(Tiger Actors Guild) wishes to extend greetings to you our visitor, as
stumble across our home on the web! We are excited to begin a
new year of
drama here at East Juniata High School! Follow below to
see what we are
currently doing and what our future plans are for the
April 26, 2014:
Our 2014 season has ended and we close the door on a spectacular year in which
our students shone! Many thanks to our patrons and to our audiences, who
thanked our students with a standing ovation on our final night of "Anything
Goes!" It was worth the hard work in the end, and we were not quite ready to
stop performing for all of you!
If you have a desire to financially support our theatrical endeavours, we would
welcome you to do so! Just contact us via the website for more information.
Remember, we are funded only through our ticket sales!
TAG! now looks ahead to this summer's
, which is slated for Friday, July 25th. This year, because of renovations at
EJHS, our theatre fest will be held at
Bunkertown Church of the Brethren
! Not to worry, though, next year we plan to be back in our auditorium for our
festival! Many thanks to Bunkertown Church of the Brethren for allowing us to
have our theatre fest there!
TAG! has already begun plans for our next season of plays, with our Jr. Class
Play, "Invasion of the Student Body Snatchers" to be presented in November, and
our spring muscial, "Cinderella" (yes, CINDERELLA!) to be performed in March of
2015. As you can imagine, costuming costs will be enormous! We are already
beginning the process of finding just the right look for our presentation.
What an exciting summer and year lies ahead! Have a safe summer, everyone!
November 21, 2013:
Our first play of the season, "Down In The Pitz", is completed and TAG! now
turns its attention to our upcoming musical,
Stay tuned for
upcoming info on auditions, etc!
October 3, 2013:
The new school year is in full swing, as is our new play season. TAG! is
busily preparing for our Fall play,
"Down In The Pitz!"
, which will be
performed on November 15th and 16th, 2013. We are featuring students of EJHS
from all grades! Come out and support your friends and your class! It promises
to be a fun night full of comedy and action!
June 7, 2013:
As the summer is almost upon us, TAG! is readying for our
Fourth Annual Theatre Fest!
Our Theatre Fest will be held on Friday, July 26th. It is open to all students
from any schools who are entering 5th through 12th grade. Workshops include
hands on experience in topics such as "Stage makeup -- wounds and bruises, and
special techniques", "Stage Combat", "Musical Dance -- The Charleston, as well
as a beginner class in Tap", "Vocal Technique in Musical Theatre", "Theatre
Games" and many more. Students are able to choose three workshops in which to
participate. You must register to attend! If room allows, we will take those
who do not register, but you may not get the classes you hoped for. You can
. You can also pick up registration forms at the office and turn them back in
at the office as well! Come enjoy a fun filled day with all things theatre!
March 20, 2013:
And so TAG! closes our 2012-13 season with a fabulous production of "Li'l
Abner"! Our theme this year has been "We Build Characters" and our cast was
instructed to take their character and make it their own, remembering to make
bold choices. I am pleased to say the cast has risen to the year long
It is always with a bit of sadness that we close the door on a season. Some of
our most talented actors will graduate this year, leaving a void, and we wish
you all the very best. I am confident our remaining thespians will step up,
fill shoes left vacant and we will return next year with a desire and drive to
As we end this season, we look forward to the fourth annual
coming up July 26th. Always a lot of fun, we are excited to once again invite
the community to share in our love for all things theatre.
Until next year -- BREAK A LEG!
December 16, 2012:
The musical is just around the corner! Casting is finished, parts are assigned
and the script is in the midst of adjustment. (There's always a line or two
that needs 'changed') Our musical this year is
and will be performed on March 15th and 16th. Our readthrough will be Monday,
December 17th, immediately after school. Any students who need the activity
bus should sign up for it and will be dismissed at the appropriate time to
catch the bus. We *should* be done with the readthrough by 5:15-5:30. Play
practice will begin in earnest after Christmas break. If there are a few of
you that would like to work on your songs over break, be sure to contact me to
set things up. Let's GO, TAG!
November 12, 2012:
Thanks to all who came to support TAG!'s Jr. Class Play! It was a smaller
crowd but a good one, and the kids performed brilliantly. After a few weeks
off to recuperate and enjoy Thanksgiving, it will be time to look ahead to our
spring musical, "Lil Abner", set to be performed on March 15th and 16th, 2013!
