Need Childcare this Friday May 2nd to go to the Ball?

No problem.  Peninsula Gym on Laurel is staying open until 11pm for Chickens’ Ball attendees.

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How our Schools Benefit from the Chickens’ Ball…

Arundel:  “We bought a beautiful stage curtain and also a black curtain for the back of the stage to create a performance area for Arundel.”
Brittan Acres:  “At BA we will be spending our funds to upgrade our MU room stage for our Glee and classroom theater/musical performances – lighting, sound and curtain improvements.”  
Charter Learning Center:  “CLC is looking forward to replacing and adding equipment for our elective program (Fine Arts Block).  Sewing machines, digital video cameras, movie editing software and more digital cameras.  Thank you Chickens’ Ball.”
Central MIddle School:  “Over the last two years we have used these funds to support both visual and performing arts supporting the theater classes, art classes and music classes.”
Heather:  “The funds have been applied to the Artist in Residency program.”
Tierra Linda:  “At TL we spent $3000 on enhancing the art program, purchasing iPads so students can make animation and other moving art projects.  $2000 is going to each orchestra and band to enhance their programs.”
White Oaks:  “Chickens’ Ball funds have supported unforgettable Artist in Residence programs at White Oaks, giving children the opportunity to engage in visual and performance arts K-4 to build creativity and confidence.  With this year’s proceeds we’re hoping to add lighting to our stage so that white Oaks can shine even brighter during performances.”  
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2014 Chickens’ Ball Skits Chosen!

Hats Off Everyone,
We’re Having a Ball!!
First, we acknowledge the passing of Brian Kottmeier.  What a guy!!  His passing is so sad for everyone, and of course, mostly Sunny and the family.  Our hearts go out to them as we all adjust to that big change in our Chickens’ Ball family.  We will miss him so much.  His family is having a celebration at Huddart Park, February 1, noon to 4:00, Zwierlein Picnic Area.  The Park has a $5.00 entry fee – carpools advised.  Bring something to share and a beverage, if you can.  If you can’t, others will have plenty to share.  It will be good to do this celebration.  We love the Kottmeiers!!
Our Kick-off party is February 15 a the Casa de Flores.  Amy Walsh is doing the planning and has lots of great ideas including a great live band.  She’ll be getting the details out to everyone very soon.  Save the date!!
So it’s January and we hit the ground running – well. we usually hit the ground running if we have a place to run to.  We have all been working our resources like crazy but still haven’t been able to secure a warehouse site for our building of sets, etc.  We had hoped, as you know, to have a place where we could build and rehearse until we go to Central School MU room in Mid-March. We haven’t found a place yet.
So, we’ve been looking for rehearsal space in the meantime and have high hopes to have a temporarily permanent space by week after next week.  However, entre’actes will be rehearsing here and there next week.  Production Chair Lyndsey Smith and/or your choreographer will be in touch with you with details.
Skits are beginning their rehearsals in the spaces and times they have set for themselves.  Can’t wait to see how it is going with them.  There are some very creative ideas out there being worked on.
Melodrama:   Rebels With a Cause, Arundel/TL/Sports, and Lions Club
Variety:  Jr. Matrons, White Oaks and Friday Night Funnies
Meanwhile, the rest of the planning and implementation for our 2014 show is underway.  You know, in December when we sit back and enjoy the holidays, January and the Ball seem so far away but then, January hits and, all of a sudden, we need to get to work!  And we are.  Of course, this space issue has dominated but we are at work on the rest of the work as well.
Check our Facebook pages for Cast and Crew news and other fun stuff.  Thanks to Danika Stanley and LesleLitton for keeping up those pages.
Our colors are purple, and teal with a touch of red.  There is a logo attached to this message.  Just know that you should get out your favorite bowler/derby hat and decorate it!!  Id have the logo on this message if I were techie enough to do it.
Show Dates:  May 2    8:00 PM
May 3    8:00 PM
May 4    2:00 PM matinee
May 9    8:00 PM
May 10  2:00 PM matinee
May 10  8:00 PM
And watch for more news on a regular basis.  Hey, We’re Having a Ball.  Hats Off!!
Connie Barton Barba
General Chair
Sue Court
Asst. General Chair
Lyndsley Smith-Held
Production Chair
Kathy Smallman
Asst. Production Chair
Sandy Rodriguez
Production Coord.
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