The TAG Experience
Every Child A Star
Our "Every Child A Star" program reinforces our commitment to each and every TAG company member. Our positive character qualities encourage each student to achieve their fullest potential through exposure to theatre arts: Be kind, be thoughtful, be courageous, and "there's no place like home" (i.e. celebrating our school community).
All participants are expected to behave in a respectful and responsible manner to adults and students alike at all Loyal Heights Elementary's Theatre Arts Group (TAG) activities. Rules, expectations, and consequences that apply during school hours apply at all TAG events, regardless of time or location. Expectations for behavior will be discussed with the company at Orientation. For more information, click here.
Current LHE students in all grades are invited to participate as cast members in the musical production. All participants must register and pay dues, then sign up for an audition call time prior to attending any TAG events through Online Registration. Registering constitutes a family commitment that your child(ren) will attend every TAG event for which they are scheduled and that participating families will volunteer at a minimum of three shifts during show week. Please contact us if you are interested in available scholarships. Click here to learn more.
Rehearsal Assistant Team (RATs)
Students in fourth grade or above, who are not in the cast, may participate on the Rehearsal Assistant Team to learn backstage theatre skills. Click here to learn more about this exciting program. Note: All who desire to be RATs must register and pay dues, no audition necessary. Please contact us if you are interested in available scholarships
Some students from the Rehearsal Assistant Team may be invited to serve as Stage Crew, working in the wings during performances. Stage Crew is by invitation only, registering to be a RAT does not guarantee participation as Stage Crew. Note: There are some Stage Crew responsibilities that contractually must be performed by the BHS Stage Crew.
All current LHE students who desire to be in the cast must register, sign up for an audition time, then audition. Click here to review the Audition Process and the TAG Calendar for dates, times, and locations. Note:No roles are pre-cast and all actors enter auditions with equal opportunity, regardless of roles they've played in past TAG or other theatre productions. All roles are eligible for double casting. Casting decisions are final.
Some students being considered for specific roles may be invited back for callbacks, a second opportunity for the casting team to see them prior to making final casting decisions. Note: Callbacks are by invitation only and will be closed events; only those scheduled will be allowed to attend.
All students who audition will be cast in the musical, their roles listed in order of appearance on the Cast Posting page. Each actor is thoughtfully considered and cast in a role in which they are the most suited and best able to shine, based on auditions and callbacks.
Orientation introduces all company members to our script, theatre basics, and our Every Child A Star program. Each company member will receive a CD of the score and some cast members will receive scripts. Expectations for behavior will be discussed.
Weekday rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from November 7th through March 15th. They will be Monday through Friday from March 19th through April 17th. All weekday rehearsals will be at LHE/JM, start immediately after school, and end at 5pm. Company members may only attend rehearsals for which they are called. After school, company members will enjoy a nut-free snack (brought from home) in the lunchroom, then escorted to rehearsal. Rehearsal schedules will be posted on the TAG Calendar prior to auditions. Please respect our directors and fellow company members; attendance for all events for which you are called is expected. Check the TAG Calendar for dates, times, and locations. Note: These are open rehearsals; any who wish to attend need only sign in at the school office.
Families may choose for their company members to be bussed to Ballard on district-provided activity buses. The buses leave LHE/JM at the end of rehearsals and drops kids off at three locations. Visit our Activity Bus page for details and the most up-to-date information.
There may be several Super Saturday rehearsals for the musical, which provide vital opportunities for the company to run through the production. Not all company members will need to attend each of these rehearsals or the entire time block. Super Saturday schedules will be posted on the TAG Calendar prior to auditions. Please respect our rehearsal team and fellow company members; Prompt attendance is expected for all company members called. See the TAG Calendar for dates, times, & locations. Note: These will be closed rehearsals; only those scheduled will be allowed to attend.
Company members will receive a company email via MailChimp each Friday during the TAG season. All company information is also available on our website anytime on our News page. Note: You will not receive company correspondence until you register. Once registered, please check that these emails are not being sent to your 'promotions' or 'junk' folders.
We take photos of the company to provide mementos of your TAG experience and may be used in the program &/or for promotional materials. Families will be notified when the photos are available for purchase. Note: This will be a closed photo shoot; No one will be allowed into the photo session except for those being photographed at their scheduled time slot and the scheduled volunteers.
The school assembly is a preview of the musical— a teaser for the rest of the school as well as providing valuable experience for the company to perform for a live audience. Note: This is an open event; Families are welcome to attend.
Show week consists of moving our sets over to the theater, a series of afternoon/evening rehearsals, performances, then strike. It is a busy time for all. Please respect our rehearsal team and fellow company members; Prompt attendance is expected for all company members called. Note: All rehearsals at the theater will be closed; only those scheduled will be allowed to attend.
Each person attending the show (not including lap children under the age of 2) must pay for admission. All ticket sales will be done online. A link to ticket sales will be posted as performance dates approach. Note: LHE families, please contact us if you are interested in available subsidized tickets.
All company members (cast, RATs, and alumni), their families, and volunteers are invited to celebrate a job well done with a pot-luck dinner at the school. This promises to be loads of fun and a great way to say "farewell" to our TAG family (sniff, sniff). A link to sign up will be posted on the TAG Calendar.
Secret Guest Stars
Each year we invite someone connected to our LHE community to be our Secret Guest Star(s). Their identities are kept hidden until performances. Who will it be this year???
"Who's Who" Wall
Our "Who's Who" wall presents a photo and short bio of each company member at performances, ensuring that everyone feels special and equally important regardless of their role in the production. Company members are invited to keep their bios after the final performance as a memento of their TAG experience.
Students from each casting group that display exceptional responsibility and respect qualities may be asked to serve as Dance Captains, to maintain a calm and functional environment with cast members at rehearsals and backstage. Those that serve in this capacity are noted with an asterisk on the Company Posting page and highlighted in the program for their efforts. For more information, visit our Dance Captains page.
Our Mentoring Program allows younger students to shadow older ones to learn backstage responsibilities. This is by invitation only, based on ability and performance at previous TAG events.
All LHE students are invited to participate in TAG-sponsored enrichment courses. For more information, visit our Enrichment Courses page. Adults, if you are interested in leading &/or participating in TAG enrichment courses, please let us know through our Contact page.
Our Alumni Program solidifies our commitment to past TAG members by providing continuing, hands-on theatre arts experiences as well as opportunities to serve as positive role models and mentors for our current cast members. Visit our Alumni page for more information.
All LHE adults are invited to participate on the TAG Team - no prior experience needed - and TAG families are asked to volunteer at a minimum of three shifts during show week. For more information, visit our TAG Team Responsibilities and Volunteer Responsibilities pages.