October 22, 2012:
TAG! is fast approaching the Jr. Class Play, "Be My Ghost", performed on
November 9th and 10th in EJ's auditorium starting at 7:00 PM! Tickets cost
$4.00 and will go on sale soon! Stay tuned for more information!
August 13, 2012:
It is that time of year again -- the start of a new theatrical season at East
Juniata High School! School will soon be in session and with it, auditions for
our upcoming Jr. Class Play, set to be performed on November 9th and 10th.
Stay tuned for more
details as you enjoy the end of summer and get ready to get back in the groove!
July 28th, 2012:
Thanks to all the students who participated in our Theatre Festival and to the
presenters that made the day a fun and fast paced event. 27 students from the
surrounding communities were able to experience classes such as 'Basic Dance',
'Stage Combat', Stage Makeup, Wounds and Bruises', 'Vocal Technique' and other
classes, with the help of our presenters, coming away having learned a thing or
two about being on and backstage, and reaffirming their love of all things
theatrical. It was a wonderful day!!
July 14, 2012:
Our festival is fast approaching! Last year we were able to bring together
about 25 kids from the surrounding community for a full day of fun. We plan to
offer our festival on July 27th, if interest holds! Go and
-- if we don't have a certain amount of students signed up, the festival will
be canceled for this year. Let's hope that doesn't happen!
May 23, 2012:
As the school year winds down to its conclusion, TAG! begins once again to
plan for our upcoming Theatre Workshop Festival, on July 27th, 2012 held here
at EJ! Open to school districts in our area and beyond, TAG! invites students
entering 5th through 12th grade to sign up for enrichment workshops such as
Theatre Games, Stage Makeup, Basic Dance, Voice for Musical Theatre and
PlayWriting. Follow this
for information on workshops offered and to register. Come enjoy a fun-filled
day while learning more about yourself and theatre!
April 22, 2012:
What a fantastic theatrical season EJHS has enjoyed this year! From our
comedic Jr. Class Play, 'Campaign Capers at Taft High' last November to the
resounding success and standing ovation of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers',
our cast is ready to take a much needed and deserved break.
This year we lose several talented students to graduation. It will be
difficult to see these students leave us behind and head off into the unknown
but they always know there's a place for them to come back to as needed. TAG!
always remains a true family.
Have a wonderful summer, everyone!
March 3, 2012:
Practice is frantically in full swing and will be so even more next week as
we combine spring sports into the daily chaos that makes a musical happen. To
familiarize yourselves with some of the harmony, please go
to download and listen to your parts. Remember -- listening to these sound
clips a few times each night will mean you come to practice with a clue of what
is going on -- always a boon!
January 4, 2012:
Our first practice will be right after school today, a readthrough of the play.
This is an important practice for all, especially for speaking parts.
Familiarizing yourself with the play is essential to knowing what is going on!
The first few weeks in January will mainly be working on songs to prepare for
the last few weeks in January -- which will focus more on dance. This play is
going to involve a lot of individual work because there is no accompanease this
December 22, 2011:
TAG! is gearing up for our spring musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers",
which will be performed on April 13th and 14th. Auditions have been held and
the cast can be found
There is a lot of talent this year. Cast decisions were very difficult.
Congratulations to all, it is my hope we can pull together to put on a
August 9, 2011:
A notice to all involved in TAG! -- The School Board has decided that all who
participate in some form of extracurricular activity must pay at least a
nominal fee to do so. The fee decided upon for TAG! is $20.00 for the school
year. What that means is, if you participate in the Fall Play, you pay $20.00.
If you participate in the Musical, you pay $20.00. If you participate in
both, you still only pay $20.00. So I think all of you should get your money's
worth and be in both! More information to follow as we approach the beginning
of a new school year and new play season!
The good news in all of this is, plays WILL CONTINUE this school year!
August 1, 2011:
TAG! is closing the doors on our summer session with great satisfaction. Our
Theatre Festival Workshop, which was offered free of charge on July 27th, was
attended by approximately 25 students from Juniata and Mifflin County. Classes
in Vocals, Dance, Set Design, Stage Makeup and Theatre Games/Improvisation were
presented with hands-on experience and we were treated to a talk from local
thespians, Lon and Susan Diffenderfer, on the importance of creating a
character. The workshops were followed by a Spaghetti Dinner, hosted by TAG!'s
beloved 'caterers', the Brotzmans. All participants were invited to stay for a
dress rehearsal of our summer play, a thriller called "The More The Scarier".
