Two CCSD High School Groups Featured at National Choral Event This Week!

Two CCSD High School Groups Featured at National Choral Event This Week!

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The Etowah High School Elite Women’s Choir

Two Cherokee County School District high school choral groups are featured at a national choral event this week!

William Hall

The Etowah High School Elite Women’s Choir, led by teacher and director William Hall, and the Sequoyah High School Sequoyah Singers Women, led by teacher and director Josh Markham, were selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association’s Southern Region Conference in Louisville, Ky.

Only six high school choral groups were chosen through the challenging audition process that was open to applicants from 11 states; the event also features six college and university groups, three middle school groups and four other select groups.

Formed in 2011, the Etowah HS Elite Women’s Choir showcases the choral program’s top performers in Grades 10-12. The 2016 Southern Invitational Grand Champions group’s repertoire includes numerous advanced compositions, and the singers perform with college and professional choirs and musicians… even with the rock band Foreigner. Mr. Hall has taught music for 15 years and led choral groups for schools, colleges, churches and community and professional organizations.

Josh Markham

The Sequoyah Singers Women is the school’s most advanced choral ensemble featuring students selected for All-State Chorus and Reading Chorus and the Governor’s Honors Program in Voice. The group has earned superior ratings at evaluations, festivals, and state and national competitions and was selected to sing at the 2015 Georgia Music Educators Association Convention. Mr. Markham has led the school’s various choral groups to back-to-back State Championships, State Literary Meet runner-up finishes and featured performances at GMEA Conventions.

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The Sequoyah Singers Women


Etowah HS Drama Students Win Region, State Honors!

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Etowah High School drama students earned top honors at Region and State One Act Play competition!

 

Etowah High School drama students earned top honors at Region and State competition!

Seniors Jenna Klein and Adam Parbhoo were named Best Actress and Best Actor at the regional 7AAAAAAA One Act Play event, and went on to be named to the State’s All Star Cast.

Senior Brandon Huynh was named to the Region’s All Star Cast, and the school also won Best Tech and Best Ensemble honors at Regions for its performance of “Radium Girls.”  Their teacher is Charlotte Forrest.

Jenna Klein

Adam Parbhoo

Brandon Huynh

 


Etowah HS Selected for Second New State Diploma Seal!

Etowah High School drama students prepare for a performance; participation in extra-curricular arts activities is a requirement to earn the new Diploma Seal.

Etowah High School has been approved for a second State-approved diploma seal!

The school successfully applied to the Georgia Department of Education for authorization to issue the Fine Arts Seal to eligible graduating seniors beginning this school year.

This accomplishment is in addition to the International Skills Diploma Seal the school earned approval for last school year along with Cherokee HS and Woodstock HS.

Etowah High School art students participate in a related extra-curricular event, which is among the required activities to earn the new Diploma Seal.

Jessica Booth, Fine Arts Program Specialist with the Georgia DOE, said the committee tasked with reviewing seal requests “was very impressed with [Etowah’s] application.”

Students at approved high schools can earn the seal by completing: a Georgia Fine Arts Pathway (at least three fine arts courses), a creative industry focus course, at least two fine arts extra-curricular activities, and experiences that foster fine arts mastery including at least 20 hours of art-related community service and a senior capstone project on their experiences.

The Seal, according to the Georgia DOE, “is a signal to employers and higher education institutions that a student is prepared to participate in the creative economy.”

“We’re proud to have earned this additional seal of approval to further recognize some of our most creative students,” Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’ve long been a leader in creating career learning and industry certification programs with of goal of offering our students every advantage possible, and this new honor builds upon that success.”

Etowah High School band students present a concert; art, band, chorus and drama are among the fine arts courses offered at the school that qualify students for the new Diploma Seal.

Etowah High School chorus students participate in a master workshop with a guest conductor.

Film classes at Etowah High School are one of the creative industry courses that count toward the Diploma Seal’s requirements.


CCSD Upcoming High School Drama, Academy Street Theatre Group Productions

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Love comedy, drama and a little song and dance?

Cherokee County School District’s high school drama programs, as well as the Academy Street Theatre Group for all grades, regularly present performances that are open to the community… with affordable ticket prices.

