Dress Rehearsal/Performance information

posted Apr 15, 2014, 12:16 PM by Katherine Skarzynski

Please check the rehearsal dates for specific information on dress rehearsal and performance expectations. 
A detailed letter will be sent home with students with performance information as well as the below information. 
Strike is mandatory on April 29th during the SPLASH session times. 

Costumes: Must be performance ready for the April 22 dress rehearsal.

Students who have costumes ready can begin bringing them to rehearsals and garments can be kept at home or on the cast clothing rack. Garments should be labeled with the student’s name. Shoes, hair accessories, and specific props to the costume should be kept in a bag with your name labeled, as well.


Make-up for Show:

We will have "general use" blush and mascara available. Students are welcome to provide their own or share supplies at their own discretion. Specific lead roles may use altered make-up choices that match stylistically their character (i.e. Mersisters may use eye shadow that matches their chosen top). 

       Blush (required for boys & girls)

       Black mascara (required for boys & girls)

       Black/Dark eyeliner (boys & girls - optional but encouraged)

       Foundation (optional)

       Neutral/Realistic Lipstick (girls only - encouraged)

       Neutral eyeshadow (girls only)

Costume Help

posted Mar 31, 2014, 3:16 PM by Katherine Skarzynski

Mrs. Ellis will be at the ensemble rehearsal on Thursday, April 3rd at 5:00 pm to help with any costume questions and also for tracing of patterns. Also, the Jellyfish umbrellas will be in on April 3rd for pick up. Please email the BoVine email to let Ms. Skarzynski know you will be needing one of the umbrellas. 

Cast T-Shirts

posted Feb 26, 2014, 8:45 AM by Erin Lodes

Cast T-Shirts: $15* for cast members ($18 for non-cast members)


*We want EVERY cast member to have a shirt. If $15 is not doable for you right now, please contact us and let us know what you can afford at this time.

Shirts will be ordered on Friday, March 14th. We will order for all cast members on that date, but will ONLY order shirts for non-cast members from whom we’ve received full payment (in other words, if a student has not paid for their shirt yet, we will still order them one, even though we will still need their payment to fulfill the order. However, if a non-cast member has requested a shirt, but has not paid by March 14th, we will NOT place their order and a shirt will not be available for them).

Please send cash or checks made out to Broadway on Vine to school (students can hand them in at rehearsal or in the main office). You can email your order to Mrs. Lodes ( and send your payment separately, or can send a note or the attached form with your payment straight to school.

Shirts are pictured below (expand the picture by clicking on it), and are available in the following colors and sizes:

Colors: Blue, Purple, or Green

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Program Ads

posted Feb 26, 2014, 8:24 AM by Erin Lodes   [ updated Feb 26, 2014, 8:47 AM ]

Students were given a handout about program ads at rehearsal yesterday, February 25. The sale of program ads supports Broadway on Vine (which is a self-sustaining program using each year's ticket sales to pay for the next year's show) and celebrates our students and local businesses.  The image below shows a page from last year's program with both a professional and personal ad (click on the picture to expand it).

For most of the "student shoutout" ads, parents simply gave me their message, and I formatted it into an ad for our program. Information about purchasing/selling program ads is in the PDF attached to this announcement. Ad info can be emailed to Mrs. Lodes ( or sent to her at school. Checks can be written out to "Broadway on Vine" and given to Mrs. Lodes in the main office. All program ad information is due to Mrs. Lodes at UMS by March 20.

Cast Letter

posted Jan 31, 2014, 6:57 AM by Erin Lodes

The attached cast letter was recently distributed to the cast and includes several details about the next few months of Broadway on Vine. If you haven't, also visit the "Rehearsal Schedule" link to the left for a preview of our anticipated rehearsal & performance schedule.

See the top of the "Home" page of our site for our updated performance schedule. We are VERY sorry that our performance weekend conflicts with the Illinois Marathon. April is such a packed month at UMS, we can't find another good weekend! With Mr. Mann and Ms. Skarzynski both participating in the races on both Friday evening and Saturday morning (cheer them on!) we certainly realize what a full weekend this will be for many of our families. Thank you for your understanding.

Back in Session

posted Jan 21, 2014, 12:32 PM by Erin Lodes

Hello! We are back in session. All cast members need to get signed up for "Broadway on Vine" during session 3 of SPLASH. We will have SPLASH forms available at rehearsal for students who need them.

Until spring break, all students will need to be at rehearsal until 5:30 on both Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the following exceptions:
Thursday, February 13: No rehearsal (parent-teacher conferences)
Tuesday, March 4th and Thursday, March 6th: No rehearsal (ISAT testing) - some students may be called in individually

Students will need their scripts and a pencil at every rehearsal. Once we start choreography and blocking, they will also need secure shoes in which they can move around comfortably.

What next?

posted Dec 20, 2013, 11:50 AM by Erin Lodes

After break, students should watch for the next SPLASH packet to be released, and make sure they get signed up for "Broadway on Vine", Session 3 of SPLASH. It will again cost $25, and will run from 3:45-5:30  on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Session 3 is JUST for the cast, so students interested in tech or stage crew should not sign up yet.

Students who do not have scripts yet should bring a 3-ring binder (the thinner the better) to rehearsal in January so that they can get their script. They can also find Mrs. Lodes in the main office, room 1272, to pick up their script before rehearsals begin. No binder, no script! Let us know if you cannot get a binder on your own.

Some students will be scheduled for small, short rehearsals during our first two weeks back in January, before group rehearsals officially begin. Please keep an eye on the Rehearsal schedule.


posted Dec 13, 2013, 5:55 PM by Erin Lodes

Thank you to all of our talented auditioners! This show has many big roles, with many featured parts still to be casted. In the end, nearly everyone will be part of a featured ensemble. Please check the "Cast List" page to the left for this year's cast.

Next week, please join us at Broadway on Vine on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-4:30 as we read and sing through the script for the first time,. All cast members will get their own script to keep next week.

"Little Mermaid" Auditions this Week

posted Dec 9, 2013, 12:05 PM by Erin Lodes

Hello! We look forward to hearing & seeing all interested students in auditions this week! Please see the "Audition Materials" page (on the link to the left) for more information about the initial auditions. Some students will be asked to come audition again on Friday, December 13th. For more information about these auditions, please see the "Callback List & Materials" page to the left.
Email Mrs. Lodes,, with any questions!

Broadway on Vine 2013-2014

posted Oct 18, 2013, 9:01 AM by Erin Lodes

HURRAY for a new musical season! We are excited to announce this year's show, The Little Mermaid, Jr. After perusing shows for months, we were surprised by the great storyline, script, music, and wide array of characters that we found in this production. There will be exciting challenges this year - costumes, set, and special effects will all present opportunities for innovation and creativity. Watch the site - we'll be making lots of changes in the coming weeks!

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