (president),
Tanya Stamford (vice president),
Crystal Carrothers (secretary) and
Megan Buonodono (treasurer). This may be the first time in AECT
history that there has been more than one candidate for a
particular board office.