To abide by the established qualifications to retain our Enrichment Program status, all Loyal Heights students were invited to participate in our production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. All who expressed interest were asked to review the TAG Experience to understand the program prior to committing and all 144 who auditioned/signed up were secured in the company. Cast members were asked to pay dues which covered the cost of a cast t-shirt, a costume, and a cd of the score to keep. Each cast member received quality music, acting, and dance training over the course of 3-5 months and performed for live audiences. Rehearsal Assistant Team (RAT) members were asked to pay dues which covered the cost of a RAT hat, crew t-shirt, pants and socks, and cd of the score to keep. All who registered to be a RAT were secured in the program. They received hands-on theatre production experience over the course of 3-4 months and performed for live audiences. For the convenience of participating families, TAG coordinated bus transportation with SPS to three locations in Ballard for all cast and RAT members after weekday rehearsals for the length of the rehearsal run and a convenient location was secured for the performance venue. Company members received weekly correspondence during the TAG season; that and all company information was available anytime on this website. All TAG alumni were welcome to participate as backstage volunteers, proving our ongoing commitment to LHE students, encouraging longterm friendships, and providing excellent role models for our current students. Scholarships were available to any company member who requested so that all interested had the opportunity to participate. We had four shows, performing to 1,900 audience members in three days. Subsidized tickets were available to our LHE community so that anyone interested had the opportunity to attend.
All adults in our LHE community were invited to participate on the TAG Team to plan the production and the LHPTA board received an open invitation to attend any TAG Team meetings; Meetings were posted on the TAG Calendar throughout the length of the production run. All major decisions related to casting, creative direction, rehearsals, schedules, budget, volunteering, etc. were made by the TAG Team or appropriate sub-committees therein. Two anonymous surveys were offered; one to our TAG families and a second to the TAG Team which accompanied our annual TAG Team project critique meeting in May to invite constructive feedback and ideas for improvement and change to best support our ever-evolving school community. Per tradition, all information collected will be reviewed this year and again at the beginning of next year's production.
Every inquiry that was submitted through this website, emails, texts, and phone calls received a personal reply. Gratitude was expressed throughout the production run through the B&B Bulletin (weekly company correspondence), BeaverTales, playbills, recognition at the Company Party, and personal thank you's.
Securing our Enrichment Program status provides significant financial savings. Including every interested LHE student in this production resulted in a large cast and audience, which required an appropriately sized venue. Upon request and with district approval, the rental fees for the Seattle Public School (SPS) venue used were waived. Other costs related to the venue, which are on par with other theatre arts productions at local schools and throughout Seattle, include lighting, HVAC, and student crew services as required by the district. Performing at a venue within SPS not only retains costs within our school district but directly benefits the Ballard High School Drama Program which provides the highest quality theatre arts experiences at the high school level. Note: Since the 2015-16 school year, TAG alumni have participated in this program at BHS, thus reinforcing our commitment to all TAG participants, past and present.
All production, music direction, and choreography as well as design services for sets, props, costumes, hair/makeup, lighting, photography, videography, and graphic design were generously donated by volunteers within our Loyal Heights community. Donations and significant discounts were procured for as many materials as possible so that the project respected the LHPTA-approved budget. Production costs were covered by ticket sales, photo sales, video sales, and dues for the sole purpose of creating a quality, relevant theatre arts experience for company and audience members alike.
Detailed research proves that TAG consistently offers a more thorough musical theatre experience to our students, school community, and audience members at considerably less cost to our families than provided by other schools locally and throughout the city of Seattle. All money collected went directly to the LHPTA to pay for production costs; Any monies not used for this program will be absorbed into the general LHPTA fund to benefit the entire LHE community. TAG is a 100% financially self-reliant program.
School & Community Outreach
TAG supported other goings on at our school by promoting the Family Dance, Book Fair, Art Walk, and Auction as well as other applicable theatre arts events and opportunities in our Ballard & Seattle communities. Many of our TAG Team members attended the LHE Auction and contributed to the "Be Our Guest; An Enchanted Evening in Our Own Provençal Village" package donated on behalf of the B&B company.
TAG suggested the annual poster sales (product 100% donated by TAG) and flower sales that raised $1,500 towards this year's Fifth Grade Camp Orkila trip. As a show of gratitude, Legacy Gifts that directly benefit all LHE students, staff, and community are included in each year's TAG production budget.
A Note of Thanks
We are grateful for this opportunity to have engaged our school community, our amazing students, staff, and families. We extend heartfelt thanks to all who participated in the B&B adventure in any way and to the LHPTA for sponsoring this program.
The Future of TAG
We need you! To participate in next year's TAG Team, click here.
We are pleased to announce next year’s TAG Chairs, Sadie Agurkis and Jennifer Haldimann, who will ensure the continuation of this program and theatre arts education at our school. For more information on the TAG Chairs, click here.