Mill Creek Encore Alliance (MCEA)
Mill Creek High School Theatre (Troupe 6855) provides experiences and opportunities to participate in live theatre for students enrolled in the drama department at Mill Creek High School. We have a commitment to showcasing student talent in live theatre productions thus providing students with the opportunity to perform and learn about multiple facets of theatre production. In an effort to support the arts and bring them to as wide an audience as possible, we strive to bring professional-level theatrical productions to the community using student talent, assisted and supported by experienced, caring adults.
Mill Creek Encore Alliance is an organization of parents, students, teachers and community members supporting the theatre department of Mill Creek High School with funding, marketing and volunteer staffing for all productions. Simply put, it is our Booster group.
The Mill Creek Encore Alliance is a Public Charity exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Alliance are deductible under section 170 of the Code. Tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts to the organization are also qualified under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.
The Mill Creek Encore Alliance exists to lend all possible support, both moral and financial, to the general theatre program of Mill Creek High School. This organization shall foster an enthusiasm and interest in the various activities of the Theatre Department, communicate and cooperate with those in leadership roles within the Department and with all members of the alliance, and assure a continuity of administration of the booster organization from year to year, thus allowing the faculty, staff and students of the MCHS theatre program to draw upon the various services the organization can provide.
Further, the MCEA shall endeavor to foster the further education of certain students who seek to pursue theatre as a career choice by way of providing financial scholarships and other opportunities to develop their skills as actors, technicians, writers and directors. Membership: General membership is open to all adults, with a maximum of two per family, interested in the purpose of MCEA. A general member is defined as an adult parent or guardian of a present or future student participating in a minimum of one theatre class or as a cast member of open audition shows within the current season. To contact the MCEA, email us at email@example.com .
Click here to read the MCEA Bylaws
President: Stacey Gross Vice President: Jared Williams Treasurer: Sam Bridger Secretary: Bethany Tuffy Members-at-Large: Annmarie Bridger, Brenda Merriweather, Lorena Tapia, Brooke Card, Christy Fitzwater, Jill Terry
Charms is how Mill Creek Theatre communicates with students and parents. It is where you go to keep informed about all the activities in theatre throughout the year. You can check practice schedules or performance dates, and you can pay for tickets, ThesCon fees, or even a Shout-Out for a show’s program. You can check on upcoming Work Days, as well as shop for t-shirts, roses and more.
For information on how to use Charms… you can follow this how to guide: How to Use Charms
or here is a How-To Video. To get to charms, go to https://www.charmsoffice.com.
If you have any problems accessing your charms account, please contact a board member at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are thrilled that your child has elected to participate in theatre this year. Unlike most extra-curricular activities, theatre is both a scholastic endeavor as well as a performance endeavor. And it takes money – lots of money – to stage the caliber of performances for which MCHS Theatre has gained a reputation. Most extra-curricular activities come with a heavy price tag – some well over $500. The Mill Creek Encore Alliance works diligently to raise support through the sale of advertising, sponsorship of activities (like Mill Creek’s Got Talent) and fundraisers. But that isn’t enough. Not only do we stage the productions, but students receive tee shirts for each play and their production supplies. So, we require students to pay a set fee (which we call Booster Fees) to help finance their participation in theatre.
How much are the fees for classes and what do they cover?
- Advanced Drama and Musical Theatre: $250.00* – Goes toward costs associated with the co-curricular production plays which will be performed after school hours, and includes a banquet ticket, show tee-shirts, tech week meals.
- Technical Theatre (1st) has no production fees.
- Introduction to Theatre (2nd & 5th): $100, and includes a makeup kit, tech week meals and a show shirt
*This fee must be paid in order for a student to audition for the spring musical, or attend the end-of-year-banquet or graduate (if this is their senior year.) It is part of the agreement you sign for your student to participate in one of these advanced theatre classes.
How can you offset the cost of these fees? Booster fees are invoiced at the beginning of the school year and can be paid online or by check or…and this is important…parents and/or students can sell program (and web) advertising to go toward the expense of their fees. Accounts are credited 50 cents for every dollar of advertising sold. Flower Sales contribute $3.00 from each plant sold to a student’s account.
Even if you don’t sell enough to cover all of your fees, the amount due is reduced by 50 cents for every dollar in advertising or sponsorships that you do sell. For more info, email email@example.com.
There are several fundraising opportunities throughout the year to help reduce a student’s class, musical, and ThesCon fees. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we offer the option to solicit ads for our show programs. Any ad funds generated will be split between the student’s account and the MCEA.
