DARE to BE

There’s this great phrase that our Artistic Director, Kelie Miley, uses in rehearsals. And in greenroom circles. And sometimes in staff meetings. For decades I have listened to this phrase, and for decades it has bolstered my courage. Now, as a teacher, I repeat it to my students on the regular. The phrase is simply:

DARE TO BE BAD

     That’s it. In all that we do, in all that we say, I think that’s just about the most important bit of wisdom we have to offer. Dare to be bad. So much of theatre is stepping outside of your comfort zone, but if we’re going to reach those heartstrings or hear those belly laughs or hit those high C’s, we all have to do something a little bit daring.

Every moment of live theatre has a 50% chance of being successful. The joke will land, or it won’t. The magic trick will fire, or it won’t. Toto will climb into Dorothy’s basket, or he’ll pee on the side of it. You never know. Every moment is happening live, and there are no second takes.

So why am I telling you this? Because this is the time of year that we need the most daring support from adults. When autumn rears it’s ugly back-to-school head, we charge in with our Masquerade Gala & Auction, and auditions for our Main Stage Musical.  Both events require adults to make the magic happen, and both events make grown ups shrug and say “gee, I just don’t know if I can.”

To that shrug, I say DARE TO BE BAD. You might sing off-key at your audition, but you also might be really great and have the opportunity to perform alongside your kids. You might share in a fun, intimate experience like nothing else imaginable. You might get out-bid on this year’s Low Country Boil, but you also might get invited to attend the next one, where theatre moms and dads all shell shrimp while lip-syncing to Hamilton, and the kids cover their faces in embarrassment. (Is it just me, or does that sound like the best party EVER?)

Yes, our name is Savannah Children’s Theatreand the children are our everything. We can be a place where you drop off your kids for a few hours after school, and we can be a sends them home happy and tired. We would rather be a family meeting place; a place where kids can learn and grown their talents while seeing their parents thriving in a new, creative light. Dads can wield hot glue guns and learn a soft-shoe dance right alongside their sons, and moms can paint scenery and sing harmonies with their daughters. Grandparents can volunteer at the concession stand, and your crazy aunt (you know you have one) can help solicit donations. You can lend us your time and talents, and you can share your financial resources with a local non-profit that is dedicated to building up and equipping the youth in this very community. 

We are here to serve the children. But if we are going to serve them well, we are going to need some stalwart goofball adults to step up, and dare to be the leading man, or the second banana, or the committee chair. Dare to be involved in your kids’ extracurricular activities. Dare to know their friends and their teachers. Dare to know their talents. Dare to show them yours. 

So…where to begin? How about auditions tonight at 7pm? How about our biggest fundraiser of the year, The Masquerade Gala & AuctionHow about an email that says “how can I help?” Go ahead. I dare ya. 🙂

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Save the Date!

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     Mark your calendars for this year’s Annual Masquerade Gala & Auction, on Friday, October 30, at the Johnny Harris Banquet Center on Victory Drive.  Doors to our biggest fundraiser of the year will open at 6:30 p.m. For this year’s Masquerade theme, we encourage you to be mysterious, creative, adventurous, and of course, glamorous!  It will be an evening of entertainment, food, and fun for a very worthwhile cause!

     In addition to attending our gala, there are many ways you can support Savannah’s premier youth theatre.  We are in need of volunteers in a variety of areas, including soliciting donations from local businesses, securing sponsors, publicizing our event, and setting up prior to the Gala.

     If you don’t have time to volunteer, but still want to help, consider submitting items or gift cards to be included in our Live and Silent Auctions.  Do you or your business want to make an even greater impact?  Become an event sponsor!  There are three levels of sponsorship; Bronze ($500), Silver ($1,000), and Gold ($2,500).  Each level includes Gala Tickets, program advertisements, promotion on our website and social media pages, and other great perks!  Keep in mind, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so donations to our theatre and event are tax-deductible.

magicshow     What about our theatre’s greatest champions, the children?  While adults are enjoying an evening out, the children are having a scary good time of their own at our Halloween Party for kids! From 6 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Savannah Children’s Theatre, kids will enjoy pizza, fruit, goodies, face-painting and a magic show!  Look for more information to follow.

     For more information on how to get involved with volunteering, donations or sponsorships, please contact Gloria Rigsbee.  Let’s work together to make fairy tales come true!

