1984 Cast and Crew Announced

This week students auditioned for the Falcon Player’s production of 1984. The auditions and callbacks were very exciting to watch and it was clear the participants had thoroughly prepared. The Cast will be lead by Jeremiah Thomas and Melissa Mena as Winston and Julia.  There were also a significant amount of people interested being on crew, all of who will be lead by stage manager, Kaliegh McAllister. The director, Ms. Gardea, had this to say, “I’m so excited to see the mix of students who have done theatre here at North Pointe before and those who will be jumping in and trying something new! I think this challenging show will be great opportunity for growth for all involved.”


Falcon Players Presents 1984

Cast
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

Crew

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

Falcon Players to Present 1984

This Fall the Falcon Players will present a production of 1984.  The play is a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel and is sure to be a challenging and thought provoking experience.  If you are interested in auditioning to be part of the cast or crew of 1984 you may pick up audition and crew interest forms in the 4A Center or in Ms. Gardea’s class, room 115. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 7th at 3:30pm in the Theater.  Ms. Gardea is very excited to be directing this production and is looking forward to seeing all the North Pointe talent at auditions!

Spring Arts Festival – Dance Classes

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.

Speech and Debate – National Qualifiers at PCDS

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate team members for their placings at the NSDA National Qualifying Tournament. Vincent Jasso earned an alternate spot in International Extemporaneous speaking by finishing 5th and Julian Alejandre earned an alternate spot in Humorous Interpretation by placing 6th. Julian added a semi-finals placing in Duo Interpretation with partner Ellen Lerma, Kaitlyn Kief was a semi-finalist in Dramatic Interpretation and Adalila Machic-Huitzil was a semi-finalist in Informative Speaking.

Vincent Jasso – International Extemporaneous – 5th Place
Julian Alejandre – Humerous Interpretation – 6th Place

Competition Percussion at Gilbert HS

On Saturday, March 18th, the North Pointe Indoor Percussion team returned to Gilbert High school for a second time this season to perform their show “The Crooked Man”, which tells the dark story of an innocent young girl corrupted by an evil spirit who eventually takes her soul. Jesse Ponce and Elizabeth Aguirre are featured as the Crooked Man and the young girl, respectively. The group worked all through spring break in preparation for today’s show, and it payed off, because they managed to secure a first place win. Many of the judges commented on the group’s ability to convey the story to the audience, and the technical level of marching and music performance the group demonstrated.

Director Justin Kline was very impressed with the group’s performance. “With San Bernardino around the corner, it’s now more important than ever that we continue with our best foot forward and show everyone exactly what North Pointe is made of!”

Speech and Debate at Division II State Finals

Congratulations to The Prep’s Speech and Debate Team for the outstanding performances at the Division II State Finals. Special congratulations to junior, Kaitlyn Kief who placed in four events. Kaitlyn placed 2nd in Poetry Interpretation, 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, 4th in Congressional Debate and 3rd Place in Public Forum Debate with partner,  Vincent Jasso who placed in three events: 3rd in Congressional Debate, 3rd in duo Interpretation, with partner, Daniel Mena, and red Place in Public Forum Debate. Freshman, Julian Alejandre placed second in humorous interpretation and 4th in duo interpretation with his partner, freshman, Ellen Lerma. “This is a fantastic accomplishment for a freshman to place so high at the state finals in such a competitive event; we are all so proud of Julian,” said Coach Richards. “We had a great tournament and each an every team member did their part, as we were competing against schools with many more entries; I am proud of the team and can’t wait to see what the underclassmen can do next year,” Richards added. The team combined to finish fourth in a competitive sweepstakes category. Every team member did their part and contributed to a great state finals!

Humorous Interpretation
Julian Alejandre 2nd Place
Kenleigh Dooley semi-finalist
Michael Palermo semi-finalist

Dramatic Interpretation
Kaitlyn Kief- 3rd
Daniel Winstanley 4th

Poetry Interpretation
Kaitlyn Kief – 2nd
Daniel Mena 5th

Duo Interpretation
Vincent Jasso and Daniel Mena 3rd
Julian Alejandre and Ellen Lerma 5th

Prose Interpretation
James Brady Mayo 4th

Expository Speaking
Amy Lavelle 5th Place

Public Forum Debate:
Vincent Jasso and Kaitlyn Kief 3rd Place

Congressional Debate:
Vincent Jasso 3rd
Kaitlyn Kief 5th

Competition Percussion at Gilbert HS

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 North Pointe’s Competition Percussion Ensemble performed in its third competition of the season at Gilbert High School.  This was a regional competition for Winter Guard International (WGI) with a nationally-recognized judging panel.  In this competition, North Pointe went up against other marching percussion ensembles from Rincon/University High School and Ironwood Ridge High School from Tucson, Perry High School and Basha High School from Chandler, Campo Verde High School and Gilbert High School from Gilbert, Vista Grande High School from Casa Grande, Chapin High School from El Paso, TX and Dos Pueblos High School from Goleta, CA.  North Pointe presented their complete production of “The Crooked Man” in the WGI Scholastic A class competition.  North Pointe finished in 7th place with a score of 72.3 after the preliminary round due to a 2.75 point timing penalty.  When they returned in the evening for the finals competition they fixed the issues which caused the timing penalty and North Pointe moved up to 6th place with a score of 74.4

According to director Luis Fisher, “our musicians had two long rehearsals this week and used every minute to finish the show and improve upon what they already knew.  It was a long day and a true test for what is to come later in the season.  We will enter this week with two more long rehearsals where we will work to fine tune our show now that we have it completed.”