All in all it was an exhausting but wonderful day, in which three of our
students were able to get their senior projects finished. We then finished the
week with two performances to the public of "The More The Scarier", which was
Kudos to the students and alumni who gave of their time to participate in a
summer play. Your hard work is much appreciated by myself and your audience.
July 3rd, 2011:
Summer Theatre Workshop Festival
is fast approaching and July 27th will be here before we know it! Follow
links above to the theatre fest for more information and instructions on how to
register! On July 29th and 30th, TAG! will perform our summer play,
"The More The Scarier"
, starting at 7:00 PM. Escape the summer heat and come enjoy an eve of mystery
and suspense as we perform!
June 8, 2011:
has begun and scripts have been given. Some changes had to be
made -- one that our director was unable to continue in this position as he was
able to obtain a job (Yay!) that takes him to Baltimore Monday through Friday
(Boo!). He will however, continue in an advisory capacity as he can, and hopes
to be able to attend our
and once again head up the
portion of the theatre festival hosted here at EJ on July 27th.
ATTENTION CAST AND CREW!
We have set up a group on facebook to post practice
schedules -- to access this group, you must 'friend' either myself, Karis or
with any questions!
Practice next week will be Monday (June 13th) and Wednesday (June 15th) from
10-12 and Thursday, time to be determined at our practice on Monday.
REMEMBER!! Our time is more limited over the summer, and although our practices
are more relaxed, you are expected to come having looked over your lines. YOU
WILL GO WITHOUT BOOKS EVERY PRACTICE, so save yourself the frustration and have
a clue before you get here.
I am so proud of the workers for the festival and summer play. What an
opportunity to be a part of something so great! You all make the extra hours
May 26, 2011:
Audition results for our summer play, "The More The Scarier" can be found
Crew is going to be very busy with set building, lighting and makeup needs!
See Mrs. Ritzman with any questions regarding casting, but be aware that those
questions will likely be referred to your director, Drew Ciecierski!
May 23, 2011:
Registration for our second annual
Summer Theatre Workshop Festival
is now open! All the information needed can be found
. Register today to be sure to get the workshops you want!
May 20, 2011:
It is time to sign up for our summer play,
"The More The Scarier",
Drew Ciecierski, which is slated to be performed for our Theatre Festival
students on July 27th as well as the weekend immediately following, Friday,
July 29th and Saturday, July 30th. Sign ups are going on now at the high
school with auditions set for Wednesday, May 25th, 2011. Stay tuned for more
info coming up!
May 1, 2011:
TAG! turns our attention to the upcoming summer months and the second annual
Music Theatre Workshop Festival
, which will be held on Wednesday, July 27th at EJ's Auditorium! We are also
pondering a summer play, perhaps having a dress rehearsal for the students
following the workshop festival. Stay tuned as more information becomes
available but clear your calendars now!
March 21, 2011:
It is time once again for TAG! to close our doors on a play season. It is
rumored that this might be our last drama season at EJHS and we can only hope
such grim suspicions remain unproven. Thanks once again to all our students
and families who participated in this play and who made it possible. As we
continue to strive for excellence, it is wonderful to look back at those that
have supported us in the past and continue to do so. Thank you -- for allowing
us this creative expression.
January 6, 2011:
Practice is in full swing and we are raring to go!
Accompanease info can be found following this link
. This rehearsal tool is available for download to your computer. We will be
using this in practice, so if you are having difficulty figuring it out, please
let me know then, and I can help explain the program for you and will let you
play around with it as well. Use this tool! I promise it WILL help you!
The schedule is posted through next week. Make sure you stop in and pick one
up. New schedules will be available every Friday, so make it a habit to stop
in at lunchtime on Fridays to get a new schedule. Feel free to take one for
yourself and one for home too!
Postings for parts in our upcoming musical can be found
. Congratulations to all -- We have great singers and actors. I truly look
forward to coaching you all to production!
Just a quick reminder -- Readthrough for the play will be on Tuesday
immediately following school. THIS IS A SCHEDULE CHANGE -- to accomodate those
students who need to ride the activity bus. Scripts will also be handed out at
this time. REMEMBER! There are only a few big parts for girls, so do not be
upset if your part has no lines or only a few. The singing and dancing will
make up for it!
