North Pointe’s High School Falcon Players presented Peter and the Starcatcher and the entire cast and crew dazzled audiences with the clever design choices and witty performances. Audience members raved over Matthew Monaghan’s hilarious character, Black Stache, and Mackenzie Wojtyna, a gullible but lovable Smee. Ben Hester brought new life to Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up! Maya Ferrara’s spunky interpretation of Molly Aster was greatly complimented by the zest of everyone’s favorite lost boys played by Xander Billie and Adalila Machic-Huitzal. Director Gardner: To sum up this experience in one word, ‘Magical’. Thank you to our audiences, but mostly thank you to the cast and crew for bringing the Starstuff to life!
The Junior High Speech team attended their first tournament and showcased their talents among the best Junior High speakers in the state. The members made new friends, discovered new talents, and most importantly learned what it means to be a skilled communicator. Congratulations to Tyson Amos for bringing home a finalist award by placing 5th in Declamation. The team looks forward to growing their skills for next year.
North Pointe’s Indoor Percussion competed this weekend at ASU for the Arizona Championships. They earned 6th place in Scholastic A National with a score of 77.675. The group played well and put their all out there. Brian Mahs was the outstanding performer of the evening. “It’s been fun to lead a great group like this all season and I’m looking forward to next season,” said director Erazmus.
North Pointe’s Indoor Percussion performed this weekend at Power Regional in San Bernardino. North Pointe had a score of 74.05 and finished in 15th place in Scholastic A. North Pointe played and marched a great show. Erik Torres Vazquez was the outstanding performer of the evening. “I’m very proud of our students. They put on a good show and it’s been amazing watching them grow as an ensemble this season,” said Director Erazmus.
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Kief and Natalie Quintero for winning State Championship at the State Speech and Debate Tournament in Flagstaff. Kaitlyn won her title in Poetry Interpretation and Natalie won Dramatic Interpretation. Kaitlyn earned a second state medal by placing 3nd to her teammate in Dramatic. Julian Alejandre was a triple medalist. Julian placed 3rd in Congressional Debate, 3rd in Humorous Interpretation and 3rd in Programmed Oral Interpretation. Adalila Machic-Huitzil placed 3rd in Congressional Debate and 6th in Impromptu Speaking. The team combined to place 4th overall in the team sweepstakes. “ I’m so proud of our students,” said Coach LeAnn Richards. “We were able to place so high with less than the number of the higher placing teams, and that says a great deal about our talent,”she added.
North Pointe’s Indoor Percussion performed this weekend at Mesquite High School. North Pointe had a score of 80.3 and finshed in 4th place in Scholastic A. The group played and marched well and are coming together as a group. Addison McCabe was the outstanding performer of the evening. “This was our best performances this season. Looking forward to the next one.” said Director Erazmus.
North Pointe’s Competition Percussion group performed March 3, 2018, at Desert Ridge High School. North Pointe scored 73.45 in finals and received 5th place. The students performed well. Johnny Nguyen was the outstanding performer of the evening. “We still have a lot of work to do!” – Director Erazmus.
Congratulations to the North Pointe Speech & Debate team for their success at the Southwest Speech & Debate Institute Tournament March 2-3, 2018. Kaitlyn Kief and Julian Alejandre led the Falcon Speakers by making the final rounds of their events. Julian placed 3rd in Humorous Interpretation and was a semi-finalist in Programmed Oral Interpretation. Kaitlyn placed 4th in Dramatic Interpretation and finished the regular season of tournaments, the most decorated Speech team member of the year! Congratulations to Natalie Quintero and Alex Goehring for being Semi-finalists in Programmed Oral Interpretation. The next stop for the Speech and Debate team: Flagstaff for the AZ State Tournament Finals!
North Pointe’s Competition Percussion competed this weekend at Millennium High School. They earned 1st place in Scholastic A with a score of 71.45. The group overall is growing, evolving and getting better every week. John Gundacker was the outstanding performer of the evening. “It’s fun to be leading a great group of hard working kids.” said Director Erazmus.
The JH Falcon Players finished their three-performance run of “The Glass Slipper.” Gracie Elliott brought traditional beauty and charm to the Cinderella character, while Xander Billie and Tyson Amos took the ugly stepsister role to a whole new level. Chase Knappe also shined as the slightly odd Majordomo, interacting with the audience, for laugh after laugh. The ensemble added panache to the palace scenes, and the hardworking crew brought everything together in a visually stunning manner. Director Denise Johnson remarked, “This play was a blast to work on and revealed underlying talents in several actors who stepped outside their comfort zones to play unique and challenging roles”.