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Trollwood Children’s Theatre2019-05-17T13:46:55+00:00

ENROLLMENT FOR TROLLWOOD CHILDREN’S THEATRE 2019 IS NOW FULL

TROLLWOOD CHILDREN’S THEATRE WILL IGNITE PASSION AND TEACH CONFIDENCE!

2019 Trollwood Children’s Theatre will be held at Trollwood Performing Arts School and is open to all local 9-11 year old students.

Trollwood Children’s Theatre (TCT) is an after-school theatre program that involves 9 to 11-year-old students in the creation and public presentation of Annie KIDS. Students will become the cast and crew for this production.

Program Dates:

  • March 18 – Auditions (Sign up for 1 session: 4:00-5:30pm or 6:00-7:30pm)
  • March 19 – Callbacks (4:00-6:00pm)
  • March 20 – Full Cast
  • March 21 – Leads Only
  • March 25, 26, 27, & 29 – Leads Only
  • April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – Full Cast
  • April 8, 9, 10 – Full Cast at Ben Franklin Middle School, Time TBD
  • April 11 – Dress Rehearsal at BFMS, Time TBD
  • April 13 – Performance at BFMS, 2:00pm

Regular Rehearsal Time:  4:00pm – 6:00pm

Audition, Callback & Rehearsal Location: 
Trollwood Performing Arts School
801 50th Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56560

Tech Week and Performance Location:  
Ben Franklin Middle School
1420 8th St N
Fargo, ND  58102

Tickets:  $7.00 at the door

Participation Fee:  $150 (includes t-shirt)

Class Limit:  32 students

Registration Deadline:  March 11, 2019.

2019 TCT CLASS ENROLLMENT IS NOW FULL

TROLLWOOD CHILDREN’S THEATRE FACULTY

JOAN DEGERNESS

Director, Trollwood Children’s Theatre

Joan Degerness is currently a Music Specialist in Moorhead, MN and teaches Grades K-4 at Dorothy Dodds Elementary. She has been a music educator for thirty years. Joan was the Artistic Director of the Red River Boy Choir from 1997-2005. She has also been an active church musician and soloist for over twenty years, serving as a worship leader, accompanist and children’s choir director of Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo. Ms. Degerness attended Trollwood Performing Arts School through her junior high and high school years. Her “claim to fame” was playing the part of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1983). She has also served at Trollwood as an administrative assistant, Imagine Children’s Choir Director, Children’s Choir Director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2008), and an ArtSpark Instructor since the program’s inception in 2004. Joan helped to start the Trollwood Children’s Theatre program in 2012 and serves as the program’s Artistic Director and Stage Director. She has also been the Director for the Totally Trollwood Musical since 2013. Joan holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Public School Music (K-12) from Concordia College, Moorhead, where she graduated with honors. She resides in West Fargo, ND with her husband, Dan. They have three sons, Jordan, Walker and Parker.

KATIE DAMICO

Vocal Director, Trollwood Children’s Theatre

Katie (Forsberg) Damico is currently an Elementary Music Specialist at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary (Moorhead Public Schools).  Previously she was an elementary music and middle school choir director at Dilworth Glyndon Felton Public Schools. During her fifteen years as a music educator, Ms. Damico has directed for the Lake Agassiz Girls’ Choir, given private piano and voice instruction, served as the Festival Choir director, served as a Sunday school music director, sang in the worship team at Peace Lutheran Church, and is currently a middle and high school choir director at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND.  Most recently, Katie was vocal director for Fargo North’s production of Disney’s Newsies!

NOTES & UPDATES!

4/11/19 – IMPORTANT RESCHEDULING ANNOUNCEMENT!

Due to the Fargo Public Schools closures for Friday, April 12th, Friday night’s performance of Annie KIDS has been canceled. There will now be only be one performance on Saturday, April 13th at 2pm.

Parents, please review the schedule for Saturday, as it has now changed:

  • 11:45am: All students who wear microphones arrive
  • 12:00pm: All other cast members arrive
  • DRESS REHEARSAL
  • LONGFELLOW SPARKLERS REHEARSE
  • 1:30pm: We will open the house as close to 1:30 as possible
  • 2:00pm: PERFORMANCE
  • AFTER THE PERFORMANCE: Photo Call – All cast members

We know this news is disappointing, but the safety of our students is always our number one priority. Let’s pack the theatre on Saturday, put on our biggest smiles, and have an absolutely unforgettable show!

