A year in review: Sneak peek into 2016-17 performing arts

By Analise Book

Anticipating the end of the year leads to thoughts of what is to come in the 2016-17 school year.

“One cool thing we’re going to do is the student-produced shows [next year]. We have two students who are going to direct a couple of one-act shows, so that’s exciting. We are doing a little less of a season. We’re only going to do four produced shows so that we can focus on each of those shows and kind of develop them a little further with the designs, with the management, and with the building of the shows,” said technical theatre director Patrick Jump.

Theatre director Robbie Steiner further discussed the choices for the 2016-17 season.

“I feel like we did a really great job of creating a diverse season. It doesn’t hinge on a particular type of talent or a particular type of show, they’re all quite different they will challenge our students in the right ways. Big Fish is great for families, Nice Work if You Can Get It is just pure fun, nothing to take seriously. My Fair Lady appeals to people who really like the older, more classic musicals and Elephant Man is great, just a really moving story. Then the One Act Festival will be another opportunity for the students to do some student produced work. I think it has just got a good balance to it,” he said.

Orchestra director Doug Elmore also has exciting plans in the work for next year.

“We’re already looking into plans for next year, a guest artist concert, our pops concert is going to be a theme that I’m not prepared to announce yet, but it should be very exciting. Absolutely something to look forward to,” said Elmore.

He also added that the orchestra had events planned for this summer.

We’re going to play in Carnegie Hall in June. The orchestra is playing a concert in Carnegie Hall on June 13 which is a first ever for Floyd Central’s orchestra and we’re excited about that.”

While some teachers are preparing for next season, others are waiting to finish out this year to decide their plans for the future.

“The regular concerts will be the same, but in terms of the extra things we do, those develop over the summer,” said choral director Angela Hampton.

Although Hampton does not have a clear idea of what they are adding next year, she does hope to bring back some elements left out of their season this year.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to put Popappella back into the program. We couldn’t do that this year because I was out, but that is the plan for next year.”

While ideas vary between the teachers, they hope to have a cohesive year and are looking forward to the 2016-17 school year. To read about the accomplishments gained by the performing arts during this school year, pick up the May 13 issue of The Bagpiper.

To take a look at a preview video for the theatre season click the link below:





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