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.
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”.
On Wednesday, November 29th, North Pointe’s Dance Program presented: Trove. The show kicked off with a Jr. High class performing Singin’ in the Rain, and included class dance collaborations in which high school students created a story and portrayed it through simple props and choreography. In second period’s dance, Let’s Get Ridiculous, a girl’s text to her friends “to hang out” turned into a “ridiculously” good time. A Ballet class’s music malfunction brought out student’s sassy hip hop moves in fifth period’s dance; The Nutcrackers.
In addition to the dance department’s usual, upbeat jazz and hip hop dance numbers, this semester’s show included three contemporary pieces; Satellite, Believer and Stand by Me.
Satellite was choreographed by Jr. High students Grace Chapman, Adriana Howard, Kaylie Kolb, Amelia Murray and Nasser Sinnokrot. High school dancers and choreographers, McKenzie Bishop, Mieja Levy, Anna Nguyen & Valeria Nuno Medina wowed the crowd with their technique and emotion in Stand by Me. Lost and vulnerable, “the group” discovered something to believe in again after an encounter with the charismatically evil man in the red shirt. . Miss Dabkowski’s creation Believer was darker than her usual sassy, upbeat pieces and was thrilled when her students “took to” the concept and change of pace.
When commenting on Trove she stated, “The students blew me away this semester with their creativity, energy and dedication! It is unbelievable how much theses students have grown in such a short period of time.”
On Monday night the Jr. High Theatre classes performed for their families at the Fall Arts Festival. The students have been learning about different performance styles in class this semester and most recently have been studying spoken word poetry. For their performance they performed pop songs in the style of spoken word poetry. Most notable was Team 1 from 2nd hour which included, Hope Carney, Lyncoln Carbajal, Christin Cedillo, Erik Estrada Garcia, Morgan Page, and Vanessa Sempoalt in their performance of Stand By Me and Team 2 from 4th hour which included Samantha Bricker, Kiera Carpenter, Jocelyn Dean, Susana Hinojos, Vanessa Lopez Rodriguez, and Cheyenne John for their creative performance of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Director Katie Gardea said, “It was really fun to see each group put their own spin on a pop song and explore the style of spoken word poetry. The results were very creative and interesting.”
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Kief for placing 3rd in Poetry Interpretation at The Toro Country Classic at Mountain View High School. Kaitlyn was leading the field of 50 and was inched out of 1st in the finals. Kaitlyn also went to semifinals in her debut event Programed Oral Interpretation. “I am extremely proud of entire effort of the team at this very competitive tournament; everyone got some great scores and feedback that will surely help them improve on their performances for our competition next week,” said Coach Richards.
Congratulations to North Pointe’s Kaitlyn Kief for winning an event championship in Poetry Interpretation at McClintock HS. Team members, Adalila Machic Huitzil and Julian Alejandre added more awards to the team’s total. Adalila won 3rd Place in Prose Interpretation, Julian placed 5th in Humorous Interpretation and the pair teamed up to win 4th Place in Duo Improv. Freshman, Taylor Munck and Junior, Natalie Quintero were semi-finalists in Dramatic Interpretation. “I’m so proud of the award winners and equally as proud of our newest members who improved from last week,” said Coach Richards.
The Falcon Players closed their production of 1984, this Friday. In their four show run they were able to perform for family and friends as well as their classmates and teachers. Jeremiah Thomas and Melissa Mena led the cast as Winston and Julia. Seniors, Kaitlyn Kief, Alex Goehring, and Kristen Smith, shined in their ability to make supporting roles memorable and empathetic. Director, Katie Gardea commented, ” I am extremely happy about how hard the cast and crew worked to pull off this challenging piece.”
Falcon Players Presents 1984
Winston- Jeremiah Thomas
Julia- Melissa Mena
O’Brien- Reece Hamilton
Loudspeaker- Shayla Lam
Parsons- Kaitlyn Kief
Syme- Alex Goehring
Landlady- Kristin Smith
Martin/Guard 1- Adalila Machic-Hoitzil
Guard 2- Kania Diaz
Messenger/Waitress- Elizabeth Martin
Coffee Vendor/Gladys- Maya Ferrara
Stage Manager- Kaliegh McAllister
Assistant Stage Managers- Markita Echeverri and Cadmium Gabriel
Set and Properties Crew Head- Melanie Diaz
Set and Properties Crew- Nicholas Kohlerman, Destin Moss, Kenleigh Dooley, Rylan Rizkovsky, Addyson Bell
Charge Scenic Painter- Madison Hansen
Scenic Paint Crew- Megan Tessensohn, Molly Bragg
Costume Crew Head- Melanie Llagas
Costume Crew- Sharon Larsala, Lizi Gastelum, Amy Trochez, Autumn Carpenter
Hair and Makeup Lead- Sarah Alley
Hair and Makeup Crew- Shayla Sherman and Dayana Morgan
Lighting and Sound Crew- Gregory Aust and Becca Gustafson