Summer 2021 – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

We are so excited to return to IN PERSON productions!  Please join us for our production of 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Original Broadway Version (2005)

Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

space is limited

Rehearsal will be held at the South Bay Grange.  All rehearsal attendees will be masked and socially distanced per the most current Thurston County Department of Health guidelines.

Rehearsal: July 5th to August 6th, 10am to 1pm

Performance: August 6th at 7pm, August 7th at 2pm & 7pm, August 8th at 2pm

Ages: Students ages 8 – 18 (2021 graduates welcome!)

Cost: $500

IMPROV CAMP

July 26th – August 8th

1:30 – 3:30 pm

$200

Students will perform a showcase of their skills before our Spelling Bee live performances August 6, 7 & 8

This camp will give students the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles on stage! Over a two week period, students will learn improvisational skills through theatre games and activities. Students will be guided in honing their quick thinking and imaginative skills through unscripted acting exercises. They will learn the importance of listening and trusting scene partners, and how to work with others to tell a cohesive story. This camp will be taught by Katelyn May.

 

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

Apple Tree Productions is excited to announce our Spring Production!

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, jr!

A show filled with sensational songs and dancing, High School Musical, Jr. is a delight to watch and even more fun to perform!

Apple Tree Musical Director Leland Brungardt and Choreographer Allie Milburn join Heidi in producing this spectacularly fun musical with a hopeful message.

Rehearsals are Saturdays from March 20th to May 7th, with a final performance on May 8th. The show will be virtual for the safety of our students and audience.

ENROLL TODAY

Apple Tree’s Spring Fundraiser is Here!

Join us on March 16th at 7pm to mark one year of fantastic quarantine theater!

Since March 16, 2020, Apple Tree Productions has hosted a free Google Classroom, virtual acting classes, and two full length streamed musicals.

This event will celebrate the tenacity and talent of our students, whose commitment to performing arts this last year was truly remarkable. The show will feature clips from our 2020 musicals, Les Miserables and Spamalot, showcase work from our Classroom, and show student performances.

Donations will be used to fund our spring musical and employ our incredible teachers, continuing our goal of keeping theater alive in Olympia.

Get your tickets here!

WINTER 2021

Join us for Apple Tree Productions Winter Classes!

February 6 – April 14, 2021

10 weeks of acting class for $100, all classes held on zoom.

All classes will study materials appropriate to their age group, including monologues, scene work, play cuttings, song and dance.

Acting Class – ages 8 to 12, Saturdays, 10am to 11am (2/6 – 4/10)
Acting Class – ages 13 to 18, Saturdays, 11am to 12pm (2/6 – 4/10)
Adult Acting Class – ages 19 and up, Wednesdays, 6pm to 7pm (2/10 – 4/14)

 

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Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life!

Announcing our Fall production!

“Spamalot, The Concert-ish Version!”

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend. Instead, Spamalot features shenanigans including a line of dancers, flatulent Frenchmen, and killer rabbits.
This hilarious concert version is a manageable size show for any student who wants to participate, has fantastic songs, slapstick action, and is non-stop wacky fun!
Rehearsals will take place on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm beginning October 17th, with a final performance on December 19th.  Additional rehearsals will be provided as needed, to accommodate student schedules. Students will learn music in Zoom class format, and will record themselves singing with provided background tracks in their own home.
The cost is $150, and the suggested age is 7 to 18 years old.  As always, scholarships are available.

ENROLL

Fall Fundraiser

Apple Tree Productions’
Fall Fundraiser is here! 

Please join us on Saturday, September 19th at 7pm to see our talented students perform and clips from past shows.

Apple Tree is committed to helping students celebrate the arts in a new way.  Your contribution will empower students, employ local artists and support performing arts in our community.

Head to Showtix4u.com and buy your ticket or donate today!

Fall Fundraiser 2020

Les Miserables – Summer 2020!

Les Miserables

LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION  SUMMER 2020

Although we can’t be together physically, we can still still spend the summer acting together.

This summer Apple Tree Productions will be virtual!


Summer Production

Apple Tree will producing a full play virtually, with a recorded performance at the end that can be viewed online. There will be no in person rehearsals or performance.  Join us for this exciting new experience!

Les Miserables School Edition

The epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption is set against a nation in the throes of revolution.

Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical — a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. The multi-award-winning Les Misérables is as groundbreaking today as it was when it first premiered in London in 1985. 

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through piece is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours while beautifully maintaining the integrity of this musical masterpiece.  

July 6th – August 8th

Students 8 to 18 (Students graduating in 2020) are invited to create our first ever virtual production! 

COST: $150 (scholarships available upon request)

Directed by Heidi Fredericks and Allie Milburn, music direction by Leland Brungardt, technical direction by Ryan ZimmermanEnroll Button

Summer 2020 – Do You Hear The People Sing?

SUMMER 2020 WITH APPLE TREE PRODUCTIONS!

Summer 2020Do You Hear The People Sing?

This summer we will be taking to the stage online!  Join us for our Virtual Summer!


PLAY

Apple Tree will producing a full play virtually, with a recorded performance at the end that can be viewed online.

