Stage Notes

East Lincoln High School Chorus & Theatre Newsletter

April 2022

The Stage Notes Newsletter is published the first of every month and contains lots of information about both the Theatre Arts and Choral Music programs at East Lincoln High School. We want to try not only to get the word out about upcoming performances, but also to keep our community up-to-date on what our students are doing and how they can partner with us to produce the highest quality programs.

If you have friends, family, or neighbors who would enjoy this monthly look into theatre and chorus, share with them our website,, and they can sign up to receive the newsletter at the bottom of any page.

Thanks for being a part of our performing arts community!


HAMILTON is coming to Charlotte! Performances are SOLD OUT! BUT WAIT, we can help to get you "in the room where it happens!" Enter the East Lincoln On Stage Hamilton Raffle for your chance to win 2 GRAND TIER seats at the April 30 performance AND a $50 Cheesecake Factory gift card for a pre or post-show meal! Other prizes include gift cards from Food Lion, Shake Shack, Dick's Sporting Goods, Brix Pizza, Charm Nail Salon, as well as passes to the US Whitewater Center in Charlotte, Altitude Gastonia, and the Hickory Crawdads. We even have some beautiful pottery. Don't miss this opportunity to support our amazing programs and score a prize. If you don't, "you'll never be satisfied!"

You can purchase tickets from a theatre or chorus student, online at, or through VENMO (@ELonStage) or CashApp ($ELonStage).

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Did Colonel Mustard kill the host of the dinner party at Boddy Manor in the library with a candlestick or was it Mrs. Peacock in the kitchen with a dagger? Or could it be any of six others? You'll just have to wait and find out!

Clue is presented as a dinner show by two unique casts. Whether you attend the first weekend, the second weekend, or both, you are guaranteed plenty of hilarity! When purchasing tickets, you may also choose to attend a dessert-only performance (Thursday and Sunday) or a dinner show performance (Friday and Saturday.)

No matter what cast or meal option you choose, this unique experience is sure to be a season favorite! Get your tickets today at

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Registration Is Open For Jungle Book Kids Summer 2022

East Lincoln On Stage - Jungle Book Summer Camp 2022

We are ecstatic to be bringing back summer campers for our 2022 summer theatre camp! Last year, we had an amazing experience with awesome campers staging Frozen Kids. This summer we´re going on an adventure through the jungle as we stage The Jungle Book Kids. This camp will be a wild experience for all children. We welcome campers who are going into Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. We can't wait to see our returning faces and many new ones, so please help us spread the word!

For more information and to register your camper, visit Use coupon code EARLYBIRD to receive $25 off registration before June 1.

Beauty And The Beast Was A HIT!

Beauty and the Beast was a major success! The cast played TEN AMAZING performances, nine of which were sold-out! Audience members had nothing but positive things to say about their experience, and several came back to enjoy the show a second time. We are extremely proud of the cast and crew members who worked both on stage and behind the scenes to pull off some Disney magic.

A giant THANK YOU goes out to everyone who joined us for the experience. We LOVE our audiences!

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Whether you MISSED seeing a performance of Beauty and the Beast, or just MISS seeing these amazing students in action, you can relive the magic at home with a performance recording of the production. To order your copy on DVD or flash drive, visit today!

If you have already ordered yours, they will be available for pickup on Monday, April 4.

Lumiere's Palace Party

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We had a blast at Lumiereś Palace Party. The kids had an amazing time at the party with our castle crew. We rotated to different stations and the kids did many activities including Tea and Crumpets with Mrs.Potts and Chip, Spitting Contest with Gaston, Lumiere's Karaoke Lounge, and Cogsworth's Serving Course. The day ended with an enhanced performance in a room of glowing roses! What a great time!

