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.
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!
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!