Spring 2019 Chorus Classes at MATES

Here is the schedule for the Spring after-school chorus classes at MATES!

Kindergarten & First Grade Starts Tuesday, January 29th
1:35 pm – 2:20 pm

Jr. Chorus- 2nd & 3rd Grade– Starts Wednesday, January 23rd
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Jr. Chorus will be performing Aristocats Jr in the Spring! Click here for more info.

Sr. Chorus– 4th & 5th Grade- Starts Thursday, January 24th
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Sr. Chorus will be performing Annie Jr in June. Click here for more info.

Simply sign up online at http://hillcrestarts.com/chorus.php

Sign up for Mr. LaGuardia’s EMAIL NEWSLETTER to stay up to date on the latest news about performances, chorus shows, schedule changes, and volunteer opportunities!!!

MATES Band Important December Performance Info

MATES BAND Holiday CONCERT

Thursday, Dec. 13th at 7:00 pm @ MATES call time 6:30 pm

*This concert was move a week later because of the school closure


Parade Date and Time

Saturday, Dec. 8th Camarillo Christmas Parade @10:00 am call time 8:30 am.

Songs for the parade are:  “Merrily We Roll Along”, “Jingle Bells”, and “Good King Wenceslas”


Students need to bring their instrument to school every day next week. We will be practicing for the parade every first recess all next week!

The Dress code for all performances are black pants and the MATES official blue polo shirt and Santa Hat. Students should also wear a pair of comfortable black shoes. Any black tennis shoes are fine.

Here is the info for the Camarillo Christmas Parade:

Students will need to arrive at the corner of Eston St. and Ponderosa Dr. and meet in the old Camarillo Library parking lot @ 8:30 am.

Allow for extra time because of all the road closures. Students will need to have their instruments and be dressed in their official MATES blue polo shirts, black pants, black shoes and a santa hat. All black tennis shoes are good Students must leave their instrument cases with their parents. The parade will start at 10:00 am.

Parade Program

The parade will finish at the corner of Burnley and Carmen. I will stay with the students at the corner of Burnley and Carmen until all students are pickup. Feel free to stay for the Santa’s Village Holiday Carnival at the Community Center after the parade. The
carnival ends at 4:00 pm.

Parent Helpers:
If you would like to walk the parade with the students, please contact me by Friday, December 7th.

We will need help with water bottles and with percussion equipment. If you have a wagon that would be great!

Once the parents have dropped their child off, they can park at:  Camarillo City Hall at the corner of Carmen Drive & Paseo Camarillo.

Parade Route Map

Directions: To get there, parent will turn right from Eston onto Ponderosa. Turn Right on Adolfo. Turn right on Lewis. Turn right on Dailey. Turn Right on Carmen and left on Paseo Camarillo. They will park at City Hall and walk one block north to the Camarillo Community Center.

This parking suggestion will put you in close proximity to the corner of Burnley and Carmen drive. Of course you may park at another location if you want to see the kids towards the beginning of the parade. I recommend having some bottle water handy at the end of the parade. The students will be thirsty.

I hope you can join us for these festive holiday concerts.

Band Holiday Concert Date Change

Due to missed rehearsals because of the Woolsey Fire, the Band Concert will be postponed a week to Thursday, December 13th from 7:00-8:00pm.  Students will receive a flyer with concert details and more information on the Camarillo Christmas Parade.

Schedule Change- Nov 7/8th

Mr. LaGuardia will be away at a music conference, so there will be no Junior Chorus on Wednesday, Nov. 7 or Senior Chorus on Thursday, Nov. 8th. Classes wil resume the following week.

There will be K/1 Chorus on Tuesday.

Please visit my calendar page for all Holiday Show dates and times in December. Additional details will be sent home closer to the show dates.

Summer Camp

If you would like enrollment information on my summer camp, where the students will be performing “Aladdin Jr”, please visit: Hillcrest Arts

Existing students can visit the pages below for camp details.

Ages 6-10 Summer Theatre Camp (coming soon)
June 18 – July 13  Performances July 13 – 15
Meets Mon- Fri 9:00 AM-12:30 PM  (No camp July 4)
Camp location: MATES (Meadows Arts & Technology) School / Newbury Park High School

Ages 11-16 Summer Theatre Camp
June 11 – July 6  Performances July 6 – 8 
Meets Mon- Fri 2:00 PM-5:30 PM (No camp July 4)
Camp location: MATES (Meadows Arts & Technology) School / Newbury Park High School

LaGuardia Music Calendar

Here is the calendar of upcoming MATES after-school chorus classes and events along with MATES Band performances.

