AHS THEATRE STATE Results: 2016 Oregon State Thespian Festival
in Salem, Oregon March 30—April 2
RADIUM GIRLS, showcase select, opened the Festival. In preparation, we had just 3 hours on Thurs. afternoon to make it all happen. While the actors were competing in their state acting competition, 24 techies led by Chris Jossy and tech directorsDave Pedersen and Bart Grady moved and assembled the set, props and costumes from the truck, focused lights, checked sound levels, set up the projector for the 200 slides, and prepared costume and makeup stations. Finally when the actors and designers came back from competition, we had time to do only the most complicated cues. However, the actors and tech felt it was their best show ever. The audience was overwhelmingly responsive and appreciative.
Honor Troupe Award for Ashland Troupe 4630 for outstanding troupe work in production, community service and outreach.Christine Impara, President and the officers, Jonathan Connolly, Ceili Widmann, Tessa Buckley, and Emma Durbin received the award. (7th year)
Julia Laurenson, President of Project Up, showcased for 1500: Spotlight Troupe Project: Julia explained the unique Theatre Club PROJECT UP on Mondays for special needs students along with drama club members who want to experience more of the friendship and fun of theatre games, musical theatre dance and improvisation with AHS Thespians. Kyle Storie filmed and edited the five minute video that brought tears to many in the house.
Tech Challenge: 3rd Place 16 techies competed on two teams to do a ground plan, focus a light, coil cords, sew a button and create a sound cue. Efficiency—timing and accuracy wins. "TECH, YEAH" Team of Nellie Strong, Emma Durbin, Chris Jossy, Michael Burt, Ceili Widmann, Mckenzie Williams and Cloe Sutherland.
Acting Showcase: These students were chosen to perform their winning pieces on the final day in the Showcase for all 1500 Thespians:
Preston Mead and
"Sue Me" from Guys and Dolls
MUSICAL DUO ACTING-SHOWCASE
"Just a little Bit"
from Crazy Like Me SOLO ACTING--SHOWCASE
2 contrasting monologues Drowsy Chaperone and Unicorn in the Stars
SOLO Acting --SHOWCASE
2 contrasting monologues Den of Thieves and St. Joan by George Bernard Shaw
2 contrasting monologues Assassins and Laughing Wild
2 contrasting monologues Chicago and Cowboy Mouth
Oregon State Finalist
wrote, directed and produced her original one –act play
Actors: Zoe Lishinsky, Rain Haywood, Isaiah Brown, McKenzie Williams, Nicky Clary, Tessa Buckley, Chris Jossy
Technical Design Awards
COSTUME DESIGN of Cinderella the Musical
SET DESIGN of Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley
MAKEUP DESIGN of the play version of Lord of the Rings
MAKEUP DESIGN of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ceili Widmann won the $1500.00 Melba Day Sparks Scholarship Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts
(NOT OUR AWARD—but we are just proud of our local Ashland school-business partner:
Joan Langley and her OSF Education Department were awarded the Michael Hibbert Award for their generous service to Oregon students in learning about the power of theatre through school visits, school tours, guest lectures, special student projects and more. )
Special thanks to Russ Chapman, Truck driver; Ben Cobb in video/sound; Emily Ehrlich Inget, costume designer; Paul James Martin, props rental, Candice Chapman and Doug Ham as chaperones and any OSF artist who encouraged and mentored these students. We are so grateful.
Mark Your Calendars!
Ashland High Arts Advocates Winter Fine Arts Festival
Thursday, December 15 2016, 5:30-9:00, Mountain Avenue
Theater and Commons - Ashland High School
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Ashland High School Theatre, now in its 22nd year in school- business partnership with OSF, proudly presents the powerful drama, written by D.W. Gregory and directed by Betsy Bishop. This compelling production will play Thursdays –Saturday, November 5-15. at 7:30 p.m. with two Sunday matinees on Sunday, November 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. There’s also a special $7.00 preview on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. read more >>
State Results from 2015 Oregon Thespian Festival
Ashland HS Theatre actors and technicians won 26 awards at the Oregon State Thespian Festival in Salem,
Best of the Best
Sam Scharf and 10 students attended the Best of the Best art show in Medford. This all day event sponsored by SOU included outstanding young artists from all over the Rogue valley. Students participated in all day workshops and seminars. The day culminated in a show of all the student art work at the Rogue Gallery. A great turnout attended this incredible show. The opening was from 4-7pm on April 17th and the show will be up until May 1st
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NEW - Ashland March Student Exhibition - 1st Friday - March 6th
Hosted by the Ashland Gallery Association, participating galleries around Ashland will host high school art students during the First Fridat Art Walk
NEW - AHS Actors Shine in Regional CompetitionOn Saturday, February 7, 30 Ashland High School actors competed in the Oregon Thespian Southern Regional Acting Competition
March 6th Student First Friday Art Walk.
Ashland Gallery Association teams up with AHS for an annual First Friday art walk at many Ashland Galleries and businesses. Students get an opportunity to show their work in a real gallery setting.
March 17 – Orchestra Concert, AHS Theater, 7pm
April 17th Best of the Best Art Show
at Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Medford Oregon. Ten students from AHS will be chosen to represent our school at an amazing day of workshops at Best of the Best put on by SOU. All Rogue Valley high schools are represented and students have a day of art demos and works shops. A reception follows with awards given. Show will be up at Rogue Gallery till May 1st.
March 18 – Southern Oregon Music Educators Association Orchestra Festival
May 21 – Orchestra Spectacular, Ashland Orchestras, grades 5-12, time and location TBA
The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon
2015 Music Series
2014: National Arts Honor society
Inducts AHS students
Isabel Enns (Graduated Senior)
Nahani Lukes (Graduated Senior)
Rhi Ahimsa (Graduated Senior)
Check out these AHS students who qualified for Oregon State Championship at the District Solo and Ensemble Festivals and went on to compete at Lewis and Clark, Portland, in April 2014
Jonathan Curty-Orchestral Snare,
Riley Richmond-Low Sax - 3rd Place