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Visual and Performing Arts

 

The calendar claims that spring is here and I hope that by the time this article is published, we are all able to wear short sleeves and sunglasses. It has been a challenging winter but the promise of warmer weather and longer, sunnier days means that the sights and sounds of the A-wing will soon be in full bloom. The first sign of spring may be a robin, but here at Parkland it is the opening of the Spring Musical.

Curtains Logo

This spring, Parkland High School will be presenting Curtains on the main stage. A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered 8 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical. This “play within a play” will be presented on the Parkland High School stage April 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 14 at 3 PM. Tickets are on sale online at www.showtix4u.com. Simply go to that site, choose your own seats and print your tickets from the comfort of your home.

Tickets are selling at a very quick pace so make sure you do not miss your opportunity to get the best seats you can. Tickets will remain for sale online right up until the night of each show and a limited amount will be available at the box office an hour before the show begins.


A huge congratulations to the following six students who were selected to participate in the PMEA All-State Orchestra in Pittsburgh from April 3-6:

Raphael Ettinger-Finley – Assistant Concert Master, Violin 1

Suchir Agarwal – Violin 1

Conrad Lee – Violin 2

Jacob Schultz – Principal Bass

Coby Lindenmuth – Bass

Megumi Takahashi – Principal Flute


The following chorus students have qualified to represent Parkland in the PMEA All-State Chorus the weekend of April 3-6 in Pittsburgh:

Aylor Scandola – Alto II

Ava Del Rio – Alto II

Abigail Hill – Alto I


Congratulations to the following instrumentalists who will be participating in the PMEA All-State Festival in Pittsburgh from April 3-6:

Alex Tang – Clarinet (All State Wind Ensemble)

Olivia Wilkinson – Clarinet (All State Concert Band)


The Spring concert season begins with the High School Band Concert on April 30 at 7 PM in the PHS Auditorium. This yearly event features the 9th and 10th grade Concert Band, the 11th and 12th grade Symphonic Band, and a number of combined pieces. Admission is free and open to the public.


Auditions for the 2019-2020 Trojan Dance Team will be held in late April. Keep an eye on the video bulletin board at school for all of the information you need to be prepared.


Congratulations to the cast and crew of 26 Pebbles for qualifying to perform their play at the International Thespian Festival in June. They are one of eleven productions from the entire country selected for this honor. To help the group raise funds for this exciting event, the Parkland Education Foundation has created a special link where people can donate directly to the Troupe. Simply click on http://bit.do/parkland26pebbles to help us reach our goal. Please also see the Boars Head ham fundraiser advertisement (below) and contact a cast member or the Arts Office if you are interested in purchasing a ham (orders are due April 8). Every little bit helps, and we are grateful for your support!

ITS Nationals Trip Spring Holiday Ham fundraiser ad

 

Silver Fox Art Award

It is with great honor that the Visual Arts Department announces that Kevalin Kalra is the recipient of a 2019 National Silver Medal Scholastic Art Award for his jewelry submission "Silver Fox." Kevalin competed with 330,000 entries from throughout the United States, and several other countries.


The Trojan Art Gallery will feature artwork from Portfolio Prep, AP Art Studio, and Independent Studies of our Parkland High School students during the month of April.


This year’s 16th Annual Parkland Festival of the Arts is quickly approaching. The popular festival will begin with a Chorus Concert and Art Show on Thursday, May 16, followed by “Parkland’s Got Talent” on Friday, May 17, and our full day Artists on the Quad event on Saturday, May 18. We are currently accepting submissions for the “Parkland’s Got Talent” competition. All ages and performance types are encouraged to apply!

Parkland's Got Talent logo

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Visual and Performing Arts

 

Well, winter has arrived with a definite change in the weather. All of our groups are dealing with delays and cancelled rehearsals and rescheduled performances, but the A-wing keeps on going. We are all hoping for sunnier and warmer days.

