Beauty on display, behind the scenes

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

by TOM HOSFORD Assistant Principal, Rockford High School Rockford community members were treated to magical performances during the week of March 23, 2009, as Rockford High School (RHS) presented the musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This enchanted fairy tale came to life in front of five sold-out shows in the RHS Auditorium. If you were one of the lucky audience members to find a ticket, you experienced an extraordinary production and spot-on performances. From the professional costumes and set to the incredible singing, acting and engaging music, this year’s musical was first-class from start to finish! To take on an intricate production like this is extremely overwhelming and could not have been done without the help of talented and generous people. Because of the efforts of many, the behind-the-scenes performance was just as magical as the one on stage. Even the truck driver who delivered the set was impressed with the organization and declared RHS a special place as “this type of cooperation doesn’t happen everywhere.” Following is a list of all the groups that successfully worked collaboratively and cooperatively on this production:             production team, led by Dave Duiven and Brian Phillips of the RHS music department, and Gayla Fox and Andy Riley, technical directors, RHS Auditorium             Choir Boosters Executive Board             student production crew             Beauty and the Beast cast members             pit orchestra             112 patron donations             24 corporate fundraisers, underwriters and sponsors             hundreds of parent and community member volunteer hours before and after the performance for set-up and take-down When the last rose petal had dropped (so to speak), there were nearly 400 individuals that gave time, energy and financial assistance to this performance! As a Rockford Public Schools employee, I am continually amazed at the amount of support the Rockford community gives our district. This production is a great example of that generosity. I am incredibly proud to work in a community that supports our numerous curricular and co-curricular programs and in a school district that offers diverse opportunities to students. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful accomplishments this positive partnership between community and school district will create for many years to come. Congratulations to everyone who was involved with the musical. It was […]

Rockford High School Presents Beauty and the Beast

March 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford High School is presenting the musical, Beauty and the Beast on March 26, 27, and 28, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m. in the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium. The caliber of the musicals has continued to climb with each year topping the year before. “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed with all the music, dance, and professionalism required to exceed even the toughest critics’ expectations. Not only will you see the best in high school talent, but you will see them on stage with the same sets as used in one of the Broadway productions. Every detail is created to take you from the real world to a place that only Disney could imagine. Mr. Duiven and his crew are working hard to make this the ”s history. There is a cast of 83 not including countless stage crew, pit band members, and numerous volunteers. Leads include Dani McDonald as the beautiful Belle, Brett Johnson as the proud Beast, Brett Wiesenauer plays Belle’s Father, Maurice, the handsome, but not too bright, Gaston, is played by Jordon Bornand, and of course, his faithful companion, LeFou, played by Josiah Grimm. This production is the perfect place to bring your family to escape from the cold, late winter air into a place where magic and dreams come true. Tickets for the musical are $10 per person for reserved seats. Ticket sales began March 2, 2009. Weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the RHS box office. For more information please call 863-6031, ext. 7087 or Escape with your family to an enchanted place where luminaries dance and tea pots sing!

Another Beauty and the Beast Related Event

March 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School Fine Arts Department is presenting a unique and exciting addition to its musical “Beauty and the Beast.” All ladies and gentlemen from the ages of 3 to 12 are invited to “Tea with Belle & Friends”. On March 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the RHS cafeteria, your child can meet the characters from this wonderful Disney musical. There will be games and crafts where your child will make a magic mirror or frame and a rose they can take home to remember their time in make-believe. Bring your own camera and take all the pictures you would like! Refreshments will include desserts, punch, and of course Mrs. Pott’s famous tea! Tickets are $10.00 per child for the first two siblings and $5.00 for each one after the first two. Accompanying adult is free. For tickets visit Print the form and mail as directed. Tickets to the “Tea” do not include or guarantee tickets to the musical. Tickets must be ordered by March 17, 2009. Escape with your family into a world of music, magic, and dreams!

Musical Opportunities Abound Thanks to RAAC

January 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

Band – Rockford area community ensembles have resumed rehearsals in preparation for upcoming concerts. The Concert Band under the direction of Calvin College professor Tiffany Engle, is scheduled to present varied performances this season. In addition to its annual spring concert, the band will also participate in the Forest Hills Community Band Festival and Rockford’s own Start of Summer Celebration. The Rockford Community Concert Band rehearses weekly on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the band room of North Rockford Middle School. Membership is open to musicians who have previous experience on any band instrument (a minimum of high school playing level is recommended). If you are interested in joining the concert band contact Tiffany at Orchestra – The Rockford Chamber Orchestra meets on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the choir room at North Rockford Middle school. Violin, viola, cello and bass players are welcome to come join them. Members come from all walks of life and represent many generations. All kinds of music is played and they join sometimes with the band to create a symphony orchestra option at each concert. Char Lothian, of Greenville and a former orchestra teacher in that school district is the talented conductor. She also is a talented cellist. If interested call Char at 616-754-6602. Rehearsals begin on Monday, February 2. Choir – For those of you who love to vocalize, our Community Choir has started rehearsals on Thursdays at North Rockford Middle School in the choir room from 7 to 9 p.m. All ages and abilities are invited to join the choir. Kayle Clements, talented jazz musician, plus composer of choral music, is the conductor. Clements commented, “Our focus is not only on learning and performing music but also on having enjoyable rehearsals – and building friendships” All these groups plus many other activities are sponsored by the Rockford Area Arts Commission.