If for some reason you decide not to be in the play, please see Mrs. Ritzman
before school closes for Christmas break. Have a most wonderful and blessed
December 15, 2010:
Our auditions are drawing to a close, with a few stragglers finishing up on
Friday. Results will be posted by Sunday afternoon, and scripts will be handed
out at the readthrough on Tuesday, December 21. Break a leg, everyone!
November 30, 2010:
Musical season has officially arrived!!! It is time to sign up for
Remember, there's no reason to delay! Auditions will be held on Tuesday,
December 14th from 5:30-7:30 PM and Wednesday, December 15th, from 3:45 - 5:00
PM. If you are unable to make these dates, please see Mrs. Ritzman prior to
the 14th so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Signups are posted in the health room, outside of Mr. Ritzman's room and with
Mr. Roush in the shop. Please see Mrs. Ritzman with any questions!
The read through of the play will consist of a showing of the broadway musical
-- the date is not yet determined . Although this will differ somewhat from
our scripts, it will at least give you an idea of the time period, etc. It is
so exciting to begin!
November 22, 2010
TAG! is gearing up for our spring musical,
Signups start on Wednesday, December 6th and will continue through December
15th. We will need lots of actors for military men and women! Positions are
open for actors, backstage crew and for the construction crew as well. If you
are looking for a senior project, there are several chances to complete these
requirements when participating in the musical
Auditions will be held on Tuesday, December 14th from 5:30-7:30 PM and
Wednesday, December 15th, from 3:45 - 5:00 PM. If you are unable to make these
dates, please see Mrs. Ritzman prior to the 14th so that alternative
arrangements can be made.
Signups are posted in the health room, outside of Mr. Ritzman's room and with
Mr. Roush in the shop. Please see Mrs. Ritzman with any questions!
November 18, 2010:
EJ's first production, our jr. class play, "Touched By An Angle" (yes it is
spelled correctly) was presented on November 12th and 13th before a modest
audience. Our students worked hard and put on a quality show! Well done,
October 25, 2010:
Dress rehearsal is just around the corner as TAG! gears up for our first
production. Tickets are now on sale to cast and crew and will be on sale for
the general public next week. Cost is $3.00.
TAG! will perform "Touched By An Angle" (yes, it is spelled correctly) on
November 12th and 13th at 7:00 PM in the auditorium! We hope to see you there!
September 13, 2010:
Casting for our Junior Class Play, "Touched by an Angle" can be found
! Readthrough is tomorrow at 6:00 in the auditorium! Congratulations
everyone, it is so exciting to be ready to begin!
September 3, 2010:
*** Change in audition times *** It's time to sign up for the junior class
play! Signups will be posted
through Wednesday, September 8th. Auditions will be held Wednesday: September
3:30-4:00, Thursday: September 9th from 6:30-7:30 and Monday: September 13th at
3:30. Readthrough will be
Tuesday, September 14th starting at 6:30. Our first full day of practice will
be Thursday, September 16th, starting at 6:00. See me prior to Friday if these
audition dates do not work for you. Break a leg, everyone! It is so exciting
to begin a new season!!
On July 28th, TAG! held our first ever Musical Theatre Summer Workshop!
Hosting 17 students, the day was danced, sung, acted and played away. Our many
thanks to the presenters and helpers that made this event a wonderful success.
to see some pictures of our day!
TAG!'s Musical dance theatre workshop is coming up fast! All participants are
asked to register for the class so that we have an accurate head count. Please
and sign up today! If you are an alumni and have an interest in helping out,
feel free to fill out the form as well but mark it as 'alumni'. Tell your
friends that may not be watching the website, spread the news! If someone does
not have the internet, call me at home to let me know you will be attending.
We are busy planning the itinerary and I'd like to get a head count! More news
will be coming soon so don't forget to check back often!
NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!
Attention TAG! members and those who have an interest in joining! Our
choreographer, Miss Alice, will be holding a 'musical theater workshop'
! It will be a one day workshop, free of charge, from
10:00 to 3:30.
Please stay tuned for more details! Flyers will be available soon and you MUST
register to attend! Feel free to contact me from this website or my facebook
for more info!
A few students have approached me to inquire about a summer play. This is a
decision I have struggled with, but your director really needs a summer off.
There will be no summer play this year.
With vacation plans for the cast, it is never easy to get a play up and running
successfully and I just lack the drive this year.
Enjoy your summer, TAG! members, and come back rejuvenated and ready to begin
again in the fall. I look forward to our new season after a restful summer!