Curtains Logo

Parkland High School will be presenting Curtains on the main stage next month. “It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!” The night promises to be filled with large production numbers, dancers, and singers and a mystery needing to be solved.

A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered eight nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical. This “play within a play” will be presented on the Parkland High School stage April 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 14 at 3 PM. Tickets are on sale online at www.showtix4u.com. Simply go to that site and choose your own seats and print your tickets from the comfort of your home. Tickets are selling at a very quick pace so make sure you do not miss your opportunity to get the best seats you can.


Please congratulate the following students who will be attending the Region V Chorus Festival to be held March 21 - March 23 at Muhlenberg High School in Reading:

Alto 1: Abby Hill and Shanyn Kaiser

Alto 2: Ava Del Rio, Isabella Fedele, Paige Herman and Aylor Scandola

Soprano 1: Michaiah Watkins and Taylor Shortell

Soprano 2: Natalie St. Hill

Tenor 1: Colin Bowers

Tenor 2: Matthew Melchior and Robert Moore

Bass 2: Daniel Stewart, Dylan Buckner, Raphael Ettinger-Finley, Justin Kuhlman, Jacob Roth and Nate Cowling


The Parkland Women’s Ensemble along with the women’s voices from the Parkland Chorale will have the privilege of performing live with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra during their performance of Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  There are two performances: Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 17 at 3 PM. Tickets for these events can be purchased through the Miller Symphony Hall box office at 610-432-7961 or online at www.millersymphonyhall.org.


The Parkland Marching Band will be traveling to Baltimore, Maryland on March 10 to participate in the Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The trip is sure to be a great experience for all involved. 


Congratulations to the cast and crew of 26 Pebbles for qualifying to perform their play at the International Thespian National Conference in June. They are one of eleven productions from the entire country selected for this honor.  On Wednesday, March 13 there will be a fundraiser at PJ’s At The Walbert to help raise money to send the production to Nebraska. Come on out for some great food and let your server know you are dining to support the Parkland ITS Chapter.


The Trojan Art Gallery will feature the Computer Art and Photography work of our Parkland High School students during the month of March.

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It’s not too early to mark your calendar for this year’s 16th annual Parkland Festival of the Arts.  The popular festival will begin with a Chorus Concert and Art Show on Thursday, May 16, followed by “Parkland’s Got Talent” Friday, May 17, and our full day Artists on the Quad event will be on Saturday, May 18.

More specific information will follow.


2019 East Central Pennsylvania Regional Scholastic Art Awards

It is with great honor that the Parkland High School Visual Arts Department announces the award recipients of The 2019 East Central Pennsylvania Regional Scholastic Art Awards. The awards ceremony will take place Sunday, March 16, 2019 at 1 PM in Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University. Doors will open at 12:15 PM.

The Exhibit runs February 24 - March 15 at Kutztown University's Miller Art Gallery. The Exhibit will be open the day of the awards ceremony from 10 AM - 6 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have opportunity, please congratulate these students for an outstanding job. Mr. Barrett, Mrs Coval, Mrs. Danner, Ms. LaDue and Mr. Shemonsky are extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments.  

Allentown Art Museum Photography Award (2nd place): Mary Powell - "Ballet Solo"

Dennis Danko Affiliate Director's Choice Award: Brice George - Ceramics - "Strung Up In Knots"

Ku Art Education and Crafts Department Award: Olivia Behr - Ceramics - "Life Redeemed"

Ku Art and Art History Award: Julia Lundy - Drawing - "The Art Of Laughter"

Ku Arts Society Award: Kevalin Kalra - Jewelry - "Silver Fox"

Gold Key Awards:    
Olivia Behr Ceramics and Glass "Life Redeemed
Marwa El-Ashry Drawing "Serenity"
Emily Feyrer Photography "Feels Like Summer"
Emily Feyrer Photography "Warmth"
Brice George Ceramics and Glass "Strung Up In Knots"
Kevalin Kalra Jewelry "Silver Fox"
Julia Lundy Drawing "The Art Of Laughter"
Ashley Molchany Drawing "Happiness Of The Individual"
Felicia Mohr Ceramics and Glass "Azetic Vase"
Lynsey Reynard Photography "Identity"
Lynsey Reynard Photography "Configuration"
Lilly Rodgers Sculpture "Pollution"
Jacob Simms Design "A Scorched Tree"
Kiran Sullivan Photography "Pink Lemonade"

