Spring 2010 Class Registration Information (8-12)

Dear American Girls & Families,

I always find it hard to believe that it’s time to write another class info letter…but here we are again! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.

For any newcomers who may be reading this, here’s a little background info about AGDT. This spring will be the 14th semester of AGDT classes - to date, 84 girls have been involved in 37 different productions! AGDT is aimed at girls ages 8-12 (if your daughter’s 8th birthday falls during the current class, then she can participate). The class time is spent rehearsing a play which will be performed at the end of the eight-week class for family and friends to see.

I have a lot of exciting things planned for the Spring semester, including a teen class! If your daughter is 13 or older (age 12 is okay if she has been in one of my past classes) and you have not already received my Teen info letter, please let me know if you’re interested!

For the girls ages 8-12, I am happy to offer 2 Monday classes and 1 Tuesday evening class this semester:

Monday A (1:00-2:30pm) – Julie for President! – Based on Changes for Julie by Megan McDonald. Julie decides to run for student body president at her elementary school and faces opposition from Mark – the most popular kid in school! Julie’s deaf friend Joy is her running mate (this will provide some simple sign language learning opportunities for the cast!) and together, Julie and Joy must learn to overcome obstacles as they seek to win the election. Character opportunities include Julie, Joy, Ivy, Mrs. Duncan/Tracy, Mark/Mom, Angela, Amanda, and Alison. There are 8 spaces available in this class.

Monday B (2:30-4:00pm) - Friendship & Freedom – Published by American Girl, this play is based on the book Addy Learns a Lesson by Connie Porter. Addy’s first day of school (and weeks following) are shown, and she and Sarah learn some valuable lessons about the costs of friendship. Character opportunities include – Addy, Sarah, Miss Dunn, Harriet, Mama, and Mavis. There are 5 spaces in this class.

Tuesday A (6-7:30pm) - The Lend-a-Hand Project – Based on Molly Learns a Lesson by Valerie Tripp, this is the story of how Molly’s school class must work together to help in the war effort. Character opportunities include Molly, Linda, Susan, Mrs. Gilford, Miss Campbell, Alison, and Grace. There are 7 spaces available in this class.

The classes will begin on March 1st/2nd and run weekly through April 19th/20th. While it’s not a requirement, it would be best for everyone involved if the full class can attend the first practice on March 1st/2nd. This will be the day we pick parts for the play and I don’t want anyone to be unhappy with the part they receive if they miss the first class.

The plays will be performed at Faith Baptist Church, and the 8th rehearsal (last week of the class, April 19/20) will be at the church as well. The performance of all three plays will be on Saturday, April 24, at 7:30pm. The girls will need to arrive at the church at 2:00 pm for a final dress rehearsal on the day of the play. We will have dinner and have time to do everyone's hair and makeup before it's showtime!

Classes will be held at my house in Lees Summit, less than a mile from Faith Baptist Church. I will send directions to the enrolled students' families before the classes begin.

Pricing is as follows: $75 for one daughter, $70 each for two daughters, $65 each for three or more daughters. The full class fee is required with registration (if this is a problem, let me know and I’m sure we can work something out – it is a requirement due to problems I have had in past semesters). Your registration and payment will hold your space in the class. It will be especially important this spring to send in your registration/payment soon, as the number of spaces is limited and will be filled first-come, first-serve, in the order I receive the registrations. You can still email/call to ask about availability, but I can't hold spaces without your registration. Register by January 22 and receive $5 off your total cost.

To register for the class, please send me your email address so that I can get you the registration form. You can email me at directorjewels@yahoo.com or leave a message on this post and I'll get back to you soon!

PLEASE NOTE – I will be out of town January 14-21. If you try to get in touch with me during that time, I likely will not answer! Don’t panic – I will get back to you as soon as I can. If you haven’t heard back from me by Monday January 25, feel free to call/email again.

One last thing – AGDT now has a fan page on facebook! If you’re on fb, please become a fan! I occasionally give some updates and post photos, performance info, etc. There’s always an event for the upcoming performance so that you can invite your friends and family, too!

Thanks! Julie