At our musical this year, TAG! was pleased to have a display showcasing
musicals we have done since TAG!'s inception in 2005. Part of our display
incorporated the outstanding senior actor/actress award recipients. Each one
was contacted prior to the musical and each responded with thoughts of what
TAG! meant to them while in high school. Go
to read what these very talented alumni had to say. TAG! misses each and
every one of them!
It is time to once again, close the door on EJ's theatrical program for the
year. What a wonderful year we have had! We began the year showcasing the
script talent of one of our own, Jeffrey Germak, as we performed his play "Down
in the Pitz" in November, followed by "Annie Get Your Gun" this past weekend,
where an outstanding job was done by all. We've laughed, we've cried, some of
us have bled -- and when it is all said and done, as director of our very
talented kids, I am so proud of you all! Well done, everyone. Well done
indeed. Take one last bow, you deserve it.
Annie Get Your Gun!
is fast approaching and we are just about ready! The kids have
worked so hard, and their dedication is showing. Remember, the play is the
19th and 20th! Tickets are $4.00 and are available now and at the door. Come
and have a gol-dern wonderful
Because of a combination of serious illnesses amongst our pit, cast and crew,
and then the wrath of Mother Nature, our musical date has changed. "Annie Get
Your Gun!" will now be performed on March 19th and 20th. Our new
is being worked on and will be up for the remainder of our practice by this
weekend. Thanks for your patience as we scramble to move everything around and
posting through the month of February is now posted! Please be aware that
last minute changes may be necessary as we approach production day and see
there are scenes that need more polish. REMEMBER!!! Learning your lines means
the fine tuning touches on your scenes can be accomplished sooner rather than
later! Fine tuning takes a good scene and makes it great. LEARN YOUR LINES.
for the beginning of January is now posted! Please remember that if school
is canceled so is play practice!
Our newest and possibly most valuable rehearsal tool is now
"AccompanEase" is a computer generated piano score that lists
all the vocal
parts in the play as well as the scene music. Visit
rehearsal tools page and follow the links
today to download the program at home and get practicing!
through the month of December is now posted! Please remember that if
is canceled so is play practice!
Casting selection for "Annie Get Your Gun" can be found
Congratulations to all of you for enduring yet another season of auditions.
EJHS is lucky to have so much talent from which to
TAG! is now gearing up for our spring musical, "Annie Get Your Gun!"
mark your calendars -- our musical is extremely early this
year, February 26th
and 27th. It is going to take a lot of
dedication and hard work on the part of
our cast, crew and pit band
to pull off a successful show this early.
Auditions will be held on Wednesday, December 2 from 5:30-7:00 and on
December 3 from 3:45-5:00 in Ej's auditorium. You *must*
audition to get a
part. Readthrough of the play is the following
Monday, December 7, starting at
6:00 PM. To everyone who hopes to
get a part -- break a leg!
TAG's first production of the season, "Down in the Pitz" was performed
November 13th and 14th before a very receptive audience, and a
good time was
had by all! Written by an EJ jr, Jeffrey Germak, the
cast was able to breathe
life into their wacky characters for
everyone to enjoy. Well done, everyone!
TAG! is getting ready for our first field trip coming up Saturday, October 24!
TAG! is going to Lock Haven College for a Theatre Festival, in
students will be allowed to participate in three different
from lighting, improvisation, stage combat and
writing a script! The day will
culminate with a showing of Lock
Haven's current production, "Hobson's Choice".
All field trip
permission slips and workshop request forms are due by
October 16th. Extra forms are available and can be gotten
at play practice or
from Mrs. Ritzman. So far we have about 12
going! Take advantage of this
Our junior class play is coming along nicely, with our sound and lighting
beginning to add the finesse that makes our plays what they
Cast! Your attendance at practice has now reached
the crucial point. Every
day you miss can be detrimental to the
others around you.
Learn your lines and show up for practice ready to go! The schedule
October is posted on the Health Room door!
PLEASE NOTE!! Due to scheduling difficulties, the readthrough of the play
rescheduled for today, Monday, September 14th! An announcement
was made and
students were asked to see Mr. Ritzman or myself if
they could not make it and
only two came to decline. Remember! You
must listen to announcements
diligently! Hope to see you tonight at
09/13/09: Casting is complete and parts can be reviewed
. Readthrough of the play will be Tuesday, September 15 starting at 6:00.
