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.”

Marching Band – State Championships at Perry HS

North Pointe’s Marching Band competed at the State Championships on Saturday at Perry High School. The Marching Band performed their show “Fuego Cubano” and left it all out on the field. The Falcons finished in 13th place with a score of 62.225. “The team performed well and came together to finish the season strong,” said senior John Fitzner.

Jr. High Falcon Players Present The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet

The Jr. High Falcon players performed three showings of “The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet” on November 2nd and 3rd. Audiences at all performances were treated to hilarious and enthusiastic performances by the cast of 24 students. Xander Bille and Jasmin Levy, as Thing 1 and Thing 2, narrated the play with wit and perfect timing. Romeo and Juliet (Dylan Crow and Hope Carney) both shined in their roles as star-crossed lovers, balancing Seuss-ish comedy with undertones of Shakespearian tragedy. Tyson Amos, Gracie Elliott, and Chase Knappe, as Tybalt, Benvolio, and Mercutio kept the crowds laughing throughout. Jr. High crew members, led by Lien Nguyen and Samantha Schaffer, did an amazing job with costumes, prop, hair, and make-up. “This play was so much fun to produce, perform, and watch,” said director Denise Johnson, “I can’t wait to work with this group of students again.”

Falcon Players Present 1984

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.”

Marching Band at Millennium HS

The North Pointe Marching Band received 2nd in general effect, 2nd in music, 2nd in visual, and 1st in percussion. The lack of a color guard resulted in a 5th place finish this Saturday at Millennium HS. We will be having our awesome drum line spin flags for a portion of the show, which will help bring up the overall score significantly. Thanks to Lauren Tech for her leadership and ability to adapt mid performance. “You should feel good about your performance because you played well and achieved at a high standard. Sometimes you have to adapt to your audience because they are expecting certain things,” said Director Sadlo.