 

Silver Key Awards:    
Jennifer Crilley Drawing "Mad Dash"
Kayden Douglass Drawing "The Evil Within"
Emily Feyrer Photography "Grounded"
Madison Galucy Sculpture "Layers"
Olivia Happel Drawing "Musical Men"
Olivia Happel Drawing "Enjoy The Ride"
Payton Kohler Drawing "Bicycle"
Julia Lundy Drawing "Through A Friend's Eyes"
Nathan Mohr Ceramics "The Copper Twig"
Charles Monko Sculpture "Nailed It"
Ann-Hee O'Connor Drawing "I Like To Ride My Bicycle"
Landon Pitts Ceramics "The Perfect Mistake"
Mary Powell Photography "Ballet Solo"
Lynsey Reynard Photography "Leo"
Lynsey Reynard Photography "September 2017"
Wilfrid Roberts Drawing "Bird Pasta"
Kiran Sullivan Photography "Townhouse #14"
Kiran Sullivan Photography "Votive Light"
Kiran Sullivan Photography "Stained Focus"

 

Honorable Mention:    
Dahila Alicea Drawing "Mother Nostalgia"
Sara Ayad Drawing "Study Of Skull"
Gabriella Castro Ceramics "Dimensia"
Arianna Carpio Drawing "Cluster"
Kyleigh Haas Mixed Media "Jazzy Dad"
Maya Halma Photography "Reflection"
Kevalin Kalra Design "Forever Box With Slid"
Julia Lundy Drawing "Solitaire"
Allison Yob Drawing "Selbstportrat"

 


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(DVD Orders will be taken until March 15)

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Visual and Performing Arts

 

It is hard to believe that half of the school year has already been completed. The activity in the A-wing took a quick break for the winter holiday, but everyone is back at work preparing for what is going to be a very busy and exciting 2nd semester.

Curtains Logo

Parkland High School will be presenting Curtains on the main stage this spring. “It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!” The night promises to be filled with large production numbers, dancers and singers and a mystery needing to be solved.

A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered 8 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical. This “play within a play” will be presented on the Parkland High School stage April 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 PM. Tickets are on sale online at www.showtix4u.com. Simply go to that site and chose your own seats and print your tickets from the comfort of your home.


The Parkland High School Chorale will be participating in the 2019 Bach Choir Of Bethlehem Family Concert on Sunday, February 24 at 3 PM at Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University.  This concert will feature a collaboration with The Bach Choir Of Bethlehem, Bel Canto Youth Chorus, Emmaus High School Chorale, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Touring Choir, and Parkland High School Chorale. Discounted tickets for Parkland students, faculty and families are $15 for adults, and $6 for students.  To purchase tickets, call the Bach Choir Office at 610-866-4382, x115 or x110.  Discount code:  FCD.


Congratulations to the following students who have qualified to participate in the PMEA North East Orchestra Festival to be held at Kutztown High School, February 20 - 22:

Violin I - Hasun Noh, Suchir Agarwal, Raphael Ettinger-Finley

Violin II - Sophia Lee, Jane Cho, Conrad Lee, Aija Tighe, Jessica Tseo, Anam Ali

Viola - Ee-Ning Ooi

Cello - Christine Hutchinson

Bass - Ashleigh Budlong, Jacob Schultz, Coby Lindenmuth

Flute - Megumi Takahashi

Clarinet - Alex Tang, Olivia Wilkinson


On January 23 there were 164 students in the PMEA District 10 Band Festival auditioned for seating, with top placing students advancing to the Region V Band Festival.  Nine Parkland Band students advanced to the next level, which will feature the top band students from northeastern and south-central Pennsylvania.  The festival will be held March 7 - 9 at Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, culminating with a concert on March 9 at 3 PM.

