November 14, 2015
You smile.  We win.
Here's a painless way for all you shoppers to donate to our choir program this holiday season. 
When you go to Amazon's charity donation launch page at and designate Note-ables Booster Club (must have the hyphen to find us!), Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to our choir program. They donate a portion of their commission which means it costs you nothing.
All you have to do is bookmark the smile URL, which is a mirror site of their main URL, designate Note-ables (the charity search is right under main search box) and Amazon will automatically remember your designated charity every time you return. 
And as always.....thank you for your kind, generous, and continued support.  
November 14, 2015
Thanks for Swinging for the Stars!
The 2nd Annual Swing for the Stars Golf Tournament was held Monday November 9th, 2015 at El Dorado Golf Course.  We would like to thank all the golfers, volunteers, sponsors, and golf course staff that made the tournament another fun and successful event.
Congratulations to the Luyben foursome as the winning group with a score of 14 under par!  Congratulations also to our contest winners Hipp Nguyen for “Closest to the Pin” on Hole #3 and  Matt Luyben for “Longest Drive” on Hole #7.   Unfortunately, nobody was able to win the $10,000 cash prize for getting a “Hole in One” on Hole #12.
After golf, several  spouses joined us for a delicious buffet dinner.  The excitement at dinner was buzzing with anticipation of winning one of the many  raffle prizes that were drawn.  There were so many raffle gifts, almost everyone went home with a prize!
Thanks again to everyone who participated to support our choir program.
October 26, 2015
Congratulations to our Opporutnity Drawing winners
Congratulations to the following supporters who each won $1,000 as part of our "A Night on Broadway" Opportunity Drawing:
  1.  Mary Saxon (submitted by Tommy Olaes)
  2.  Jill Ganioco  (submitted by Anya Henricksen)
  3.  Jen Blanchard (submitted by Jacqui Blanchard)
October 21, 2015
A Night on Broadway comes to Los Al

October 9, 2015

Broadway show tix on sale now

The ticket booth is open and ducats are going fast for our first big production of the year.  Broadway rarely sounded so good as it will on October 22, 23 and 24 when hundreds of Los Al choir students take to the stage (and the aisles!) of the Margaret Webb Performing Arts Center to belt out a bunch of great Great White Way show tunes.  These shows will sell out so don't delay.  Go to our ticket order page here to place your order today.


August 29, 2015
Vocal Production performs with Foreigner
As a reward for winning the Mark in the Morning jingle contest back in June, members of our Vocal Production class collected their prize on Thursday evening when they joined rock super group Foreigner on stage at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine. Our students sang "I Want to Know What Love Is" before a sold out audience of more than 12,000 fans.  Foreigner is a big supporter of the Grammy Foundation and uses performances such as these to promote music education while out on tour.  The group also will donate $500 to our program as a thank you to our music program.
August 27, 2015
Join us for our Welcome Back Picnic
and Open Mic Talent Show
Everyone is invited to our annual Welcome Back Picnic and Open Mic Talent Show on Sunday, August 30 from 12:30 - 4 pm taking place behind the Performing Arts Center on campus. This year, we've added the open mic talent show to our festivities, so students can strut their stuff on stage, whether it's singing, dancing, improv, juggling, or some other hidden talent. 
It's everyone's first chance to hear what we've all been missing since the curtain went down on our last Pops Show in June. And every act that performs will be entered into a raffle drawing for prizes! Students can even perform more than once if time allows.
We've also got food trucks rolling on scene, including TK Burgers and Beach Bus Bistro who will be offering up a great menu of burgers, sandwiches and icy cold shaved ice.  You can also bring your own edibles if you prefer.
And for some added great news.....according to weather reports, highs will be considerably cooler than the low 80s, and partly cloudy with winds ranging up to 10 mph, but you still might want to still bring your pop-ups, blankets and comfort stuff. 
For questions, contact Noteables Booster President Rachel Gooch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We'll see you on Sunday!