4/11/19 – IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

Due to inclement weather, this afternoon’s dress rehearsal for Annie KIDS has been CANCELED. Parents, just a reminder that we will now be holding a rehearsal tomorrow afternoon prior to tomorrow night’s performance, and all TCT students will need to meet at Ben Franklin Middle School on Friday, April 12th at 4:30pm! Students with whom Kelsy has spoken with specifically about makeup should come to the theatre with their stage makeup already applied, and all cast members should have their hair styled and ready by 4:30pm. We want all of our students and families to stay safe tonight, and we can’t wait to see these talented kids shine tomorrow! Thank you!

4/10/19 – IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
Dear Parents,
“The snow (may) come out tomorrow.” We know that isn’t what anyone wants to hear after such a long winter, but in the event that the predicted weather impacts the Fargo Public Schools tomorrow, we’d like to share with you our rehearsal contingency plan:
If Fargo Public Schools and/or FPS extra curricular activities are closed/canceled tomorrow, we would not be holding rehearsal. If this situation occurs, we want to give your child one more opportunity to rehearse before opening night. These students have worked extremely hard, and we want them to feel super excited and confident going into Friday!
In the event that Thursday’s rehearsal is canceled, students will be asked to meet at Ben Franklin Middle School on FRIDAY, APRIL 12th, at 4:30PM to run through the show and rehearse before their opening night performance at 7pm. We would allot for the extra rehearsal time by opening the doors closer to 6:15/6:30.
We will be updating you on this situation through email, via postings on the Trollwood website, and through our Facebook page. If you don’t already follow us on social media, please give us a ‘like’ so we can keep you in the loop!
Thank you, and we can’t wait for you to see these fabulous kids take the stage this Friday night!
DON’T FORGET: 
Students will be taking their TCT program shirts home tonight after rehearsal. We’d like to encourage all of our Annie kids to wear their t-shirts to school on Friday. Let’s get the word out and celebrate these awesome young performers!

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE 

WEEK 1
MONDAY (3/18/19): AUDITIONS!
TUESDAY (3/19/19): CALLBACKS!
WEDNESDAY (3/20/19):  FULL CAST REHEARSAL!
THURSDAY (3/21/19):  Annie, Molly, Pepper, Duffy, July, Tessie, Kate, Orphans, Miss Hannigan, Rooster, Lily St. Regis
FRIDAY (3/22/19):  NO REHEARSAL!
WEEK 2
MONDAY (3/25/19):  Cast Needed – Annie, Molly, Pepper, Duffy, July, Tessie, Kate, Orphans, Miss Hannigan, Rooster, Lily St. Regis
TUESDAY (3/26/19):  Cast Needed – Annie, Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, Usherette, New Yorkers
WEDNESDAY (3/27/19): Cast Needed – Annie, Sandy, Lt. Ward (4:00-5:00pm only) Molly, Pepper, Duffy, July, Tessie, Kate (4:30-6:00pm only)
THURSDAY (3/28/19): NO REHEARSAL!
FRIDAY (3/29/19): Cast Needed – Molly, Pepper, Duffy, July, Tessie, Kate (4:00-5:00pm only) Warbucks, Grace, Usherette, Apple Seller (5:00-6:00pm only) Annie, Orphans/New Yorkers (4:00-6:00pm only)
WEEK 3
MONDAY (4/1/19): FULL CAST REHEARSAL!
TUESDAY (4/2/19): FULL CAST REHEARSAL!
WEDNESDAY (4/3/19): FULL CAST REHEARSAL!
THURSDAY (4/4/19): FULL CAST REHEARSAL!
FRIDAY (4/5/19): FULL CAST REHEARSAL!
WEEK 4
*Rehearsal held at BEN FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL*
MONDAY (4/8/19): Cast Members with Microphones (3:30-6pm), All Other Cast Members (4-6pm)
TUESDAY (4/9/19): Cast Members with Microphones (3:30-6pm), All Other Cast Members (4-6pm)
WEDNESDAY (4/10/19): Cast Members with Microphones (3:30-6pm), All Other Cast Members (4-6pm)
THURSDAY (4/11/19): Cast Members with Microphones (3:30-6pm), All Other Cast Members (4-6pm)
FRIDAY (4/12/19): NO REHEARSAL. Cast Members with Microphones (5:30pm Call-Time), All Other Cast Members (6pm Call-Time)
SATURDAY (4/13/19): NO REHEARSAL. Cast Members with Microphones (11:30am Call-Time), All Other Cast Members (12pm Call-Time)

NOTES FOR 4/2/19:

Please drop off and pick up your child at the back door (on the SE side of the building). There is an event that day in the main section of the building that we do not want to disturb. Thank you!


