Backstage Notes - 12/2

Cast of The Opening Act!
Wow! The last couple months have been pretty exciting! Watching this cast meet for rehearsal every Monday, make new friends, and merge all of this talent in to one show has been a joy.  This is the beauty of THE OPENING ACT, It’s a show written for you and it is now being staged and almost ready for the big stage! Continue to review at home and be ready to go on Mondays!

Costume Info:

Boys: Hair neat and tidy. Provided your own black pants, black dress shirt (long or short sleeve), black socks, and black jazz or dress shoes. MTA will provide a vest and any other needed costume pieces
Girls: Hair neat and tidy. Be sure hair is securely off the face. Provide your own flesh colored tights, black bootie shorts and strap cami top. Black jazz shoes. MTA will provide a crushed velvet dress along with other costume pieces. 
Come to the theater dressed in costume and be prepared to return all MTA pieces after the show on Saturday night. Be prepared with an outfit to change into after returning your costume. 

*I will be offering private review time on Monday Dec 3 and 10 from 5:30-6. If you are interested in staying after rehearsal to review your number, please text me at 949-887-4288.
THE OPENING ACT Schedule is as follows:
December 3: 4:00 - 5:30 at MTA (5:30-6 private review time)
December 10: 4:00 - 5:30 at MTA (5:30-6 private review time)
December 17: 4:00 - 5:30

December 18th TUESDAY: 4:00 - 5:45: 
Brite Star cast members only are invited to attend this fun afternoon of dancing and cast bonding. It is a great way to donate to our MTA productions as well. Live DJ, prizes, and a feature guest performance will be adding to the festivities. The donation is a minimum of $45 per student! We hope to raise dollars to assist with the theater rental, costumes, and sets! 
(Look for details in class, in MTA emails, and at 

December 24th: No Class! Happy Holiday Everyone!
December 31st: No Class! Happy New Year!  
Monday 1/7: 4:00 - 6:30 (extended rehearsal!) 
Saturday 1/12: 6:00 - 7:15 at MTA Studio. Dress rehearsal and last studio rehearsal before we move to the Rose Center Theater for Tech Week! 
TECH WEEK Schedule 
Monday 1/14: No Rehearsal! Review at home! It's Show Week!
Tuesday 1/15: Band Only Set Up from 8:00 - 9:00. 

Wednesday 1/16: 3:00 - 5:00 at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster. Please allow a 15 minute grace period. 
Thursday 1/17: 3:00-5:00 at The Rose Center Theater in Westminster.
Please allow a 15 minute grace period. 
Friday 1/18: OPENING NIGHT! 
5:30 Call Time! (report to the Rose Center Theater)
7:00 Show Time! 

*All cast members will be met at the Stage Door and released to their parent or guardian at the Stage Door inside the Lobby at the end of rehearsal or during intermission on show days. Look for a sign in/out sheet. No child will be released to leave the stage door without a guardian. Parking at The Rose Center is on the right of the theater in the parking lot. Please plan on parking your car and walking into the theater to drop off and pick up your child for every rehearsal and performance. There will be no drop offs. 

*Show Days: Backstage volunteers please plan on staying from 5:30 until the end of The Opening Act Show. (Approximately 7:45)  The Opening Act Cast will be released at intermission. Those who are in the cast of Return of the Glass Slipper report to McKenna backstage to prepare for the show!
Saturday 1/19 
12:00 Call Time! Saturday Matinee 
1:00 Show Time. 
*Same Applies.
Dinner Break with Family and Friends. There will be no supervision during the break. All cast members must leave the theater. Please do not eat in costume. We want everyone looking spiffy for the evening performance.
Saturday 1/19 
6:00 Call Time! 
7:00 Closing Night! Break a Leg one more time!

The Opening Act will be performed as the First Act of Return of the Glass Slipper. Ticket Sales open on 12/21 at 2:00. The shows sell out very quickly. If your child would like to stay to see Return of the Glass Slipper you must purchase a ticket for that evening. When purchasing tickets you can call the Rose Center Theater directly: 

Rose Center Theatre
14140 All American Way
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 793-1150 ext 1 (for tickets)

MTA will also be offering pre-sale beautiful bouquets for your performer! We will be opening up the pre-sale opportunity soon. All proceeds help with production costs. Flowers can be picked up in the lobby, along with other fun concession gifts for your child, the night of each performance. This is a great way to help celebrate your child’s performance! There will be fun keep sakes available to both boys and girls! 
Holly Bisaha
Direct: 949-887-4288

Cast of The Opening Act!

Congrats to everyone! The Opening Act Show is now written and arranged. You all should have received cds and scripts on Monday. Please feel free to make copies to keep in the car, in your back packs, even at MTA! Please bring your scripts, pencils, highlighters. and if possible a recording device to rehearsal every week.

It’s been fun getting to know each of you over the past few weeks. You each bring something very special to our show!  Together we have written a show featuring all cast members in small groups, in ensemble numbers, or as soloists!

