Let the Countdown To Opening Night Begin!

 Opening Night Gala & Dinner -  March 3, 2016 

5:00 pm - Meet the Cast
5:45 pm - Buffet Dinner followed by the Opening Night Show! 
Tickets $50, Patron $75.  Tables for 8 $400 & Patron for 8 $600

Gala tickets available here and the ticket includes
Dinner & Reserved Seating at the Opening Night of the show.
Special Guest Reuven Carlyle: State Senator & Ballard parent. 

Presented by the BHS Foundation in partnership with BHS Performing Arts
For additional information, contact Dick Lee or call 206-391-5555. 
Can't attend but  would like to support Performing Arts at Ballard?   Donate here
Tickets for ALL SHOWS are available NOW for the Musical - Children of Eden
Children of Eden will be playing March 3, 4, 5, 10,11 & 12 at 7:30 pm in the BHS Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Tickets available at  SHOWTIX4U.com 
Prices: $15 for Adults $10 for Staff, Senior Citizens, Students 18 and under

Children of Eden Synopsis
Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt production. From musical theatre genius Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, & Godspell) comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Children of Eden is a show about parenthood and the impossible idea that every child will eventually leave home and become a parent in their own time, a cycle that never ends: As Adam, Eve, Noah, and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children, the show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go."

The Northwest Regional Band Concert takes place at Ballard High School THIS Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 pm!  The Wind Ensemble and selected percussionists will be performing "Star Wars:  Episode 1, The Phantom Menace".  

This event will feature a combined band from several elementary schools, bands from Salmon Bay, Blaine, Whitman, McClure, and Hamilton middle schools and the Ballard Wind Ensemble.   The concert will begin at 7pm in the Main Gym at BHS and should conclude around 8:15pm. Call Time for the Wind Ensemble & Percussionists is 6:30pm.  The attire for the night is black tux pants or skirts and Band T-shirts.

Parents we need your help with the Bake Sale that night:  The Performing Arts Boosters will be having a bake sale.  We could use donations of juice boxes/pouches, fruit snacks, granola type bars and satsuma oranges for the younger students attending. Items may be sent in with your student Wed morning or when they arrive for the event. Contact:  Jill Hansen

The Elliott Bay Region Concert Band Festival  is  March 9th at Roosevelt High School
during the school day .  Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble & most percussionists will be attending.  We will leave at 9:30 to go to the event and will be leaving Roosevelt at 1:30 to return to BHS. Permission slips will be handed out this week. This is an adjudicated performance and is very exciting and informative to watch. Students will be wearing their concert attire.  A BIG thank you  to the parents who have offered to help out that day.  We really appreciate you! 

Wind Ensemble & Percussionists traveling to Vancouver BC in April 2016
Permission slips will be going home the week of March 7th, due back to the Band Room mailbox before March 25th. Please remember to have your students get their teachers signature for missing school on Friday April 8th. We will also be collecting passports or birth certificates. The ID should be put in the Band Room mailbox before March 25th 

All ID's will be kept in a binder that travels on the bus your student is assigned to. One chaperone will be in charge of each binder during the weekend. When we return to school on Sunday, students can collect their ID before they go home.

Thursday, February 25th EBMEA Orchestra Festival Orchestra students, please meet at 7:50 am on Thursday morning in the music room wearing your formal concert attire with your instrument packed and ready to load the bus. Remember to bring a lunch, as there are not walkable lunch options for this festival. We will return back to Ballard by the end of the school day.  Orchestra parents thank you to everyone who offered to help out at this event.   We couldn't do it without you!

The National Orchestra Festival is coming up fast on March 3rd!  The latest Itinerary is available  here.   Students are working hard to finalize their preparations for the National Orchestra Festival performance in just over a week! 

All NOF students and chaperones will meet at 6:30 am on Thursday, March 3rd at SeaTac (just inside the airport by the Alaska Airlines check in). Students should wear their Chamber Orchestra sweatshirts or Orchestra T-shirts.  Please note that signed permission slips are now past due. It is critical that the district have these forms in advance of the trip.

Check this out! Chamber Orchestra in the February Ballard Tribune!

Less than one month now until the Choir Trip to the Big Apple!

S ee the current  NYC Itinerary  which includes important information.  Permission slips are due back by Friday, February 26th. It is  critical the signed forms are returned as soon as possible to ensure the District has them in advance of the trip. 

Carnegie Hall tickets for the Chorale Convergence Celebration may be purchased directly from  carnegiehall.org   

KUDOS!  Kudos are a great way to acknowledge the hard work of each cast, crew, and Pit Orchestra member.  KUDOS will be available for purchase each night of the show.  You can s upport your student & the Drama & Music Departments at the same time!

It is not too late!  Please consider becoming a Sponsor. You can become a Donor for as little $25.00.  Select here for more information.Your name will be printed in the Children of Eden Program and will be distributed at all 6 shows . Thank you for considering  supporting the Ballard Performing Arts!

"Buy" A Theatre Seat Campaign "Buy" a seat in the Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place a plaque with your name on the arm. These funds will contribute significantly to the BHS Theatre. Download an order form  here.

