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10/10/17

Classes back at CTWS today!

9/25/17

CTWS Important Update- PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
We're going home! (slowly)

We just wanted to say thank you again for how incredibly flexible everyone has been in the aftermath of the fire. Students, teachers, parents and caregivers have been wonderfully understanding and helpful in keeping CTWS going. We have some good news!
Our building has been cleaned top to bottom, air purified and declared safe for occupancy. While power isn’t fully restored to the building yet, we have approval from the Village & Fire Department to gradually move our programming back into the theatre!

  • CTWS Classes Resume in theatre: 10/10
  • 1984 Rehearsals Resume in theatre: 10/17
  • Annie Rehearsals Resume in theatre: 10/24
    Questions? Call 708-246-4043 or email cd@theatrewesternsprings.com

Use our “Remind” app by texting
@ctwsf17 to 81010.

Update 9/25

Hi friends!
Just wanted to check in and update everyone. We are close to having some information about our return dates. No firm info yet, but getting closer! Power is (and will continue to be) our biggest issue.

This week classes continue to meet off site at the same locations. I will update you when I know more!

Reminder: All email communication and class locations are archived on our website. (CLICK HERE) 

  • Monday Classes: Hinsdale Unitarian Church, 7 W. Maple, Hinsdale IL (approx 7 mins from CTWS
  • Tues & Thursday Classes: McClure Middle School, 4225 Wolf Rd, Western Springs, IL  (approx 4 mins from CTWS) Enter on JOHNSON Side!

Thank you all for your continued patience and support. We are doing our very best to care for our students and parents during this time. Let us know how we can serve and assist you! Lindsey Branson & CTWS staff

Annie Rehearsal info!

Thank you all for your patience as we've navigated our continued challenge from the fire. You guys are amazing! We are SO excited to get started with Annie Jr! There's TONS of info here, so here we go!
Locations: Rehearsals will be held (until further notice at)
  •  Hinsdale Covenant 412 S Garfield St, Hinsdale, on Saturdays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • All Saints Episicopal 4370 Woodland Ave, Western Springs, on Wednesdays
1. 1st Rehearsal. All cast is called THIS Saturday from 9:00-1:30pm. Please send a NUT free sack lunch or snack.
2. Parent & Crew Meeting.  There are two required meetings this Saturday. Parents from 9:00-10:30 & crew/volunteers from 9:45-10:30.
3. Detailed Schedule The detailed breakdown of the rehearsal schedule will be distributed on Saturday.
4. Remind Join the "Annie" remind list. Text @ctwsannie to 81010.

Google Map Link to McClure entrance:

Update 9/12

Hi friends!

We are having some AMAZING classes and have some super great students this semester. In addition, we had some wonderful kids come out and audition for our shows and are so excited to get our cast/crew lists posted.

Just wanted to resend some information round up to be as clear as possible:

1. Please follow our FB page.
2. If you're not on our "REMIND" app- text @ctwsf17 to 81010.
3. All email communication and class locations are archived on our website. We will continue to meet offsite for the next several weeks.
Monday Classes: Hinsdale Unitarian Church, 7 W. Maple, Hinsdale IL (approx 7 mins from CTWS
Tues & Thursday Classes: McClure Middle School, 4225 Wolf Rd, Western Springs, IL (approx 4 mins from CTWS)
4. Since several of the buildings are large, we have many yard signs posted around the correct entrances at each location. If you cannot gain access to a building or have questions, please call the office at 708-246-4043. We are making sure phones are staffed during class hours.

Thank you all for your continued patience and support. We are doing our very best to care for our students and parents during this time. Let us know how we can serve and assist you! Lindsey Branson & CTWS staff

Update 9/10

Thank you EVERYONE for your continued flexibility and patience. We so appreciate you! Here's a quick update:

Ways to stay in touch:
1. Our Email.
2. Our Facebook page:
3. Website archive:
4. Remind App- (Text @ctwsf17 to 81010)

While the building is "open" the electrical is only partially restored. Teams of people are cleaning and working around the clock. Currently, we also have a "limited occupancy permit" allowing us to only do certain activities in certain parts of the building. CTWS will not be allowed to return until we have a "full occupancy" permission for the entire building. The safety and wellbeing of our students is our #1 priority.

For the next several weeks, classes will be a the following locations:

Monday Classes: Hinsdale Unitarian Church, 17 W Maple St, Hinsdale, IL 60521
Tues & Thursday Classes: McClure Middle School: 4225 Wolf Rd, Western Springs, IL 60558

We will update you as soon as we get a firm date on when we head back home. Otherwise, classes will meet at these locations for immediate future.

We have purchased yard signs which will help direct everyone to the correct doors and buildings. Also, because each building is different, we will have someone directing students to classrooms, and each classroom will have a sign indicating the class. You can drop off and pick up your student directly to their classroom.

Again, that you for being CTWS. This is gonna be a great semester. We appreciate you sticking with us and know that we can offer outstanding theatrical education anywhere! 🙂 - Lindsey & CTWS faculty and staff.

Update 9/1 12:30pm
Audition Announcement!
The Western Springs Village Club has graciously opened their doors to us for our auditions! Auditions for both MainStage Annie Jr and HSR 1984 will take place at 4221 Lawn Avenue, Western Springs, located less than a half mile from our theatre, at the originally scheduled times. The show must go on!
 
