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.
Tonight the Junior High Theatre program made history by performing in their first ever Fall Arts Festival. This was a night of many firsts as nearly all of the performers had never acted in front of a crowd or even been on a stage before but they worked hard all semester on learning basic technique and overcoming their fears. All 3 classes performed reader’s theatre versions of childhood classics from ‘Fox in Socks’ to a series of Shel Silverstein poems. Theatre Teacher Dave Coffman was quick to show praise on his new, would-be actors “I’m so proud of all these students, many of whom would not even get up in front of class in the beginning…they’ve come so far.”
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!
The Fall Arts Festival kicked off with a night of performances on Tuesday from North Pointe’s choral ensembles. Leading off the concert was the newly-formed a cappella group, Under Arrest. The 10 members entertained the audience with their arrangements of Top 40 songs such as I Need Your Love, If I Die Young, and Daft Punk, all without the use of any instrumentation or accompaniment. The Junior High choir followed next, performing some holiday favorites including “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Welcome Christmas” from How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and featured a few prominent soloists. The Beginning High School choir had the audience laughing and having fun with their concert closer entitled “Reuben and Rachel”. For this concert, the Advanced Choir split into men’s and women’s ensembles for the first portion of their performance, before joining together to end their segment with an a cappella rendition of “Linus and Lucy”. The concert concluded with all choirs combining to sing “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”. Director Megan Goodman commented, “All of the groups put in so much hard work and effort this semester, and it paid off tonight in a fantastic concert! Each of these groups continues to get better every semester!!”