Light Board training this Wednesday

We’re getting our new light board installed on Wednesday. (Let’s all say it together: “Ooooh! Ahhhh!”)


We’ll be getting training from a representative of Vincent Lighting at 6 pm on Wednesday evening. Any students who are on the light crew (or have been in the past) are invited to attend and learn the new system from the ground up.

Barnum: Company Meeting and January Schedule

There will be an all-company meeting for the cast and crews of Barnum on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 2:45 – 3:30 in the theater. At that time, we will:

  • Hand out schedules for January (click here to download the schedules now)
  • Sign up anyone interested working on the tech, painting or stage crews
  • Discuss circus training and other unusual plans for this show!

If anyone would like to watch the video of the show, we screen it from 3:30 – 5:00 in the theater. Staying for the video is optional.

Volunteer for the Music Boosters’ Concession Stand

sodaicon hotdogicon popcorniconThe Music Boosters run the concession stand for the boys’ basketball games, and they are looking for volunteers to help. This is an easy way to help out the band and choir if you only occasionally have time available – even helping for one game would be great! As a plus, those band parents are a fun bunch to hang out with, too!

We’re using VolunteerSpot, an online signup and reminder tool, to organize our upcoming signups. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our Sign-Up page on VolunteerSpot:
  2. Review the dates and times listed there and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. Instead, they will automatically email you a reminder a few days before your scheduled game. But if you prefer not to use your email address, please email us at and we can sign you up manually.

Thanks for supporting the Mohawk Music program!


Barnum Cast List

Barnum Cast List
First all-company meeting: Wednesday Jan. 7, 2:35 – 3:30 (movie to follow)
Show dates: March 20 – 22, 2015

P. T. Barnum: Ben Morgan
Chairy Barnum: Hannah Van Winkle
Joice Heth: Linzie Glaize
Jenny Lind: Grace Morgan
General Tom Thumb: Dylan Hoskins
James Bailey: Dylan Roll
Blues Singer: still to be cast
Mrs. Scudder: Kaitlyn Thompson
Chester Lyman: Jarrett Brown
Julius Goldschmidt: Daniel Nordheim
Edgar Templeton: Conner Hamrick
Humbart Morrisey: Zach Hisle
Mr. Stratton: Jarrett Brown
Mrs. Stratton: Layla Miller
Wilton: Dakota Carter
Ringmasters: Morgan Cornett, Wally Stogner

Tumblers, Jugglers, Clowns, Aerialists, Acrobats, Gymnasts, Bricklayers, Passersby, Museum Patrons, Strongmen, Stiltwalkers, a Mob, the Bridgeport Pageant Choir, and Bands of every size, shape and description:

Faith Auvil, Hailey Barbour, Mikaila Bowling, Jarrett Brown, Dakota Carter, Lilly Corder, Mallory Getz, Kate Gilman, Linzie Glaize, Conner Hamrick, Zach Hisle, Dylan Hoskins, Layla Miller, Daniel Nordheim, Ireland Robertson, Dylan Roll, Aleigha Saldana, Brooke Solomito, Kaitlyn Thompson, Alexis Wilson, Syrena Wilson


Thank you to everyone who auditioned. This was a very difficult to show to cast, because we have so many talented performers! That means we are well on our way to meeting our goal for this show: that it will be spectacular!

Please remember that even if you didn’t get a “named” role in the script, we will be adding a huge amount of material, going beyond the script to turn this into a real circus! In fact, there will be information about professional circus training at the all-company meeting on Jan. 7.

That meeting will be for everyone involved in the show, including anyone in grades 7-12 who wants to be on any of the crews. Expect the “business” portion of the meeting to run until 3:30, with a showing of the video of the 1986 London production of Barnum to follow for anyone who wants to stay to watch it and discuss ideas for our show.

Things to do over break:

  • Check the links on the Barnum Resource Page to download the complete script, watch the video of the show, or learn about some circus skills. (These links will be updated as we work on the show.)
  • If you have a specific circus skill you want to learn, start practicing now – especially juggling! If you can do the basic 3-ball juggle before we get our circus training, they will be able to show you some more advanced tricks!
  • Keep checking for updates over the break.

Thespian Troupe Officers

Congratulations to the Officers for Thespian Troupe #4592:

President: Alec Jerger

Vice-President: Charley Reed

Secretary: Maddy Jeffries

Historian: Kaitlin Thompson

Clerk: Hannah Van Winkle

Publicity Chair: Hannah Helton

Webmaster: Bryce Thomas

Community Service Leader: Brooke Solomito

Madison Choir Performance dates, 2014-15

National Anthem at Football Game
Friday, September 26th – 7:00pm

Fall Choir Concert
Tuesday, October 14th – 7:00pm

Winter Choir Concert
Tuesday, December 9th – 7:00pm

Band and Choir Lock-in
Late February, Date TBA

Pre-Contest Concert
Tuesday, March 3rd – 7:00pm

OMEA Contest
TBA: March 6th or 7th

Spring Choir Concert
Thursday, May 7th – 7:00pm

Friday, May 22nd

Getting Band texts – updated instructions

If you’re already signed up for texts from the Mohawk Band via the Remind service (formerly called Remind 101), you’re all set for the coming fall marching season. But if you’re getting these messages from the Madison website, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or emails, here are two good reasons to also sign up for the Remind texts:

  • day-before reminds of rehearsals and performances, and
  • ETA texts when the band is returning from away games and performances

Also this year, we’re going to experiment with an extra feature: when the band departs from an away game or performance, you’ll get a text telling our estimated time of arrival at school, along with a link to an online map the will let you follow the progress of the band bus all the way back to Madison. We’ll try it out this Friday on the way back from the Talawanda game; let Mr. Brown know how it works for you!

To sign up for the Band’s Remind texts (also available via email):

  • click here to fill out the sign-up form; or
  • send a text to (408) 458-8033 with the message @mohawkband

Guard members & parents should also sign up for extra Reminders:

  • click here to fill out the sign-up form; or
  • send a text to (408) 458-8033 with the message @mohawkflag

If you have any problems signing up, please email Mr. Brown.