Emily Dickinson PTSA


Welcome to Dickinson and Explorer Little Theater

Registration begins 1/7/19!

We are pleased to announce that our 2018-2019 Little Theater production will be Balfour and the Magic Hat.  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 March 22 and 23, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Auditions will be held after school on January 28 and 29.

Little Theater is open to 1st, 2nd and 3rd 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. * *

 Balfour and the Magic Hat

Director: Pat Haines-Ainsworth

Musical Director: Terry Alaric-Levitt

Little Theater Producers: Michele Teske Martin, Manda Mangrai


Important Dates

Jan 24 Mandatory Parent Information Night, Dickinson Library 6:30-8pm
Jan 28-29 AUDITIONS after school
Feb 4 FULL CAST read-thru
Feb 5 FULL CAST first rehearsal 
Mar 1 Deadline for Bios & Felicitations submission for Program
Feb 14-18 Mid Winter Break - NO REHEARSALS
Mar 8 Leap Day, NO REHEARSAL
Mar 20-23 ENTIRE CAST REHEARSALS - Please make arrangements to be here each day
Mar 20 FULL CAST Dress Rehearsal (Dickinson) 2:20-6:00pm
Mar 21 FULL CAST Tech Rehearsal
Mar 22 Opening Night Performance, 7pm (call time starting 5pm)
Mar 23 Final Performance, 1pm (call time starting 11am)


Mandatory Parent Meeting: Thursday, January 24, 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, January 28 & 29

Auditions for our Big Theater production of will be held after school on January 28 and 29. All students who are registered for Little 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 February 4

Rehearsals begin February 4 and will be held MON, TUES, THURS, FRI, 3:50-5:30pm.  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 5:30pm. 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, lighting and sound, ticketing, publicity, concessions, backstage and stage managers and chaperoning rehearsals.  VOLUNTEERING IS MANDATORY FOR YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN LITTLE THEATER.

Chaperoning Rehearsals

Each Little Theater family will need to chaperone at least one rehearsal. Little 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.)