We can't wait to see you all there! Need to still sign up to audition or crew? Here you go! https://ctws.wufoo.com/forms/pkyette0je7138/
Update 8/31 6:50pm
Thanks everyone for your patience and continued support and we plan as quickly and efficiently as we can! Here are locations for next weeks’ classes. Questions or concerns, please email cd@theatrewesternsprings.com.
We will have information out regarding missed classes and locations for auditions for Annie & 1984 sometime tomorrow (Friday, Sept 1). We had a great day of Thursday classes!
Locations:
• Rec Center: 1500 Walker St, Western Springs
• All Saints Episcopal Church: 4370 Woodland Ave, Western Springs
• McClure Jr High School: 4225 Wolf Rd, Western Springs
Monday Classes 9/4 Scheduled off for Labor Day
Tuesday Classes 9/5
4:00 Hour
• Jr High Intro to Tech: McClure Jr. High School (4:00-6:00)
• K2 Acting Pirates and Princesses: Rec Center
• K2 Musical Theatre Lion King: Rec Center
• 4th-8th Family Forum: All Saints Church (4:00-6:00
5:00 Hour
• K2 Acting Imagination Station: Rec Center
• 3rd – 5th Acting Adventure Stories: Rec Center
6:00 Hour
• 3rd- 5th Intro to Improv/Games: Rec Center
• 3rd- 5th Acting Comedic Commercials: Rec Center
Thursday Classes 9/7
4:00 Hour
• HSR Hour: All Saints Church
• Jr High Improv 1: All Saints Church
• K2 Musical Theatre Aladdin: Rec Center
5:00 Hour
• HSR Improv: All Saints Church
• HSR Directing: Rec Center
• HSR Acting: Rec Center
• HSR Tech: Invited to join any class

As of 1:00pm Thursday 8/30

  • Thursday Classes 8/31
    • All meet at Rec Center
    • HSR Hour 4-5 at Rec Center
    • Tech students invited to join another class for the week
  • Monday Classes 9/4
    • Scheduled Off Due to Labor Day Holiday

8/30 Update
Dear Parents and Students,

I'm sure most of you have heard, yesterday TWS had an electrical incident in our building. Our students, staff and parents were evacuated quickly and safely. Everyone was calm, kind and understanding. The electrical issue was fairly localized, though we are currently working to restore power and facing smoke and soot cleanup. We are uncertain regarding our exact timeline to be fully operational, but are attempting to maintain as much of our regular programming as possible. 

All Thursday Classes (except tech)- will meet in the Western Springs Recreation Center- located across the street 1500 Walker St, Western Springs, IL 60558. Your students teachers will pick them up from and return them to the lobby before and after each class.

HSR Hour All currently enrolled high school students are invited to attend our kick-off HSR hour from 4:00-5:00. We encourage you to join us! (At the rec center)

Parent Meetings There will be no Thursday parent meetings. We will be emailing out supplemental material covering the information that was planned as soon as possible.

Tech Classes Thursday tech classes are cancelled due to uncertainty of our building re-entry. (Tech students are invited to join any class this week)

Monday/Tuesday Classes. Monday classes are scheduled off due to the Labor Day Holiday. We will send updates regarding Tuesday classes by Thursday afternoon.

Missed Classes We are working on a plan in regards to missed class time. Due to the unforeseen and extreme nature of this circumstance, we appreciate your patience as we move forward. However, please know that we have a high commitment to honoring our customers and students in any way we can.

Registration. If you need to register for a class, our online registration is still fully functional.

Remind App To receive text notifications about classes, text @ctwsf17 to the number 81010.

We are working remotely and can be reached via email or remind. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns: cd@theatrewesternsprings.com. Thank you all for your support. CTWS is family, and we are excited to continue making theatrical magic with you! Theatre teaches us to adapt, and we will more forward together! - Lindsey Branson, CTWS Director

It's time to get in the game! We've got a TON of amazing opportunities coming up for some great behind-the-scenes action at CTWS!

Opportunity: Teaching Assistants

If you love helping younger kids discover the magic of theatre, consider becoming a TA! This is also a GREAT way to make your CTWS tuition more affordable, as TA's have their own tuition either partially or fully waived.

  • Grades: 6th and up
  • When: Fall Semester 2017, beginning Aug 28 (also accepting spring)
  • Deadline to apply: Aug 15th, 2017
  • Application Click Here

Opportunity: Stage Managers/Assistant Stage Managers

If you like being a "right hand man" , can be kind, patient and generous with people, are a good multi-tasker, detail oriented, then stage management is for you!

  • Grades: 6th and up
  • When: Must be available most rehearsals, tech and shows. 1984 begins Sept 13, Annie begins Sept 23
  • Deadline to apply: Sept 15, 2017
  • Application Click Here

Opportunity: Crew Chairs

These students provided a leader for their respective crews and help make sure everything gets done.

Opportunity: HSR Student Director

  • Grades: Rising High School Senior
  • When: Assistant Direct 1984 (Fall), Director Little Princess (Spring)
  • Deadline to apply: Sept 1st, 2017
  • Email applications to cd@theatrewesternsprings.com

An INCREDIBLE opportunity for our HSR seniors to stretch your directorial wings! In order to apply, read the Little Princess script (link below) and write us a brief concept paper (one or two pages is plenty). Write about your ideas for the show: things like what about the play is most interesting to you, what’s the thing that most intimidates you about this script, and what the world of the play looks like. Feel free to address other issues as well.

Also choose a “seed image” that encompasses the essence of the show for you. It can be a photo, a drawing, a painting, an object, or anything else you can find. Write about why you chose that particular image or thing. Is it because of the item’s appearance or is there another reason for your choice. Have fun with your application!—let yourself be creative, don’t be afraid to share even your most outrageous ideas, and enjoy the process.  Remember that this is a big time commitment so make sure to consider your schedule for next year before you apply.

Little Princess Script

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