Megumi Takahashi - Flute

Alex Tang - Clarinet

Jordan Bucks - Clarinet

Olivia Wilkinson - Clarinet

Maggie Gareca - French Horn

Brody Segan - Trombone

Jared Lazansky - Euphonium

Andrew Syslo - Euphonium

Coby Lindenmuth - String Bass


The Trojan Art Gallery will feature the painting and ceramic work of our Parkland High School students during the month of February.

 

Visual and Performing Arts

 

December was a very “rewarding” month, with many students qualifying for recognition in the arts.

On Saturday, December 1, over 800 students from 69 schools auditioned for PMEA District 10 Band and Orchestra.  Parkland qualified 12 students for the Band, by far the most of any school attending.  Wind players for the Orchestra are determined by taking the very highest-ranking players for each instrument.  Six Parkland Band members were taken for the Orchestra, again the largest group from any of the participating schools. The following students from Parkland qualified: 

Megumi Takahashi - flute (band/orchestra)

Laura Ruozzi - flute (band)

Serena Vrablik - oboe (band/orchestra)

Alex Tang - clarinet (band/orchestra)

Olivia Latshaw - clarinet (band/orchestra)

Olivia Wilkinson - clarinet (band/orchestra)

Jordan Bucks - clarinet (band)

Maggie Gareca - horn (band)

Brody Segan - trombone (band)

Jared Lazansky - euphonium (band/orchestra)

Andrew Syslo - euphonium (band)

Coby Lindenmuth - string bass (band/orchestra)

The District Band Festival will take place the weekend of January 24-26 at Catasauqua High School.

 

The following Parkland strings students qualified for the District 10 Orchestra Festival that will be held the weekend of January 10-12 at Boyertown High School:

Ella Wu, Jessica Tseo, Aija Tighe, Angelina Roccamo, Hasun Noh, Conrad Lee, Sophia Lee, Seana Isaac, Raphael Ettinger-Finley, Jane Cho, Anam Ali, and Suchir Agarwal – violin

Anya Pant, Ee-Ning Ooi, and Victor Cai – viola

Kevin Tong, Christine Hutchinson, and Amanda Giltz – cello

Jacob Schultz, Coby Lindenmuth, and Ashleigh Budlong – bass


All three of our music groups, the Chorus, Band, and Orchestra, placed the most students in all three of the upcoming District events. This is a great representation for Parkland.


In early December, members of the PHS International Thespian Society attended the PA Thespian State Conference held at North Penn High School. Students participated in workshops, performed for colleges and to qualify for Nationals. The fall play, "26 Pebbles," was presented to the entire conference.

The following Parkland students were recognized for their success at the conference.

All-star cast for "26 Pebbles" - Daniel Stewart 

Individual Event Superiors:

Acting - Aubree Williams

Musical - Yaritza Almonte, Emily Babinchak, Olivia Behr, Shanyn Kaiser

Stage management - Shaye Harrer

Scholarship Winners:

Performance scholarship - Olivia Behr

Technical scholarship - Kailey Kloiber

Performance Hall of Fame - Aubree Williams

Technical Hall of Fame - Riley Allsop

Hall of Fame Theater Excellence - Daniel Stewart

Technical Challenge:

First place: Parkland team #1 - Riley Allsop, Kailey Kloiber, Shaye Harrer, Lynsey Reynard, Lauren Petrocelli, Alexis Peng

Second place: Parkland team #3 - Heather Mello, Chaz Broadbent, Ethan Johnson, Jada Pinsley, Isabella Costanzo

Costume quick change - Isabella Costanzo and Jada Pinsley

Scenery (legging a platform) - Kailey Kloiber and Riley Allsop

Stage craft (knot tying) - Kailey Kloiber (She beat her own State Record by 4 seconds)


Curtains Logo

PHS will be presenting "Curtains" on the main stage this spring. “It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!” PHS performances promise to be filled with large production numbers, dancers, singers, and a mystery needing to be solved.

