On April 24th, 2017 the Jr. High and High School dance classes kicked off the Spring Arts Festival and presented Playlist: Hits from Yesterday and Today. Everybody Dance Now, Get Up, Pon de Replay and Who’s that Chick were numbers performed by the jr. high students. The high school performed group routines to Crazy in Love, Motown Philly, Black Beatles, Poison, Cold Hearted Snake and Work. In addition to performing group dance students presented their own choreography to songs like, Get Ur Freak On, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark, Hips Don’t Lie, Bang, Bang, Talk, Wall to Wall, Gold Digger and Body Movin. “I am very proud of all of the students who performed tonight, they did a great job,” said Miss Cara.
The 2016-2017 JH Arts Performance Schedule will be available shortly.
The dance portion of the Spring Arts Festival was titled, “Triple Threat” in which students sang, dance and acted their way through the live performance.
The first half of the show was lip sync themed and opened with a Junior High performing “Bieber Fever”, “1999 Pop Hits” and “Ariana Grande Mix. High School performers then took the stage to battle it out with “’06-08 Flashback, “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Jackson Mega Mix.”
The show then moved onto a musical theater theme. Brianna Love, Phoenix Briggs, Jacob Herrera, Makayla Hook, Annette Lobos, Hallie De La Rosa and Kalysta Nash were soloists and sang live to songs such as, Get on Your Feet, from Get on Your Feet the Musical, You Can’t Stop The Beat, from Hairspray, Brand New Day from The Wiz, Footloose from Footloose. The night concluded with junior high and high school performers coming together to sing and dance to We’re All in This Together from High School Musical.
“I am happy with how the show came together; each student put in a tremendous amount of work this semester, some student’s learned up to five dances. I keep seeing the students improve and that makes me so proud!” Commented dance teacher Miss Cara.
Day 2 of the Spring Arts Festival was a huge success! It was a great night of music from all across time, ranging from the 1940s up to 2011. This concert featured the Jr. High Band, High School Band, and High School Jazz Bands.
Jazz Band was featured in only their second year of existence, playing a range of jazz styles represented in, ‘A Nigh in Tunisia’, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, and ‘Jazz Police’. This jazz combo was comprised of a number of members from the high school concert band and featured soloist Travis Evans on trumpet.
Jr. High Band was made up of students in all walks of musical skill. Some of these students had just started playing instruments this year while others have been playing for years. This group played a fun and exciting set, including ‘Midnight Mission’, ‘Jubilance’, ‘Mystique’, ‘The Curse of Tutankhamun’, and ‘Majestica’. Keeping up with the theme, these pieces ranged from the mid ’80s to the mid 2000’s.
High School Band put on a phenomenal show with famous works such as ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’, ‘On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss’, and ‘Jupiter’. This challenging concert also included the pieces, ‘Among the Clouds’, ‘Olympiada’, ‘Atlantis: The Lost Continent’, and ‘Foundry’. Director Christopher Holtzem said, “I’m so proud of all three ensembles. This was a very challenging concert all around and I couldn’t be happier with each groups’ growth over the past semester as they knocked this concert out of the park.”
We kicked off Day 1 of the Spring Arts Festival with performances by all of the Junior High and High School choral ensembles. The North Pointe choirs sang to a standing room only crowd in the theater, performing a program entitled Music Across Cultures. The a cappella group began the concert, entertaining the audience with vocal-only versions of contemporary songs such as Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”, and Sia’s “Elastic Heart”. The Beginning High School Choir followed, singing selections from South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, Japan, and closing with a lively Russian number. The Junior High Choir impressed the audience with their mastery Swahili, French, Spanish and Japanese, highlighted by soloists Annie Lobos and Nicole Rodriguez, and featuring world percussion instruments. Closing the program was the Advanced Choir. Audiences enjoyed the mens’ rendition of a traditional South African song, complete with African drumming, followed by a very dramatic display of adoration and hate during the female-only Dear John. The audience seemed to really connect with the emotionalPrayer of the Children, and soloists Kenny Hunley and Haylie Perna led the closing song of the concert, Wangol, complete with singing, dancing, and percussion, before inviting all the choirs back on stage to join them.
