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Visual and Performing Arts

 

June is historically the month that we wrap things up here in the A-wing. Award programs are held and the last few performances take place, leading up to the band and chorale’s performances at graduation. This year is different. This year June is going to be a busy month for many of us in the Arts wing. Many groups and individuals were honored in May.


Freddy Awards

Curtains received 12 Freddy nominations and the cast had the opportunity to perform “Show People” at the Freddy telecast. The Freddy awards took place on Thursday, May 23.  Congratulations to the individuals and groups who received nominations for their hard work.

Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra, Outstanding Use of Scenery, Outstanding Use of Costumes, Outstanding Use of Lighting, Outstanding Small Ensemble Performance: Olivia Behr, Matthew Melchior, Noah Erlemann and Robert Moore

Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Mackenzie Lynch

Outstanding Chorus, Vic Kumma Award for Outstanding Solo Vocal Performance: Matthew Melchior

Outstanding Production Number: “Show People”

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Olivia Behr

Outstanding Overall Production


Shakespeare Competition

In early May, a number of students traveled to King’s College in Wilkes-Barre to compete in the annual Maffei Family High School Shakespeare Competition. The top three finishers in each category won cash prizes and a trophy. Please congratulate the following students on their achievements at the competition:

Students Category Placement Shakespeare play / character
Aubree Williams and Noah Erlemann 1st place in the Scene Competition A Midsummer Night's Dream / Bottom and Titania
Olivia Behr and Daniel Stewart 2nd place in the Scene Competition The Taming of the Shrew / Petruchio and Katharina
Olivia Behr 1st place in the Monologue Competition Romeo and Juliet / Juliet
Mackenzie Lynch 2nd place in the Monologue Competition Much Ado About Nothing / Beatrice
Nick Hausman 3rd place in the Monologue Competition A Midsummer Night's Dream / Bottom

“Parkland’s Got Talent winners: left, Emily Bachl (junior division); right, Nicholas Hausman (senior division)”


Festival of the Arts

After a year when the Parkland Festival of the Arts was forced inside because of monsoon-like weather, the 2019 edition was blessed with a perfect day and the crowds definitely came out in droves. The festival was busy from the opening sounds of the PHS Jazz Band until the final song by a costumed character. Plans are already in place for next year’s festival.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of Parkland’s Got Talent: Emily Bachl (Junior Division) and Nicholas Hausman (Senior Division).

Award recipients

Chorale Auditions

Auditions for the 2019-20 Parkland Chorale will take place in early June. Exact dates and times will be posted by the Chorus room.  


Fall Play Auditions

Next year’s Fall Play, Museum, will also hold auditions during June. A cast of between 15 and 18 will be required and audition packets will be available June 10. Scripts are already available to sign out from Mr. Stutz’s office. This will be the first time that a full-scale play will be mounted in the black box theater. Look for more information when we return in the fall.


Indoor Colorguard

The Indoor Colorguard had a fantastic year and will be looking for new members to compete next school year. They wrapped up the year by traveling to Wildwood, New Jersey and competing in the TIA Atlantic Coast Championships alongside the Indoor Percussion group.


Dance Team

The Parkland Varsity Dance team for 2019-2020 has been selected and they will begin their year with a two-week intensive starting on August 12. The two-week training will include master classes and guest teaching artists.


International Thespian Festival

Just when you thought we were finished for the year….

The cast and crew of 26 Pebbles is preparing the play and the set to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska as one of eleven schools invited to perform at the International Thespian Festival from June 24-29. It is a huge honor and a tremendous undertaking. We are still raising money for the trip and any donations would be greatly appreciated. To donate to this project please contact the Parkland Arts Office at 610-351-5667 or the Parkland Education Foundation. Donations are tax deductible and donations of $500 or more receive endorsements on the show shirts.

We welcome you to come out to our “Dine and Donate” event being held all day on June 4 at the Alburtis Tavern. Please present one of our fundraising flyers, and 10% of the food sales will be donated to the theatre troupe to support their fundraising efforts for their trip to Nebraska.

