Varsity Indoor Percussion @ ASU

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.

JH Falcon Players “The Glass Slipper”

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”.

Fall Arts Festival – Jr. High/HS Dance

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.”

Fall Arts Festival – Jr. High/HS Piano and Guitar

The Jr. High and High School Piano/Guitar students presented a sincere performance on Tuesday evening for the second day of the Fall Arts Festival.  The concert included  the “oldies” Stand by Me and Duke of Earl.  The 4th period Jr. High Piano/Guitar class also performed The Beatles favorite Let it Be.  The concert was an application of the study of chords, classical guitar technique, and strumming patterns which all of the students have been striving to master.  Most of the students have only started to learn to play the guitar for the first time during the second quarter of this school year, but they have taken on this task with bravery considering the difficulty beginning to play the instrument.  The night was concluded with five dedicated and very hard working soloists.  Paul Dellinger performed a demanding classical guitar arrangement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Hark! The Herald Angels Sing to contribute to the holiday season.  Gabriel Aukett, Christian Gonzalez, Lauren Hutchison, and Jacilyn Norton all played advanced piano solos with a fantastic feeling which could be felt throughout the theater.  Instructor Justin Leon commented on the evening, “I am delighted to work with such hard working and thoughtful students, I look forward to each school day because I know they will be filled with emotionally captivating experiences of musicianship.”

Fall Arts Festival – Jr. High Theatre

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.”

Speech and Debate at Mountain View HS

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.

Speech and Debate at McClintock HS

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.