sketch monopodsThank you to all the performers, families, community members, staff and teachers, and Don Wright and his Very Merry Theater crew for supporting the arts in our community.   Our children are the future of this rich tradition of drama at our school.  Very Merry Theatre’s school productions are an exciting way for children to participate in original adaptions of plays and musicals.  To learn more about what Very Merry Theatre, the creative force behind EES drama, is up to and what they’re offering local kids in the performing arts, click here.

2017 play is SHREK!  Performances will be March 16, 17, & 18!

We are looking forward to this year’s production.  For this show to be successful, please know that this is an after-school activity that requires a commitment of time and energy from YOU, your CHILD and EVERYONE involved.

All students who make the commitment to be a part of the play must attend all rehearsals. Please take the time to look at the schedules below to be sure your child is able to fully commit to the play. 

The play’s success also relies on parent volunteers for all sorts of tasks. Every parent/guardian of a 3,4,5th grade student is required to offer support to the production in some way to ensure a fair balance of volunteerism. Thank you in advance!  Sign up early for best selection! SHREK Parent Sign up Genius  We need EVERY Family involved to pitch in and help out.


KICKOFF MEETING – PARENT INFORMATION MEETING- What? Who? Where?: Tuesday, December 5, 5:45-6:15 p.m. EES Cafeteria. All parents of students interested in participating in this year’s school musical should attend this meeting

AUDITIONS for grades 3,4, 5: During lunch/recess time, Tuesday, January 3, Wednesday, January 4, and Thursday, January 5, 2017.

AUDITIONS for 5th Grade Singing Roles: TBD

CHORUS 1st & 2nd Graders: One day per week, 2:50-4:30 in Cafeteria. Limit of 15 kids/grade. Rehearsals begin 1/16 and held once per week.

ALL CAST READ THROUGH: Tuesday, January 10th, 2:50-5 PM, EES Library

REGULAR REHEARSALS: Wednesday, January 11th on a MondayThursday cycle begin, specific cast group schedule posted bi-weekly.  Rehearsals continue January 11-March 15.

FEBRUARY BREAK: February 27 – March 7 (No rehearsals)

TECHNICAL/DRESS REHEARSAL for ALL CAST and ORCHESTRA:  Sunday, March 12, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM  

DRESS REHEARSAL for ALL CAST, SET CREW and ORCHESTRA, AND 1/2 CHORUS:  Monday, March 13, 3:00-6:30 PM (1st/2nd Chorus leave at 3:30PM)


SCHOOL DAY PERFORMANCE: Thursday, March 16, 12:30-2:30 PM

PERFORMANCE #1: Friday, March 17th, 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE#2 (Matinee): Saturday, March 18th, 4:00 PM

CAST AUDITIONS: Every 3/4/5 child who signs up will get a part. Auditions will be held during lunch and recess the first week of school in January. They will read from the script in front of Don Wright.  Singing auditions for 5th graders will be set during a designated lunch/recess time.

SET/CREW:  Students in the 4th and 5th grades who are interested in participating in Set Design and Crew only will commit to at least one day per week after school from 1/16 until the performances.  We will also need this crew to be available for all technical/dress rehearsals and all the final performances (see dates below).  Indicate interest in this opportunity on the permission slip.  Set Crew will meet in the EMS Tech Room in the EMS basement.  Dismissal will be from the Middle School Gym Lobby.

Grades 3, 4, 5: There will be a schedule sent every two weeks with specific rehearsal times for each cast group.  The general time slot for the 3/4/5 cast rehearsals is 3:00-5:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and from 2:00-4:00 pm on Wednesdays throughout January and February (with adjustments for dress/tech rehearsals the last week before the final production; see dates below).  THERE ARE NO REHEARSALS ON FRIDAYS.

Not every 3/4/5 th grade child will need to attend every day. Detailed schedules will be emailed/posted on a bi-weekly basis. If there are unavoidable conflicts, please let us know as soon as possible.

Parents/guardians are expected to pick up their children on time after all rehearsals. If your child has permission to walk home after a rehearsal, please make that clear on the permission form.

FEES: Our spring musical is an after school enrichment. Therefore we ask each child to pay a $50 fee per student/$80 maximum per family to help pay for the costs.  This fee pays our Very Merry Theatre personnel and production costs like set pieces, paint, props, wardrobe supplies, audio equipment, make up as well as after school snacks. Playbill sales, bake sales and donations help pay our playbill printing cost, licensing fees and more.

No child will be turned away if s/he cannot contribute. Scholarships are available.
QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Feel free to contact us. We are parent volunteers who are looking for your individual support.

EES Drama Production Director:  Andrea Juneau:




EES Drama – 2016 Parents Handbook

EES Drama 2016 Permission Form


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