Arts Alive! & the Sowams PTO Present the 2nd & 3rd Grade Play…
I Won’t Grow Up- Orphans
2nd & 3rd Grade students at Sowams are invited to explore their creativity and engage in the art of theatre, dance and music through an after-school program sponsored by their school’s PTO. Professional artists from Arts Alive!, a Barrington based non-profit organization, will work with students to guide and direct them through the process of learning, rehearsing and performing in an ensemble musical production. In addition, they will be introduced to and review the basic skills of performing for theatre and begin to refine those skills through practice and individual exploration. Fun developmental improv games will keep kids on their toes and smiling! Students will dig deeper into playing characters, interpreting story as a group and refining their stage presence. We will rehearse scenes, songs, and choreography and the program will conclude with Our 2nd & 3rd Grade Celebration of Children in Theatrical Showstoppers Festival-Style weekend featuring I Won’t Grow Up – “Orphans” presented by Sowams School. These young actors will get a chance to explore some “hard knocks” by singing and dancing their way through excerpts from “Annie”, “Oliver” and “Les Miserables”! These beloved orphans are guaranteed to leave you smiling for days.
Registration: Registration Opens Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm – Wednesday, March 8th. Registration will be available at www.artsalivebarrington.org and an email will be sent when registration opens. The Program will be limited to 35 students per rehearsal day (70 students total). Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Any student who would like to register beyond these spots will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if any spots become available. Registration will close on March 8th, or as soon as all spaces are filled. We will have a waitlist after the program has filled. Your child may only participate in their respective school’s program.
Auditions: Everyone gets a part! Auditions will be held on your student’s selected rehearsal day on the following dates:
*Monday, March 20th Afterschool-4:30pm in the Sowams Multipurpose Room
*Wednesday, March 22nd Afterschool-4:30pm in the Sowams Multipurpose Room
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will take place from March 27th – May 31st. See rehearsal days below that you will be able to select from at registration (No rehearsals on Holidays or BPS PD Days.):
*Mondays Afterschool-4:30pm in the Sowams Multipurpose Room
*Wednesdays Afterschool-4:30pm in the Sowams Multipurpose Room
Performance/ Tech Week Dates:
PERFORMANCE- Sunday, June 11th 12:00pm
TECH/ DRESS REHEARSAL- Thursday, June 8th
All tech rehearsals/ performances will be held at Barrington High School. Actor call times TBD.
Program Fee: $160 for all registrants. Sibling discount of $25 off second and subsequent students’ registration fees for in the same 2nd/ 3rd Grade School Program. Registration must be done through Arts Alive, but payment will be made to the Sowams PTO (Your spot is not reserved without your online registration & payment). Scholarships are available. All Scholarship applicants should contact Mr. Callahan directly. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 5th.
COVID Policies & Procedures: We will continue to align with the BPS COVID-19 Protocols.
Policies for Sowams School
All communications are through email from Arts Alive. Please do not call the office with questions about the play.
It is imperitive that we have the correct email for you and any other caregivers for your child. Also, please ensure that you are able to receive emails from email@example.com.
Rehearsal Dismissal + Late Pick-Up Policy
Unless otherwise noted, rehearsals at Sowams School end at:
4:00 pm for 1st graders
4:30 pm for 2nd & 3rd graders
You do NOT need to send in a dismissal note for rehearsals. Arts Alive! staff will provide a list of children participating in rehearsals each week for sign-out.
Please be on time to pick up your child. If your child remains in our care 15 minutes beyond the designated pick-up time, you will incur a $10.00 late pick up fee per family for every 10 minutes beyond the 15 minute grace period (i.e., 1-10 minutes late, $10.00; 11-20 minutes late, $20.00, etc.). Late fees must be paid in full at the time of pick up. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
While we are confident that your experience with Arts Alive will be a positive one, we have outlined our refund policy below. All refund requests must be made in writing and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a registered student decides not to participate in the Arts Alive school program:
– A full refund, minus a $30 processing fee will be given if the student withdraws, prior to the first day of auditions
– A 50% refund will be given for withdrawal after auditions have started but before the cast list is posted
– A 25% refund will be given after cast lists have been posted but prior to the first rehearsal
– No refunds will be given once rehearsals have begun. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.
The play consists of an ensemble cast. Even if you think your child has a small part, they are a significant part of the play. Their absence affects the entire cast. Please do your best to ensure that your child is present for every rehearsal for which they are called. If your child has to miss a rehearsal, please notify us as soon as possible. More than two (2) absences may result in a student’s lines being reassinged to another actor.
All participants and their parents will be required to review and sign the Arts Alive! Discipline Policy. The Discipline Policy will be reviewed at the start of the program. In addition, a hard copy will be provided to be signed and returned.
Scholarship are available. Please contact Principal Callahan if you wish to apply.
Fitting dates will be announced through email.
All fittings take place at our storage facility:
The Hankerchief Factory
569 Main Street, Suite 211