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Karen Gotelli Vest

Last Weekend of Performances

May 6th and 7th are the last two days of performances for the 2016 San Carlos Chickens’ Ball. Don’t miss out. The audiences have been raucous and very interactive so far!!

Get your tickets now. Seating is general admission. Concessions available! Main entry to Mustang Hall is 828 Chestnut Street. Parking is limited with the school construction – Carpooling is encouraged!!

Remaining Show Dates are:

  • May 6 – 7:30 pm
  • May 7 – 2 pm
  • May 7 – 7:30 pm

Purchase tickets:

  • Online – at Eventbrite
  • Directly from our Ticket Chairman, Tim King – 650-787-5941 or email.
  • At the door

 

Enjoy the show!

San Carlos Chickens’ Ball – Local, Multi-Generational Talent Puts on a Skit Competition

Shows April 20-22, 26-28

The San Carlos Chickens’ Ball features great performers from different generations that get together to build community spirit and support public education in San Carlos. Some performers have been in the show for decades, while others are first time participants. Often, parents and their adult children work together.

“The Chicken’s Ball has a long and established tradition of bringing together top local talent to work together to support our kids.” said Sonya Sigler, Chairman of the 2012 San Carlos Chickens’ Ball. “Not only are the performers local, but the set construction, set painting, hand sewn costumes and props, writing of the skits and choreography are all done by local volunteer talent, often spanning generations.”

Multi-generation performers, cast and crew include:

  • Bob & Cathy Bensi, with daughter Danielle Bensi Barringer
  • Ron & Libby Utecht with daughter Kelly and son-in-law Fernando Bravo
  • Ricki Smith and daughter Lindsey Smith
  • Ron De Lora and daughter Karen De Lora
  • Jan Prodger  and daughter Lory Najac
  • Kathy Reite and daughter Mary Reite Nelson
  • Steve and Caroline Beckwith and their son, Lyle Beckwith
  • Dorine Hummel and daughter Kathy and son-in-law Tim Smallman
  • Sunny & Brian Kottmeier and son Casey Kottmeier
  • Angie Dillon and son Brandon Dillon
Second Generation performers, cast and crew include:
  • Doug Boostrom Jr. (his parents, Carmen & Doug Boostrom Sr. used to perform and work on stage construction)
  • Jan Crawford Huss and her brother Jimi Crawford (their parents, Don & Lee Crawford, used to perform)
  • Cindy Cox (Her parents , Betty & Wiff Cox, used to perform and produce the show)
  • Alan & Vicci Mueller (his mother, Annabelle Mueller, used to perform)
  • Laura Teutschel, (her mother, Linda Teutschel, used to work behind the scenes)
Some of the performers have been at it for over half a decade and show no signs of quitting. Said Sigler, “Sue Court has been performing in the show since 1960 and Bob Bensi since 1962. If you’ve never seen the Chicken’s Ball, this year’s production Belle’s of the Barbary Coast, gives you a chance to see your fellow parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors as you’ve never seen them before.”

Shows are April 20-22, 26-28. Tickets are available for performances this weekend at Central Middle School in San Carlos, or online at www.chickensball.org.

Carrying on a Grand Tradition

In 1939, San Carlos teacher Howard Demeke had the idea to bring members of the community together to raise a little “milk money” for the school children. He rallied the community and started a friendly “skit” competition. 73 years later, the Chickens’ Ball is the oldest PTA fundraiser in the country and one of the longest continuously running shows of all time. This bawdy raucous and sometimes risqué community tradition raises money for the seven public schools in San Carlos. Funds raised this year will go towards supporting the performing arts.

For more information on the San Carlos Chickens’ Ball, please see chickensball.org or contact Sonya Sigler at (650)281-8325.
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April 14th Chairmen’s Message – Break a Leg!

Wow – what a fun dress rehearsal. Congratulations to Alan Mueller, the 2012 Chickens’ Ball dedicatee (and Happy Birthday!). I hope everyone enjoyed the birthday cake that Vicci brought for Alan.

Some things went really smoothly, others not so much. Let’s work on making smooth transitions and timing. I don’t think any of the skits went over in terms of their 7 minutes, but a couple were close.

