Denton ISD Fine Arts
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Congratulations to the Denton ISD MS UIL One Act Play Companies for their wonderful performances at the District UIL Contest on February 5-6, 2021 at Braswell HS. Every company produced an outstanding show. Teamwork and perseverance were the key words this season, as each school successfully mounted a production in the midst of a pandemic. Special thanks to Braswell HS Theatre Directors Michelle Greene, Ben Parker, and Clay VanWinkle and Ryan HS Theatre Directors Jeannene Abney and Scott Thompson for their collaboration in hosting this district-wide event.
Awarded 3rd Place and Best Technical Crew was Rodriguez MS (pictured below with Principal Carly Rogers) for their production of “The Book of Everything” under the direction of Kristen Ray and Annie Norrell. Significant about this award is this is the first time Rodriguez MS, which opened in 2018, has placed in a UIL One Act Play contest. Awarded one of two best performer awards of the day was Kodi Davis in the role of Thomas. We are so proud of their work and the growth of this department!
Awarded 1st Place was the Harpool MS production of “The Front” (pictured below with Principal Jeff Smith) under the direction of Amanda Hirsch and Heather Alverson. Awarded one of two best performer awards was Kierra Strauss in the role of Judith. This moving production exploring history, set during the Blitz in 1940’s England, explored the timely theme of perseverance. We were thrilled by their excellent work!
All-Star Cast Awards:
- Shane McLaughlin in the role of Creon from the play “Antigone Now” directed by Chris Taylor of McMath MS
- Presley Nicewarner in the role of Eurydice from the play “Eurydice” from Navo MS
- Elliot Bush in the role of Alan from “This is a Test” directed by Erica Cole of Crownover MS
- Trey Balentine in the role of Father from “The Book of Everything” from Rodriguez MS.
- Hunter Crain in the role of Jonas from “The Giver” directed by Cynthia Starnes from Calhoun MS
- Darryl McMorris in the role of Salt from “Salt and Pepper” directed by Wyatt Kaiser of Myers MS
- Brinly Johnson in the role of Shelby from “Steel Magnolias” directed by Susie Dean from Stickland MS
- Bre Price in the role of Joan from “The Front” from Harpool MS
Honorable Mention All-Star Cast Awards:
- Katherine Simmons in the role of “Ismene” from McMath MS
- Zane Decker in the role of Orpheus from Navo MS
- Hadley Hamner in the role of Lois from Crownover MS
- Jack Radar in the role of Asher from Calhoun MS
- Sophia Bohnert in the role of Andy from Myers MS
- Shula Armintor in the role of Ouiser from Strickland MS
- Evangeline Trahan in the role of Pat from Crownover MS
- Jose Garay in the role of The Giver from Calhoun MS
Outstanding Technical Awards:
- Addyisn Copely, Stage Manager for McMath MS
- Caia Wilson, Stage Manager for Navo MS
- Lauren Dossett Assistant Stage Manager for Crownover MS
- Morgan Cote, Stage Manager for Rodriguez MS
- Jacob Gomez, Lighting Technician for Calhoun MS
- Remy Butler, Stage Manager and Backstage Lighting for Myers MS
- Piper Martin, Stage Manager for Strickland MS
- Harper Robbins, Stage Manager for Harpool MS
Principal Charlene Parham, Director Erica Cole, & award winners from Crownover MS
Principal Trey Peden, Director Wyatt Kaiser, & award winners from Myers MS
Principal Dr. Buddy Dunworth, Director Chris Taylor & award winners from McMath MS
Principal Paul Martinez, Director Cynthia Starnes, & award winners from Calhoun MS
Principal Kathleen Carmona with Director Susie Dean & award winners from Strickland MS
Special thanks to our expert adjudicator, Missey Head. Mrs. Head, who recently retired after 36 years in theatre education, served as the Assistant Fine Arts Director for Lewisville ISD for 8 years. For 28 years she taught in the Odessa, Victoria, Vanderbilt, and Carrollton school districts. She had the privilege of appearing at the state meet on 12 occasions placing 1st in 2011, 2nd place in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010, and 3rd place in 2012. Mrs. Head coached the National Forensics Dramatic Interpretation Champion in 2005, 2002, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Texas Forensic Dramatic Interpretation State Champions in 2005. Mrs. Head is currently serving as the Past-President for the Texas Educational Theatre Association and is a past member of the UIL Theatre Advisory Committee for 34 years serving as the chair and past chair. Mrs. Head continues to believe that with appropriate guidance, students can be motivated to succeed and excel.
