Friday, March 17, 2017

Here we go Friday!!!

Good Afternoon - 

Well we have arrived at the weekend, phew!  What a week!  The kids have been working hard.  Monday's rehearsal was very successful with Shrek and Donkey and THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES for your flexibility with the snow day issues for our Dragon and Dance corps rehearsal.   Add 13 inches of snow or more in places, a Concert Grande evening, and a couple singing all cast rehearsals and this week has been VERY FULL!

The Dragon rehearsal (with a few old men/knights has been added) to Tuesday next week 3-5PM this is a make up from the snowed out rehearsal.

Everything else is the same and a reminder there are no rehearsals on Thursday or Friday next week because of early release and in-service on Friday.

Thank you so much!

Have a great weekend, Kristen

Friday, March 10, 2017

It's Friday!

Here we are week two into the musical and a few things have begun to come together.

The voices in this play are so strong, Wednesday and Thursday's performances we just beautiful.  The harmonies make the groups sound much older than their 12-14 years of age.  People walking by poked their heads in to check and see what was up, and truth be told probably to see if it wasn't a recording, they really sounded pretty incredible (if I do say so myself).

Rehearsal today is more of the same and rehearsals next week take place on M, W, TH & F with no rehearsal on Tuesday which is Concert Grande day, our annual 7-8 chorus in conjunction with 9-12th grades.  Should be a great night!

The next ALL CAST rehearsals will be Thursday and Friday 3-5 at the middle school March 16 & 17.

Reminder the t-shirt orders are being submitted at this point, thank you for those orders.  Reminder also the Yankee Candle orders are due Friday the 17th.  Please keep selling if you are interested in contributing.

Once again, many thanks for the contribution to the Bake Sale, the final totals with the contributions students made (with leftovers Monday and Tuesday) was $215.05

Another week, closer to production stay tuned for updates!

Many thanks for your continued support, Kristen Chapman

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday UPDATE

Hi there -

First let me start by saying you all rock!  We had very successful bake sale and raised on donations alone just over 200.00 dollars and considering there were about 100 people there, I was impressed!  This will help defray the cost of the body mics and for that I am very grateful.  The remainder will be sold for $.50 tomorrow and we will raise a few more dollars toward that goal.  THANKS A MILLION!

Thank you to Lara and Lisa who came and stayed for that morning shift so that my Glee kids and I could perform before the start of the Town Meeting much appreciated.

I wanted to put your hearts and minds at ease and send along a link to the t-shirt order form because it seems there are still quite a few that missed the deadline for that and I want to be sure everyone that wants a t-shirt can get one.  They are a great advertising tool and team-builder as well so I encourage everyone to get a couple for the family (we have youth sizes too).  I will email this document to my hmms musical list stay tuned!

Thanks so much for your outpouring of support and kind words surrounding this process, I can tell this is a special bunch already!

I have adjusted the schedule to meet the needs of our choreographer who is skyping in from RI and I have also tried to clarify the schedule so that it is clear who is to be here and when.  There is one week at the beginning of April I have left open right now because I would like to see what we need to work on before scheduling that week.  Thank you for your patience with that!

As always if you have an questions or concerns please email me chapmank@Hartfordschools.net I will get back to you just as soon as I can!

Be well, Kristen Chapman

Friday, March 3, 2017

First week of fun complete...

Good Morning -

Well two days of rehearsal fun behind us and here are some of the things we accomplished and some important things to note:


  • Most everyone has been measured!  HOORAY! 
  • We clarified who was in what number (still subject to change) but closer...
  • We talked about teamwork and expectations for the group and for the most part the kids seemed receptive.
  • We read through with guide vocals the first day and read through without guide vocals the second day.
  • We laughed - A LOT!  It's a funny show.
  • We learned it is difficult music and we are shaping the schedule around having some specific instruction for learning notes of this particular music.
  • ALL CAST can find the MUSIC for the show on YouTube if they type in any of the musical selections and Shrek Jr. they can practice their parts.
  • The website, is hmmsmusical.blogspot.com (you probably knew that since you're here) 
  • You can make a shortcut on your phone by pressing the arrow up button in the middle of your search screen and clicking add to homepage.  It's a really useful tip, take it from me, a single mom with too many schedules to think on most days, it's my favorite function, you can even save explicitly the calendar piece or you can share with your phone's calendar the HMMS MUSICAL calendar piece since it was created through Google Calendar.
  • The calendar is NOT SET IN STONE.  Part of creating a musical or anything theater is the creativity and being able to recognize what needs work and adjusting as needed is a part of that.  
  • We want to use your child's time and yours the best we can so please be patient and flexible with the process.  I (we) will try to have every week nailed down by Thursday of the previous week.  I have placeholders in there now.  That may change it may not.  
  • I am trying to still attend my monthly meetings required of my teaching position this year that is why some weeks only have two or three rehearsals.  
  • The most important weeks are the weeks following April break you will see these are all cast and crew, that will not change (if anything they might go longer) please plan appointments accordingly and let me know in advance for any potential conflicts.
  • I can't thank you enough for the help with the bake sale this weekend, Barb Farnsworth for creating the Signup Genius, but the outpouring of bake sale goods and coffee stuffs was incredible and so fast so THANK YOU!
  • Don't forget the Yankee Candle Fundraiser going on through March 14th.  
  • T-shirt orders are due today.  I will accept them until Monday end of day and that is it.  
  • If I do not have your t-shirt order before Monday after school you will miss out on purchasing the t-shirt for this year's show.  
  • T-shirts are $15.00
An exciting and busy first week back.  We are off and running, as always if you have any questions or concerns please contact me chapmank@hartfordschools.net and I will get back to you ASAP!

