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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In the Heights call-back list

Call-Back List
OK, y’all.  We are seriously stoked for this show.  Everyone killed it.  Seriously.  Congrats to everyone. No pare, sigue, sigue!
The following people need to be in the Choir Room at 2:30 on Thursday.
Bring your beige commitment form signed by you and your parent/guardian with all of your rehearsal conflicts.
Please be familiar with the music from the show particularly “Breathe” (women), “Pacienca y Fe” (women), “When You’re Home” (men), and “In the Heights” (men).
Remember that even if you're not on this list, we're still super-excited to have you in the show.  See you on Tuesday. :-)


Megan Ahlstrom

Audrey Andrus

Julia Ashton

Elizabeth Best

Azaroma Bossy

Brianna Brunson

Mandi Burton

Cedi Christensen

Rachel Cockayne

Mikayla Forbes

Samantha Goates

Skyler Harman

Rylie Horiuchi

Chantel Jorgensen

Lacy Lopez

Tayva Musig

Mikah Olsen

Alex Palmer

Katie Ann Powell

Rebecca Reed

Kaeli Silva

Mikkel Sutorius

Sarah Stone

Camilla Suarez

Jordyn Updyke

Beth Weber

Sarah White

Allysan Urry



Jack Ahlander

Jared Beck

Russell Carpenter

Jordan Caswell

Nick Cockrell

Stephen Colby

Aaron Fassler

Nick Fife

Caden Gregoire

Jory Habif

Ethan Meier

Luke Morley

Ryan Parache

Joao Silva

Dezhane TeHira

Peter Vawdrey

Carter Walker

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shakespeare Team

The following students have been cast in Hillcrest High School's 2014 Shakespeare Team.
Specific roles and IE assignments will be posted during the day tomorrow, but if your name is on this list, then you have made the team.

Megan Ahlstrom
Julia Ashton
Katie Ashton
Austin Blake
Ian Buckley
Annee Burton
Russell Carpenter
David Chamberlain
Rachel Cockayne
Nick Cockrell
Stephen Colby
Aaron Fassler
Shannon Fassler
Nick Fife
Brady Freeman
Samantha Goates
Sarah Guertler
Javin Gurney
Jory Habif
Heather Hansen
Skyler Harman
Mauri Hefley
Caden Hobson
Steven Hooley
Joshua Jessop
Mckay Jessop
Faith Johnson
Duncan Kessler
Emma Kratz
Claire Larson
Matthew LeBaron
Ethan Meier
Brighton Miller
Luke Morley
Tayva Musig
Mikah Olsen
Elizabeth Pope
Katie Ann Powell
Max Rasmussen
Conner Reisner
John Ruff
Mary Ruff
Joao Silva
David Skorut
Senekah Smith
Justin Spainhower
Dezhane TeHira
Michelle Tseung
Kylie Tuckfield
Jordyn Updyke
Kirstin VanRenselaar
Carter Walker


 Thank you so much for being brave and auditioning.

So many of you deserve to be on this team…a lot more than we were able to actually cast.  However, because of busing and hotel space, we were only able to cast less than half of the total number of kids who auditioned. L

If you didn’t make the team this time, please know that we look forward to working with you this year and in the future.  You all will do great things.

Make sure you learn everything you can from your audition experience and let yourself grow from what you learned.

 We hope to see you on Tuesday or Wednesday at the “In the Heights” auditions! J

Friday, August 15, 2014

2014 Performing Arts Musical Audition Notice

Hillcrest High School Presents the 

Performing Arts Musical Auditions for

In The Heights

The Utah High School Premiere of the 2008 Tony Award-Winning Best Musical.
This will be an event not to be missed.
The first Broadway musical to incorporate rap and hip-hop into an original score.
WHEN: August 26th and 27th, 2014 after school.  You can come either day.
WHERE: Auditorium
HOW: Audition with 30 seconds of any song to sing. If you would like to be considered for a lead please bring 30 seconds of a Broadway song. (NOTE: Males wanting to be considered for a lead also must prepare a rap section from a musical, and it can be from In the Heights). There will be a piano (but you will have to bring your own accompanist), a CD player, and speakers that can play anything with a headphone jack.  You cannot sing a capella, and you cannot sing to a CD with vocals.
WHO: Any and all Hillcrest students who want to participate can and will! You only have to sing at auditions to make it into the musical. Beginners are welcome!  We need rappers, hip-hop dancers, people of all sorts of ethnic backgrounds, and just all around cool kids. :-)

WHAT: The Performing Art's Musical is a great experience at Hillcrest that you can be a part of! In the Heights is a very diverse and exciting show. It will involve everything from Hip Hop to Rapping. A winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, In the Heights is not something you want to miss out on. This is a great way to start of your year at Hillcrest High School. Spread the word to you friends and to the incoming Freshmen who might not know about this. 

If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. Long at or comment on this post. See you all at auditions!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"I'll tickle your catastrophe!"

