• Hello!

                    I hope this finds you all having a fun filled summer! The time is drawing near for our performance at the Rockford Rivets baseball game on June 24, 2017. The game starts at 6:35 so please arrive at 6:00pm sharp! We will meet in our section 114 in the stadium and do a brief practice and warm up before the game begins.If you have not received your tickets please email me.! Lost tickets cannot be replaced! Please remember the following:

    • Students should wear their Fine Arts t-shirts to the game
    • Tickets for the game can still be purchased online at please remember to use the code finearts17 so our school receives a portion of the ticket sales!
    • Supervision will only be provided before the game and during our singing of the national anthem. Parents, do not drop off your students and leave! Harlem School District Staff will not be responsible for students during the game.
    • We will be singing all four verses of the National Anthem, these lyrics are enclosed for you as a reminder. A link to the practice video can be found on the Fine Arts web page.

    See you at the game!

    Musically Yours,

    Mrs. Hannah Fidler

    Machesney Elementary School

    Music Specialist

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  • Announcement! 

    This past week we had the pleasure of hosting several students from Rockford University who came to teach us a spectacular dance called "Break the Chain" which is going to be performed this coming Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Rockford City Market. Machesney students and their families are invited to participate in this flash mob for peace. Students and parents wishing for a refresher in the dance can meet in the parking lot of the RRS News Tower at 4:30 pm. The rest of the students can gather at 5:15 0n the state St. Bridge.  This will not be an official school event so students will need to be supervised by their parents. The dance is about 4 minutes long and will be finished fairly quickly.

    You can find step by step instructions on the choreography at www.connecttopeace.organization

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Mrs. Hannah Fidler 

    Music Specialist 

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  • Please remember that the Press Start rehearsal time has been changed to 2:35-3:30 to accomodate Fine Arts Auditions next Tuesday, March 14, 2017!

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  • There is no Press Start Rehearsal tomorrow after school in order to allow you time to go home and eat before our Kaleidiscope performance at HHS. Please check in with your teacher at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Remember to wear your Press Start t-shirs, black bottoms, and flat shoes. Ladies need to wear their hair pulled back from their faces. 

    See you there!!!!!!

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  • Dear Parents and students please use the following link to sign up to bring props and for volunteering oportunities for Press Start! Only your name, email address, and phone number are required for sign up.

    Thank You,

    Mrs. Fidler

    Volunteer Opportunities 


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  • Dear Parents and Guardians of Fine Arts Students,

                    Due to such an overwhelming interest in volunteering to help with the sets, props, and costumes for the Fine Arts Spring Musical Press Start I would like to hold an informational meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 6 pm in the music room to discuss our needs and delegate tasks. The meeting will be short- approximately thirty minutes. We will discuss the specific needs for the program and form committees to complete these tasks.  This will also be a great time to talk about the upcoming opportunities students will have to perform in the near future.

                    If you will be attending this event please complete the bottom portion of this note and return it to me prior to January 5, 2017. If you are unable to attend this meeting but are interested in helping please mark the appropriate box below.

    Musically Yours,

    Mrs. Hannah Fidler

    Magnet School Music Coordinator

    Music Specialist Maple and Machesney Elementary Schools




    ___ Yes, I am interested in volunteering to help with Press Start production and will attend the informational meeting on January 5, 2017 at 6pm in the music room.

    ___ Yes, I am interested in volunteering to help with Press Start production but will be unable to attend the informational meeting on January 5, 2017 at 6pm in the music room. Please keep me informed about other volunteering opportunities.