Using Language  Improve pronunciation, articulation, diction, and expression
Sunday, February 28 @ 2:00 p.m. in Wallingford  Each participant should bring at least 1-2 fully prepared and memorized songs (with sheet music for the pianist). Dr. Mastrian will coach the student individually while also providing information that will benefit all of the singers in attendance. Everyone will receive a video recording of their performance and coaching session.  The fee is $50, which includes the masterclass instruction, pianist, and recording.  Additional info at  www.staceymastrian.com   
or this attached flyer. Contact DrMastrian@gmail.com with questions and to register. 

VIVACE!  It's time to  register !  Piano spots are filling up QUICKLY.  Experience an incredible week of chamber music and orchestra at Vivaci!  August 15 - 20, 2016 
Classes Include: Chamber Music Rehearsals, Orchestra/Large Ensemble Rehearsals, Choir, Performance Classes and Final Concerts. Held at Seattle Pacific University.
Register now at  www.vivacechamberplayers.com  to reserve your spot today!

The 5th Avenue Theatre is  working on  in partnership  with the Office of Arts and Culture to launch the pilot program of  the NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge !  Such an exciting opportunity!   The contest is for   all high school (grades 9-12) students in King County   and will focus on musical theater composition that includes both music and lyrics. See the flyer with additional info here.   Application -  Online application opens February 17 at  www.5thavenue.org/education/youth#nea-songwriting-challenge- or at  www.arts.gov/songwriting Deadline  11 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2016 (PST)

Illumination Learning Studio's Light-Up Broadway Presents Broadway Nights Jr.
We are kicking-off our first ever Musical Review for performing students who are ages 7-16.  Erin Wise who is our Performing Arts instructor at ILS, a graduate of Theater Arts from AMDA in New York and has directed and performed numerous productions with students of many ages.  Please see the  attached flyer for more information or email  theatrearts.wise@gmail.com or  www.illuminationlearningstudio.com

Summer Camp Volunteer/Leadership Opportunities at Illumination Learning Studio
The Studio offers a high-quality After School for ages K-5th grade with locations in Ballard and Greenwood.  Our program has a cultural arts concentration, providing students exposure to Interactive learning technologies, Music, Drama, Fine-Arts, Spanish and Yoga activities after school. Our staff are specialized early childhood educators and teachers.  We c urrently have  Summer Leadership Volunteer opportunities as co-leads in our exciting summer youth camps.  Interested middle and high school students should complete our  application  and return it to our registrar Ms. Ali at  ms.ali@illuminationlearningstudio.com  by March 31st, 2016 .  Informal interviews will take place in early April with decisions announced Mid-April followed by an orientation in May.  Summer Camp volunteers can choose from a flexible schedule, mornings or afternoons and choice of days or weeks between June 27th and Sept 2nd.  To learn more about our camps visit  www.ILSKids.com .   We also have 2016-2017 volunteer opportunities in our After School programs.  

Magnolia Chorale is offering two scholarships ($250) for students who would like to sing with us in our spring session. "Radio Hour" will feature pop songs from every decade from the 20s to the present. Participants will enjoy 2 free voice lessons from Evan Norberg, our assistant director.   Select here for additional information. 
Service Learning Opportunity! The Magnolia Chorale needs students to help with the door at their Concert on April 30 and May 1 for service hours credit. Contact Jean-Marie Kent at  jmkent18@gmail.com for additional information.

Disclaimer: We do not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in the Community News

Wed, 2/24
NW Regional Band Concert at BHS 7:00.  Call Time is 6:30. The attire is black tux pants or skirts and Band T-Shirts
Thu, 2/25
EBMEA Orchestra Festival during the school day at Cleveland High School
Thu, 3/3
Opening Night Gala: Children of Eden   Click here for Gala tickets
Thu, 3/3-3/5
Musical Children of Eden 7:30 in the PAC. Click here for Show tickets
Thu, 3/3-3/6
National Orchestra Festival in  Tampa Bay, Florida - Chamber Orchestra 
Tue, 3/8
BPA Booster Club General Meeting at 7:00.  Reno Trip Information & LA Trip
Wed, 3/9
Elliott Bay Region Concert Band Festival at Roosevelt during the school day
Thu, 3/10-12
Musical Children of Eden 7:30 in the PAC. Click  here  for Show tickets
Tue, 3/15-3/20
Concert Choir & Advanced Women's Chorale Trip to NYC - Carnegie Hall
Thu, 3/24
Elliott Bay Choir Festival at Ingraham during the school day
Tue, 3/29
Auditions for Student Directed One Acts
Sat, 4/2
New! Goodwill Truck at BHS for BPA Fundraiser from 10am-2pm
Sat, 4/2
57th Annual Performing Arts Spaghetti Dinner at 5:00 pm
Wed, 4/6
NW Region Choral Showcase at BHS. Choirs w/ Elementary & Middle Schools
Fri, 4/8-4/10
Wind Ensemble Trip to Vancouver B.C.
Fri, 4/8-4/11
Orchestra Tour to Los Angeles, CA

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BHS Performing Arts Booster Club is a 501(c)(3). Keep this in mind  as you  donate to the program and especially if  your  company  has a matching program.  For donations, include our EID #.  BPABC Contact: Nanette Magno