Stage Notes

East Lincoln High School Chorus & Theatre Newsletter

May 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!

The Blumey Awards Update

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In mid-March, theatre students at East Lincoln auditioned for a panel of judges from the Blumenthal High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as The Blumey Awards. Rachel Ochoa and Arturo Galarza Chavez were selected to represent East Lincoln as Best Actress and Best Actor. These students went on to participate in a boot camp hosted by Blumenthal and taught by industry professionals. At the end of that week, Rachel and Arturo completed their second-round auditions. These students represented our school well and we are so proud of their hard work and the art they create!
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We Have A Finalist!

After the second round of auditions for The Blumey Awards, we waited with bated breath for the release of the six final actors and six final actresses that would move on to the final round. For the first time in East Lincoln history, we have a student in the final six! Rachel Ochoa wowed the judges just like she has been wowing our audiences for three years. In mid-May, Rachel will participate in the final auditions in hopes of claiming the title of 2021 Best Actress! The winner of the title moves on to compete at the national level in the Jimmy Awards.

Mark your calendars for this year's Blumey celebration presented by Wells Fargo airing on PBS Charlotte Tuesday, May 25th at 8pm.

50 Chairs in 29 Days

We have less than a month remaining to take advantage of our matching donor's generosity!

Our goal is to have the final 50 chairs sponsored by JUNE 1.

Thanks to this amazing generosity, $50 will sponsor 1 seat, and the original $100 will sponsor 2!

Each sponsored chair will have a customized plaque, designed by the sponsor, leaving a lasting legacy in our performance space.

Please consider helping us find sponsors for the remaining 50 chairs by June 1.

Click Here For More Information Or To Purchase Your Chair.

East Lincoln on Stage will bring to life this hilarious stage adaptation of the favorite children's book series. A prequel to Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatcher provides background information for all of the characters we know and love. With heartwarming friendship, an enormous amount of hilarity, pirates, and a sprinkle of theatre magic, this show is not to be missed!

Peter and the Starcatcher is the perfect show for children of all ages. We have even added two special showings with our young audiences in mind. On Saturday, May 15 and 22 at 11 am, we will have enhanced performances for young audiences. These Saturday morning events are not limited to children but will have some "extras" with child audiences in mind.

Tickets can be purchased at Admission is $10. Currently, all performances will be capped at 50. If state regulations change between now and then, we will adjust accordingly.

Brush up on your pirate skills and make sure to join us for what we know will be an audience favorite!

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What makes the enhanced performances special?

  • Enhanced performances have the same ticket prices.

  • Enhanced performances have a special start time. - We know that our younger audience members often have trouble sitting through our regular performances that start in the evening. We also know that Sundays can be very challenging trying to coordinate the family and make it to a matinee. Our hope is that by starting our enhanced performances on Saturday at 11 am, that this time will work better for our younger audiences and their families, allowing them to better enjoy the experience.

  • Enhanced performances have modified language. - While Peter and the Starcatcher is by no means a vulgar or violet show, there are some language elements that will be modified to meet the needs of our youngest audience members. A regular performance might be considered to have a PG rating. Enhanced performances will be considered G-rated.

  • Enhanced performances have audience participation. - Normally, audience members are limited to laughing, clapping, and crying during live performances. Our enhanced performances will give our audiences more opportunities to engage with the actors and the show. You may find yourself cheering on the hero, helping create sound effects, and who knows what else!

  • Enhanced performances will have special photo opportunities. - Of course, you can always have your picture made with cast members from our shows, but enhanced performances will have some unique photo opportunities.

Whether you choose an enhanced performance or a regular showing, we look forward to seeing you for this hysterical pirate tale!

Who Will You Be This Summer?

We are ecstatic to be bringing back our summer theatre camp in 2021! Two years ago, we had an amazing experience with awesome campers staging Seussical Kids. This summer Olaf will finally get to find out what it is like in summer as we stage Frozen Kids. This camp will be a blizzard of fun for boys and girls alike. We welcome campers who are going into Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.

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

We can't wait to see you!


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It has been over a year since our last choral concert, and we are very happy to announce that we WILL be able to wrap up this year with a year-end concert. The concert is scheduled to be held in the Black Box Theater, but may be moved outside if current restrictions and safety concerns necessitate.

Mark your calendar today and plan to join us for an evening of musical treats!


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 7 AM and 4 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.

That's where YOU come in! Sponsors and advertisers 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!

A Little Help From Our Friends...

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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."

Most Pressing Needs

Always Needed!

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Don't Miss Out On What This Creative Crew Is Up To!