Stage Notes

East Lincoln High School Chorus & Theatre Newsletter

October 2021

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!



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Mamma Mia is just around the corner and we are planning an AMAZING kick-off party! Join us on October 21 at 6:30 pm for Dinner with Donna, hosted by our friends at Safari Miles. Tickets for this greek dining experience are $20 and are limited. You can view the menu and purchase tickets at With music, prizes, and more, a good time will be had by all!

Fall Choir Concert Next Week

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The East Lincoln Chorus and Show Choir will be presenting their fall concert on Monday, October 18 at 7 pm. The concert will be held in the East Lincoln Black Box Theater and will feature a variety of selections from sacred to show tunes, as well as some new takes on old favorites. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

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Join the cast and crew of Mamma Mia for a Saturday morning Zumba session to all ABBA music! There are two Zumba Mia! sessions to choose from, but space is limited. Snag your spot today at Sessions will be held in the East Lincoln Black Box Theater and are free, but donations will be accepted. Don’t miss our Zumba Mia! Dance party on Saturday, October 30 at 9 am or 10 am!
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Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming production of Mamma Mia! Opening November 4 and running through November 13, Mamma Mia! Is based on the classic movie musical featuring hits songs from ABBA. Adult tickets are $10, students are $7, and can be purchased at Don’t miss this incredibly entertaining show!

Could you, would you hang a flyer in your business?

If you would be willing to help us get the word out by placing a flyer in your business, we would REALLY appreciate it! You can print either the black or white version below. If you would like us to drop one off, please email and we will send a student or parent by. Thank you in advance!
On Friday, we will be submitted our pizza kit order. If you haven't had a chance to order from one of our students, you can place your order online at You can order and pay online using a credit card, Venmo, or Cash App. Kits will be delivered the week of October 25.

These kits are fantastic to have in case of unexpected company, the holidays, or just those nights you don't want to cook.

Don't miss out!

Carolina Classic National Anthem

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A group of chorus and show choir students opened Saturday's Carolina Classic Marching Band Contest with the National Anthem. We were glad to be a part of this annual event that brings great musicians to our campus!

Mustangs' Got Talent Was A Success!

The first edition of Mustangs' Got Talent was a great success! The student performers did a magnificent job. Jack Knight drummed his way into First Place. Caleb Clark spun his way into Second Place, and Jordan Williams took home the Audience Choice award.

Keep your eyes peeled for the next edition. You may not have to wait until next school year!


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Wicked the Musical flew into Charlotte and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to see this amazing show! Some of the students experienced their first Broadway show in the same theatre where their teacher experienced his a "few" years earlier! Wicked NEVER disappoints!

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 Heard You, And They Are Here!

Have you wished someone was selling East Lincoln lanyards so you could show your MUSTANG PRIDE while hanging on to your keys and nametag? Well, we heard that several times and decided to make it happen. The East Lincoln StageHANDS are selling ELHS lanyards, for $5. With a detachable "J' hook, these lanyards are versatile enough for just about anyone.

You can pick yours up by visiting the school between 8 AM and 3 PM, or at any of our concerts or productions.

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We are so grateful to the local businesses and organizations who have already joined us as sponsors and advertisers for 2021. It is not too late to become a sponsor or add your business to our current list of advertisers. Check out the forms below for more information on becoming a supporter in 2021.

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.

Here is where YOU come in! Sponsors and advertisers help us produce FOUR CHORAL CONCERTS, FOUR MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS, TWO CLASS PRODUCTIONS, and a partridge in a pear tree (well, not really!)

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 2021 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."


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