Opening – we will be meeting at 1:20 pm in the middle of the pod to go over the dialogue and timing.

A few pictures (from Rick Skrenta) of today’s dress rehearsal can be found here:
http://chickensball.shutterfly.com/pictures/1397
Thank you and see you all tomorrow!
Sonya
PS – Hopefully you saw the article in the SM Daily Journal on Friday the 13th.
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Looking ahead:
Week of April 16th  – a few rehearsals have been booked already for next week. Please check it out:
7-8:30 Monday – Arundel/TL/Sports from 7-8, Be Italian from 8-8:30
7-8:30 Tuesday – FNF from 7-8, Shady Dames from 8-8:30
7-9 Wednesday  – Lions
April 29th – 8 am – strike the set… seems blasphemous to put this date on here when we are just going into performances but it is a reminder that many hands make light work!
May 5th – After the Ball Party – more info will be available when we have it…
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Room Assignments
Barring any last minute changes from the SCSD or Central, these will be the room assignments:
Band/Back Stage Crew – Library
Pictures – Library
Usherettes – Library
Steering – Faculty Lounge
Judges – Room 9
Men’s entres – 12
Make-up – 13
Female Entres – 18
White Oaks – 19
A/TL/Sports – 20
FNF – 21
Rebels – 23
Lions – 24
Charter/JM – 25
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Hospitality
Our Steering Committee has put together a great list of places to go to for before or after show time hospitality. These restaurants have agreed to stay open late for us and have food and drinks ready for us.
CreoLa Friday, April 20   10:30pm
Piacere Saturday, April 21   10:30pm
Mythos Thursday, April 26 5:30pm to 7:45pm 10:30pm – closing SCEF Chickens’ Night on the Town
Piacere Thursday, April 26 5:30pm to 7:45pm   SCEF Chickens’ Night on the Town
Flight Lounge Thursday, April 26 10:30pm – closing
Viva la Vita Thursday, April 26 5:30pm to 7:45pm   SCEF Chickens’ Night on the Town
TBD   Friday, April 27   10:30pm
Piacere Saturday, April 28   10:30pm

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Schedule for Feeding the band, back stage crew:
Rebels – April 15
Lions – April 20
Chairman/Steering – April 21 – 8 pm
A/TL/Sports – April 22
Charter/JM – April 26
FNF  – April 27
WO – April 28
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CHICKENS’ BALL SURVIVAL KIT
How to have a successful Chickens’ Ball – what is needed to survive your performances? Well, there are a few things that are very helpful to have back stage: mirror, lighted mirror, clothing rack, changing area (tri-fold screen); full length mirror; a well-stocked SHOW make-up bag – extra bright blush, false eyelashes (and glue), base make-up, etc. (see the make-up requirements on the cast & crew tab of chickensball.org), straight pins (not straight jackets, although talk to me after the show is over and I’ll tell  you if that was really needed). safety pins (large & small), bobby pins, hair pins, wig stand (if you use a wig), mustache or beard glue, garment  bags (especially good to have if it is raining)…, gum, mints, snacks, extra nude/skin tone hose, extra fishnet stockings, other extras (undergarments, etc. as needed), and probably a few more items, I am forgetting. Most of all, the ultimate survival tool is a willingness to have fun and a sense of humor! Definitely don’t forget to bring those!
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VIDEO
We will be filming on Saturday April 21st at 2 pm and if needed, also April 21st at 8 pm. John Stevens will be filming our show. We will be recording both the ambient sound and the output from the sound system. The video will be $20 and our show photo montage will also be $20 and if you buy them together, it will be $30. You will be able to pre-order this as well, so look for a separate email on this topic.
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AFTER THE BALL PARTY
We will be having a Cinco de Mayo party as our after the Ball party on, funny enough, May 5th. Location and timing will be finalized and details sent out in a separate message. Again, you will be able to pre-order your dinner and we will send the details about that in a separate message.
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Please send out the flyers emailed to you Friday, March 30th (or on hand at Central) and encourage your contacts to buy tickets NOW! Don’t forget to share our flyers – ticket flyer, show flyer and neighbor flyer! See last week’s message and the cast & crew tab  of our website for more info.