Please be on time! Your directors like promptness! Scripts will
be handed out
at this time. Please note that if you are a part of
the crew, you can attend
practices any time you wish, but you must
report to Mr. or Mrs. Ritzman to let
us know you are there. Being a
part of the crew does NOT mean you can show up
at the school during
practice and take off to do whatever you want to do. If
you are at
practice, we *will* expect you to work.
Here's to a wonderful start to the 09-10 TAG! season!
09/07/09 Some info regarding our up coming jr class play: to help
communication, our student directors have set up a
for you all to join and take part in. Please be aware that facebook is
blocked at school so alas, this will have to be home
communication. I will do
my best to post cancellations or changes
in the schedule on facebook and here,
although neither are currently
accessible at school for me to make changes to.
Auditions for our junior class play,
"Down in the Pitz"
-- written by one of TAG!'s own, Jeffrey Germak, will take place
09/08 from 3:30-5:00 and Wednesday 09/09 from 6:30-7:30 in
Remember to pick up an audition sheet from Mrs.
Ritzman's office (as usual, on
my bulletin board). Be there on time
and ready to read a few lines! Break a
08/29/09: Our new school year has begun, and with it, a new play season!
is gearing up for a fantastic season, starting with our Junior
which will be performed in November. Stay tuned for
signup dates, which will
be mid week next week, with audition dates
following shortly there after.
Because of time constraints, our musical will need to be earlier than usual.
What this means, oh thespians, is that our practices for the
musical will begin
immediately after Thanksgiving break. Not to
worry -- we will persist!
Welcome back, TAG! It is going to be a wonderful year. I look forward
working with you all!
Well, we gave it the 'college try' and ran with it briefly, but when the
all settled it quickly became apparent that the summer play was
just not going
to happen! At the same time, some of our younger
actors were able to learn
more about stage and stagecraft and that
is always my goal in anything we do
with TAG! Enjoy the rest of
your summers, cast! The play is officially
The schedule for the rest of our season can be found
. Take a few minutes to look it over and realize what we are up against!
you cannot make these practices, bring dates that you will be
missing to play
Thursday, July 2
-- play practice from 6-8. We will begin Act 2 but will also be reviewing
uesday, July 7,
play practice will run from 6-8, Act 2.
Wednesday, July 8,
play practice 2:30-5:00, Act 1 and 2, review.
Friday, July 10,
play practice will run 3-5 PM as we attempt to run the entire play.
We are fast running out of time! Thanks to all of you who have worked so
in memorizing lines. Your diligence is showing!
Thanks to all who joined us for play practice! Our next practice will not
until next Monday (June 29) from 3-5 PM. Thursday (July 2) we
will also have
practice from 6-8 PM. Monday we will be focusing on
Act 1 Scenes 2-5. Thursday
we will begin Act 2. Remember, our time
is limited! It helps to come to
practice prepared and ready! (hint
-- know your lines!)
Play practice runs Monday (June 22) from 6-8 PM! Scripts have been
for the last time -- a few parts have been written out so
make sure you bring
highlighters along tonight to remark things!
See you then!
Our next practice will be on Monday, June 15, from 6-8 in the auditorium.
will be working on Act 1 scenes 2 and 3! Final script revisions
completed by that time!
The summer play has been chosen,
Dead Man's Chest
, the script revised to reflect the students we are fortunate enough to
interested, and we are about ready to start! Our first meeting
is this Friday,
June 12th at 1:00 in the auditorium. If you cannot
make it for some reason,
please let me know asap!
On with the show!
As the school year draws to an end, TAG! looks to thoughts of a summer play
possibly be performed on July 24th and 25th. About a dozen
indicated interest, and I think that is enough to look
for a play to fit what
we have. Stay tuned as we head into the
final week of the 2009 school year and
contemplate our next
Stay tuned and visit often! We don't know yet where we are going with TAG!
just know we've barely begun!
TAG! has just shut our doors on a most spectacular musical season. "The
of Music" was performed before a good sized audience on Friday
receiving a standing ovation each night. Our students
worked so very hard, and
their time was certainly well spent! This
season has been one of TAG!'s most
successful ever. My hat is off
to each and every student who participated.
They truly did give
their all, and it showed!
Our first production is over and what an outstanding job our young
and actors have done! We are ready for our final
performance tonight, although
most of us face it with a little
regret to think that it will be all over. This
year has certainly
been a TAG! year to remember.
As our production date of March 20th and 21st looms ever closer, tickets
"Sound of Music" are on sale and can be purchased ahead of time
at the school.
