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April 15th at 7 PM

April 16th at 2 and 7 PM

April 17th at 2 PM

Tickets are $10.00 for all and can be bought at the door, 1 hour before the show.

If you rather skip the lines, you can buy your tickets online at    https://search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/webstore.html…

(Please note there is a fee for the processing of buying the tickets online)

 

Buy your tickets before the rush!

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This is the perfect way to make sure you have your tickets and we don’t sell out! You can now buy your tickets online! Go to this site to buy your tickets for the performance you would like to attend.

(Please note- the tickets bought online are more expensive than buying them at the door, as there are fees involved that we do not receive.)

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Cast and crew pass this around to make sure your family and friends get to see this amazing show!

If you buy tickets online, you will get to skip the long lines at the ticket booth and be able to pick up your tickets at the will call table an hour before the show. 

Giving Back

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Did you know that there are an estimated 2,135 homeless children here in Brevard County?

We are saddened by this statistic and as our own community is so wonderful in helping us grow as a theatre department we want to give back to our community and help aid in hopefully diminishing this statistic. Every year our spring musical picks a community based charity that we can help by donating a percentage of ticket sales to, and this year the cast of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying is proud to support the Brevard Rescue Mission!

FullSizeRender  The Brevard Rescue Mission works to permanently break the cycle of homelessness in families by providing women with children housing, access to health care, transportation, education, nutrition, job training and life skills. The 12-24 month program is designed to lovingly transform families from dependency to self-sufficiency through daily accountability, personal responsibility and goal advancement.

Not only will we be donating a percentage of our tickets, but we will also be running a special fundraiser throughout the show weekend, to hopefully raise even more money for this very deserving charity. With their approach of providing “hands on help, versus handouts” we are excited to help them reach their goals through programs and courses that help enable life-defining opportunities for women, mothers and children. This includes everything from GED and etiquette tutoring to basic money management and educational training. We felt that what they do to help our community is the perfect fit for our show, although How to Succeed is a satire on working hard, we wanted to turn the tables and give to those who were teaching others to respectfully work hard, how to thrive in their jobs, creating healthy and happy families and prospering in their daily lives.

Thank you to all who have supported the MIHS Theatre Arts Department, we have a wonderful community and if we can give even a little back, we will! Please join us April 15-April 17 for an amazing show and the opportunity to help those in our own community!

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Congratulations!

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We are so proud of these three girls, Kayla, Jewell and Elise,  for being invited to go to New York City through a program called Connect NYC hosted by The Viera Studio for the Performing Arts. Connect NYC is a private audition experience held in the heart of New York City. It is an elite meeting of actors, models, singers and dancers who perform for NY’s top fashion agents, print agents, TV/Film agents and Broadway scouts. Congrats girls!! Watch out New York City the Island representation is coming!

How to! Survive a MIHS Musical

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While MIHS students put together the school’s annual musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” the cast decided to share on “How to” producing an astounding musical! The whole cast works as a whole, putting hard work, time, and effort into the musical in order to give the Brevard community the magical piece of theatre that they deserve. Here are some of the tips on what it takes to survive a MIHS musical so that you too can join us on the stage next year!

 

Brady Fritz in the role of Finch.

Brady Fritz in the lead role of Finch.

Brady Fritz is the ambitious and charismatic J. Pierpont Finch that will lead this year’s musical. A musical veteran here at MIHS, Fritz says, “In order to survive a musical, you need to be willing to work hard. You have a big group a people that you don’t want to let down and that puts a lot of pressure on me as the lead… Working hard is important, but being able to work as a team and being willing to help each other out when anyone needs it is also important. This shows in cases such as helping each other with dances.” I guess you have to work hard in order to play it “The Company Way” onstage and offstage!

Elise Reaves is playing the hopeless romantic role of Rosemary.

Elise Reaves is playing the hopeless romantic role of Rosemary.

 

 

 

The hopeless romantic, Rosemary, is played by Elise Reaves this year. Reeves shares with us this helpful tip: “Learn your lines as soon as you get the script, and keep practicing them so that you are able to focus on performing, not remembering your lines.” Some actors put off memorizing their lines, which results in less time to develop the character. But not this cast! They have been memorizing their lines every chance they can get! Elise also told us about the importance of drinking water and tea with honey so that your voice is ready to belt and serenade at any time. Just like Brady, Elise also says that as long as you work hard and keep your parts memorized, your musical experience more will be enjoyable, and you will not be stressed out. The “How to Succeed” director, Mrs. Duprey, is very adamant about memorizing lines and tells students to remember how to block the scene. She sets high expectations for her students, but she always says, “The real work begins once the lines are memorized. You are not able to truly act ‘til the lines are memorized.”

