Thursday, July 7, 2022

2022 Musical, A look in the rearview mirror before moving on.

How is it July 7th already?

This year was a whirlwind and a grind all at once. 

I cannot thank everyone enough for all the help and due diligence in getting to the finish line for the Spring Musical. There were a few moments of hoping for the best and hanging on for dear life to get there, but get there, we did. 

I am so proud of your children for their perseverance with everything, pre-recording days, masks, no masks, testing, etc., etc., etc. I am so grateful and blessed to work with such incredible, kind, and task-oriented students year after year. 

With Summer settling in, my family trip behind, and sicknesses (hopefully out of the way) now moving into the quieter portion of break, I felt it necessary to wrap our annual musical season and thank everyone again officially. Below, in no particular order, I will share some images of the show I am particularly fond of and then I will get serious about choosing next season's show, my 20th year of directing?! Say what? My son was barely one when I started this journey. Some of the most significant friendships and memories are from the Spring Musical. I am so grateful for the memories and the laughs and look forward to next year's show already, but then we know I am a glutton for punishment ;)!!!

Rest up, take time for yourself and those you are nearest and dearest! Enjoy the sunshine and some much-deserved self-care! I know I will!

Thank you so much for your efforts to keep our performing arts department thriving!

Sincerely, Kristen Chapman

Wednesday, May 4, 2022


 Good morning, 

Just a reminder please have students come to Hartford HIGH school directly this morning! 

Also, thanks to an anonymous donation lunch is being provided! Baked Ziti, salad, garlic knots, and cookies from Ramunto’s in Hanover!

Please have your child bring a labeled refillable water bottle!  There is NO rehearsal this afternoon.  Students should take their regular transportation home!  Thank you, Kristen Chapman

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Calling and audible - Tech difficulties

 Please do not rush for pick up it's going to be 6:30 for pick up tonight, I am sorry!

Makeup etc.

 Hi All - 

Sorry for the many emails (show week, and all).

A few have asked for clarification about makeup for the kids.

Below is a bulleted list for clarification, please email me directly if you have further questions.

Thank you for your patience, and support of the arts! I promise all the hard work is worth it when those kids hear the applause and get to ride the wave of excitement for the shows! It's what keeps me coming back year after year. I love to listen to their excitement and see their smiles, which brings me to the title of this email, their smiles!  It's been two years without seeing half their faces and Mary Poppins Jr. will be the first live, in-person, maskless event in the HHS auditorium since the pandemic began in 2020. This eighth-grade group were my sixth graders in Little Mermaid Jr. when their first experience here was canceled. Last year through determination, grit, and resilience the kids and this year's seventh-graders were able to pull off a fully remote musical but we didn't get to hear their voices live or see their sweet faces entirely. This year, finally, fingers-still-crossed, these kids will be able to sing and perform live for you. This means makeup.
  • All students will wear makeup (a little at least or they will be washed out on the live stream and in person from the LED lights.
  • There will be communal makeup with individual applicators to use at the set. 
  • There will be hairspray and hair gel, combs, and brushes that I will use for hair for the show. 
  • If you would prefer here is a list of cosmetics your child will need for the show:
  • Foundation (closest to their skin tone, or something to smooth complexions I am least concerned with foundation but the product does stay better with some sort of base.
  • Blush - for boys a brown/pink and for girls a true pink/red brighter shade
  • Eyeshadow - for boys a brown/tan and for girls purple
  • BLACK mascara regardless of eyelash or hair color, everyone wears black
  • BLACK eye pencil not liner for outlining the eye
  • Lipstick - for boys a brownish/neutral, for girls a pretty pink or reddish pink (not bright red preferably)
  • Their hair unless I've talked to them should be clean and dry, please.
I think that is it for now, if I think of something else I will send along more information.

Thank you again for your attention to all of this!  Only theatre people understand the push to the finish!  

Friday, April 29, 2022


 Good Morning - 

A quick update: The kids are hanging in there despite the illnesses that have taken our rehearsals to near skeletal in the past week and a half. We are slowly starting to see people return, and things are looking pretty polished considering the hurdles they have had to overcome. Your children's commitment to excellence is who has made this possible, and it absolutely wouldn't be possible without our incredible Swings. If you are unfamiliar with the term, a swing is typically a person that only goes on if someone in the ensemble is unable to be a part of the production. Our swings, however, have been asked to learn all the roles for either male or female parts in the play. It is a huge undertaking. Swings often don't have their own role, and they don't typically ask a swing to learn the principal roles; we have asked them to do that and more. They have risen to the occasion. Thank you to Maddie Moore (female swing and Mrs. Brill) and Coen Courtemanche (male swing, Neleus, Dance Corps, and Northbrook). This past week has left us needing to fill in a couple of key roles with short-term understudies, and a special thanks to Ella Dahlstrom and Julia Bonnett for that. 

Nevertheless, The show is taking shape and will wow you in the next week! Tickets are selling quickly. The live and streaming tickets are available on their specific link on our Tickets Tab here on the website. 

  • WE NEED MORE CANDY, PLEASE! Today or Monday, if you could send in more candy for candygrams, please send it with your children!

  • There will be a candygram-making meeting on Tuesday during rehearsal. Email me for specifics. 


Thank you all, Kristen Chapman 

Monday, April 25, 2022


 Good Morning - 

Due to the sheer number of those out sick this past week and this week. We are having to shuffle and change up the schedule.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TOMORROW 4/26 - Friday, 4/29 rehearsals will run 3 - 6PM The tech crew should still plan for 7:30/8 o'clock on Friday, 4/29 and should bring dinner. 

There is also a chance that your child will be asked to stay after for costume fittings (no more than 30 extra minutes, while we are hopeful the extra time we are asking will suffice, we have had to quite literally call an audible!

Pick up for your child is still at the front of the high school.

At this point, per contract language, we need your child at rehearsal daily as called (unless we have spoken prior) we must ask that our show and their commitment to it be their first priority.

We open for an audience next Wednesday, May 4, 2022 for the matinee performances, we want your children to look and sound and dance beautifully for their peers and adoring family and friends! 

If your child is sick please have them test for Covid and stay home, I am sure you are aware of the close contact emails Mrs. Upson has sent last week and over the weekend. If your child is absent they cannot attend rehearsals, including performance days if they are out on the 5th, 6th, or 7th.

Lastly, while the mask mandate is lifted I must respectfully request in the interest of getting everyone to the finish line after all this hard work, that masks are STRONGLY encouraged for rehearsals especially!

Thank you for understanding this needed shift in the rehearsal schedule!

Sincerely, Kristen Chapman, Leslie Rench, Cassandra North

Saturday, April 23, 2022


 If you do not receive it, please email me as soon as possible and I will happily forward it to you.

Sincerely, Kristen Chapman

2022 Musical, A look in the rearview mirror before moving on.

How is it July 7th already? This year was a whirlwind and a grind all at once.  I cannot thank everyone enough for all the help and due dili...