Around the World in 80 Days

     Who wouldn’t love to travel the Around the World in 80 Days?  Well, now’s your chance!  The Junior Girl Scouts of20141106_181022 Troop 30593 will be hosting a fundraising event at Savannah Children’s Theatre on Saturday, November 22nd from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  The girls are working on their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve.  Among other things, the Bronze Award must leave a lasting impact on their local community.  For their project, Troop 30593 has decided to focus on a renovation project in the front lobby of Savannah Children’s Theatre!

     We are still in the planning process, but the improvements will include homework areas for students, a mural painted by a local artist, and upgraded concessions and merchandise areas.  The girls have been diligently calling, sending letters, and visiting local and national businesses to seek out donations for this unique project.  In addition, the girls will be hosting this wonderful fundraising event, Around the World in 80 Days, for children of all ages!

     When you arrive, you will create your own passport, then begin your adventure!  You can travel to India for a henna tattoo on your hand, then move on to Papua New Guinea for traditional face painting.  If you are feeling a bit more crafty, you could visit Japan to create some origami art, or design a Brazilian headdress for Carnivale.  Your travels do not end there; you could learn a Norwegian polka, participate in an interactive story of Australian folk tales, and take time to explore other cultures by visiting their crafting stations.

     Wrap up your travels with some tastes from around the globe.  You will snack on egg rolls, hummus and many other yummy bites to satisfy your taste buds.  There will even be a traditional Venezuelan punch to quench your thirst after your adventure!

     Not only will you have an afternoon filled with lots of fun, but you are supporting a wonderful cause.  Helping the girls to reach their goal, not for a campout or trip to the movies, but for a project supporting Savannah Children’s Theatre!  The girls have big ideas that they would love to see brought to life, but it cannot happen without the support of the Savannah Community.  So, please consider joining us on November 22nd on a world-wide adventure for an amazing cause!

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For questions or additional information, please contact Gloria Rigsbee, troop leader.

2014 Auction & Gala, by Chris Bass

     This post is supposed to be about the upcoming Gala & Auction, but like all things SCT, it is about so much more than that.  Because in order to tell you why I think it’s so important for you to go to this event, I have to first tell you why I think Savannah Children’s Theatre is so important.  If you want the Cliff’s Notes (do people still read those?) just skip to the bottom for the Gala information, or, you know, click the link for tickets!  If you want the whole story, keep reading.

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2014 Auction & Gala, October 25th at 6:30pm, Knights of Columbus Hall in Downtown Savannah

     Still with me?  Great!

     Five years ago, my wife told me that there was a theatre in town putting on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Knowing that my wife loved the music, I looked into it and bought tickets to a Saturday night performance at Savannah Children’s Theatre.  I was skeptical because I didn’t know a lot about the theatre and it had been a long time since I had seen a live community performance.  After their amazing performance, all of my skepticism disappeared.  See, I had always dreamed of performing on stage.  Watching that show, I heard a long forgotten voice speaking inside of me.  This cheesy voice of mine said “don’t be afraid to go after your dreams.”

     I enrolled our eight-year-old son in SCT’s after school classes, although theatre wasn’t really his thing.  I also started to listen to that inner voice once again and auditioned for the Winter Main Stage musical Cinderella.  Part of my intention in doing the show was to encourage my son to get up on stage and perform.  It didn’t work quite the way I thought it would.  But wouldn’t you know, our six-year-old daughter couldn’t wait to get up on stage!

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Molly & I in “Shrek”

The following summer, my daughter, Molly, participated in the SCT summer camp Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.  When  I watched her perform, I saw a light come on in her that I recognized in myself and I couldn’t wait until we could perform together.  At that moment, we became part of the SCT family, and when I say “family” I mean just that!  There are few places where you can feel the love and support that is felt at Savannah Children’s Theatre.  It’s an amazing place where I can watch my daughter shine and grow in ways I didn’t know were possible.  I promised myself that if I were to do another show with SCT that I would do a show with my daughter by my side.

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Molly and Abbey Kate in “Goodnight Moon”

That opportunity came when we were both cast in The Music Man, and sharing the stage with my daughter was just as amazing as I’d hoped.  Since seeing that first show at SCT, I have been part of five different productions and Molly has been in a whopping fourteen, including this weekend’s Goodnight Moon the Musical. (Shameless plug, I know. The whole show is great…but that Mouse is really something!)  With every show our family grows closer and that inner voice my daughter and I share grows louder and stronger.  We both have formed friendships and bonds that we will have forever because of this theatre.