August 27, 2015

Playbill's Interview with David Moellenkamp


Meet the Teachers Who are Shaping Broadway.  
How They Train Their Students to Make it to the Top
By Adam Hetrick - Playbill

David Moellenkamp

Los Alamitos High School, CA
(14 years at Stagedoor Manor)
Student success stories include Skylar Astin, Samantha Massell and more
Favorite show staged with students: 42nd Street

About his passion for teaching theatre:
I love watching kids grow into confident human beings.

The biggest challenges young performers face today:
I think the bar keeps being set higher in theatre every year. Young performers have to be able to have bigger vocal and acting ranges. The roles on Broadway currently are much more challenging then they were 20 years ago.

How has the industry changed over the course of your teaching career?
I think there are now many more venues for talent to be showcased. YouTube and other shows on TV have opened up more opportunities for people to shine and be noticed.

David Moellenkamp

What new skill sets should performers have?
Not only does a performer have to be a triple threat but they also need to know how to market themselves.

The "truth" about theatre:
It's hard work. As a teacher we need to realize that the only limits our students have are the ones we place on them. As Jojo says in Suessical "Anythings Possible"!

What piece of advice do you hope all of your students will carry with them?
If you believe you can achieve.

What's the worst showbiz advice you've heard?
"Try and imitate a performer." I think it's important to find truth in every character and imitation isn't always the quickest or best path in finding a character.

What have your students taught you?
My students have taught me the importance of being prepared. Students have about a 17-minute attention span and clear and precise instruction will certainly keep the students on task and focused.

Proudest moment as a teacher?
Watching one of my students succeed in a role she never thought she could do. She tried quitting the show and I wouldn't let her. Once she starting receiving affirmation from myself and other cast members you could see her world had changed. She ended up majoring in music theatre and working on Broadway.

What is something everyone can take away from experiencing art in schools/arts education?

The arts allow students to become more connected to the school. Sometimes the arts classes are the only reasons a child will want to attend school. Kids involved in the arts have higher attendance and graduation rates.

If there is one thing that you hope your students take with them after studying with you it would be:
Don't spend to much time questioning every decision and believing in yourself is the best gift you can give yourself and others.

August 14, 2015
Let's Picnic at the PAC
Save the date!  Our annual welcome back picnic for all choir members and their families is taking place Sunday, August 30 from 1-4 pm behind the Performing Arts Center at LAHS. We've got food trucks coming and we're working out the final details for a casual and fun student talent show.  So decide on some songs, go solo or pull your group together and warm up those vocal cords for our first performances of the year. Stay tuned for more details to come!
August 2, 2015
2015-16 Noteables Membership Packets now available
One of the best ways to support our choir program is through a membership in the Noteables Booster Club.  Membership packets are now available with memberships starting for as little as $100.  Get priority seating for all our upcoming shows as well as a host of other great benefits when you join.  To view the packet, go here.

July 27, 2015


ALUMNI UPDATES: Amanda Gabel rocks out in her band's new video; Ryan Rusin gives us an insider's look on competing in New York City and Chicago
Our talented alumni are at it again!
Amanda Gabel (Class of '10) and her band, We're No Gentlemen, have just released their first single, "Mirror, Mirror" and we're pleased to tell you, it's a great roll-down-the-windows-while-cruising-down-PCH summertime rocker. 
Amanda joined the Long Beach based indie rock quartet last year and now they're making waves and starting to build a following. Take a look at "Mirror, Mirror" and you'll see why. 
Support Amanda and her band on their Facebook page with a "Like".  They also play on a regular basis throughout So Cal, so you might want to check them out live in the near future.  
Amanda is not the only alum making news.  Ryan Rusin (Class of '15) recently released a video collage based on his experiences in SoundFX, competing (and winning!) in New York City and Chicago.
We hope you enjoy both efforts, which are outstanding.