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Subject: Parent Messages in the Program

1.  Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 10 days ago
After seeing a couple different high school plays, in our town, I saw that many are doing messages in the playbill from the parents, family, or friends to the actors and technicians.  I really like the idea and the use of it as a fundraiser.  I have decided to do it in the programs for this year's productions.  All the ones I have seen call them "Well Wishes", but do any of you do them and call it something different or have a different idea for what to call them?  I like the idea of the messages, but I don't really like the title "Well Wishes".

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Richard Gremel
Theatre Teacher, Empire High School
Tucson AZ
Playwright
www.richardgremelplaywright.com
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2.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 10 days ago
We call ours "Shout Outs".

They are a great way to generate extra funds for the production.

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Christopher Hamilton
Drama Teacher
Kennewick WA
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3.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 10 days ago
I help out with publicity/graphic design for a few teacher friends (including my mother, @Jasmine Bucher​​!), and I've seen "Shout Outs," "Spotlights," "Music Grams, "Well Wishes," and for one production of The Sound of Music, "Yodels." I also know a friend who did "Arias" for The Phantom of the Opera!

It's something that many schools do as a fundraiser opportunity, and it's a great way to give love to students, staff, and community members who donate their time and talents.


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Rosemary Bucher
Licensing Representative, Educational Theatre
Samuel French
New York NY
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4.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 9 days ago
How much do you charge?  It sounds like a great fundraiser!!

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Maria Madonis Palassis
Oak Hills High School
Director of Orchestras
Director of Thespian Troupe 1256 Productions
Drama Club Advisor
Vocal Music Teacher: UnCommon Time,
Treble Choir
Musical Theatre Ensemble
Piano Teacher
Key Club Advisor






5.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 9 days ago
We call them Happy Ads~





6.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 9 days ago
Hey there!

We call them "Break a Legs". :)

I would be happy to send you order forms, tips, and what they look like in the final program; just let me know!

Christina

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Christina Marshburn
Theatre Teacher and Director
Williamsburg VA
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7.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 8 days ago
Hi Christina,
Please share your forms and samples!  Thank you.

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Rick Osann
Theatre Teacher
Maine Chapter Director
Standish, ME
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8.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 9 days ago
We use Thespian Tributes as our tag line.

Mrs. Dorothea Hackett, M.Ed.
National Board Certified Teacher
English/French/Theater Arts
9-12 English Department Chair
International Thespian Society 6949 Sponsor
DuBois Area Senior High School
425 Orient Avenue
DuBois, PA  15801
814-371-8111 x3137
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9.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 9 days ago
We call it "Fan Mail." At concessions there is also the opportunity to send a candygram.





10.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 9 days ago
We call them Bravo ads and charge $20 for each one with the money going to our program. We have a parent that coordinates them. We provide a variety of graphic choices (umbrellas for Mary Poppins, etc.) that are related to the particular show, which the parents can choose from and just add their message to.

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[Andy] [Simon]
[Theater Teacher]
[Naperville North High School
[Naperville] [IL]
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11.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 9 days ago
What is the deadline for parents to submit so that you can organize your program in a timely manner?

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GraciJohnsonTheatre DirectorCENTERTONAR
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12.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 8 days ago
Generally 3-4 weeks in advance.

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Andy Simon
Theater Teacher
Naperville North High School
Naperville, IL
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13.  RE: Parent Messages in the Program

Posted 8 days ago
We do two options.  The inexpensive option we call "Happy Grams" (though I'm not sure that I'm in love with the name) that are limited character messages (as a tweet would be).  We sell those to parents but also to the student body in the cafeteria as a way to give a shout out to friends in the cast.  But of course the other option is that parents are free to buy business card, quarter-page, half-page, or full-page ads at the same rate we charge businesses for advertising.

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Ryan Moore
Theatre Teacher and Forensics Coach
Royal Oak MI
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