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Harper Directs Finale Concert Dec. 11

Pittsburg Youth Chorale
FINALE CONCERT

Tuesday, December 11th
6PM
Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center

 

Pittsburg Youth Chorale is under the direction of MJ Harper, composed of 4th-6th grade musicians from Southeast Kansas. The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire. Participants perform at community events. If you would like us to perform for your event, please contact:

MJ Harper at mjharper@usd234.org or 620-719-6633.

A Modern Twist on a Familiar Christmas Tale at FSHS

The Fort Scott High School Thespians present their holiday children’s theatre production of “A 21st Century Christmas Carol” by Lori M. Myers.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Fort Scott High School Auditorium. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time and seating is limited.

“A 21st Century Christmas Carol” is a new twist on a familiar tale. “Eleanor Scrooge, a greedy old spinster, spends her days barking orders at her gift shop employees.  Though the mall will be closed, she still wants them to work on Christmas Day!  Then she’s visited by the ghost of her old boss, Mr. Marley, and a parade of zany spirits who materialize from cheesy collectible figurines.  … With great humor, contemporary references, and crazy characters, … audiences will fall in love with the classic story all over again,” according to Pioneer Drama Service.

 

Characters in the production are played by area children in 1st-8th grades. Regen Wells, a 7th-grade student at Fort Scott Middle School, plays the lead character of Eleanor. Eighth graders Anna Laubenstein, Kinsley Davis and Kaitlyn Leavell play the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. All are also members of the FSMS Drama Club which meets weekly at the Middle School.

 

The play is directed by FSHS senior Karina Kantilal and sophomore Ashanti Green. Music is led by freshman Christina Ramirez and sophomore Noah Martin with choreography from junior Mesa Jones and sophomore Avery Dorsey. About thirty other high school students are assisting with the direction and design of the show as a fundraiser for the State and International Thespian Festivals under the supervision of Thespian Director Angie Bin.

 

Tickets for “A 21st Century Christmas Carol” are $5 and available at the FSHS Office, 1005 S. Main; Common Ground, 116 S. Main; and at the door.

 

Pittsburg Youth Chorale Spring Enrollment Open

 

Area singers in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade are invited to join Pittsburg Youth Chorale through Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center. Participants do not need to be enrolled in USD 250 to belong to this ensemble.

Pittsburg Youth Chorale is under the direction of MJ Harper, Music Teacher at Eugene Ware Elementary in Fort Scott, KS. The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire. Participants will have the opportunity to perform at community events as well as on the Memorial stage.

Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 5PM-6PM at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, Pittsburg, KS. Rehearsals begin January 8th. There is a fee of $60 per session (Jan 8-May 7). To enroll, visit Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center between 8:30AM and 4:30PM, or call 620-231-7827, deadline January 8th.

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Contact: MJ Harper, 620-719-6633, mjharper@usd234.org

Classic Christmas at FSHS Dec. 16

The Fort Scott High School Select Ensemble will be having a special Christmas concert fundraiser on Sunday, December 16 at 3 PM called “Classic Christmas.”

It will feature the Select Ensemble, solos, small groups, and a live band!

The event will be held in FSHS auditorium.

Refreshments will be served following the program.

Tickets will be available from individual students, as well as at the high school office. All ticket money will go back to the Select Ensemble for outfits, music, clinicians, and travel. This event will serve as our main fundraiser of the year.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $10, Children 18 and under $5.

 

Submitted by Meredith Reid.

FSCC Math Relays: Thomas Jefferson Is First Place

Third place is Girard High School.
College Heights Christian School is second place.
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is first place.

The Fort Scott Community College Math Day for area high school students was Nov. 16.

Submitted were the top schools photos.

 

Pittsburg Youth Chorale Performs Nov. 26

Pittsburg Youth Chorale perform the pre-parade prelude

Pittsburg Youth Chorale will perform a pre-Christmas parade prelude at Signet Coffee Roasters, 109 N. Broadway, on Monday, November 26 beginning at 6 PM.

This vocal ensemble, directed by Fort Scott Music Teacher MJ Harper, is comprised of area singers in 4th-6th grade that meet once a month at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center.

The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire.

Warm your heart and your body with some holiday cheer before the parade begins!

Submitted by  Mary Jo Harper

USD 234 Dismisses Early Because of Winter Storm

USD 234 will dismiss early today.

All schools will follow the early release schedule.

There will be no after-school child care and no afternoon preschool.

All evening activities will be canceled.
Winfield Scott Elementary School will dismiss at 1:06 pm.

Eugene Ware Elementary School will dismiss at  1:01 pm.

Fort Scott Middle School will dismiss at  1:11 pm.

Fort Scott High School will dismiss at  1:11

pm.

WBE Students In Stacking Competition

5th Grader Shaiden Kober building a Jumbo Cup Tower.

West Bourbon students and staff, 262 total, participated in the 2018 Stack Up Event on Thursday, November 8.