Click on the link below for guidance to review Opening Up at home. Over the next couple months we will continue to sing thru all the song selections in the show and stage the show! The Opening Act is going to be a fantastic show! Congrats all! 

See you on Monday! 
Miss Holly and Johnny

Welcome Cast of The Opening Act! (TOA)

The cast of The Opening Act, or TOA, consists of singers, dancers, musicians, and those with hidden talents! Cast members in this performance-based class will be the First Act of our Brite Star’s production of RETURN OF THE GLASS SLIPPER. This is a class focused on individual performance technique with solos, duets, trios, specialty acts, as well as ensemble numbers. The show will be written and customized according to the individuals in the cast. Over the course of 14 rehearsals we will focus on each student’s special spark! Every cast member will have a featured solo or moment, as well as learn the importance of working together to put on a show! This is truly a class with a focus on building confidence on stage! If you are ready to take it to the SPOTLIGHT – alone – or in a small group – then this is the class for you! 

Regular rehearsals begin Monday, 10/15 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Join us for our parent meeting 10/15 from 4:00pm – 4:30pm. During our parent meeting we will expect everyone to sign up for volunteer positions such as assist with concessions, costumes, fund raising, etc. The success of our shows rely on you…the families of MTA. Let’s make this season our best yet! Judi Griffin will be available to assist in the office and Johnny Bisaha will be my assistant with all things show. 

Please be advised that rehearsal attendance is mandatory, as class meets only once a week and we will be customizing the production to this cast. Due to the nature of the individual performances, we will limit the class to 20 students. I want to be able to coach this cast in a more individual way. If you bring a to the first class or have a friend enroll over the next week, you will receive a $100 discount on your tuition. We have 15 students enrolled already, so hurry to take advantage of this opportunity.

Come to the first rehearsal prepared to show us your talent. Be prepared to perform a song of your choice, a dance combination, or talent.  Please keep it to approximately one minute. We will provide a cd player,phone, or ipad to play if you prefer to perform with a track, a cappella is fine as well. We will continue sharing talents for a few rehearsals as I begin to write our show together. If you do not want to be considered for a solo and would prefer to perform in a group, we will discuss those options during class. Every show is filled with shining moments, including group numbers along with solos!

After assessing the cast, I will then begin the process of writing a show based on the talent we have in our cast. That is the beauty of THE OPENING ACT. It’s a show written for you!  Bring music tracks, instruments and your smile! This is going to be fun! Also, please research the song When You Believe from Prince of Egypt and Opening Up from the musical Waitress. We all will begin learning these songs on Monday and will perform them during THE OPENING ACT as a group with solos and duets. Come to every rehearsal dressed in comfy clothes that allow you to tumble and dance modestly. Wear toe covered shoes ready to dance!

THE OPENING ACT (TOA) Schedule is as follows:

First Class 10/15 4:00-5:30

No Class on 11/19, 12/24, 12/31, 1/14/19 (tech week schedule)

Mandatory Dress/Tech Rehearsals: 

Saturday 1/12/19 at MTA from 6:00-7:30

Wednesday 1/16/19 from 3:00-5:30 at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster.

Thursday 1/17/19 from 3:00-5:30 at The Rose Center Theater in Westminster. Cast Photo.
Rehearsals are closed to parents unless you are on a volunteer list and background checked.

January 18/19: OPENING NIGHT! 7:00 Show Time. 5:30 Call Time. Report to the stage door. We will then escort your cast member into the theater.

January 19/19: Saturday Matinee Performance 1:00 Show Time. 12:00 Call Time. Same Applies.

During shows, dinner Break is taken with Family and Friends. There will be no supervision during the break. All cast members must leave the theater. Please do not eat in costume. We want everyone looking spiffy for the evening performance. 

January 19/19: Saturday Evening Performance 7:00 Performance. 5:30 Call Time.

*We communicate with our Brite Star families in the form of Back Stage Notes. Please look for updates on the website under BSN’s to stay updated on all things TOA. We will also continue to send emails.

*MTA is always in need of batteries and nine volts during the production month. It takes 1000s of batteries to ensure we make all the cast members sound the best as possible. Donations are greatly appreciated. Also, we will be collecting concession treats to sell as a fund raiser during intermissions. We ask that every family donate 2 cases of small water bottles and a case of snacks for our concession stand preferably from Costco. 

*Important Ticket Info! Tickets for the Brite Star’s performances at The Rose Center Theater will go on sale in May. Please take note that we sell out very quickly. Be prepared to contact the box office at The Rose promptly. We cannot guarantee ticket availability other than thru the box office. We will send out specific dates as we get closer to show time. We will also be holding our Annual Dance Party Fund Raiser at MTA on Tuesday December 18, 2019

*We are offering adorable T-Shirts and Hoodies to celebrate this season’s shows. Your child’s name will be listed as a cast member on it. We will be taking all orders during our first rehearsal at the end of the parent meeting. Please see Judi Griffin for details.

Holly BIsaha

MTAOC Youth Director


Stay in touch with all things show at , click BSN’s on the navigation bar the drop down menu where you will find TOA.