Tickets on Sale for FASS 2020: Nothing Beats Rock!

Come see our show and follow the rise and fall of a civilization, from the stone age to the space age in this original historical musical odyssey!

Shows are Feb 6, 7, and 8 in the HH theatre. Feb 6 at 8pm is pay-what-you-can, and tickets for Feb 7 at 8pm and Feb 8 at 7pm can be purchased online at https://tinyurl.com/FASS2020, through the HH box office in person or by phone, (519‑888‑4908) or through any member of the cast & crew.

Hope to see you there!

Winter 2020 Show Auditions!

Led by our awesome show council of Director Jen Farmer, TD Martin Stachowski, and SM Eloise Fan, the auditions for FASS 2020: Nothing Beats Rock! will take place on January 8, 9, and 10th in HH 123 from 7-10 pm. Drop by for about an hour on any night you please!

Winter 2020 Show Council and Writing

Hi everyone,

What a fabulous Fall FASS! We had more audience than we knew what to do with, the guest acts called us “so professional”, and Imprint loved us even though we made fun of them (seriously, check out their review!)

Now let’s look forward to the Winter show, which will take place in the Hagey Hall Theatre on Feb 6, 7, and 8, 2020. I’m pleased to open nominations for Director, Stage Manager, Tech Director, and Producer. If you’re interested in any of these positions, please email prez@fass.uwaterloo.ca to apply.

In addition, our valiant CSW Dan Viggiani has scheduled the first two writers’ meetings to decide the theme and structure of the show. They are:

  • Thursday October 17th in MC 2038 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Tuesday October 22nd in MC 2034 from 7 to 9 pm

Hope you can come out and join the writing team and/or the Show Council and make this another awesome FASS!

Dee

Fall Variety Show

Come out and see the FASS Fall Variety Show: Feridun-Dun-DUN!

October 4 and 5 at 8pm in AL 116.

When a rash of murders sweeps campus, everyone is a suspect – even the geese! Can our intrepid detectives figure out whodunit… before it’s too late?

We’ll also be joined on stage by many fabulous guest acts from other performance groups on campus, including the Warriors Band, UW Cheer Team, Chavembachata, UW Improv Club, AcaBellas, Unaccompanied Minors, and UW Juggling Club!

Hope to see you there! Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome!

Fall Variety Show Auditions

If you’d like to get involved with the FASS Fall Variety Show on Oct 4&5, come out to Auditions!

Come by for about an hour any time on Sept 3, 4, or 5 between 7 and 10 pm in HH 123&124. Everyone who comes out is guaranteed to be able to participate in the show. Tech, Stage Management, Band, etc welcome too. If you want to get involved behind the scenes, contact Jen at cc@fass.uwaterloo.ca

Also, if you are involved in a performance group of some kind and would like to be an external act for the show, contact our External Acts Recruiter at acts@fass.uwaterloo.ca

FASS Summer Announcements

Hot enough for ya?
Writing for the Fall Variety show is heating up as well, with a theme selected (Politics/Murder Mystery) and brainstorming well underway here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/163FW–Nd9rtpYFnQ6SWyL1AZjunn46bzrqrdwsPYeVA/edit. Please jump in with ideas! You can also contact our CSW Brent at csw-fall@fass.uwaterloo.ca or join the writers mailing list here if you want to receive emails about writing: https://lists.uwaterloo.ca/mailman/listinfo/fass-writers
Speaking of the Fall show, we have a great director, Brandon West, but we’re still in need of a Tech Director, Producer, and Stage Manager for the short 3-4-scene production. This is a great opportunity to try out these roles in a less intense production! In addition, we’re looking for someone to coordinate with external acts, since what is a variety show without some variety? See below for a rough description of the duties for these positions, and get your application in to prez@fass.uwaterloo.ca by July 15 at 11:59 pm.
We’re running some fun social events all summer long, so check out the Facebook group for details at https://www.facebook.com/groups/5141075654/
Hope to see your witty words for the script, awesome applications for positions, and terrific turnout at the events this summer!
Dee

FASS President 2020

super-brief descriptions of position requirements:

Producer: advertise for auditions and show, including posters, social media, programs, etc
Stage Manager: schedule rehearsals, take note of what the director wants, call cues
Tech Director: manage team to handle props, sets, sound, lights, makeup, costumes
External Acts Coordinator: invite acts to participate, coordinate on requirements and scheduling

FASS Spring Announcements

We have some important announcements!

1. CSW for FASS Fall 2019 Variety Show: October 4-5

We’re pleased to announce R. Brent Clements as Chief Script Writer for the Fall 2019 FASS Variety Show on Oct 4-5, 2019!

If you want to help write, contact Brent at csw-fall@fass.uwaterloo.ca.

2. Applications Open for Fall 2019 Show Council: due June 24

We’re now looking for people to take on the roles of Producer, Director, Tech Director, and Stage Manager. If you are interested, applications should be sent to prez@fass.uwaterloo.ca. Please include a brief summary of your relevant experience.

Producer, Director, and Tech Director applications close on June 24th at 11:59 pm, and Stage Manager applications close on July 8th at 11:59 pm.

3. Save the Date for FASS Winter 2020 Show: March 12-14

FASS Winter 2020 will take place on March 12, 13, and 14, 2020. Mark your calendars and don’t miss it!

Happy Spring!

Dee

Fall 2019 Variety Show and Next Board Meeting

Fall 2019 Variety Show

We’re excited to announce that FASS will be holding a Variety Show in Fall 2019! We are accepting applications for CSW (chief script writer) for a Fall 2019 Variety Show. Applications are due by Wednesday May 15 by 6 pm. If you are interested, please contact prez@fass.uwaterloo.ca.