A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered eight nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This “play within a play” will be presented on the PHS stage April 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 PM and April 14 at 3 PM. Tickets are on sale at www.showtix4u.com. Simply visit the site to choose your own seats from the comfort of your home.


During the month of January, the Trojan Art Gallery will feature the works of PHS students studying AP Studio Art: 2-D Design and Drawing 3, Portfolio Preparation, and Jewelry and Metals 1.

Art Gallery Art Pieces

 

Visual and Performing Arts

 

As December blows in after an early autumn snowstorm, the A-wing is busy with concerts, gallery displays, and rehearsals. As one activity comes to a close, there are others to take its place. There is never a dull moment in the Arts.

The Winter Concert season is about to kick off and this year it begins with the Chorus Concert on December 6 at 7 PM in the auditorium. This concert will feature the Mixed Chorus, the Concert Choir, the Women’s Ensemble, and the Chorale. More than 300 students will take the stage for this annual event.

The Chorale will hold its yearly concert at Neffs UCC on Sunday, December 9 at 7 PM. This is the only opportunity during the year to hear this select choir sing a complete program of music. Always a crowd favorite, admission is free. Plan on arriving early. What a great way to celebrate the season.

Thursday, December 13, the Parkland High School Band takes over our stage as the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the Combined Ensemble perform seasonal favorites. The concert begins at 7 PM and is free to the public.

The High School Orchestra closes our season on December 20 at 7 PM in the auditorium. Come out and hear the different ensembles, as well as the sound of the full orchestra, complete with brass, woodwinds, and the strings. It is sure to be a program filled with surprises and a great way to get in a seasonal mood.

Performing Arts Club Children's Theatre Workshops

January 5 - 6, 2019

                                                                     

SpongeBob Squarepants

 

Kids in grades K-5 are invited to take part in the SpongeBob SquarePants themed Children’s Theatre Workshops taking place the first weekend in January.  Registration is open through December 15, and the form is available on the Parkland School District Arts page at www.parklandsd.org/departments/arts. Students will have a blast singing, dancing, acting, and more during this fun weekend.

 

PHS Spring Musical

April 10-14, 2019

Curtains Logo

 

Our Spring Musical for 2019 has been announced. Parkland High School will be presenting “Curtains” on the main stage. “It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959, and Boston’s Colonial Theatre is hosting the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!”  These performances promise to be filled with large production numbers, dancers, singers, and a mystery needing to be solved. 

A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered eight nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This “play within a play” will be presented on the Parkland High School stage April 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 PM and on April 14 at 3 PM. Tickets go on sale December 3 at 12 PM and will be available online at www.showtix4u.com. Simply go to that site to choose your own seats and print your tickets from the comfort of your home.

The Trojan Dance Team will be taking their annual Holiday Roadshow to some special residences in the Lehigh Valley. The girls bring joy, dance and cookies to shut-ins to help make their holidays a little brighter.

The Trojan Art Gallery will feature the paintings of Hub Wilson during the month of December.

 

 

Fall PHS Theatre Ad

Trojan Art Gallery

September 2018 SCOTT ARMSTRONG
(Pen & Ink)
October
2018

NINA BOODHANSINGH
(Contemporary Painting)

November 2018

JOEL JACOBSON
(Nod To The Past-Painting)

December 2018

HUB WILSON
(Painting)

January
2019

PHS Art Students

  • Comp. Graphics
  • Photography
  • Jewelry/Metals1
February 
2019

PHS Art Students

  • Painting
  • Ceramics
March 
2019

PHS Art Students

  • Drawing
  • Crafts
April 
2019

PHS Art Students

  • Port. Prep.
  • AP Studio
  • Independent Studies
May
2019

PHS Art Students

  • Senior Art Award Recipients 3-D
  • Regional Scholastic