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Illinois High School Theatre Festival

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Permission Forms
In December I will be handing out a Parent Permission Form and a Field Trip Permission Form.  These are due on Thursday, January 11. If you have not turned in this form, you cannot get on the bus. Remember, the teachers who need to sign are your 2nd semester teachers.
Hotel Accommodations
We are staying at the Chateau Hotel, 1601 Jumer Dr., Bloomington IL.  There will be four to a room.  Room assignments are done by Mr. Meier.  Anyone having issues with their room assignments should put the complaint in writing and Mr. Meier will be glad to look at it after we return from the trip.
Chaperones for the trip are Mr. & Mrs. Meier, Sara Gunther and Michael Swager. Michael is a Mundelein Theatre alumnus and a professional lighting technician in the Chicago area.
We will leave MHS immediately after school on Thursday, January 12.   We will return to school late on Saturday, January 1, probably around 10:00 PM.  You can leave your car in the parking lot while you are gone.  We will put all cars together in the north lot.
We will be traveling to ISU in a bus provided by Durham Transportation Services. While in Bloomington/Normal we will be transported by the same bus.  It is a good old fashioned yellow school bus. 
Please limit your luggage to one small suitcase and one backpack (or other small carry-on type thing).  We will stack the suitcases in the luggage compartment under the bus, and you will keep your small bag with you.  Pack light, we are only there for a short time.  Layers are the key because you will be walking all over the ISU campus in the middle of winter.  Bring comfortable clothes that you can move in (many of the workshops are interactive).  Be sure to bring your Mundelein Theatre Gear.
We will be providing dinner Thursday on the bus on the way down to ISU.  We usually order from Subway.  We will be providing breakfast at the hotel on Friday morning. We will stop for breakfast on Saturday morning on the way to the festival.  This will be paid for by Mundelein Theatre.  You are responsible for all other meals, so bring some cash.
Curfew during the festival is midnight.  This is consistent with the other schools attending and is the guideline set forth by the Illinois Theatre Association.  Curfew means that you are in your own room.  We will be conducting a bed check each evening.
All MHS rules apply while you are on the trip.  This includes the dress code. Infractions will result in a call to your parents and an unceremonious bus trip home (at your expense).  Attending the festival is a privilege.  My expectation is that you will comport yourselves in a manner in which you will do yourselves, your parents and your school proud.  The chaperones will set up check-in times during the day to make sure that everything is OK and you are safe and sound. 
Be organized.  The schedule for workshops and plays will be posted on-line in December.  Use your Festival Plan Sheet to do some advance planning.  Pick out the shows and workshops you most want to attend.  You also need to be flexible because you may not be able to get a ticket to the show you want or the workshop you want to attend may be filled up once you get there.  Always have a second choice for everything.
Have Fun!
Attend as many workshops and productions as you can.  There are over 4,000 high school theatre geeks (just like you) at this event.  Make new friends, learn new things, show everyone in Illinois that MUNDELEIN THEATRE ROCKS!

Fest Archive




Selected as a Full-Length Production





Talley's Folly
Selected as Showcase Production



Dancing at Lughnasa
Selected as a Full-Length Production


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