     This year, I wanted to find a way to give back to SCT for all that they have given my family.  I decided to chair the 2014 Auction and Gala, which is SCT’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but with the help of our supportive volunteers and Board of Directors, I believe that this year’s event will be an exciting night for everyone involved.

     In just eleven days, we need everyone who loves Savannah Children’s Theatre to come out and support our Gala!  This year’s event will take place Saturday, October 25th, at the newly renovated Knights of Columbus Hall on 3 West Liberty Street,  Starting at 6:30pm, this elegant evening in Casablanca will feature music from Savannah’s own Trae Gurley, great food, entertainment, and the chance to bid on some amazing items like the ones listed below:

  • Puppy with 1 Year of Complimentary Veterinary Service
  • Oyster Roast for 100
  • Sail Boat Trips (Both Fishing and Non-Fishing Adventures)
  • Wine Tasting for 12
  • Dr. Pearl Cool Sculpt Treatment
  • Sunset Cruise for 8
  • Theatre Tickets
  • Local Restaurant & Business Gift Certificates
  • Much, Much More!

     If you can’t attend the event, please consider making a donation or becoming a member of our Annual Fund.  Your contribution to this amazing organization will not only help children to experience the joy of the performing arts, but it will help families to experience the joy of each other.  SCT is a place that excels in encouraging people to follow their dreams.  The thing is, SCT also helps to make them come true.

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What We Did on Our Summer Vacation

 

Y’all. 

We had a busy summer. 

Between May 1st and August 3rd, we did 52 performances of 15 different musicals. Most theatre companies do 5 shows a season…but I guess we’re not most theatre companies! From Shakespeare to Fosse, Disney to Dreamworks, we offered our community a little bit of everything, and a lot of opportunities to smile. Here’s a glimpse at our 2014 summer theatre mania! 

Dreamworks Theatrical’s SHREK, the MUSICAL

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STAR STRUCK DANCE CAMP

 

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A CHORUS LINE

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Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK, KIDS
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Disney’s BEAUTY and the BEAST, JR.
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In addition to these wonderful productions (which include many others that are not pictured), we also had a few special events. Dr. Allan Taaca and Jenn Doubleday took home 1st place for Judge’s Choice and 1st place for Audience Choice at this year’s Ballroom Extravaganza, while raising over $11,000 to kickstart our 2014-2015 season! We also had our first ever Fairy Tale Festival (quickly nicknamed FairyFest), which offered the tiny pirates and princesses in our community the chance to experience a small taste of what SCT has to offer. Thanks to Renee McMahon and the folks at Enchant My Party, we had a magical time! 

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2014 FAIRYFEST

fairyfest arielWe know what you’re thinking. What’s next?! We have so much in store for this year, and we look forward to sharing it with you! Keep checking our Facebook page and our website for information about classes, auditions, and the multitude of ways that your family can become a part of SCT. We can’t wait to make your fairy tales come true! 

 

What to Expect at the Fairytale Festival Fundraiser, by Renee McMahon

When I was first given the task of turning Savannah Children’s Theatre into a Fairytale Fantasy Land, it seemed a bit daunting.  How could I envision so many themes in one event?  I needed a map, a guide, to help me begin.  So I made one!  Every magical kingdom needs a map, and our Fairytale Land is no exception.  The completed map has many different kingdoms including Pixie Hollow, Snow Castle, the Enchanted Forest, Pirate’s Cove and more!  To see the finished product you’ll have to attend (hint, hint), but here’s a photo of my first draft.

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When the children arrive, they will be given a copy of the map, a book of tickets for all of the activities, and a bag to hold their treasures and crafts they collect along the way.  While little pirates and princesses aren’t busy crafting, digging for treasure or playing in the snow (yes, snow!), they will be on the stage creating their own stories, singing and dancing with their favorite fairytale characters, or enjoying delicious treats & sweets in Pixie Hollow.

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There truly will be something for everyone!  For those little ones that want to be a princess, they will have fun crafting a beautiful necklace and learning how to curtsy, sing and dance like a princess.  They will also have opportunities to meet Cinderella, Rapunzel, the Snow Queen and more fairy tale royalty!  Be sure to have your cameras ready!

For those not into wands, tiaras and everything pink, visit our Pirate’s Cove!  Young buccaneers will join our crew to swab the deck, toss cannonballs and dig for buried treasure.  Better follow Captain’s orders, or you’ll have to walk the plank!  Pint-sized pirates will make a loot bag to hold all the booty they find, as well as crafting a sword and a pirate hat.