Cost is $4.00. Please contact the office for more
information. Cast and crew
members can purchase their tickets at
Three weeks away from production and we are still hard at work with
lines and confidence. Our students are working so hard and
now enter the
toughest phase of all -- play practice AND spring
sports. For those of you
lucky enough to be involved in both,
remember to stay rested, hydrated and take
good care of yourself.
The end is in sight! Stay strong! I am proud of each
and every one
Cast members, please point your browsers to
to listen to instrumental versions of most of the songs. It is probably
best practice tool you will find! Please take time to listen to
prior to coming to practice. I am just going to make you
listen to it there
A few people have stated that they have trouble finding the schedule so I
making it easy by linking it
for you. Please remember that with weather issues and school closings,
have to work that much harder to make up for time lost. It is
responsibility to have looked over lines and have an idea what
is going on
before you come to practice. The sooner you know your
lyrics and lines, the
sooner you can get out of the books and start
Weather is being unkind as it usually happens this time of year, but
practice is off the ground and the kids are working hard. A
few song parts can
for practice purposes. Remember, this play is difficult and will require
to practice on your own as well as during scheduled practices.
that extra effort!
is complete yet decisions are still looming. Posting the cast
this year brought out the very worst in the potential
cast members that I have
ever had the displeasure of witnessing and
has forced me to contemplate if we
should have a musical this year.
TAG! has always had a rule -- no divas allowed on our stage! This
perhaps some of our cast members have forgotten that this rule
is in place.
Competition was so very very stiff! For every cast member that received
part, there were probably two that would have liked yours and
handled your part almost as well. When you go about
complaining about how much
you dislike your part, you are doing two
no nos. Firstly.. you are being a
diva! Secondly... you are
insulting everyone around you that did not receive a
me, there are others that would be more than happy to step into
shoes and give your part everything they have!
Please stay tuned as TAG! attempts to come to terms with things. It is my
as director that we can take all the drama that exists amongst
currently, and put it back where it belongs -- on our
As we await the start of our upcoming musical season, TAG! is pleased to
a few weeks of
! Starting on Monday, November 24th from 7:00-8:30
and running each
Monday throughout December until Christmas break, we will play
and have a lot of fun! Our games are based on the works of the
Viola Spolin and on Stanislovsky's 'Method of Acting'. A fun
time is always
had! Theatre games is open to any TAG! member and any
student who is planning
to participate in the upcoming
Our students presented our Jr. Class Play,
Phantom of the Campfire
partially anyway, to a portion of our student body on Thursday, Nov 13,
then fully for the general public on Friday and Saturday, Nov 14
and 15. It
was a wonderful way to begin TAG!'s season, and we close
the curtains on this
play with a bit of regret to see it all over.
Thanks to everyone who made this
Preparations are in full swing as we ready for our jr class play,
"Phantom of the Campfire"
, next weekend, November 14th and 15th! Our show starts at 7:00 in
auditorium, with tickets on sale at the door for $3.00.
Tickets are on sale
you can call the school or stop in to buy tickets ahead
of time) so
get them while the good seats are still available!
Auditions for the Jr. Class Play,
"Phantom of the Campfire"
, are almost complete and results will be posted Wednesday evening,
10th or Thursday morning, September 11th. It will be
. Break a leg, everyone!
Yes, it is THAT TIME OF YEAR again. School resumes next week and as always
start the year off running! Many thanks to our patrons who have
combined $270.00 towards purchasing another lapel mic --
which has greatly
enhanced our musicals and the ability of everyone
to hear our thespians over
the pit band.
Look for signups for our Jr. Class play the first week of school with
and practice starting the second. Stay tuned for more
information on this
year's plays as we look forward to starting a
brand new season!
Due to lack of interest, TAG's Summer Play was once again put on hold
next year! Our thanks to those of you that expressed an
interest. We will
continue to offer the option of a summer play
until it truly seems the interest
is gone completely!
At the conclusion of our production season, TAG! now turns our attention to
possibility of doing a
Our plays in the past have included the melodrama, "Blazing Guns at
Gultch", followed by the drama, "Flowers in the Desert", and
then our 2006
summer production, "Murder Mansion", written by our
own alumnist, Kelcey
Kratzer. Last year was the first year that we
did not have enough interest to
carry off a production, so TAG! took
a (perhaps much needed) summer break.