Director Megan Goodman said, “It has really been an awesome semester for the choirs. I say every semester that the groups keep getting better and better, and this performance is no exception! Everyone has worked so incredibly hard, and I’m very proud of the performance they were able to give tonight. What a great way to start off the week of awesome performances!” She also emphasized how much impact this year’s seniors have had on the program, and how sad she will be to see them go!
Day 3 of the arts festival was another huge success! This night was called ‘Championship Wednesday’ and was comprised entirely of arts groups at North Pointe that have won a state championship this year. This included HS Speech and Debate, Competition Percussion, Robotics, and Pom. The Pre is so proud of all the students that have risen to this high achievement level in the 2014-2015 school year!
Speech and Debate was represented by state champions Chrycia Legendre, Tommee Gleason, Zachary Hugo, and Troy Tauscher. Although they each won titles in different categories, their performances were all equally impressive, mesmerizing, and completely incredible. Arts Department Chair Chris Holtzem said, “I think that the things they do are so remarkable, and it’s incredibly important that students at the school see what Speech and Debate is really about. Their eyes need to be opened about what being a part of this activity truly means and these incredible students need to be recognized for their skills.”
Pom defended their state title this year, taking it for the second year in a row. Pom is always a crowd pleaser when they put on their performances, but they really brought it in their revisitation of their award winning routine.
Competition Percussion took their first state title this year, in only their fourth year of existence in the activity. They have never been below sixth place and really brought the heat this year with their show titled, ‘What Goes Around’ which was a concept show about things that spin, flip, rotate, and essentially go around. With brightly colored uniforms, incredible conceptual ideas such as frisbees, umbrellas, and gymnastic combinations, they were able to wow the crowd and show them was competition percussion is truly about: Putting on a great and memorable show. “I have been overwhelmed by emotion with the success these awesome students have had this year. I couldn’t have asked for a better group and their teamwork and perseverance were made clear with their performance quality throughout this season” said director Chris Holtzem.
The Robotics team had a year for the books in 2015. Not only did they do incredibly in Arizona, but they also merited a spot at Nationals in Iowa. This intelligent, fantastic group of students competed at nationals this year and made tremendous progress in their programming and overall performance at their competition. They wowed the audience with knowledge about how much work and planning their activity takes, letting them know that not only do they create the robots, but they also build and program their abilities and controls all by themselves. “We learned so much at nationals this year and had an absolute blast competing there. I can’t wait to take everything from this year and use it to build an even stronger program next year” said coach Gabriela Gorosics.
The first day of the Spring Arts Festival was a huge success! The nest was packed with observers and the performers came ready to impress. This night featured High School Jazz Band, Jr. High Percussion, Jr. High Band, and High School Concert Band. Every group did an incredible job and showed the audience once again just what it means to be in a North Pointe arts program.
In its first semester of existence, the North Pointe Jazz Band performed 3 incredible charts for their portion of the concert. They performed ‘Uncle Milo’, ‘Chameleon’, and ‘Vehicle’ which had the audience roaring. This group was made up primarily of concert band and percussion members and was an audition only extracurricular group meeting after school once a week.
North Pointe’s Jr. High Band (made up almost entirely of first semester members and members that were learning a new instrument) did an incredible performance of concert band music showing off their amazing learning achievements throughout this semester. Their concert ended with the ever popular, ‘Everything is Awesome’ from the Lego Movie and was a great joy to listen to as well as perform in.
The Jr. High Percussion group was made up mostly of members that have taken at least one prior semester of percussion and showed great promise in that semester. This class worked primarily on more advanced techniques such as difficult rudiments on the drums, and four mallet techniques on the keyboard instruments. These students performed a mallet only piece called ‘Not The Same’, and a popular youtube music sensation, ‘What Does the Fox Say?’.
Closing out the performance was the North Pointe Prep Concert Band. This group is made entirely of high schoolers and has skill levels of all shapes and sizes. Students that have just started in the current school year as well as students that have been playing for several years. Their concert was based entirely on soundtrack music from films including, The Hunger Games, The Incredibles, ET, The Avengers, and more. One of the highlights of the night was soloist Carissa Pena-Rivas’ emotional performance of, ‘Schindler’s List’ with accompaniment from the rest of the band. Director Chris Holtzem said, “It has been such a privilege to work with such talented students throughout this semester. Each year we’ve been able to continue growing and building and I cannot wait to see what next year will bring us!” He also spoke of the effect the seniors of this class have had on the music program and how sad he is to see them leaving.