Here’s the schedule for upcoming shows (please contact the individual school for more information):

Date School Show Showtime Admission
Thursday, Nov. 17 Creekview HS “Comedy of Errors” 7 p.m. $5
Thursday, Nov. 17 River Ridge HS Academy Street Theatre Group: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” 7 p.m. $5
Friday, Nov. 18 Creekview HS “Comedy of Errors” 7 p.m. $5
Friday, Nov. 18 River Ridge HS Academy Street Theatre Group: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” 7 p.m. $5
Thursday, Dec. 8 Etowah HS Fine Arts Extravaganza 7 p.m. Free; donation of canned good suggested
Friday, Dec. 9 Cherokee HS Drama-Special Education Production: “A Year without a Santa Claus” 7 p.m. Canned good or unopened toy
Friday, Jan. 13 Cherokee HS “Harvey” – A Comedy 7 p.m. $5
Saturday, Jan. 14 Cherokee HS “Harvey” – A Comedy 7 p.m. $5
Thursday, Jan. 19 River Ridge HS “Nooses Off” – A Murder Mystery Comedy 7 p.m. $10; children 10 & younger free with paid adult
Friday, Jan. 20 River Ridge HS “Nooses Off” – A Murder Mystery Comedy 7 p.m. $10; children 10 & younger free with paid adult
Saturday, Jan. 21 River Ridge HS “Nooses Off” – A Murder Mystery Comedy 7 p.m. $10; children 10 & younger free with paid adult
Monday, Jan. 23 River Ridge HS “Nooses Off” – A Murder Mystery Comedy 7 p.m. $10; children 10 & younger free with paid adult
Thursday, March 2 Creekview HS “Snow Queen” Musical 7 p.m. $5
Friday, March 3 Creekview HS “Snow Queen” Musical 7 p.m. $5
Friday, March 10 River Ridge HS Academy Street Theatre Group: “101 Dalmatians” 7 p.m. $5
Saturday, March 11 River Ridge HS Academy Street Theatre Group: “101 Dalmatians” 7 p.m. $5
Friday, March 17 Woodstock HS “Fiddler on the Roof” Musical 7:30 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Thursday, March 23 Etowah HS “Big Fish” Musical 7 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Thursday, March 23 Sequoyah HS “Guys and Dolls” Musical 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 advance; $5 students w/drama club card
Thursday, March 23 Woodstock HS “Fiddler on the Roof” Musical 7:30 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Friday, March 24 Cherokee HS “Legally Blonde: The Musical” 7 p.m. $10
Friday, March 24 Etowah HS “Big Fish” Musical 7 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Friday, March 24 Sequoyah HS “Guys and Dolls” Musical 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 advance; $5 students w/drama club card
Friday, March 24 Woodstock HS “Fiddler on the Roof” Musical 7:30 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Saturday, March 25 Cherokee HS “Legally Blonde: The Musical” 2 p.m. $10
Saturday, March 25 Cherokee HS “Legally Blonde: The Musical” 7 p.m. $10
Saturday, March 25 Etowah HS “Big Fish” Musical 7 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Saturday, March 25 Sequoyah HS “Guys and Dolls” Musical 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 advance; $5 students w/drama club card
Saturday, March 25 Woodstock HS “Fiddler on the Roof” Musical 7:30 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Thursday, April 20 River Ridge HS “Rock of Ages” Musical 7 p.m. $10; children 10 & younger free with paid adult
Friday, April 21 River Ridge HS “Rock of Ages” Musical 7 p.m. $10; children 10 & younger free with paid adult
Saturday, April 22 River Ridge HS “Rock of Ages” Musical 7 p.m. $10; children 10 & younger free with paid adult
Monday, April 24 River Ridge HS “Rock of Ages” Musical 7 p.m. $10; children 10 & younger free with paid adult
Thursday, April 27 Creekview HS “She Loves Me” Musical 7 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Friday, April 28 Creekview HS “She Loves Me” Musical 7 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Saturday, April 29 Creekview HS “She Loves Me” Musical 7 p.m. $10 adults; $8 students
Saturday, May 6 Cherokee HS “Leading Ladies” – A Comedy 7 p.m. $5
Sunday, May 7 Cherokee HS “Leading Ladies” – A Comedy 7 p.m. $5
Friday, June 2 Cherokee HS Academy Street Theatre Group: “Singin’ in the Rain” Musical 7 p.m. $5
Saturday, June 3 Cherokee HS Academy Street Theatre Group: “Singin’ in the Rain” Musical 7 p.m. $5