ANNIE KIDS CAST LIST

  • Ava Bach:  BERTHA HEALEY / NEW YORKER
  • Kyler Bachmeier:  PEPPER
  • Katelyn Benson:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Linden Charbonneaux:  SANDY
  • Lily Damico:  KATE
  • Ben Davies:  ROOSTER
  • Ainsley Dietrich:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Kaiden Dorsey:  LT. WARD
  • Elsie Eddy:  ORPHAN / NEW YORKER
  • Ellie Floberg:  ORPHAN / NEW YORKER
  • Jadyn Frey:  JULY
  • Sylvia Holm:  DUFFY
  • Alivia Horton:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Davie Judd:  ORPHAN / NEW YORKER
  • Maria Kryjevski:  BUNDLES / USHERETTE / LOUISE HOWE
  • Seth LaMont:  OLIVER WARBUCKS
  • Jocelyn Larson:  MOLLY
  • Lilia Mason:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Julia Melhus:  ANNIE
  • Harper Middendorf:  TESSIE
  • Ansley Otto:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Theodore Owens:  DRAKE / GRUMPY MAN
  • Gowri Pillai:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Kaylee Reinpold:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Ellie Rossland:  ORPHAN / NEW YORKER
  • Ellie Rudd:  MISS HANNIGAN
  • Anja Rygg:  ORPHAN / NEW YORKER
  • Eden Selvig:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Harrison Shewey:  APPLE SELLER / PRESIDEN FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
  • Oleksandra Tarnavchyk:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Paisley Triepke:  ORPHAN / NEW YORKER
  • Anika Van Hofwegen:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER / STAR-TO-BE
  • Carina Van Hofwegen:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER / STAR-TO-BE
  • Ella Vanlaningham:  GRACE FARRELL
  • Ellie Waldoch:  SERVANT / NEW YORKER
  • Grace Wood:  LILY ST. REGIS

STANDARDS AND BENCHMARKS

ARTSPARK (K-5)

ArtSpark introduces elementary students to the performing arts in three curricular areas: Vocal Music, Drama, and Dance.  The applicable standards and benchmarks for this program are listed below.  Not all standards and benchmarks will be addressed in each one week session, but a significant number of them will be represented.

MUSIC

Standard 1: Singing
Students sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

K-5.1.1. Sing independently on pitch and in rhythm.
K-5.1.2. Sing expressively.
K-5.1.3. Sing from memory a varied repertoire of songs representing genres and styles from diverse cultures.
K-5.1.4. Sing in parts.
K-5.1.5. Sing in groups.

Standard 2: Instrumental Performance
Students perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

*This standard is not applicable in ArtSpark.

Standard 3: Improvisation
Students improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

K-5.3.1. Students improvise simple melodies, rhythmic and melodic variations, and accompaniments.

Standard 4: Composition
Students compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.

*This standard is not applicable in ArtSpark.

Standard 5: Reading Music
Students read and notate music.

K-5.5.1. Read simple rhythms in basic meters.
K-5.5.2. Know how to use a system to read simple pitch notation.
K-5.5.3. Know symbols and traditional terms.
K-5.5.4. Know how to use basic symbols to notate music.

Standard 6: Listening
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music.

K-5.6.1. Know simple music forms when presented aurally.
K-5.6.2. Know a variety of styles representing diverse cultures.
K-5.6.3. Know terminology to describe music.
K-5.6.4. Know the sounds of a variety of instruments and voices for various cultures.
K-5.6.5. Understand the relationship between music and movement.

Standard 7: Evaluating Music
Students evaluate music and music performances.

K-5.7.1. Develop appropriate criteria to evaluate performances and compositions.
K-5.7.2. Understand how to use music terminology to express personal preferences for specific musical works and styles.

Standard 8: Music and Other Disciplines
Students understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and other disciplines.

K-5.8.1. Develop appropriate criteria to evaluate performances and compositions.
K-5.8.2. Understand the interrelationship of music and other disciplines.

Standard 9: Music, History, and Culture
Students understand music in relation to history and culture.