The event is held each year to try and break the Guinness World Record of MOST PEOPLE SPORT STACKING AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS ON ONE DAY.

Second graders Brayden Russell and Owen Brown are competing in BattleStack.

The number to beat this year is 622, 809 as of Sunday evening.

513, 706 stackers have been verified from around the world.

Second Grade students Braelyn Marlow (kneeling) and MaKinlee Bloesser (standing) are concentrating building their cup towers.

It usually takes about a week to get all information verified. WBE students enjoyed a variety of stacking activities during their PE time….BattleStack, building cup towers and stacking at the timing mats to name a few.

A good time was had by ALL.

Stackers at West Bourbon Elementary School. 3rd grader Allis DeMott is having fun at the timing mat.

Submitted by Jackie Hall

 

Eugene Ware Youth Choir In Veteran’s Parade

Eugene Ware Youth Choir will perform this Saturday, serenading while strolling at the Veterans Day Parade starting at 5 p.m. down Main Street.

“This ensemble is made up of 4th and 5th-grade ladies and gentlemen that rehearse once a week after school,” Mary Jo Harper, Eugene Ware Youth Choir Director said.

“We will also be performing a Veterans Day Assembly at 9 AM at t Monday at the Eugene Ware Auditorium.”

FSHS Children’s Christmas Play Audition Nov. 13-14

FSHS Thespians Announce Annual Children’s Christmas Play Auditions

The Fort Scott High School Thespians will hold auditions for “A 21st Century Christmas Carol” for children in 1st through 8th grades.

Auditions are from 6:30-8 p.m. on Nov. 13 or 14 in the high school auditorium. Performers only need to attend one of the sessions and no preparation is necessary, although children should come prepared with a list of any rehearsal conflicts. Rehearsals are generally Monday through Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15. Auditions will consist of warm-up theatre games and cold readings from the script.

“A 21st Century Christmas Carol” is a new twist on a familiar tale. “Eleanor Scrooge, a greedy old spinster, spends her days barking orders at her gift shop employees.  Though the mall will be closed, she still wants them to work on Christmas Day!  Then she’s visited by the ghost of her old boss, Mr. Marley, and a parade of zany spirits who materialize from cheesy collectible figurines.  … With great humor, contemporary references, and crazy characters, … audiences will fall in love with the classic story all over again,” according to Pioneer Drama Service. Previews of the script can be found on the Pioneer Drama Service website.

 

Performers who are cast in the play will have a $30 performance fee to assist with expenses. The show is directed by FSHS Thespians and Thespian Director Angie Bin. For more information, contact Bin at 620-719-9622 or abin@usd234.org.

 

“Bright Star” Showcases FSHS Talent

Fort Scott is the home of many talents and some of that talent is showcased in the Fort Scott High School production of Bright Star.

Bright Star is a musical play performed by  Fort Scott High School students. There will be four performances: tonight, Nov. 6 and Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and  Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 and 7 p.m.

“Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s.

Noah Martin performs as Billy Cane.

“When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.

A transforming moment of the lives of Alice, Billy and Daddy Cane.

“Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful,” says publisher Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Mesa Jones and Levi Bin are lovers in this scene as Alice Murphy and Jimmy Ray Dobbs.

Adult admission is $7, children-$5 and can be purchased at the high school office, 1005 S. Main or at Common Grounds, 116 S. Main.

Doors open 30 minutes before the showtime.

Local musicians directed by FSHS Choral Director Meredith Reid accompany the play. The dancers are choreographed by Delynn Abati, assistant to the FSHS Dance Team.

The singing and dancing carry an intense plot line of two Southern love stories across the time frame of 1926-46.

Margo (Morgan Rohr) and Billy (Noah Martin) share feelings for each other.

The cast is as follows:

Mesa Jones is Alice Murphy, Noah Martin is Billy Cane, Caleb Watkins is Daddy Cane, Morgan Rohr is Margo, Gabrield Graham is Max, Madi Toth is Florence, Brooklyn Lyons is Edna.

Elijah Self is Daryl, Addy Labbe is Lucy, Mary Gladbach is Mama Murphy, Sage Hill is Daddy Murphy, Dominic Cannon is Mayor Dobbs, Levi Bin is Jimmy Ray Dobbs.

Lucy (Addy Labbe) flirts with Billy (Noah Martin).

Brian Stumfoll is Stanford, Mackenzie Peoples is Dr. Norquist, Carlee Studyvin is the government clerk, Kaitlyn Hanks is the well-dressed woman.

Tina Ramirez, Avery Dorsey, and Julia Allen are in the spirit ensemble.

In the singing/dancing ensemble are Brya Peterson, Taylor Jones, Zaria Byrd, Kathelra Murray, Karina Kantilal, Tacy Holston, Jenna Stockstill.

Other performers are Landon Doherty, Khris Patel, Shawn Barrager, Alexis Williams, Breena Cox, Jada Bailey, Wendy Monahan, Olivia Wilterding.

The following are scenes from the play.