'Stangs At States

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Our 'stangs took on the International Thespian State Festival in Greensboro, NC, March 11-13. We had three performances that advanced from the Charlotte regional in January. Lily Hovis competed in monologue performance and received an EXCELLENT rating for her work. Ava Watters competed in solo musical performance and also received an EXCELLENT rating. Arturo Galarza Chavez, Christopher Poe, and Ty Yandle competed in group scene performance and received a SUPERIOR rating, qualifying them for the international festival held in Bloomington, Indiana this summer. In addition to their competitive pieces, the actors spent time in workshops and performances working to hone their craft. As always, our mustangs shine both on and off the stage!

Mark Your Calendar!

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There is nothing quite so good for the soul as a night of music, and what a great way to end the school year! Join us on May 23 at 7 pm for the spring choral concert. This concert will feature our Mustang Singers show choir, as well as some individual musical numbers from other familiar faces. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door to help offset expenses. Mark your calendar today and come join us for "a little night music!"

Select East Lincoln StageHANDS As Your Amazon Smile Chairty!

We are always looking for ways that our community can support our programs at no cost to them. Amazon Smile is one of those programs. The amount Amazon donates is small, but every dollar can make a difference.

What do you need to know?

  • If you select East Lincoln StageHANDS as your charity, 0.5% of your purchases will be donated to our not-for-profit booster organization.
  • If you order online, you MUST make sure that you start at SMILE.AMAZON.COM rather than the regular There is no difference in the sites other than one donates to our program and the other does not.
  • If you use the AMAZON APP on your phone, you must ENABLE AMAZON SMILE in the app. Just go to SETTINGS, select AMAZON SMILE, and turn it on for your phone.

That is all there is to it. We would love for you to help us spread the word to friends and family who may not already be supporting a charity through their Amazon purchases.

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We are so grateful to the local businesses and organizations who sponsored and advertised with us for 2021! When you have the chance to support these businesses, please do, and let them know how much you appreciate their support of the performing arts at East Lincoln!

We will soon begin sending out sponsorship and advertisement information for 2022. We look forward to partnering with more of our local businesses and organizations as we continue to grow the performing arts programs at East Lincoln!

Did you know that one piece of music for a choir of 20 costs $55 making the total cost for a concert around $500?

Did you know that it costs around $2,000 for rights, royalties, and materials for a musical production? Those costs do not include costumes, sets, make-up, special effects, or musicians. Straight plays are a bit cheaper, but still, have some of the same monetary needs.

While expensive, these productions are amazing and wonderful laboratory settings for students to act, create, and collaborate all while learning a plethora of skills that will serve them both in the arts and in their future academic and professional endeavors.

That's where YOU come in! We are currently beginning our search for sponsors and advertisers for 2020. Each advertisement and sponsorship support FOUR CHORAL CONCERTS and FOUR MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS while placing your ad in over 2000 hands! With the inclusion of Beauty and the Beast in early 2022, we anticipate that number to only increase!

If you, your friend, or family member would consider partnering with us for 2022, please follow the links below. This information can also be found on our website at Please complete the online form and you may mail payment to the school or pay electronically with credit card, Venmo, and CashApp.

If you have any questions about our programs, the levels of partnership, or how the funds are used, please contact Mr. Franklin.

We look forward to seeing your businesses and organizations in our 2022 programs and playbills!

Are You Interested In Lending A HAND?

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The East Lincoln StageHANDS is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing manpower and financial support to the Choral Music and Theatre Arts programs at East Lincoln High School. StageHANDS are not just parents of current students, but rather a varied group of community members who understand how important the performing arts are to our students and to our community.

If you are interested in getting more information about how your time and talents can make big impacts, reach out to our president at and we will keep you in the loop!

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We love to hear the words, "How can I help?" There are several ways to support the great work of our East Lincoln performers. Check out the various opportunities below and see if there are one or more areas you are led to support.

Make A Donation

We accept donations year-round and while monetary donations are great, there are other donations that help us just as much! Below are some items that are currently on our need list. Some items are a one-time need, others are ongoing needs. No matter what type of donation you are able to make, it will be appreciated, and we will make sure to provide you with documentation of your generosity! As you might imagine, our needs change regularly. You can always see the most up-to-date list on our website under "Support Us."