K-5.9.1. Know music from various historical periods.
K-5.9.2. Know how elements of music are used in music examples from various cultures.
K-5.9.3. Know various uses of music in daily experiences.
K-5.9.4. Know characteristics that make certain music suitable for its use.
K-5.9.5. Understand the role of musicians in various music settings and cultures.
K-5.9.6. Know appropriate audience behavior for the context and style of music performed.

DRAMA

Standard 1: Dramatic Literature
Students comprehend a wide variety of dramatic literature.

K-5.1.1. Know published and non-published fiction and nonfiction.
K-5.1.2. Understand scripting.
K-5.1.3. Understand the emotional reactions created by dramatic presentations.

Standard 2: Acting
Students will engage in fundamental acting skills.

K-5.2.1.Use a variety of movement, vocal pitch, tempo, and tone.
K-5.2.2. Understand the relationship between character and movement, vocal pitch, tempo, and tone.
K-5.2.3. Create and sustain a character.

Standard 3: Production
Students engage in fundamental production skills.

K-5.3.1. Know how visual elements and aural aspects are used to communicate.
K-5.3.2. Select materials to create technical elements of production.
K-5.3.3. Create marketing and publicity materials.

Standard 4: Cultural Context of Drama
Students will understand the cultural context of drama.

K-5.4.1. Recognize similarities and differences between theatre and one’s own life.
K-5.4.2. Use dramatization to understand culture.

Standard 5: Consumer of Theatre
Students will understand how to be knowledgeable consumers of theatre.

K-5.5.1. Know appropriate audience behaviors.
K-5.5.2. Know that people react to theatrical productions in different ways.

Standard 6: Drama and Human Development
Students understand the role of theatre in human development.

K-5.6.1. Use drama to develop creative thinking skills.
K-5.6.2. Use drama to develop critical thinking skills.
K-5.6.3. Use drama to develop social skills.

Standard 7: Drama and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between drama and other disciplines.

K-5.7.1. Know connections between drama and other disciplines in the curriculum.
K-5.7.2. Know how to use drama to demonstrate knowledge of other disciplines.

DANCE

Standard 1: Movement Skills
Students demonstrate proficiency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

K-5.1.1. Use dance elements to expand movement experiences.
K-5.1.2. Know boundaries of dance space.
K-5.1.3. Understand characteristics of nonlocomotor/axial movements.
K-5.1.4. Understand the characteristics of locomotor movements in many directions and pathways.
K-5.1.5. Move to a rhythmic accompaniment and respond to changes in tempo.
K-5.1.6. Understand the characteristics of balance and proper alignment.
K-5.1.7. Understand how body parts and joints are used in movement.
K-5.1.8. Use kinesthetic awareness, concentration, and focus in performing movement skills.

Standard 2: Choreography
Students understand choreographic principles, processes, and structures.

K-5.2.1. Understand the characteristics of a movement sequence.
K-5.2.2. Understand how improvisation is used to discover and invent movement.
K-5.2.3. Understand the characteristics of a dance phrase that is repeated and/or varied.
K-5.2.4. Know how to use the characteristics of solo and group dance to create whole compositions.

Standard 3: Dance and Meaning
Students understand dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.

K-5.3.1. Communicate ideas using movement.
K-5.3.2. Know how dance is similar to and different from other forms of movement.

Standard 4: Dance and Thinking Skills
Students apply critical and creative thinking skills in dance.

K-5.4.1. Know that a variety of strategies can be used to solve movement problems.
K-5.4.2. Understand how various dance styles are similar to and different from one another.

Standard 5: Dance, History, and Culture
Students understand the historical development of dance and its relationship to various cultures.

K-5.5.1. Know the characteristics of multicultural dance forms.
K-5.5.2. Understand the role and purpose of dance in various cultures.
K-5.5.3. Know characteristics of the forms of theatre dance.
K-5.5.4. Know and apply proper audience etiquette.
K-5.5.5. Know dances unique to local geographic regions.

Standard 6: Dance and Personal Wellness
Students understand the connection between dance and personal wellness.

K-5.6.1. Know healthy practices that enhance the ability to dance.
K-5.6.2. Understand the importance of warming up and cooling down the body.

Standard 7: Dance and Other Disciplines
Students understand the difference between dance and other disciplines.

K-5.7.1. Know how to use dance concepts to enhance understanding of other academic disciplines.