Keller ISD Fine Arts Notes

A weekly newsletter from Keller ISD Fine Arts

No. 19 January 19, 2015

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Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors of the four high school musicals, who were recognized Friday night at the first ever "Kelley Awards" at Timber Creek High School.

The night kicked off with a student banquet, followed by the "Tony Style" awards presentation.

The evening featured a video montage of each performance, as well as live student performances from each musical. The Kelleys was emceed by elementary theatre teacher Steven Vanderark, and awards were presented by elementary theatre students and their directors.

Award Recipients Were:

Best Actor in a Minor Role: Ant Gaut as Kyle, CHS -Legally Blonde

Best Actress in a Minor Role: Julie Rodrigues as Gingy, FRHS - Shrek: The Musical

Excellence in Costume Design: Kayla Ausman, FRHS - Shrek: The Musical

Excellence in Hair-/Makeup: Emily Phyathep, FRHS - Shrek: The Musical

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: TJ Little as Uncle Fester, KHS - The Addams Family

Best Actress/Supporting Role: Brittany Tomlinson as Grandma, KHS - The Addams Family

Excellence in Scenic Design: Grayson Merchant, KHS - The Addams Family

Excellence in Sound: Kodi Dugan, TCHS - West Side Story

Best Ensemble: Delta Nus/Greek Chorus, CHS - Legally Blonde

Excellence in Choreography: Moneque Stewart, TCHS - West Side Story

Excellence in Lighting Design: Jacob Galloway, TCHS - West Side Story

Best Orchestra: Timber Creek High School - West Side Story

Best Crew/Technical Execution: Molly Elam and Cheyenne Bogart, TCHS - West Side Story

Best Musical Number: When You’re an Addams, KHS - The Addams Family

Best Musical Direction: Tanner Wilemon, TCHS - West Side Story

Best Direction: Melissa Freeman, KHS -The Addams Family

Best Actor: Grayson Merchant as Gomez Addams, KHS - The Addams Family

Best Actress: Amy Arevalo as Maria, TCHS - West Side Story

Best Musical: The Addams Family, Keller High School

Keller Education Foundation Grants Announced

The Keller ISD Education Foundation awarded grants totaling almost $50,000 to 18 educators across the District on January 9 and 12. These grants provide funding for projects not covered by the normal operating budget that stimulate students' creativity and expand the existing curriculum. Included among those 18 educators were two of KISD's fabulous fine arts teachers!

Anne Kendrick, art teacher at Shady Grove Elementary School, was awarded $1286.00 to study Optical Illusions. Students are going to create their own Optical Illusions. The funds will go to purchase drawing materials and paper as well as visuals for the students to use for this Art. Ms. Kendrick states, "we will combine all of our Optical Illusions and come up with one that we can use 'Put-In-Cups' and create an outdoor sculpture on our fence!"

Katie Grimmer, theatre instructor at Keller Middle School, was awarded $1178.00 for a collaborative project titled, "Who Killed Hamlet? An Interactive Night of Renaissance Fun."

Grimmer explains the project:

"Who killed Hamlet? You may think you know the answer (why it’s Laertes, of course), but come to this night of theatre and you could see that you are all wrong. We will be creating a spectacular night of theatre that is created by students across three schools (KHS, KMS, BCI) in grades 5-12. Students will be producing a night of interactive theatre where the audience will be asked to solve a mystery. While audience members are solving the mystery, students will be performing scenes and monologues from Shakespearian plays and recreating aspects of life during the Renaissance. The audience will enjoy a meal, hurl some insults, listen to jokes, and maybe even send someone to the stockades, all while solving a mystery a ’la’ Clue style. Students will be responsible for producing all aspects of the experience including scenery, props, and costumes. They will also serve dinner to the guests and interact with the audience while staying in character. A true Renaissance fair atmosphere will be achieved as the students guide theatre-goers through this night of art and enchantment."

"One of the things I am most proud of," Ms. Grimmer continues, "is the fact that we will be working collaboratively across our feeder pattern. Even though I wrote the grant, this project will benefit many students across our KISD. This idea came about because Clarissa Shirley (KHS), Blake Lentz (BCI), and me went to a workshop at TETA and we decided to collaborate on this project. We have not set an exact date for the project, but stay tuned!"

Congratulations to both of these fantastic teachers. KISD is fortunate to have teachers like these, who love kids, and are passionate about teaching!

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Central High School Speech and Debate Team Tournament Results

The Central High School Oral Interpretation Team competed in the Cowboy Classic Texas Forensic Association State Invitational Tournament at Coppell High School on Saturday, January 10.

Individual Results were:

3rd Place Dramatic Interpretation Brayden Gibson

4th Place Duet Acting Blake Grissom and Bobby Rochelle

4th Place in Prose Interpretation Jessica Healey

5th Place in Poetry Interpretation Jamie Phanekham

5th Place in Prose Interpretation Evan Glazier

5th Place in Humorous Interpretation Bobby Rochelle

6th Place in Poetry Interpretation Brayden Gibson

Semifinalists in Prose Interpretation

Katy Roberson

Brayden Gibson

Semifinalists in Humorous Interpretation

Brayden Gibson

Semifinalist in Poetry Interpretation

Emma Brennan

Semifinalist in Duet Acting

Neena Hingorani and Ashley Gilbertson

Congratulations to the Central High School Speech and Debate Team!


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