    ____________________________                                     ____________________________

    Parent Name                                                                                     Student Name

    ____________________________                                     ____________________________

    Phone Number                                                                                 Email address


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  • I would first of all I would like to congratulate all of our students on fantastic auditions! I have never in all my years of directing seen such a marvelous array of talent! I wish with all of my heart that I could have given each and everyone of you a speaking part; you all deserved it! Unfortunately I did not have enough parts for everyone. To be as fair as possible I assigned parts first to sixth grade, then fifth, and finally fourth grade. I had several very talented students audition for the role of Little Mushroom and I have decided to call back three students to re-audition for this part. These auditions will be held during drama on Thursday, December 8, 2016. These three students will be asked to prepare a dance to demonstrate their dancing abilities. The dance doe not need to be perfect!

    The three students for callback for the part of Little Mushroom are:

    - Scarlett

    -Madison H.

    -Kelly S.

    The students that are not chosen for the part of Little Mushroom will be given understudy roles one and two. 

    Press Start Cast List:


    Part Student Grade
    Young Adventurer Jeremy M. 6
    Marco the Plumber Grant 5
    Speedy the Hedgehog Jazmine G. 5
    Mega Kid Ava L. 5
    Karate Girl Lavon R. 5
    John Elway Jack E. 6
    Spikey Turtle Kailey  5
    Mad Scientist Colby 5
    Evil Robot Hannah M. 6
    Slimy Alien Aubrey G. 5
    Generic Ghost Cassidy P. 6
    Zombie Kathy C. 5
    Little Mushroom ***See List of Callbacks**  
    Lorenzo the Brother Abby P. 5
    Helpful Dinosaur Kylie M. 6
    Fairy Guide Jaime 6
    Paws the Fox Olivia V. 6
    K9 Ariana F. 5
    Princess Pomegranite Emelia G. 6
    Pac Anne Zayda D. 6
    Square Builder Eve Kelcie L. 5
    Angry Birdy Rissa D. 4
    Guiseppe Lola C. 4
    Understudy 1 ***not yet cast***  
    Understudy 2 ***not yet cast**  
    Understudy 3 Bella B. 5
    Understudy 4 Abhi R. 5
    Understudy 5 Lola C. 4
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  • Audition Announcement and Schedule Change!

    I am very excited to announce that the 2017 Fine Arts Musical will be Press Start! This musical revue tells the tale of our favorite video game heroes from games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros., Angry Birds, Minecraft, and many more. These heroes have run out of lives and they need your help or they’ll remain out of play forever!

    Due to the complexity of this exciting production we have moved the date of the spring musical to Thursday, April 13, 2017. Please remember that all fine arts students must be present at this event. All students will sing as members of the chorus which will hold weekly rehearsals during class time. Students who wish to participate with a speaking part can audition during their drama class on Wednesday, November, 30, 2016. A detailed cast list and link to the music can be found on the Fine Arts webpage at Casting Breakdown. Those who are chosen for speaking roles will have to participate in mandatory after school rehearsals each Tuesday from 2:40-4:00pm. Please look carefully at your schedule before deciding to commit to a speaking role. If you give your child permission to audition for a speaking role please fill out the form below and return it prior to November 30th

    We will also be in need of parents to assist with costumes, and set designs. If this is something you would be interested in please indicate your interest on the form below and include your contact information.

    Musically Yours,

    Mrs. Hannah Fidler

    Music Specialist

    Maple and Machesney Elementary Schools

    I, ___________________________ give my child permission to audition for a speaking role in Press Start! I understand that I am committing to attending all rehearsals and the final performance.

    ____________________________                            ____________________________

    Parent Signature                                                                     Student Signature

    ____ I am interested in volunteering to help with:

    ___ Set Design and props                               ____ Costumes

    ____________________________                            ____________________________

    Name                                                                          Phone Number



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  • I am very excited to announce that Machesney's Fie Arts program has been granted producation rights to Press Start! an original childrens' musical written by broadway producers! This exciting musical ttells the story of traditional video game characters who need our help to earn lives or be out of play forever! Audtions for speaking roles will begin in December but I have included a link to the Press Start website so you can preview the music and a full cast list.

    Press Start

    Mrs. Fidler

    Mrs. Fidler

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