Below is a sign up for help with our audio equipment for the summer season, please take a look and sign up to haul and/or unload back at the studio after shows as you can! Thank you!
AOK Sound Team
Here is a sign up for Studio Cleaning this is a great way to get some volunteer hours in.
The first one is this weekend. Since the kids are at camp this cleaning really could be done at anytime this weekend since they won't be there. Just let me know what time you would want to go and we will figure out a way to open up the studio for you.
We hope everyone is looking forward to STAR Camp next weekend! For those new, STAR (Summer Training And Rehearsal) Camp is a weekend focused on learning and reviewing material and teambuilding within our AOK Family. This is always a lot of fun, but also a good amount of work, so be sure to have plenty of water with you!
The cost for camp required of each member goes to the meals, facility rental and lodging (if applicable). These meals will be organized by the Board and are sounding AMAZING, so look forward to them!
Of course, since there are only so many beds/rooms and not everyone is staying overnight, there will be differing start and end times each day for particular groups:
Friday - 5/19 (Dinner provided)
5:30pm - ARRIVAL for Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald
Saturday - 5/20 (Lunch/Dinner provided; Breakfast provided for overnight members)
9:00am - ARRIVAL for Diamond, Amethyst, Garnet, Opal, Topaz, Pearl
7:00pm - PICKUP after Dinner for Opal, Topaz, Pearl
Sunday - 5/21 (Lunch provided; Breakfast provided for overnight members)
9:00am - ARRIVAL for Opal, Topaz, Pearl
4:00pm - DEPARTURE for All Groups
More detailed schedules regarding each group, where they need to be and when, and meal times for each day will be provided at camp.
Additionally on Sunday, 5/21 we will be having a Practice Show to runthrough all of our summer material. Though all material may not be polished at this point, this show allows us to assess where numbers are at, and which songs need a bit more focus going into the last weeks of May. This practice show is scheduled to start at 1:00pm, and should last around 1.5 hours. Parents are welcome to attend, so feel free to arrive after 12:30pm if you'd like to watch the show. Note that lawn chairs/seating may be required. Afterwards, the members are expected to help us pack up the sound equipment, and cleanup the campgrounds that we used prior to leaving.
You must be excused by either Tony or Carley in order to leave.
Overall we have a very fun STAR Camp planned, and hope everyone is looking forward to it!
The Creative Team
STAR Camp is almost here. We are super excited to have this fun AOK activity to prep for the summer season and provide some bonding time for the members in the group.
Camp is May 19th to the 21st. Due to limited space and scheduling unfortunately not all groups will be able to spend the night this year, but certainly can join in for rehearsal and fun.
At the end of camp on Sunday the kids will put on a show for the parents to practice and display things they have learned. The show on Sunday will be at 1pm followed by a treat for everyone. Clean up and dismissal will happen between 3 and 4pm.
The following is arrival times by groups.
Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald - Friday evening 5:30pm thru Sunday dismissal
Diamond, Amethyst and Garnet - Saturday 9am thru Sunday dismissal
Opal, Topaz and Pearl - Saturday day 9am to 7pm and Sunday 9am to dismissal
Attached you will find the RSVP and the permission slip
PLEASE fill out the RSVP asap and by Monday May 8th. On this form is area to let us know if there are certain times only your member can attend.
The permission slip along with the fee you will bring to camp with you. The majority of camp will be paid for by AOK. The remainder fee for each member is to help cover food and camp shirt that everyone will receive.
The Creative Team and Executive Board
AOK STAR Camp RSVP
AOK STAR Camp Permission Slip
Here are the links to purchase the required AOK Travel Shirt and AOK Spiritwear. Returning members this is a new style for 2023. All members are required to purchase this new style. These online links are active until May 10th. Please order accordingly. Our spirit wear is great to wear and support AOK while we are out and about at our shows this Summer.
Required Travel Shirt
By now hopefully you have purchased your required personal costume pieces.
If you have not please do so asap. We are asking for everyone to bring in their pieces to be checked in by Mrs. Lamb or Mrs. Tippett. We will be checking them in by Saturday May 13th. If you bring them in sooner please put them in your costume bin.
All members need to bring in a clear bin or tote approx. 64 quarts with a lid and your name labeled on the side. Please bring in that asap as well. We are starting to bin your Summer costumes.
Attached here is the required pieces list that you need to purchase. Returning Girls please take note you need to purchase the new style of skort.
One last required item. In the next day or so a link to order this summer's required travel shirt will come out. Please make sure to order at least one.
Download AOK Summer 2023 Personal Costume Requirements
We are now just over 3 weeks into our summer season and our members have already learned a lot of material (with more to come over the month of May as well). In order to get everything accomplished in the remaining short amount of time, we ask that members leave their cell phones in their bags during rehearsals.
We have seen an increased amount of use of phones during inappropriate times throughout these first few weeks and would like this to stop. To say it simply: do not be on your phone during dance and vocal practices. It is distracting to both yourselves, your peers, and your directors/choreographers. Please be respectful of everyone's time, and be actively involved in practices to make sure you are on top of all material.
In the past we have set up a phone caddy for member's to place their phones in and/or collected phones at the beginning of practices. We would like to avoid this, so please just do your part and stay off your phone during practices. Save those for breaks.
The Creative Team