Welcome to Term One 2018! We trust you are all well-rested and ready to start an exciting semester with Hills Youth Theatre.
Our June production is
Script written by Joan Leslie, our original HYT Tutor,
& adapted for HYT by Di Mason
Based on the classic story by Eleanor Porter, written in 1913
Friday 22rd June – Sunday 1st July, 2018
‘Pollyanna’ was originally written for HYT by our wonderful Patron, the lovely Joan Leslie and performed on the Stirling stage in 1995. Having joined HYT at it’s inception in 1986, Joan, lovingly and tirelessly wrote all the scripts for the students to perform and I remember watching the HYT shows with my son who was waiting to join classes, in awe as they unfolded with style and dramatic content…and to everyone’s amazement 90 very focused and talented students performing without missing a beat. I am delighted to be able to adapt Joan’s original script and add a few creative ideas of my own and I look forward to working with the students on this dramatic story and focusing during class on the skills of Speech Delivery … Posture, Pitch, Projection, Pace and Pause.
An added little bit of trivial yet exciting information is that our new Tutor, to the Junior and Junior Youth students, Hayley Horton, actually performed as a student in the 1995 production of ‘Pollyanna’ written and Directed by Joan leslie…and has fond and memorable memories of the show and her experiences at HYT as a child. It is wonderful to have Hayley now as part of the Tutor / Production team. Welcome.
Below is a synopsis of the show and in class over the next three weeks we will be working on the audition process. In week four of HYT term, the week from Monday 26th February – Saturday 3rd March we will be holding our auditions in class time. At HYT, auditions are part of our curriculum and we teach the students the process so that they are fully aware of what is expected. We look forward to working with your child and getting them ready for their audition. It is important for your child to know that this is a learning process and conducted in a safe, friendly environment.
This is a delightful, classic tale, of the greatest optimist of all time, Pollyanna. But it is much more than that. It’s a story of a little girl’s faith in her father’s promise – that you can find something good about anything that happens – guides her steadfastly through circumstances that most adults would find formidable.
Pollyanna becomes an orphan, when both her parents pass away, and is placed into the care of her wealthy but stern and cold spinster Aunt Polly, who does not want to take in Pollyanna but feels it is her duty to her late sister. A difficult situation with a clash of hope and doubt meeting under the same roof !
Pollyanna’s philosophy centers on what she calls ‘The Glad Game’, an optimistic and positive attitude she learned from her father. The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation no matter how bleak it may be.
With this philosophy, her own sunny personality and her sincere, sympathetic soul, Pollyanna brings so much gladness to both her aunt and the little dispirited town of Harrington that she transforms it into a pleasant place to live, touching everyone’s heart and soul with her buoyant refusal to be down cast. Even old grumpy Mr. Pendergast and complaining Mrs. Snow do not escape from her joy.
Production Fee / Production Form
HYT charges a $30.00 production fee for each student taking part in the show to cover some of the costs of putting the production together. There are many costs involved in bringing a production to the stage and this small fee covers things such as: printing scripts, photocopying, Music CDs, face paint, costumes, set, lighting, graphics, props, tickets, banners, publicity, tea, coffee, toilet paper and so on.
Everyone MUST complete the online Production Form as an indication of your payment OR your child’s non-involvement in the June show BEFORE Saturday 24th February.
Please transfer the $30 Production Fee for each child that is taking part in the June show to:
Hills Youth Theatre
BSB Number: 105 079
Account Number: 041 304 340
Reference: The name of your child(ren)
Download schedules here:
|Sunday 20th May||Timetable Schedule to be announced||Compulsory Costume Fitting Day at The HYT Costume Site
100 Old Mt. Barker Road
|All Cast: headshots taken for program|
|Monday 21st May
and Friday 25th May
4 – 6.30p.m.
|Double Class for students to work / rehearse together
Double Class for students to work / rehearse together
|Monday Youth and Senior Youth Classes
Friday Youth and Senior Youth Classes
|Saturday 2nd June||10.00 – 1.00||Principals – Full Run||Principals Only|
|2.00 – 6.00||Blocking ALL Dialogue Scenes||ALL Cast- Schedule TBA|
|Sunday 3rd June||11.30 – 2.30||Costume Call||All Cast – Schedule TBA|
|2.30 – 6.00||Full Run ACT 2- no costumes||All Cast- Schedule TBA|
|Sat 9th & Sun 10th June||Long Weekend||Set Building & Painting||Everyone that can assist|
|Thursday 14h June||4.00 – 7.30||Full Run Act 1 – no costumes||All Cast|
|Saturday 16th June||11.30 – 6.00||Full Run – with Costumes||ALL CAST|
|Sunday 17th June||10.00 – 11.30||Principals photo shoot||Principals Only|
|12.00 – 6.00||Photo shoot, Full run
|Wednesday 20th June||4.00 – 7.30||Final dress rehearsal – no makeup||All Cast|
Performance Schedule (All Cast)
|Show date/day||Arrive/finish||Performance||Show time|
|Friday 22nd June||5.30 – 9.30||Opening night||7.00 Start|
|Saturday 23rd June||5.00 – 8.30||Twilight performance||6.00 start|
|Sunday 24th June||1.00 – 4.30||Matinee performance||2.00 start|
|Friday 29th June||6.00 – 9.30||Evening performance||7.00 Start|
|Saturday 30th June||5.00 – 8.30||Twilight performance||6.00 start|
|Sunday 1st July||1.00 – 4.30||Finale
Cast Parties will be held during normal class times during the last week of term, in the following week after the show is finished.