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Fifth Grade Musical

Welcome to the Fifth Grade Musical webpage! All information concerning the musical will be posted here including all necessary documents as the new information becomes available.

On March 6, 7 and 8, the entire fifth grade class at Slingerlands will be presenting “A Monstrous Tale.”  This production features songs from popular Broadway and screen musicals such as “Hairspray,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Annie,” “The Greatest Showman” and from “Mama Mia.” “A Monstrous Tale” was written and directed by Slingerlands fifth grade teacher, Mr. Lester Betor. 

The fifth graders will perform for their classmates in an in-school performance on Wednesday, March 6 and will conduct two night shows on Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8.

When the show opens we meet Francesca Stein and her family who relocate to “Witchita” and encounter a rather unusual group of teachers at her new school, Mount Draculan Middle School.  Unbeknownst to her, Francesca has a vitally important role to plan in eradicating the school of its not-so-nice benefactor, Count Dracula.

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Friday, Oct. 12, 2018  – Location: Cafeteria
    • Choir Rehearsal – Musical Announced
  • Begins Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 – Location: Bulletin Board in 5th Grade Wing
    • Audtion sign-ups between Oct. 25 and Nov. 2
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 – Location: Cafeteria
    • 7 p.m. – Parent meeting
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 or Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – Location: Mr. Betor’s Room, Room 10
    • 4 p.m.-7 p.m. – Auditions
  • Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 – Location: Bulletin Board in 5th Grade Wing
    • 9:20 a.m. – Cast list posted
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 – Location: Music Room
    • 3:20-5 p.m. – Full Cast & Crew Script Review
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 and Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 (Rehearsals by Act) – Location: Mr. Betor’s Classroom
    • Act I: 7:45-9:10 a.m.
    • Act III: 3:20-5 p.m.
    • Act II: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Every Tuesday beginning Jan. 8, 2019 – Location: Mr. Betor’s Classroom or Stage
    • Act I: 7:45 – 9:10 a.m.
    • Act III: 3:20 – 5 p.m.
    • Act II: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    • Lines MUST be memorized by January 2nd
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 – Location: Stage
    • 2-8 p.m. – Full Cast & Crew Dress Rehearsal
  • Monday, March 4, 2019 – Location: Stage
    • 3:20-5 p.m. – Full Cast & Crew
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – Location: Stage
    • 3:20-5 p.m. Full Cast & Crew
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    • 2 p.m. – School Performance
  • Thursday & Friday, March 7-8, 2019
    • 7 p.m. – A Monstrous Tale

Get Involved! Parent Committee Information & Responsibilities:

Mr. Lester Betor will serve as Musical Director and will work with Assistant Director, Connie Clarkson, and Parent Co-Chairs, Betsy Danz and Brooke Donovan, to produce the show and coordinate volunteers. As always, this will be an extraordinary joint effort. The 48th annual musical can only be a success with the hard work and dedication of the parents of this year’s fifth graders.

Responsibilities are as follows:

Cast Party

  • Organize and chaperone cast party
  • Chaperone party, monitor bathrooms and hallways
  • Create and distribute cast part permission slips
  • Create and distribute song request list
  • Place folder for form collection in front office and check daily
  • Arrange for DJ (parent or otherwise) with his/her own equipment
  • Create CD of music for cast and crew; purchase and burn CD for each student
  • Obtain and label a poster and sharpie for each student
  • Order food (pizza, cupcakes, popcorn, chips etc), provide beverages (water bottles) and decorates the event
  • Order and purchase flowers for performances
  • Clean up
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by Musical Chairs.


  • Meet with director to discuss costume ideas
  • Attend some rehearsals to measure and fit costumes
  • Search for and assemble costumes
  • Make any necessary alterations
  • Work closely with WARDROBE committee

Wardrobe (Moms and Dads needed for dressing room  supervision)

  • Help the actors get into costume for dress rehearsal and performances
  • Keep track of and maintain costumes when they are not being worn
  • Clean, sort, and arrange costumes in costume closet at the conclusion of the show.
  • Return all borrowed costumes


  • Attend dress rehearsal, March 1st, 4:30 p.m. for application
  • Attend performances, March 6th at 2 p.m.; March 7th & 8th, 7 p.m.

Props/Stage Managers

  • Collect/assemble/organize props for prop list
  • Attend dress rehearsal, March 1st,  3-8 p.m.
  • Be backstage for performances, March 6th at 2 p.m., March 7th & 8th, 7 p.m.


  • Collect information for the program
  • Proofread program for content and spelling
  • Design layout for program
  • Work closely with PUBLICITY, T-SHIRT, and TICKET committees to coordinate designs


  • Announce performances to local media
  • Design show poster (in conjunction with T-Shirt & program designers)
  • Work with PROGRAM, T-SHIRT and TICKET committees to coordinate designs


  • Design T-Shirt  (in conjunction with program and poster designers)
  • Obtain student/teacher sizes, place order and organize T-shirts for distribution

Rehearsal Assistants (Dress Rehearsal, March 1st – 2-6 p.m. – ONLY)

  • Run lines with actors, rehearse songs with cast, chaperone children during dinner and recess, and while preparing for production
  • Assist with ice cream social

Set/Scenery  Design and Construction

  • Meet with Mrs. O’Shea and/or Director to discuss set and scenery
  • Work with student crew to construct and paint  set


  • Develop and print tickets in cooperation with Publicity and T-Shirt committees
  • Sell and coordinate pre-sale tickets
  • Distribute pre-sale tickets
  • Sell tickets each night of the production


  • Arrange for videographer to video the production on March 6th at 2 p.m.
  • Sell and coordinate pre-sale of DVDs
  • Distribute DVDs

Behavior Expectations

In the Bethlehem Central Music program, students become part of a group whose success depends upon teamwork, cooperation, and individual accountability. The unique talents of all students are joined together to create a thriving and positive experience. In putting on a musical, students learn a greater appreciation for the part others play in their own successes, and vice versa. Participation in this musical is a commitment made by the students and you, the parent. The musical will be a huge success if we all follow the guidelines listed below. Thank you for your time and energy in making this a success! It is expected that:

  • Students will follow all school policies regarding student behavior and conduct. Any actions that would interfere with the rights and safety of others, or threaten the successful outcome of the show will result in dismissal from the musical.
  • Academic responsibilities are a student’s first priority. Students will fulfill all classroom obligations and academic responsibilities.
  • Students will attend ALL scheduled rehearsals. We obviously will work around absences due to illness. However, students MUST attend all scheduled rehearsals and participate in all performances.
  • Students will arrive and be picked up on time. Time is precious! We begin and end rehearsals at the exact time listed!
  • Students will respect the director, assistant director, parent volunteers, and teachers at all times during the rehearsals.
  • Students will memorize their part as quickly as possible, but no later than Tuesday, January 2nd, and practice at home so that they are prepared for rehearsal.
  • It is MANDATORY that all cast and crew attend the dress rehearsal on Friday, March 2nd from 3-8 p.m.  Please mark your calendars now!
  • Student-Parent Agreement Form [PDF]

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2017: “Maria’s River” VIEW PHOTOS

2016: “The Tale of the Traveling Spectacles” VIEW PHOTOS

2015: “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” VIEW PHOTOS

2014: “The Knight the Castle Rocked!” VIEW PHOTOS