This summer, we face the
decision once again of having or not having a
Although our summer play is usually a way to say thanks to our students
worked so hard during the school year, there are often more
mature roles and
sometimes, even less mature roles, that open up
spots for more than just our
own students. Auditions will be held
in June shortly after school is out, held
in the evening in the
auditorium, and will be open to students, recent alumni
Our summer audience is never large -- if we have 100 members, we
ourselves lucky. The play is performed free for our
audience, no tickets to
buy or sell. We
have a concession stand before and after the play as well as
intermission. This usually provides us the money to cover
materials needed to put on our play.
Interested? Feel free to
drop us a line
! Bookmark this page as well, so you can keep tabs on signups and
for our play. More information will be available once May
rolls around. And
as always -- thanks for your interest in our
"Wizard of Oz"
concluded with standing ovations and resounding applause from our
which was a most wonderful way to end East Juniata's
2007-2008 play season.
Our thanks to our audience, to our cast and
crew, and to the many *many* people
who offered assistance during
is complete and posted, and as TAG! heads into Christmas break, we will do
with scripts and vocals in hand! For those of you that may be
disappointment over parts received, I will only
reiterate again -- there are
only so many large parts. Please
accept your part with maturity and grace and
know that casting was
done with no avarice intended. Every part is important
success of this play!
On Monday, December 17, the movie "Wizard of Oz", starring Judy Garland,
be shown in the auditorium to our cast members immediately
Please note, we will be using the large screen and
the sound system!
On Wednesday, December 19th, there will be a full readthrough of the play
all cast members. If your part is over in the first act and you
wish to go
home, you will be allowed to do so. Expect practice to
extend about two hours.
We will not be covering songs at this time.
Some extra small parts that may
have a speaking line or two will be
assigned at this time. Please see Mrs.
Ritzman with any
"Wizard of Oz"
will be held on Tuesday, December 11th, starting at 4 PM and on
December 12th starting at 6 PM. Please bring your
completed audition forms
with you, and make sure you also have
parental signatures. Be ready to sing,
as this is a musical -- and
even though you may not want a singing part, you
still have to sing
Please remember -- there are only so many large parts. Even a small
nonspeaking part can be a lot of fun. Auditions are very
your game face with you!
Chosen cast will be
on this website no later than Friday, December 14th. Break a leg,
"Wizard of Oz"
are going on now and will continue through December 7th. Auditions will
held the following week -- dates will be announced very soon. We
will view the
movie on Monday, December 17th from 3:30-5:30 in the
auditorium. Yes, you may
bring popcorn! :)
No sooner do we close the door on our first production of the season, than
is time to begin thinking of our Spring Musical! TAG! is excited
that we will do
"Wizard of Oz"
this year! Our production dates will be March
14th and 15th, so
mark your calendars now!
Signups will start on December 3rd and run through the 14th and auditions
be the week before Christmas break. Listen to announcements
Our 2008 Jr. Class Play,
was performed on November 9th and 11th for a great audience! It is with
sense of great relief and accomplishment, and perhaps a little
regret as well,
that we close the curtains on our first production
of this season. Well DONE,
everyone! You did a wonderful
is well under way, with students working hard to get ready for our
performance! It has been tricky trying to schedule around
hockey/football athletes, but thus far the kids are
doing a fantastic job!
Tickets will go on sale the last week of October and the cost will be $3.00.
For anyone interested in purchasing tickets, stop in at the office
October 29th to get yours while they last!
Signups are posted and the stage is being set for TAG!'s 2008 Jr. Class Play!
This year will find us doing "Donovan's Daughters", a romantic
summed up as follows:
Seattle, Washington, the late 1880's. There are ten men for every woman in
territory, excellent odds for Shamus Donovan, an Irish
fisherman with five
daughters to marry off. Several town
councilmen immediately fall for the four
younger daughters but
unfortunately, a family tradition states the eldest must
first. The oldest daughter is Katherine, a wildcat! In
woman-starved town like Seattle, there has to be
desperate enough to take on Katherine!
Using William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" as a guide, the men
Danny O'Brien, a federal marshal, advice on how to tame the
Add to the mix three dimwitted lumberjacks and a
botched kidnap scheme, and you
have all the elements for one of the
most energetic romances the west has ever
Auditions will be held Thursday, September 6, from 6:30-7:30 and
September 7 from 3:30-4:30 in the auditiorium. There are
plenty of parts for
all! TAG! looks forward to starting this season
with a bang!