Full Season Ad Size Options
Ad to appear in all programs of all performances of our class shows, Spring Musical and Competition Play. In addition, the logo is placed on www.millcreektheatre.com with a link to the organization website.
Back Cover (5.5” x 8.5”) $500 Full Page Color Ad in Season Program Inside Front Cover (5.5” x 8.5”) $350 Full Page Color Ad in Season Program Inside Back Cover (5.5” x 8.5”) $350 Full Page Color Ad in Season Program Full Page (5” x 8”) $250 Full Page Black & White Ad in Season Program Half Page (4.5” x 3.75”) $135 Half Page Black & White in Season Program Quarter Page (2.25” x 3.75”) $ 75 Quarter Page Vertical Black & White in Season Program Quarter Page (4.5” x 1.88”) $ 75 Quarter Page Horizontal Black and White in Season Program
Parents and students can print a copy of the MCEA Advertising Contract to use with a prospective business partner.
If you are a business and would like to submit an ad to be in our programs this season, please use this online form .
Thespian Dues: $50. Payable one-time when the student qualifies to become a member of the Georgia Thespian Society. We are Troupe 6855.
Save the date! Our spring musical is TBD!!
If you are a student and need Audition information, click here
2022-23 Musical Fee: $100 (if you are not in the Musical Theatre class, which has a dues component that covers the musical fee).
The Spring Musical is open to all students at Mill Creek High School. All participating students must pay to go toward the costs of production. Students who participate in the musical and have paid their fee will receive one (1) production tee-shirt and meals during practices.
Make-up Kit: $25. All Advanced Drama and Musical Theatre students as well as all actors in the spring musical must have a theatre makeup kit. This is not the makeup you buy over the counter; it is specialized makeup formulated specifically for the demanding conditions of performing on stage.
Other students who wish to purchase a kit can get one from MCEA or other vendors. but at $25 MCEA is probably the best option. If a makeup kit is lost or depleted, a replacement kit can be purchased for $25.
Purchase these online through our Store on the CHARMS website.
Georgia Thespian Conference (ThesCon). $250, which includes conference registration, charter transportation, and hotel accommodation
Thespian students can elect to attend ThesCon, a three-day event held in Columbus GA, usually in February of each year which features numerous productions presented by high schools from throughout the state. Plus, students participate in a variety of workshops led by theatre professionals from around the country and can perform or view individual performance and tech events, audition for scholarships, talk to college representatives from around the country, shop with commercial vendors selling theatre merchandise, and hang out with 4,500 other Georgia Thespians. Troupe 6855!
The 2023 Conference is scheduled for February 9-11, 2023 and will be virtual. Nonetheless, it promises to be a great experience for your student! For more information, visit the Georgia Thespians website… gathespians.org/thescon .
The 2023 End of the Year Theatre Banquet will be held on May 19th at Bear’s Best Atlanta in Suwanee. All theatre students and any students who participate in the Spring Musical are invited to attend. Students’ parents are also invited to attend.
So, who needs to purchase a ticket if they want to attend? Any theatre student; any Musical cast member who is not in a production class; and any parent or guardian.
Ticket Price: Ticket price is $50 per ticket. This same price applies for parents who wish to attend.
Each year, MCEA is proud to award a scholarship to a worthy theatre student who has chosen to continue his or her education in the theatre arts. For more information, click here. Note: Scholarship is contingent on budget constraints.
The Mill Creek Encore Alliance board and members meet monthly during the school year. All parents and guardians are invited to attend. We typically meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the area near Mrs. Lindahl’s office. Click on the date to view the minutes of that meeting.
2021-2022 Meeting Minutes 2020-2021 Meeting Minutes 2019-2020 Meeting Minutes Meeting 1 – July 27 Meeting 1 – August 10 Meeting 1 Minutes – June 19 Meeting 2 – September 14 Meeting 2 – September 6 Meeting 2 Minutes – July 29 Meeting 3 – September 29 Meeting 3 – November 7 Meeting 3 Minutes – August 22 Meeting 4 – October 26 Meeting 4 – March 22 Meeting 4 Minutes – Sept 10 Meeting 5 – November 16 Meeting 5 – June 14 Meeting 5 Minutes – October 8 Meeting 6 – December 14 Meeting 6 Minutes – Nov. 12 Meeting 7 Minutes – Dec. 11 Parent Meeting — January 26 Meeting 8 Minutes – January 27 Meeting 9 Minutes – February 4 Meeting 10 Minutes – March 3
You may purchase tickets for all of our shows and events by clicking here: Ludus.
Shout-Outs are a great way to show your love and support for your theatre student. They can include pictures and a message. Click on the link for an order form and there is also a link for an example of a Shout-Out.