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     The most talked about kingdom in Fairytale Land is Snow Castle. Our black box theatre will be transformed into a frozen wonderland with snowflakes and icicles.  There will be tubs of *snow* for children to play in where boys and girls alike can try their luck at pinning the carrot on the snowman.  Children will enjoy crafts and chilly treats and meet the Snow Queen herself!

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     We can’t give away all of our surprises, so let’s suffice it to say that there is so much more to see and experience in Fairytale Land!  We hope you come explore our magical world. Where else in Savannah can you dance with pirates, sing with princesses and play in the snow in July?

     The Fairytale Festival is sure to delight children of all ages but is designed for ages 2-10. Tickets are available here or you can call our box office at 912-238-9015.  To insure the children have a special and memorable experience, we are limiting the spaces and we expect to sell out. See you at Pixie Hollow!

When: This Saturday, July 26th, 10am-12pm
How Much: Adults-$5, Children- $25.
Where: SCT in the Crossroads Shopping Center at 2160 E. Victory Drive.

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A Roarin’ Great Cause! by Renee McMahon

     As our Great Gatsby Gala & Auction has approached, I have repeatedly been asked the same two questions. I’ll address those questions here in hopes that the answers will encourage a few more locals to attend this weekend!

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     First of all, the ladies all want to know what to wear. Yes, costumes are encouraged at the Great Gatsby Gala, and for some that will translate into full flapper dress and a bob wig! But don’t worry if you don’t have a fringed ensemble hanging in your closet; here are a few simple tricks to give you that 20’s look without renting something or raiding the SCT costume closet!

     Start with a loose-fitting dress that hangs straight and add a long strand of beads or pearls. If your hair is long, you can pin it up and top it with a cloche hat or a headband with a jeweled pin attached at the side. Voila! You are ready to hit the Speakeasy!

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     Men can dress in a 3-piece suit and fedora, or they can roll up their sleeves, throw on some suspenders or a vest, and top it with a newsboy cap. Just don’t let costume anxiety keep you away from the most fun social event of the year!

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     Secondly, everyone wants to know what fabulous items will be up for bid at the auction. I recently spent some time with LeeAnn Kole, our Auction Chair, and she shared with me the list of treasures that will be available this weekend at the live and silent auction.  There is definitely something for everyone, and as anyone who has attended in the past will attest, there are bargains to be had! Here is just a sampling of what you can expect to see this Saturday night.

  •  Motorcycle Rental provided by Harley Davidson Savannah

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    The Sea Dawg

  • Motorcycle Rental provided by Harley Davidson Savannah
  • Magic Marc Birthday Party at SCT including a $25 Cake Certificate
  • Sailing for 2 including a Gourmet Lunch
  • Downtown Carriage House Stay
  • Gulfstream Simulator Ride
  • 4-hour Sunset Cruise for 8 aboard the Sea Dawg including heavy Hors d’ oeuvres and Cocktails
  • LASIK Eye Surgery by Dr. Miller
  • 2 Night Stay in a Tybee Cottage
  • Autographed Sports Memorabilia, including a Kris Medlen baseball and a Cam Newton football

    In addition, there will be a variety of gift certificates from area restaurants, hair salons and nail salons as well as beauty products and services including the following:

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  •  The Old Pink House
  • 700 Drayton at The Mansion
  • Crystal Beer Parlor
  • Six Pence Pub
  • Studio Skin Deep
  • Nails by Laura
  • B Street Salon
  • Microdermabrasion by Toni McCullough, MD
  • Acupuncture by Heal Acupuncture
  • Teeth Whitening by Dr. Fruit
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  • Aerial Silk Lessons with Jenn Doubleday
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  • Voice lessons with Don Hite Productions
  • Tennis Lesson with Ivor Savage
  • Life Coaching Session of Psych-K
  • Ballroom Dance Lessons with Jenn Doubleday and Richie Cook
  • Voice lessons with Mary-E Godfrey

     Plus we have tickets to local events, gift baskets, several downtown staycations, artwork by local artists, jewelry for every budget, children’s books and toys, and so much more!

     Now you know what to wear and what to expect. All that is left to do is purchase your tickets and party like it’s 1922! I hope to see all of you “Ragtime Gals” and “Old Sports” this Saturday night at B. Tillman!