Saturday, December 13, 2008

Message from Jake Dec 13

We had an eventful day today, and learned many lessons from our actions.

Everyone but Maymol and Mervin was able to come to practice today.

We started off the day by recording the introduction to the play, which went along smoothly. We then moved on to scene 1 and acted out the parts, and the actors received some good, constructive feedback. We attempted to record the voices for Scene 2, but there was a lot of background noises which distracted from the performance. We have decided to re-record scene 2 under better conditions to limit the background noises. Practice slowly came to a close after I got a staple stuck in my foot. At the end, we were contemplating about whether to replace Justin, George, and Mervin with younger children or not. There seems to be schedule conflicts with the youth, and they might not be able to dedicate time to our play.

Tomorrow will be a vital day for us, as we need to make a lot of progress. Tasks for tomorrow include-

Finalizing costumes

Record Scene 1

Record Scene 2

Decide whether to keep the youth boys or not.

Hope to see most of you tomorrow!

~Jake Jacob

Program Manager

Friday, December 12, 2008

Practice on Dec 13th

Let's meet at 10:00 AM at our class to continue our practice. We'll be doing the following items tomorrow:

1. Play Practice
2. Voice Recording
3. Discuss Costumes.

Tomorrow's lunch menu includes Pizza and H2O. Eat your favorite breakfast at home, so that you can sustain the lengthy practice sessions. Bring your own water bottles if you have any.

Check Kevin T's weather update and dress accordingly.

Additional Students for our Play

Today I spoke to the 11th Grade Teacher Mr. K.K. Mathew and got his verbal approval to use 3 students for our play.

Those 11th grade students are:
Mervin Jacob
George Mathew
Justin Joseph.
Thanks to Kevin T. for suggesting these names.

Earlier, I talked to the 4th Grade Teacher Mrs. Laly Zachariah and obtained her verbal approval to use Chris Cherian for our play.

We will include the above students on our future communications. Our Administrative Manager Jiby has their email addresses.

Review your lines

When you come for practice on Saturday, do review your lines. This is your play, and be creative and while you got some free time (from studies), think about how you can contribute towards your assigned role.

I expect you read the script by now. We already received few reviews about the script. If you did not provide any input, I assume you did not get a chance to read it. We will not be spending time on Saturday reading the script. That is something to be done outside. We cannot afford to do that.

Most of our practice time is consumed when we have to bring those who miss practices up to speed. Last Sunday is a good example. We had to repeat what we talked on Saturday and let's avoid it.

Does everyone have a ride?

If anybody needs wake up call on Satuday morning, that can be arranged too.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Program FAQ's.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions related to Christmas Program. We'll add more answers if I hear any.

Qn: When is our Christmas Program?

Ans: Our Christmas Program is on Dec 21st, at 4:00 PM.

Qn: What time is the food?

Ans: The food is being served after the program - maybe 7:30 PM.

Qn: Can I go home after Church Qurbana and before the Program on Dec 21st?

Ans: Plan on staying at the Church on Dec 21st after the Holy Qurbana. Most likely, we will be doing practice sessions at our class.

Qn: What is the dress code for boys during the Sunday school carol?

Ans: White Shirt, Black Pants, Red Tie, Black socks & Red Santa Cap.

Qn: What is the dress code for girls during the Sunday school carol?

Ans: Red Top, Black Skirt or Pants, Black socks & Red Santa Cap.

Qn: From which side of the stage do we enter?

Ans: We'll discuss it during practice.

Qn: Do I have to memorize my lines in the play?

Ans: If you come for the sound recording, we'll record your lines and you do not have to memorize your lines. Look out for the email about sound recording.

Qn: What is my costume going to be?

Ans: Get in touch with either the Boy's Costume Manager or the Girl's Costume Manager to get details.

Qn: What time is our skit?

Ans: Traditionally, we keep the younger kids' program at the begining. Our skit will most probably be in the second half, towards the end.

Qn: I am participating in more than one play. How do I know if both my programs are back to back?

Ans: Care will be taken to keep both your programs apart.

Qn: I have to change costume for the second play/Dance. Will I get time?

Ans: The programs will be arranged in such a way that you'll get time to change costumes. Keep your parents informed about your costume changes, and have some help ready.

Message from Kevin Thomas

Okay everyone,

As we all know, this Saturday the 13th there is play practice at our Church at 10:00 AM, please reply back if you cannot make it, or else it is your fault for not notifying me. Bring anything on Saturday that you think can help add to the play, especially props. We need EVERYONES full support and cooperation for this to be a success.

Thanks Everyone
P.S. 52°F 34°F that is the weather for Saturday, plan accordingly.

Kevin Thomas,
Transportation Manager

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kevin Thomas - new assignment

Kevin Thomas has been actively involved in our Christmas play, and stepping up whenever required. I am therefore handing over the 'Boys Costume Manager' Role to him. Kevin will now hold the joint responsiblities of both Transportation Manager as well as Boys Costume Manager. Good Luck Kevin T.

Student - Program Matrix

Based on the info we receieved, above is the student - program distribution.
If you decide to skip out of any programs, do let us know.
This list captures all our class as well as other class students who are helping us out.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Jake is available on Saturday!

Just heard that Jake can make it to the practice on Sat around 10:00 AM EST (earlier, Jake had said he could not make it). This is great news for our team so that we can make some progress.

I would be able to stay up until 1:00 PM on Sat.

Jake will send out the list of activities we need to complete this weekend.

I also learned that GAMA is staging programs on Saturday. How many of you are going for that?

All, stay healthy and try not to fall sick till our program is over. It's easy to get ill during winter. I sprained my right ankle yesterday at church and could not go to work or drive today. Take care of yourself.

Message from Jiby (Dec 08)

Hi everybody,

Last Sunday (12/7/2008) we went over the three parts of the play
1. Jesus & the Samaritan Lady (Dance)- Jake and Maymol
2. Samaritan Lady's Apostolic Work (Skit)- All Girls
3. Good Samaritan (Skit)- All Boys + Mariya as Innkeeper

The roles in the Good Samaritan portion of the play are:
Jesus/Narrator- Jake
Good Samaritan- Jiby
Levite- Christopher C. (confirmed)
Innkeeper- Mariya (Unfortunately, Jeevan can not make it to the program for various reasons.)Robbers- George, Justin J., and Mervin (however Kevin T. has not yet confirmed this)
Priest- Kevin V.
Traveller- Kevin T.

We still need some props and costumes, I might be able to send you all a list of props and costumes later on.

We also learned that we have our two helper parents: Sheraj Jacob and Molly Jacob (if you guys can please give me their emails just in case I have to contact them it would be greatly appreciated).

Since Jeevan can not make it, we need some one to fill in as the Technology (Sound) Manager, any volunteers?

This Saturday practice is going to be at 10 o'clock. Jake already said that he will not be able to make it. If anyone else plans not to come please tell Jacob Uncle so we can plan accordingly. We said that this Saturday (or Sunday) we plan to record for the Samaritan Lady's Apostolic Work (Skit), so we have to find some way to record it. Any suggestions? We also need to practice the skits so we can get familiar with it.

Also, we are going to plan out (and hopefully finalize) the costumes this Saturday. For the girls we said that they can plan amongst themselves. Maymol brought up the idea that the girls can wear a pavada with a sari blouse and shawl. That is not final so you three talk to each other and figure it out. We also said that the beginning dance will be Jake's and Maymol's responsibility.

If there are any suggestions, comments, or concerns please tell us.
-Jiby Yohannan