Many thanks, KChap

Friday, January 20, 2017

MUSICAL SEASON IS HERE!

Hi All 'tis the season for Musical Madness ...and we're off!!!


I have several bits of information to disseminate so please bear with me.  I will bullet  point the important information.

  • TODAY AND TOMORROW WE HAVE OUR FIRST SING THROUGH READ THROUGH OF THE SCRIPT, THIS TAKES PLACE IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FROM 3-5pm STUDENTS SHOULD BE PICKED UP IN FRONT OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AT 5.

  • These rehearsals are "freebies" if you will, meaning if your child or you have an already scheduled appointment and they are unable to attend they will not be penalized.

  • The schedule is being filled in back to front but if you go to www.hmmsmusical.blogspot.com under the calendar tab you will find a working schedule.  Your child should see me if they are uncertain about whether they should be at rehearsal preferably before the actual rehearsal.  The website will be the most current location to look for updates.
  • which segways perfectly please watch for blog updates and website updates throughout the process it will be my goal to blog at least once a week about where we are and what we worked on this year.  that website again is www.hmmsmusical.blogspot.com THIS IS THE PAGE TO SEEK OUT!

  • Our Yankee Candle sale is under way and began on Monday (officially) and ends March 13th.  You can order online and share with people all over the US, orders will be shipped directly to your home or their homes this way.  I can take checks and orders at school too just make sure if you are interested that your child gets the information from me. 

  • Today there will be a quick meeting for those interested in working back stage, I had a lot of students sign up so I am hopeful that this meeting will weed out those really interested in the process vs.  those that were on the fence.

  • T shirt orders are due at the end of this week.  If you need another order form or an initial order form please be sure to have your child collect one of those as well from me.

  • This weekend (sorry for the short notice we have just been given the go ahead) we will be having a bake sale at the annual Town Meeting in the gym at the high school bake goods and coffee and bottled water from 9-noon.  If you would like to contribute please email me directly with Bake Sale in the subject line.  All contributions and funds raised will help to pay for the body mics we use in our production.  Any time you reply please be sure to not click on reply all as typically your questions are personal and I want to be sure also to answer individual questions individually and not bog down people's email mailboxes!
For now I think that is it!  I appreciate you all and look forward to working with everyone again and some for the first (of many) times!  Bring on the musical madness that I love so much!

All the best, thanks for reading to the end, Kristen Chapman


Friday, May 20, 2016

Well, we made it, a week ago now, hard to believe...

I cannot say enough how proud I am and how bitter sweet it is to see this done.  That said, as a mother of an eighth grader these coming weeks will be crunched for time and for lasts, so I suppose...it was always the inevitable ;)

Many thanks to the many hands that made light work and helped things run smoothly these past few weeks!

I'll be in touch around December/January to start the process all over again.  To the parents and kids heading to the high school, I will be around and I will never stop cheering for your children who have become like my own in the past three years.  Thank you for letting me be a part of their lives.  I look forward to the goodness they will bring and do at the high school and in the community.  This was a great 8th grade class, and before that 6th and 7th too.  They set the bar high for sure. 

I will miss them, but as Rafiki says, "it is time."

All the best in the coming weeks as school winds to a close, and enjoy the summer sunshine, should it ever decide to show up!

If you are interested in a video from the show and never signed up for one please let me know ASAP, cost is $5.00 per copy.  If you are interested in a t-shirt I have 2 XL's left first come first served ;)



With gratitude, Kristen

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thank you and ticket update...

Thank you all for your support, love and time during these past few days!

What an incredible day of shows for the kids!  WOW!  This is a common word being used to describe this show and today was technically a dress rehearsal.  I hope that you can make a performance.

As of now the ticket orders online are closed.  Please arrive at the shows 1 hour prior to show time to collect your tickets and/or purchase.

It's sure to be fantastic you won't want to miss it! :)

Thank you, Kristen Chapman