Board of Education Meetings:
(at Dayton Ave. Elementary School)
(at South Street Elementary School)
Upcoming ESMCA General Meeting Dates:
7PM in Board of Education room
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Keeping the Arts alive!
Fun Facts about the ESM Theater department and their recent performances of Crimes of the Heart...
*"Fred" the Deer head has had a role in EVERY main stage drama, comedy, or musical since the theatre opened with "Moon Over Buffalo." Sometimes he appears in each day of the production, sometimes he has a one day cameo. Look for him! In "Crimes of the Heart" he appeared on Sunday, peeping around the staircase landing while Babe practiced her saxophone. He sadly shook his head at her lack of skill and then disappeared from view.
*Meg's "smoking" on stage was an unlit theatre prop cigarette with a tiny LED light inside! It needed to be recharged after every show.
*In this production, "Crimes of the Heart," there were more than eight times as many crew members building, painting, billboard designing, light focusing, as there were actors! It is a big job to make a kitchen and porch fill a 50 foot wide stage.
*The ESM theatre department alternates dramas and comedies in the fall for educational purposes. Portraying a range of emotions and using comedic timing are skills which need practice and development.
*Each spring ESM High School presents a musical. The pit band prepares and practices a Broadway level musical score for the show. The musicians' talent and level of skill is applause worthy and admired by every individual in the audience, as well as appreciated by the cast and crew.
*Meg and Doc's Bourbon was actually cold tea. Apple cider vinegar was added to provide a punch and help the actors slow their consumption.
*The small cast of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama, "Crimes of the Heart," allows students who have been studying acting in daily classes to really develop a character and study the voice, movements, and mannerisms that portray just who that character is to the audience. It is an intense process.
*The Prop department was thrilled to find 6 packs of glass bottled Coke in our local grocery store. Using the bottle opener helped set the vintage era of the play. The large birthday cake was made with styrofoam and plaster!
*The director, Meg Minutillo, was surprised to find a working sink with running water on stage the day before tech rehearsals began. The crew didn't tell her, they let the actors show her while they rehearsed.
*As you may have heard, Meg Minutillo's father, and Clint Raynor's father put on "Crimes of the Heart" 25 years ago at Dayton Avenue School "theatre" (aka gymnasium.)Some of the lumber from the original production was built into the set of this production! We never waste wood!