Hillcrest High School is proud to announce


for their 9th Annual


Hillcrest's legacy of 1st Place Shakespeare Team ensemble scenes
Alright, everyone.  Here we go.
WHEN: Friday, August 22, 2014.  After school.  Sign-up sheet will be posted on first day of school.
WHERE: Hillcrest High School room C-202
HOW: Sign up for a time.  Select one of the monologues linked at the bottom of this post. Practice it.  Come and perform it for Mr. Long & Ms. Gremmert at the time you signed up for.  Pretty simple.
WHO: Any Hillcrest High School student is welcome and encouraged to audition.  No prior experience necessary.
WHAT: Hillcrest's Shakespeare Team is one of the greatest experiences you will have in high school.  Here is more info:
Hillcrest's award-winning 2013 ensemble scene
The Shakespeare Team prepares scenes from various Shakespeare plays to
compete at the National High School Shakespeare Competition.
Now in its 38th year, the Utah Shakespearean Festival's annual High School Shakespeare Competition gathers students from more than 110 schools in 9 states, and is the only inter-state drama competition in the area.

Team members benefit not only from being adjudicated by professional actors and directors from across the country, but are also given the opportunity to see professional theatre. In the last 7 years, Hillcrest has had 15 students walk away with scholarship awards. In addition, workshops in dozens of areas related to the theatre world are offered. There is honestly, nothing else like it. Don't miss your chance! Watch this video of our experiences last year:

This year's competition will be held October 9-11, 2014 in Cedar City, UT. The trip will cost approximately $200 per participant and includes transportation, hotel, some food, team hoodie, play tickets, and entrance fees. Fee waivers do not apply. There is no GPA minimum this year to participate.

Full group rehearsals are only held twice a week (Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings) throughout the month of September and first week of October.  That's it.

Performing on the Shakespeare stage
Come help us defend our 7-time Ensemble Championship, and bring the Sweepstakes trophy back to Hillcrest. Every year, the schools get better and better...and the competition is already looking pretty steep this year...which is really exciting!  The pressure is on. Are you ready to bring those trophies back to Hillcrest?  Are you ready to have one of the most meaningful experiences of your high school career?

The centerpiece of a Shakespeare Team is the 10-minute ensemble scene. Hillcrest's ensemble scenes usually use as many kids as we can fit onto the bus (between 50-55).  I am very excited about our ensemble scene this year.  It should have all of the power and magic of past scenes, but this year, we will be incorporating a lot more humor in addition to the drama.  If we can pull it off, it will be one of the most impressive scenes we've ever done.  You will have to be hysterically funny, as well as profoundly heartbreaking.  Are you ready? Aaaah, let's do it!

In addition, various duo/trio scenes and monologues will be cast in hopes to be selected as one of

Our 2013 individual event team
Hillcrest's individual events on this year's team.  The duo/trio scenes and monologues will work in the Theatre 3 class, but must also be in the ensemble scene.  So in order to be considered for one of those pieces, you must audition for the Ensemble Scene AND be in the Theatre 3 class (so, returning kids, make sure Theatre 3 is on your schedule now). However, as always, ANYONE can audition to be cast in the Ensemble Scene...even if they're not in any theatre class at all.

In the past, some of the honors and awards Hillcrest has won at the competition have included:

*1st Place Sweepstakes (2012, 2011, 2010)

*1st Place Ensemble Scene (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

*Larry Lott "Best Actor" Scholarship (2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007)

*1st Place Duo/Trio Scene (2011, 2010, 2008)

*1st Place Monologue (2011, 2010)

*In addition, Hillcrest's ensemble scene was the first scene to ever be asked to perform in front of the thousands of competitors at the competition's Closing Ceremonies in 2008.

As you can see, you have a strong legacy to live up well as a couple of areas to step up in.  Will you step up?  I'm ready if you are.  Please spread the word to all of your friends (especially 9th graders who are new to all of this) about auditions. They are the third day of school. There is no time to lose!
Prepping before our big performance

Start working on your auditions now.  Here's how to do it:

Select one of the monologues below and have it prepared to perform at your audition. Although it is not required that you memorize your piece (since some students will not have access to these pieces until school begins), you are encouraged to do so. Click on the title of the monologue and it should download the monologue cutting along with acting hints from me.  These pieces are all taken from cuttings I am considering doing for the team this year.  Therefore, your audition will help me see which roles you excel at as I choose who will be playing the leads this year. Each piece has a different mood/feel/objective, so read through them all and choose wisely. Cast yourself well. :-)
Hard copies of these monologues will be available from Presidency members before and after school, as well as at lunches on the first couple of days of school.  So if you have friends, send them our way once school begins. 

Antony & Cleopatra - Enobarbus
Henry IV, Part 2 - Falstaff
Henry IV, Part 2 - Henry V
Henry VIII - Buckingham
Othello - Iago

Love's Labour's Lost - Holofernes

Antony & Cleopatra - Cleopatra
Henry IV, Part 2 - Mistress Quickly
Henry VI, Part 1 - Joan la Pucelle
Henry VI, Part 2 - Duchess of Gloucester
Henry VIII - Queen Katharine

If you have any questions, feel free to email Mr. Long at or comment on this post.
See you next month :-)