Emily Dickinson PTSA


Welcome to Dickinson and Explorer Big Theater

Registration begins 11/5/18!

We are pleased to announce that our 2018-2019 Big Theater production will be Hercules and the Golden Apple.  Patricia Haines-Ainsworth is back to direct another fun-filled student performance. Big Theater is a special experience for everyone involved. We are looking forward to a great show! Performances will be January 25 and 26, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Auditions will be held after school on December 3 and 4.

Big Theater is open to 4th and 5th grade students. 

COST: $85  

Please read all requirements below before registering HERE.  Registration is open to PTSA members only due to our insurance and chaperone policies.

Scholarships for PTSA membership and participation fees are available.  Please contact our school counselor, Meredith Nash, at mernash@lwsd.org 

* * Below you will find the information you need to help us deliver another stellar performance. * *

 Hercules and the Golden Apple

Director: Pat Haines-Ainsworth

Musical Director: Terry Alaric-Levitt

Big Theater Producers: TBD


Important Dates

Nov 28 Mandatory Parent Information Night, Dickinson Library 6:30-8pm
Dec 3-4 AUDITIONS after school
Dec 10 FULL CAST read-thru
Dec 11 FULL CAST first rehearsal 
Dec 21  Deadline for Bios & Felicitations submission for Program
Dec 24-Jan 4 Winter Break - NO REHEARSALS
Jan 22-24 Tech Week - Mandatory attendance at ALL rehearsals
Jan 23 FULL CAST Dress Rehearsal (Dickinson) 2:20-6:00pm
Jan 24 FULL CAST Tech Rehearsal
Jan 25 Opening Night Performance, 7pm (call time starting 5pm)
Jan 26 Final Performance, 1pm (call time starting 11am)


Mandatory Parent Meeting: Wednesday, November 28, 6:30pm

There will be a mandatory parent meeting on November 28 at 6:30pm in the Dickinson Library. Big Theater requires that parents take on volunteer and chaperone responsibilities. 

Auditions: Monday and Tuesday, December 3 & 4

Auditions for our Big Theater production of will be held after school on December 3 and 4. All students who are registered for Big Theater will audition for assigned roles. Students should be prepared to read or recite a few lines of something (poem, story, monologue) and sing a song (any song, Happy Birthday is fine) at their audition.

Rehearsals begin December 6

Rehearsals begin December 6 and will be held MON, TUES, THURS, FRI, 3:50-5:50pm.  Please note: there are NO WEDNESDAY rehearsals EXCEPT for week of show. Please refer to the director's schedule which will be provided to all parents and cast members.

Students who show up on dates they are not called will be sent home. If your students needs to miss a rehearsal for sickness, vacation, or other reasons, please notify the producers as early as possible.

Please send a healthy snack with your student. When not actively rehearsing, students should engage in a quiet activity such as reading or doing their homework. Students should be picked up at 5:50pm. Parents must sign out their student upon pick up.


All parents are expected to help with the production. Our theater program cannot happen without the volunteers to assist with costumes, hair/makeup, props, set design, tickets, publicity, concessions, backstage and stage managers and chaperoning rehearsals.

Chaperoning Rehearsals

Each Big Theater family will need to chaperone at least one rehearsal. Big Theater is a PTSA sponsored program therefore all parent chaperones must be PTSA members and approved LWSD volunteers. (Click HERE to join PTSA and visit LWSD to complete your application to volunteer.)