Congratulations to all of our incredible Middle School Theatre Company members and directors. Thank you, Principals, for supporting theatre and fine arts in Denton ISD.
Guyer High School Theatre will present The Phantom of the Opera at GHS on Feb. 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm; Feb. 28 at 2:30pm; and March 1 at 7:30pm. Seating will be extremely limited and also socially distanced. Masks must be worn by all attendees. There will be no streaming online for this event. Tickets are available at https://buy.ticketstothecity.com/venue.php?org_id=548.
Guyer Theatre Directors: Eleshia and Chris Crotwell
Winter Guard Season Begins
Braswell HS has two winter guard units, JV and Varsity, directed by Emily Strother. Both groups will be debuting virtually in the Winter Guard International Group Competitive division on Feb 27, and participate in three more virtual contests on March 6, 20, and 27. The JV show, “Going in Circles” explores all the twists, turns, ups, and downs of relationships. JV will be competing in the Regional A division. The BHS Varsity production is “Brother of Mine”. Through their soundtrack and set, they take the audience through the memory of a campsite with friends or loved ones. The Varsity will be competing in the Scholastic A division.
The Denton HS Winter Guard will be competing virtually this spring with the North Texas Color Guard Association in the Scholastic A division on Feb 20, Feb 27, March 13, and March 27. The team is under the direction of Devin Guillotte. Their 2021 production is titled "Flutter" and explores the idea of butterflies flying in the garden.
The Guyer HS Winter Guard premiered their 2020-21 show "Desperado" at their first NTCA contest on Jan 30. The Guyer Winter Guard is directed by Alyson Downs and its members are: Abby Worth, Chloe Dali, Emily Balsley, Gia Mejia, Jordyn McMahan, Karita Martin, Katie Faulk, Leah Simon, Mia Muniz, Mia Stolp, Nick Hughes, Reagan Weddle, Ryleigh Metting, and Joey Faulk.
The Ryan HS Color Guard is very excited to be competing in Winter Guard for the first time since 2011. The Ryan Winter Guard will be competing virtually this spring with the North Texas Color Guard Association in the Regional A division. Their production is titled "The Sun Will Shine Again" and is about finding hope on a rainy day. Ryan Guard Director, Devin Guillotte, says, "The soundtrack to the show is so powerful and meaningful to the students that you can catch them singing it before, during, and after rehearsals."
Students interested in learning more about how to join color guard should contact their school's director:
Braswell HS, Emily Strother firstname.lastname@example.org
Denton HS & Ryan HS, Devin Guillotte email@example.com
Guyer HS, Alyson Downs firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 20 - HS Band/Choir/Orchestra UIL Region 2 Solo and Ensemble Contest (virtual)
Feb 25-Mar 1 - Guyer Theatre Phantom of the Opera @ GHS, Limited Seating (info above)
Feb 27 - HS Art Region 11N VASE (virtual)
Mar 11-12 - 6A UIL District Zone One Act Play Contest @ Northwest HS
Mar 19 - 6A UIL District One Act Play Contest @ Braswell HS
Mar 23 - 5A UIL District One Act Play Contest @ Northwest HS
Mar 25 - 6A UIL Bi-District One Act Play Contest @ Northwest HS
Mar 30 - 6A UIL Area One Act Play Contest @ Keller Central HS
April 5 - DISD Band/Choir/Orchestra Concert & Sight-reading Assessment (virtual)
April 23 - UIL Band/Choir/Orchestra Concert & Sight-reading Assessment (virtual)
April 23-24 - HS Art State VASE (virtual)
April 30-May 1 - UIL State One Act Play Contest