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Disney's Aristocats, kids will be performed by University School 3rd through 9th grade students on Friday, September 5th, at 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 6th, at 2:00 p.m., and also on Saturday, September 6th, at 7:00 p.m.  The cast and crew are now selling tickets for the event ; cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students/children.  Please see Ms. Ross  if you have any questions.  Make plans now to come out and enjoy what is sure to be a wonderful performance from our Theatrical/Musical Jr. Bucs!!!!!













Printable   Aristocats Ticket Order form

By now your child should have brought home a ticket order form for Aristocats tickets.  The form should be self-explanatory, but let me know if you have questions.  Also, for every five tickets sold, your family will receive one complimentary ticket (maximum of two per family).  I will need to know for which performance you would like you complimentary tickets.




Greetings Theater families!  This year we will be selling Aristocats t-shirts for $15 each.  Please indicate on order form the sizes and quantities of t-shirts that you would like to purchase.  Please have all orders in to Ms. Ross by Saturday August 23rd.  Checks should be made payable to University School with "Aristocats t-shirt" on the memo line.  Printable Order Form



To help our rehearsals go as smoothly as possible, please remember the following:

  • Send a snack for your child to eat after school if they are hungry in the afternoon.
  • 3rd through 6th graders will go to Ms. Ross’ room at 3:00 and will walk down to Dr. Borden’s room together.
  • All rehearsals will be in Dr. Borden’s room (010 in the basement) unless otherwise noted.
  • Pick-up for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be in the usual elementary pick-up place.
  • 6th through 9th graders will meet their rides in front of the school.

Several of you have asked what you can do to help and we have plenty of opportunities!  We will need help at the ticket table, with costuming, set building, cast party, kid wrangling both back stage and during some rehearsals.  It is also helpful to have gift cards for Home Depot or Wal-mart to use for purchasing set and prop materials.  Just let us know what you would like to do! J

Please email me if you have any questions.

Allyson Ross
Music K-12
University School, ETSU



The following list of groups will help you to know when your child should be at rehearsal.

Alley Cats – O’Malley, Scat, Wacky, Mad, Hep, Slick and extra alley cats

Aristocats – Duchess, Toulouse, Berlioz, Marie

Dogs – Napoleon, Lafayette, Vichy, Ssoise, and extra dogs

Gabble Girls




For example, if your child is one of the characters in the Alley Cats group, they will come to rehearsal only when Alley Cats are listed in the bullet level beneath a song title or dialogue pages.



Company means that everyone should be there. 

Call or call time – this tells you what time the actor should be at the theater.

Curtain – this tells you what time the actual show begins.

Strike – this refers to the clean-up of the stage after the final show.  Strike is typically an “all hands on deck” event.




Show week is finally here!  Please find the schedule for this week below.  All rehearsals are mandatory for company and will be in the gym.


  • Tuesday 3:15-5:30
    • We will also need help moving the PE equipment off of the stage this afternoon, let me know if/when you are available
  • Wednesday 3:15 – until???  I will know more after rehearsal this afternoon.  Plan for your child to be here until at least 5:30
    • Please send for your child a snack that is healthy and does not require preparation
  • Thursday 3:15 – until???  See above
    • Please send for your child a snack that is healthy and does not require preparation
  • Friday
    • Call time (when your child needs to be at school) 5:00
      • Please arrive already in costume with make-up done
        • All cast members should wear foundation, eye liner/mascara, and tinted lip stick or gloss.  This is to prevent the stage lighting from “washing out” the actors faces.
        • Cats should also have make-up to create whiskers and a cat nose
        • Dogs should also have make-up to create whiskers or dots and a dog nose
    • We really do need this much time before the show for last minute clean-up and fixes so please have your child back at school on time.
    • Curtain (when the show begins) 7:00
  • Saturday
    • Call time 12:30
    • Please arrive already in costume with make-up done
    • Curtain 2:00
    • Call time 5:30
      • Please arrive already in costume with make-up done
    • Curtain 7:00


After the show Saturday night, we will need to do the following:

  • Fold and stack chairs in carts
  • Take flats and props to Ms. Ross’ room
  • Take down curtains
  • Take sound and lighting equipment down to Dr. Borden’s room
  • Put PE equipment back on the stage
  • Party! J


If everyone helps and plays my favorite game “What’s next mom”, this process will go fairly quickly.  It will be helpful as well to have designated people with strong arms and backs to be in charge of each task mentioned above.  Any takers?  Of course, Dr. Borden and I will be on hand as well so you will not be on your own.


Other tasks that we still need help with:

      • Ticket table
        • We need one more person Friday night and two for each of the Saturday shows
      • Back stage “shushers”
        • We need three for each performance
      • Cast party Saturday night
        • We need someone to coordinate and several to bring food, paper goods, and beverages



Printable Cast List 




We are back in full swing at University School including the theater department!  Our first show this year will be Disney’s Aristocats, kidsThis is a shorter version of the movie that you may have seen.  This production will be open to 3rd through 9th graders.  Auditions will be next week during music class for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and after school on Wednesday and Thursday for 6th, 7th, 8th and  9th graders.  We will post the cast list by Monday, July 21 and rehearsals will begin Tuesday, July 22.  The July 22nd rehearsal will be a read-through of the entire script with the full cast.  The performances will be in the University School gym on September 5 and 6 with two shows on the 6th.  Many rehearsals will be after school (afternoon, not evening) and on Saturday mornings. In order to avoid conflicts as much as possible, please let me know of any recurring commitments that your child or family may have.  I will schedule rehearsals to avoid conflicts when possible.  Saturday rehearsals will be on August 9, 16, and 23.  The final week of rehearsals will be September 2-4 and will be dress rehearsals that all cast members and crew need to plan to attend.


If bullets work better for you, see below. J


  • July 14 and 15 – auditions for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders during music class
  • July 16 and 17 –3:15-4:45 auditions after school for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
  • July 21 – cast list posted
  •                         July 22 – 3:15-4:45 –read through (all cast members)
  • August 9 (Saturday)– rehearsal 8:00-12:00              Please note that there will
  • August 16 (Saturday)– rehearsal 8:00-12:00            be additional rehearsals TBD
  • August 23 (Saturday)– rehearsal 8:00-12:00            after school on weekdays.
  • September 2-4 – Dress rehearsals 3:15-5:45
  • September 5 – Opening night! 
    • Call time – 5:00
    • Curtain – 7:00
  • September 6 
    • Call time – 12:30
    • Curtain – 2:00
    • Call time – 5:30
    • Curtain – 7:00


As always, please email me with any questions.


Allyson Ross

Music K-12

University School, ETSU



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