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End of Semester Fine and Performing Arts Events


Come celebrate all the learning that has taken place this semester in  Fine and Performing Arts! Students excited to share their artistic endeavours with an audience. All events are free entry and free seating for performances.

  • All Choir’s Concert (ES ISM Sings, MS Choir classes, HS Choir classes): November 22nd @ 5:30pm in the FAT
  • Opening to the MS Art Show (all MS Arts classes): 3pm on November 27th in the FAT Lobby (the exhibition then hangs until December 11th)
  • All Strings’ Concert: November 27th @5:30pm in the FAT (All MS and HS Strings classes)
  • All Bands’ Concert (All MS and HS Band classes): November 29th @5:30PM in the FAT
  • ES/ MS/ HS Dance Recital (All AFAC classes as well as curriculum classes from MS and HS): December 9th @3pm

Fine & Performing Arts Calendar 2015-16


Welcome back to another exciting year for the Arts at ISM. Having been inspired by various experiences over summer, teachers are back from the break and are now keen to see our talented students breath life into their ideas. The link below is a list of the major events the Fine Arts Office  supports throughout the year. (In addition, we support many curriculum-derived events and details of these will come throughout the year from the organising teachers.)

Fine & Performing Arts Events 2015-16

 

Fine and Performing Arts Events 2014/15


Welcome back! Here is a list of the Fine and Performing Arts events for the year. Make this the year you try something new! The first big events for HS are auditions for the HS Play and in MS the afterschool program includes a a One Act Play Festival. For more information, come and see me, Mrs. Hillman, at the Fine Arts Office.

Fine Arts Events 2014/15

K-12 Dance Recital: Dancing in the street!


This Saturday at 3 pm there will be dancing in the street!  Broadway that is!  The theme of this year’s spring K-12 Dance recital is Dancing on Broadway and all of the numbers are choreographed to songs from famous Broadway Musicals.   some of the numbers include:

It’s A Hard Knock Life from Annie

Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats from Cats

Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray

You’re the One That I Want from Grease

Do, Re, Mi from The Sound of Music

 

and much, much more.

Please join us on Saturday, May 12 at 3 pm in the FAT to watch the range of incredible performances from  our tiniest tappers and ballerinas  all the way up through MS Jazz to our HS Dance Classes.

Admission is free.  Doors open at 2:30.  Show will start promptly at 3 pm.  We hope to see you there.

 

 

CMT Gets its OWN BLOG!

The playwrights, musicians, cast and crew of this year’s Children’s Musical Theater ensemble are hard at work every Wednesday after school.  With the help of Ms. Marnie, they have created a blog HERE to share their creative process and give others an idea of how a play is developed from an idea to a fully realised production.  Please stop by and give them some feedback on their work.

Here are some photos from last year’s show The Giant’s Lullaby to remind you of the incredible levesl of creativity that can come from a group of talented 4th graders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K-12 Dancers Celebrate Music Icons


Last Saturday afternoon, ISM’s dancers performed to a full house of dance fans.  The AFAC and HS dance classes all performed dances choreographed to songs they selected from musicians they considered to be Musical Icons.  All dancers from our grades 1 through 12 thrilled the audience with ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary numbers.  If you attended the recital, please watch the slide show below to re-visit some of your favourite moments.  If you were not able to attend the recital, watch the slide show below to see what you missed!  🙂   Photos courtesy of Eugene Perez.

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Photos can also be viewed on our ISM Flickr Account by following this LINK

Don’t miss our HS Concert on Wednesday, November 16 when all of our HS Music students celebrate The Legends of Jazz.  5:30 pm in the FAT.  Free admission.  Free seating – so arrive early.

Children’s Musical Theatre starting up.

ES Music teacher and Program Leader, Ms. Marnie Hurst has been working with her ES Writers’ workshop to come up with a script for this year’s Children’s Musical Theatre production (February 9 in the FAT).  The production is primarily for 4th grade students.  Please read on to find out about the play, auditions and rehearsal process.

Dear CMT Parents:

Auditions/crew placements  for CMT begin on Wednesday, November 2nd.  The theme (and possible title) of our show is “Better Together”.   (You can also find all information on my blog). Just to clarify, there is a place for ALL kids who have signed up for Children’s Musical Theater!  The audition process is just a way to determine which part each child will play in our production.  And although it’s not possible to have 30 main characters, NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY.   I am hoping that every child will understand that this is a group endeavor and that every single role — whether offstage or on, big or small — is just as important as the next.