The CSW is responsible for:
– Calling a meeting to consider ideas for and select the show theme
– Organizing meetings for and supervising the writing of the script
– Providing updates about the script and finishing it on time

Next Board Meeting

Show dates for both Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 will be discussed at the next Board meeting, which is on Wednesday May 15 at 7 pm in HH 119. The agenda for the meeting is here. The first part of the meeting is closed, but all are welcome to attend the second part, which will start around 7:30. HH123 is reserved for hanging out before the open part of the meeting begins. Hope you can join us!

FASS 2020 Board

I’m Diana Skrzydlo (better known as Dee) and I’m delighted to take on the role of FASS President for 2019-2020. I love FASS and I am deeply committed to making it a safe place where everyone can feel welcome and included.

Joining me on the 2019-2020 board are Company Coordinator Jen Farmer and Representatives Chris Lolas, Matt Mustin, Victoria Robertson, and Alex McVittie, along with Presidential Advisor Anton Markov.

I’d like to officially announce that applications for Treasurer and Creative Liaison will be accepted until Sunday April 21 at 11:59 PM. If you are interested in applying for either of these positions, please email prez@fass.uwaterloo.ca with which position you’re applying for and a brief outline of your qualifications. Descriptions of the positions are below.

Thanks everyone for putting your trust in me. I’m looking forward to working with the new Board and helping guide the FASS family in this coming year.

Dee

Treasurer is responsible for:

  • Maintaining financial records for FASS
  • Preparing a budget with input from the Board
  • Handling the reimbursement of expenses

Creative Liaison is responsible for:

  • Running the Show Councils – meetings, coordination, and responsibilities
  • Reporting back to the Board on the status of the shows [including debrief]
  • Selecting and supervising a Social Coordinator who runs activities during the show run

Fall 2018 Variety Show

I am happy to announce that the Board met last week [minutes] and voted to convene a Show Council for a Fall 2018 variety-style show! As your president, I want to explain what we envision for this show and to ask for your help in making it happen.

NOTE: if are looking for specifics like application due dates, they are at the end of the post, and in the calendar to the right. However, I hope you will read the rest of this for the background information.

What we want to do: the plan is to run a Variety Show in the coming fall term, in addition to the regular full-length show in the winter term of 2019. The show would contain a small amount of original FASS content like you would find in a traditional show – scenes, jokes, songs, dancing, possibly re-used from previous years or acting as preview for the winter show. Additionally, anyone can submit and perform a short skit or other performance – kind of like a talent show. Finally, we will invite other on-campus groups to participate and perform guest acts.

Those who participated in, or watched the 2017 show will find these ideas familiar. Just think of all the things we can do with 3 months of preparation time!

Why we want to do this: first and foremost, we are doing this because FASSies want more opportunities to do FASS! You don’t want to wait an entire year (or two, if away on co-op). This is a way to keep the momentum of our amazing 2018 show alive.

A more tactical reason is to help introduce new students, especially first-years, to the magic of FASS. Most people see a FASS show before they participate, so we could shorten the recruitment cycle by a year. It also gives us a more tangible call-to-action at Fall clubs day – come to this thing happening within a month or two, rather than next term.

Finally, it gives us a strategic opportunity to experiment with new venues, show formats, recruitment strategies, and to practice planning multiple shows in parallel. This experience will be critical in helping FASS evolve and survive as an organization.

Where and when: we don’t have all the answers yet, and we want to give the future Show Council maximum flexibility in planning and running the show. (After all, the Board will have a Winter show to plan in the Fall.) Here are some rough ideas based on informal discussions by the Board.

Timing: roughly in the second half of the fall term, possibly early November. This should give enough time to advertise, recruit, and audition, while taking advantage of events like Clubs Day and avoiding major distractions like Thanksgiving and mid-terms.

Venue: we are looking for a venue that is highly visible or at least easily accessible to the University community. We are willing to sacrifice technical sophistication for a large audience at a lower price. That means looking at the SLC, classrooms, or even residences/colleges.

We have also discussed the possibility of a travelling show visiting different residences, perhaps in addition to a main performance.

Who we are looking forthis is the part where I ask for your help to make this show happen! We are looking for people who are willing to work outside the traditional FASS model and help us figure out many of the details that are normally set in stone for a full show. While the Constitution dictates the basic makeup of the Show Council, we expect the responsibilities to be more fluid, with new roles added or traditional roles combined.

  • Chief Script Writer would be responsible for curating, creating, and otherwise procuring the content for the FASS portion. They may assist wth sourcing one-off skits and guest acts.
  • Producer would be responsible for coordinating with guest acts on marketing, venue, and show time.
  • Director, Tech Director, and Stage Manager would maintain their traditional roles for the FASS portion. The Stage Manager may work with the Producer to coordinate guest acts during the show run.
  • We may create a new position to coordinate with guest acts, depending on the applications that we get.

If you are interested in helping out, let us know if you are interested in multiple roles or a subset of some role.

What’s next: applications for the Show Council are open as of now.

  • Chief Script Writer, Producer, Directory, and Tech Director applications will close on Wednesday, July 11th.
  • Stage Manager applications will close on Sunday, July 22nd.

We will be interviewing all positions in July. See the FASS Calendar for possible interview dates. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to apply@fass.uwaterloo.ca. Include a brief summary of your relevant experience and where you see yourself having the most impact for this show.

As always, reach out to me with any questions: prez@fass.uwaterloo.ca.

— Anton Markov, President, FASS Board of 2019