Fundraiser at Alburtis Tavern

The A-wing will then take a deep breath and regroup itself for another incredibly active and successful school year. From Mr. Stutz, Mrs. Halbert, and Mr. Joella - have a safe and restful summer.

Visual and Performing Arts

 

May is a month that is filled with the sights and sounds of events in the A-wing. A year’s worth of rehearsals, practices, and studio work culminate in a whirlwind of activity for the talented students here at PHS.


On May 9, the Parkland High School Orchestra takes the stage for their annual spring concert. The event, which begins at 7 PM, includes performances by the 9th and 10th grade String Orchestra, the 11th and 12th grade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Honors Orchestra, and our combined full Symphonic Orchestra. Highlights of the evening’s program include Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Vivaldi’s “Spring” from the Four Seasons, Holst’s “Mars” from The Planets, and the original score to “Pirates of the Caribbean.”


FOTA logo

The 16th annual Parkland Festival of the Arts (FOTA) begins on Thursday, May 16 with the High School Art Show from 6-8 PM in the Art Galleries and Studios, and the annual spring Chorus concert at 7 PM in the PHS auditorium. Plan on coming early to view the artwork and stay for the concert.This year’s Chorus concert features the 9th and 10th grade Chorus, the 11th and 12th grade Concert Choir, the Women’s Ensemble, as well as selections by the Parkland High School Chorale. It is a perfect way to start the weekend.

The festival continues on Friday, May 17 at 7 PM with the popular “Parkland’s Got Talent” competition on the high school stage. Admission for this event is $5 at the door. Bring the family and enjoy the talents of the Parkland community.

Saturday, May 18, the Artists on the Quad event will begin at 10 AM at Parkland High School when the PHS Jazz Band kicks off a day filled with art, food, and entertainment. Enter the auditorium and watch free performances by local dance schools. Peruse the fine artwork for sale by local crafters. There will be live music outside all day and little gems of music inside the rotunda when you go in to enjoy the artwork adorning the school’s hallways. It is always a beautiful day, no matter what the weather brings, and the event goes on rain or shine.

You are encouraged to bring your younger children to the Artists on the Quad event on Saturday as well. There will be a multitude of different crafts they can make throughout the festival. An instrument exploration station will be set up in the cafeteria where they can learn about different musical instruments. There will also be opportunities for them to have their picture taken with a favorite animated princess or hero, so be sure to bring your camera. A costumed character parade will stroll around the front of the high school at 2:30 PM, led by the PHS Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

Each year FOTA awards at least one $1000 scholarship to a graduating senior pursuing a career in the Arts. The Art and Basket Raffle supports this effort. Artwork and baskets are donated by local artists, PTOs and friends of FOTA. This year, our raffle theme is “Tea pARTy.” Come and see the creative use of the theme by our talented staff and friends. For more festival information and schedules please visit www.parklandsd.org/fota.


On May 4, from 9 AM to 1 PM, the PHS Music Boosters are hosting a Clothing/Household Goods Drive. This event will benefit both the Boosters and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley. It’s a wonderful way to support your community and declutter your closets. If you haven't already started your spring-cleaning you still have time.


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The Parkland High School’s production of 26 Pebbles has been invited as one of 11 schools to perform their play at the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska, June 23-29. In an effort to raise money for the event, the Parkland Education Foundation has established a direct link for contributions. Any amount will benefit the students in their quest. Please click on the link below to learn more about the project and to donate:

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/ParklandSchoolDistrictEduca/PHS2ITS.html

 


Richele Gallagher was one of Parkland High School's winning students that competed in The Baum School Of Art's 15th Congressional District High School Art Competition and Exhibition - "An Artistic Discovery." Congresswoman Susan Wild is pictured here with Richele.

Baum School of Art winner

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

Music Booster Clothing Drive ad

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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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.

 

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