July 6th – August 8th

PLAY: The title of the play is dependent on availability from the licensing company, and will be announced as soon as possible. **We have an application for an exciting play and are waiting for approval to announce the title**
REHEARSAL: Live instruction will be provided virtually Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 – 11:30 am. Attendance will be required for our virtual rehearsals.  Our virtual rehearsals will be a mix of large group work as well as breaking out into smaller group work. Students will be given digital scripts and music accompaniment to work on assignments during the off days. Private instruction in groups of 2-3 students outside of rehearsal times will be provided as needed.
TIME: 10 – 11:30am Mondays,  Wednesdays and Fridays
DATE: July 6th through August 8th
PERFORMANCE: August 8th at 7pm
AUDITIONS: Students will submit a video singing a song approximately 1 minute in length. Audition pieces will be accepted beginning July 7th after our first group meeting. The show will be cast the first week.
AGE: 8 to 20
COST: $150 (scholarships available upon request)

Directed by Heidi Fredericks and Allie Milburn, music direction by Leland Brungardt, technical direction by Ryan Zimmerman


CLASS

Zoom Acting Class

DATE: July 7 – August 6
TIME: 10am to 10:50 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays
COST: $75
All ages
Heidi will teach a group acting class online.  Students will work on monologues, acting technique and learn about theater history. Families are welcome to join our final class to see what students have learned!

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

For those wanting a much lower commitment we will still be offering our free GOOGLE CLASSROOM.  Join us using code: jt3ctki

 

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UPDATE SPRING 2020

Hello Apple Tree Family,

Amidst all of the turmoil surrounding the closures due to the COVID-19 Virus, I wanted to take a moment to reassure you that Apple Tree Productions will remain up and running.

However the impact on us, like everyone in our community, is not small.  We will need to make changes to our current season.  We have a lot of information for you about the coming months, but of course all of it depends on how things progress in our larger community. A lot of this information is tentative, and we welcome your input.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

I wanted to share a great article recently published about Apple Tree’s after school programs. After School Education Article

With the closing of schools our after school shows have been postponed. As the timeline of school schedules gets confirmed we will get new dates to you. The show must go on!  We are confident that we will be able to find times and dates for all of our after school productions.

 

GODSPELL

Since spring break is very different this year so we will need to make some changes to our spring break play, Godspell. As soon as we are cleared by our rehearsal and performance venues we can solidify new dates.  We would like to change from a one week intensive to Saturday morning rehearsals, tentatively beginning in late April and performing at the end of May. If this is not possible, we will add the show to our summer season.

SUMMER SEASON

Our summer season, which we were just about to announce, is currently set to run June 29th to August 2nd, doing only two shows. This is tentative and could change if we need to add Godspell to the lineup.. Rehearsals will return to the original format of 9am to 12pm, and 12:30pm to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. Depending on when school ends, we may adjust these dates to fit students’ schedules.

SUMMER SHOWS

No one has been saved from the impact of the COVID-19 Virus, including the licensing company we work with for our productions. We’ve been given word that licensing will be slow and unpredictable so it may take a bit longer to announce our summer season.

We thought we would do something we’ve never done before and get your input on the shows we are considering. Please choose two shows from the list.  We will do our best to take your opinion into consideration, but know that we also have to work with our licensing company to make sure the dates and shows we request will work.

Enrollment will begin as soon as we can secure licensing. I hope that regardless, you will add us to your summer calendar.

SUMMER 2020 SHOW CHOICES

And finally…
One of the benefits for us in this situation is that we do not have a permanent building so it is easier for us to sustain ourselves even with this level of interruption.  Yet there is concern that enrollment may be low for spring and summer, even after group activities are deemed safe. Our community as a whole will survive this outbreak if we support each other. Apple Tree is a tuition-based, community supported program.  As long as students sign up, Apple Tree will continue. We hope you consider us a part of your family, and that we can continue to support each other going forward. We welcome your questions on all of these changes.  Though this may be a difficult time for us, and sad for our actors, we believe we can still continue all of our programs once life calms down.  We are dedicated to your students, and can’t wait until we can begin to create magic onstage again. We know our offstage community will continue no matter what.

 We hope you all stay safe. Know that you are in our hearts. Apple Tree will go on, and we hope you join us when it does.

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Spring Break 2020 – GODSPELL!

SPRING BREAK 2020

PREPARE YE FOR THE TIMELESS TALE OF FRIENDSHIP, LOYALTY AND LOVE BASED ON THE BROADWAY MUSICAL THAT INSPIRED A GENERATION.

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The original GODSPELL was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz, and it took the world by storm.  Boasting a score with chart topping songs, GODSPELL is a sensation that continues to touch audiences.

A group of disciples help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing.  An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, are employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

$300

Rehearsals: Monday April 6th – Thursday April 9th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Olympia Little Theater.  Friday April 10th at 12pm at Nova Middle School

Performance: Nova Middle School – Friday April 10th at 7pm; Saturday April 11th at 2pm / 7pm

Directed by Heidi Fredericks, music direction by Leland Brungardt


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SPRING 2019 CLASSES

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Acting Intensive Class

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 am
April 13 – May 18

$150
Students will study many acting disciplines including improvisation, monologue work, musical theater scene work and audition technique. An exciting class for all ages!
Taught by Heidi Fredericks.

Group Voice Class

Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
April 13 – May 18

$150
Apple Tree’s first group voice class! Students will learn technique and style through the theater classics.
Taught by Leland Brungardt

Spring 2019 – Acting Intensive

Spring 2019 – Acting Intensive April 13 – May 18

$150.00

Spring 2019 – Group Voice

Spring 2019 – Group Voice April 13 – May 18th

$150.00

 

If you prefer – mail your registration and payment to:

Apple Tree Productions
4011 Macadam Ct SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Spring 2019 Enrollment