You can add these events to your calendar, by clicking the “+Google Calendar” in the lower right corner.

Enrollment Spring 2018

Here is the schedule for the Spring chorus classes at MATES!

Kindergarten & First Grade Starts Tuesday, January 23rd
1:35 pm – 2:20 pm

2nd & 3rd Grade Starts Wednesday, January 24th
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

4th & 5th Grade Starts Thursday, January 25th
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Simply sign up online at http://hillcrestarts.com/chorus.php

Sign up for Mr. LaGuardia’s EMAIL NEWSLETTER to stay up to date on the latest news about performances, chorus shows, schedule changes, and volunteer opportunities!!!

Starlight Soiree Honoree

Congratulations to FRANK LAGUARDIA!

The Conejo Schools Foundation honored Pat Phelps & Frank LaGuardia during the first Starlight Soiree & Awards Ceremony honoring the Stars of the Conejo Valley for their contributions to the community and selfless dedication to education. The event was be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 6pm at the Gardens at Los Robles Greens.

Review: MATES production a ‘practically perfect’ show

MATES production a ‘practically perfect’ show

| June 08, 2017
By Cary Ginell

As everyone knows, Mary Poppins is a prim and proper British nanny who discharges her duties without emotion.

But MATES elementary school fifth-grader Hayley Shukiar couldn’t hold back tears of accomplishment last Saturday during the final bows, basking in the enthusiastic cheering of the audience after spit-spotting her way through her last performance as Poppins that was “practically perfect in every way.”

Hayley wasn’t alone, however. The June 3 show was packed with poised performances from top to bottom, all herded by director Frank LaGuardia.

LaGuardia is a miracle worker with children, able to bring out their best, using loving, caring and detail-oriented direction. Hayley’s Poppins had all the right qualities: the polished British accent, the correct stance (toes pointing outward) and, of course, a pitch-perfect voice.

The rest of Saturday’s cast was equally outstanding.

Kaige Moore played Bert, the chim-chim-cheree chimney sweep, using an accent that Dick Van Dyke would have envied.

It was Kaige who delivered the night’s funniest and most unexpected addition.

During the sequence in Mrs. Corry’s Talking Shop, where Poppins and her charges are sorting through letters trying to construct words, Kaige chirped, “I know! Covfefe!” Tidal waves of laughter ensued from the audience, who recognized the nonsensical word from President Trump’s since deleted May 30 tweet.

The Saturday cast was one of three LaGuardia assembled from a large contingent of fourth- and fifth-graders at the school.

The others performed on Friday and Sunday.

Joella Denove showed great poise as Mrs. Banks, singing a beautiful rendition of “Being Mrs. Banks,” one of the newer songs added to the Poppins score.

Ruby Tennison and Nyla Pascual carried off the major roles of Jane and Michael to near perfection, with Nyla’s perfectly timed ripostes garnering laughs.

Sienna Sheath’s Mrs. Brill also showed exquisite comic timing, exhibiting much discipline in that key role, and Chloe Odell, clad in black with Halloween makeup, made for a fearsome Miss Andrew.

As the Bird Woman, Kennedy Bateman presented the emotional highlight of the show with her subdued, melancholy singing of “Feed the Birds.” Chris Kolde was superb as the doddering Bank Chairman, and Trey Kallman stiff-upper lipped his way through an excellent portrayal of the emotionally damaged George Banks.

Elementary school productions of complex Broadway musicals are always a bit chancy, like the weather on Cherry Tree Lane.

As “A Spoonful of Sugar” states: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun,” and the congenial LaGuardia used his own Poppins magic in marshaling the proper technical and backstage wizardry the show required to be successful.

Acting coach Carlos de los Rios understood that children have all they can manage just to memorize lines without taking into account character personalities, correct blocking and timing, and singing on pitch. Given that, the cast’s job was remarkable, with only a few moments of uncertainty due to a forgotten line or mistimed entrance.

Dana McCoy provided outstanding guidance with regard to accents, ranging from the upper-middle class speech patterns of the Banks family to street artist Bert’s cockney brogue. Leasa Shukiar designed the outstanding choreography, highlighted by the ebullient tap-dancing chimney sweeps in the “Step in Time” number.

Travis and Christina Shaffer headed up the construction of the solid, attractive Banks home set, while Ed Nuki and Gary Dawson provided the jewel-like video wall backdrops, which included an evocative St. Paul’s Cathedral, complete with animated birds, and windblown kites in a sunny park to accompany “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” LaGuardia himself led a marvelous six-piece orchestra.

Source: MATES production a ‘practically perfect’ show