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Torie D’Alessandro, student choreographer and the wonderfully ditzy Miss Hedy LaRue, swears by some products and tricks that get her through the musical, “Some stores have these Airborne tablets you can put in your water that are filled with vitamins and minerals and a boost of vitamin C. These keep the sick days away!” Miss LaRue also mentions, “I drink tea every morning to make sure that I am prepared for the day. Also, I don’t have a lot of sugar and milk together!sdsff

On that health note, stretch a lot to prepare for dancing and warm up your voice to prepare for singing. This will help to prevent injury!” Very true! Ifyou want to get an actor, angry offer them dairy before a show or before singing! Drinking dairy will coat your throat and making singing and reciting lines difficult.

 

 

 

There you have it! Now brew yourself some nice tea, warm-up your pipes, avoid dairy like the plague, and you will be ready to sing your heart out with us on stage!

 

Don’t forget, How to Succeed in Business opens April 15th-17th!

Look at how much fun these kids are having.

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Article written by cast member- Kayla Protze

Rehearsals have begun!

Read Through
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The cast gathering for the 1st time.

After all the business matters of the musical are sorted out, the eager cast of Merritt Island High School’s 2016 production of   “How to Succeed in Business Without  Really Trying” sits down to their first read through of the show. You could fill the excitement in the air as the actors take to their new roles.

Although, it may have been their first time reading the script as their characters the actors molded right away to the traits and mannerisms of who they were playing. Such as many conforming to the 1950’s and 1960’s style of speaking or putting their own creative spin and flare to the character that completes it.

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Rosemary going over her lines.

What is also buzzing through the casts’ minds are the ambitions and nerves of something the theatre department has not done before on such a large scale. That is student involvement, many students are tossing their artistic hats into the ring. Whether it be through choreography, costuming, or the building of the beautiful sets the students are not only putting their sweat and hearts into the musical they are investing their minds.

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Mikaela, one of the three student choreographers!

So, we anxiously await while the musical comes together through dance rehearsals and the struggle to find the perfect costumes. This musical should be marked on your  calendar due to its satirical humor of the ways of the 50’s-60’s time period and living in a “Man on top” world where the women cater the men’s needs. As well as the fact that the Merritt Island High School Theatre Arts program will be entering into the prestigious Applause Awards put on by the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. An awards program that is like the Tony awards for the students in the surrounding counties.

Since day one the cast meshed together as a “family,” all eager to put their dedication, heart, and talent into “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”. Mark your calendars today for a truly spectacular show, April 15th -17th, tickets will be $10.00 for all.

 

April 15th at 7:00 PM

April 16th at 2 and 7:00 PM

April 17th at 2:00 PM

Merritt Island High School

100 Mustang Way

Merritt Island FL, 32953

Written by cast member Kayla Protze

How to Succeed auditions are almost here!

MIHS Theatre- April 15-17

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Auditions will be on

Jan. 20 and Jan 21. Students must be at both auditions.

 

On the 20th we will be doing a dance workshop from 2:30-3:30, this is not mandatory, but very helpful for the dance audition, and then from 3:30- till we need you, we will have the vocal auditions.

All pieces of music can be picked up in the drama room, please pick up the piece or pieces that are designated for the character you are interested in trying for. If you are not wanting a lead role and just want to be in the chorus or a dancer you will sing a section from the opening number. 

On the 21st we will be holding the acting, dancing and vocal call back auditions from 3:30- till we need you.

There is also a parent/student contract and audition form that needs to be filled out before you come to the audition.

The audition dance will soon be uploaded for students to learn from and we will let you know as soon as it gets done.

We are very excited to see the talent this year!!

Congratulations!!!!

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This has been a very exciting Fall for the MIHS Theatre Arts Department!

Please help us in congratulating the Theatre students in their individual and group awards!!!!

District 11 Individual Event Assessments-

Cast and Crew!

One Act Cast and Crew- Best in Show runner up and Best actor out of all 24 shows! State Bound!

2 Excellents

11 Superiors

2 Best of shows

And Critics Choice!! We will be proudly representing District 11 at the FL State Thespian Festival in March, with our Duet Acting Piece, featuring Torie and Travis.

 

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Straight perfect scores from all judges!

Runner up for Best of Show

Best Actor of all the 24 shows- Josh!

And we will be representing our district, along with three other schools, at the state festival in March. Way to go Matt, Josh and the crew that made this show so awesome!!

Torie and Travis, Critics Choice for District 11

Torie and Travis, Critics Choice for District 11