IMPORTANT REHEARSAL INFORMATION: Not all students will be needed at all rehearsals.  We will have days when we work with just one or two groups.  Once the audition process is complete I will send out a full list of rehearsals and which groups need to be at each one.

I am hoping to get as much of the auditioning done on Nov. 2nd as possible, but we may have to continue on the 9th.  I will send you an email after the initial audition to let you know the status.  Auditions and most rehearsals will take place in the FAT.

Regarding casting: if we have too many kids in one area and not enough in another then we may need to do a little shifting, so please send me your child’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of roles (support and/or performance) by this Friday, October 21st.

Please share the following information with your child:

Performance and Production roles:

  • If you would like to be part of the support team – backstage help, set and prop design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, program design or publicity, you do not need to audition, but please still come on November 2nd so we can discuss your duties.
  • If you would like to be my Assistant Director please send me an email.  I will discuss this role with anyone that is interested!
  • The members of Writer’s Workshop have been working hard to create our script and they have come up with a truly wonderful story!  As we go through the rehearsal process we will add to our script, write the narration and make changes wherever we see the need.  I am looking for a Script Supervisor – a creative writer, independent worker and confident typist.  You will be asked to assist me in the writing process and part of your job will be to type our changes onto a laptop at each rehearsal.
  • If you would like to be a performer – a singer, dancer, actor, musician narrator, puppeteer or any combination of these, then you will need to audition on November 2nd.  Please prepare according to the following guidelines:

Audition Guidelines

  • Actors/Singers/Dancers:  Everyone auditioning for a part in the play will do some type of role playing audition.  Please look at the cast list and think about which character(s) you would like to try.  Make up some ideas for these characters – how you would speak, walk, behave.  I will give you some role play activities on audition day and if you have thought a bit about the characters in advance, this will help!  This play will be mostly non-verbal, so I will be looking for really powerful expression in your face and body.  The audience will need to see what you are trying to express with your movements.  There may be some spoken parts and if you are interested in this I will also be looking for good expression and projection in your voice.
  • Most parts require at least a little singing. If singing isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we will find a part for you that doesn’t require much singing.  However, if you like to sing, please practice the “Sharing Song” (it is on my blog – we are singing it on Friday at the whole school assembly so you should all know it pretty well).  All kids who wish to be considered for a singing part, either for the chorus or for a main role, will sing this song together.  The kids who wish to be considered for a larger role should also choose a song that you like to sing – if you can find something that goes with our theme than that would be great!  Please practice your song and be ready to sing one minute for the audition.  I will be looking for good projection (using clear, strong voice), good annunciation of words (so we can understand everything you are singing), good expression – both vocal and facial/body.
  • Most parts require at least a little dancing/creative movement.  If dancing isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we will find a part for you that doesn’t require much dance.  However, if you really like to dance, please make up a short routine to a song you like – one minute maximum.  Any style of dance is welcomed.  If you would rather not dance alone for the audition, that’s ok.  I will teach a short routine to all kids who want to dance and then you can audition together.  I will be looking for lots of energy and confidence.
  • Musicians: If you play an instrument and want to audition for the “orchestra”, please bring your instrument in on Nov. 2nd and be prepared to play for one minute – anything you want.  There will be a piano in the theater if you need it.  If you don’t have an instrument but would like to be part of the musician group (playing on instruments we use in music class – drums, xylophones, hand percussion, etc), please just come.  I will have some instruments on hand and will give you audition instructions.  I will be looking for good rhythm and ability to keep a steady beat.  If you are playing a pitched instrument I will also be looking for good tone quality.   In all musicians I will be looking for the ability to listen and work well with other musicians and to contribute creative ideas.  We will attempt to compose one or more original songs, so I am looking for songwriters.  We may also have some electronic music in this show so if you have any Garageband music you have created please send it to me as your audition.  Otherwise, if you like to work on the computer and think that you would like to try making electronic music, just let me know.
  • Narrator: Please bring a story (can be a storybook or something you have written yourself) and be prepared to read for one minute.  I will be looking for good projection of voice, good annunciation (meaning that we can hear and understand all the words you say), good expression and not reading too fast.
  • Puppeteers: If you have any experience in puppetry, especially shadow puppets, then please let me know!!!  Otherwise, if this is something that sounds interesting to you please look it up online or find a book – do a little research over the break.  We will learn together!!

Ms. Marnie Hurst