The 2012-2013 Phillips Preparatory Chorus will continue the tradition of fun and excellence in singing that has been evident for many years at PPS. Two groups of students make up the 7th & 8th grade PPS chorus: mixed chorus/drama class for both 7th & 8th grade boys and girls, and the 7th grade girls chorus/drama class.
In May 2012, over 75 students auditioned for the chorus/drama group for this school year. Students came to the auditions with a prepared acappella solo and readiness to do some simple pitch matching. Applications were completed, grades checked, and teacher recommendations received. It was obvious that all students had prepared for the auditions, thus illustrating the conscientious attitude Phillips students bring to all they do. After long and careful consideration, 24 girls were chosen for the 7th grade girls chorus/drama class, and 33 8th grade girls and boys were selected for the mixed chorus/drama class, making a grand total of 57 SINGERS! Way to go, PPS students!
The PPS tradition has been that each year several school programs and big winter and spring shows are devoted to the performing arts. This year will be no different. The chorus will be singing for our annual Parenting Day program on October 22 and for our Veterans' Day Recognition programs on November 9. The PPS Chorus and Advanced Band will present a joint concert for students and faculty on December 5. Chorus will also present a joint concert with the Davidson High School choruses at DHS on the evening of December 13. And our spring chorus show will be on April 16 & 17, 2013. In addition, the drama players will be working on a winter production of one-act plays for February 22, 2013 and a comedy show, "Live from Mobile...", for late spring. In addition, the drama players are working on units about characterization and comedic technique, as well as participating in classroom acting scenes, improvisations, and props creation.
WHY IS MUSIC IMPORTANT?
In thinking about the importance of music in the lives of young people, we want to share with you excerpts from a March 3, 2005 press release from WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. House of Representatives, acting on the recommendation of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, expressed unanimous support for the value of school-based music education when it passed a Concurrent Resolution Tuesday that says music instruction “is an important component of a well-rounded academic curriculum…. Research has consistently shown the wide-ranging value of music education to the full academic and social performance of young people. Specifically, studies show, that early music training has a profound influence on children’s ability to think critically and to reason. From reading scores to math performance to the ability and willingness to fend off use of illegal substances, music education, as well as participation in music-making programs, has proven to be central to a successful academic experience.
Local budget cuts are depriving approximately 30 million students of an education that includes music. It is not only at the local level that is forcing schools to abandon music education, but the lack of federal funding as well.
Our Spring Show, The Wonderful World of Disney
will be on
Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
April 16 will be our public show for family and friends
at 7:00 PM in the gym.
April 17 will be our school shows for students and faculty
at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
Tickets for the public performance on April 16 will be $5.00. Sales will begin in late March.
Reserved seating may be purchased in advance.
General seating will be available at the door on the night of performance.
HOW CAN YOU HELP US FULFILL OUR DREAMS?
Sponsorship Opportunities for FRIENDS
Phillips Preparatory Choral and Dramatic Arts Program
Unfortunately, lack of funding is always an issue classes in the arts face. Our chorus/drama program is no different. Music and scripts are costly and copying them on a copying machine is unethical, not to mention illegal; just one of these items may run anywhere from $1.00 to $10.00 per student! In addition, we are constantly striving to improve our sound system, and would like to begin work on a lighting system for our stage. Costumes and props are also needed.
After consideration of various ways to "raise money" for these purchases, we felt that rather than trying to sell something to you (thus competing with sales of other groups), we would just come right out and "tell it like it is" and ask for your help as a CHORUS/DRAMA SPONSOR. Music and performing are so important to us, and we want our program to be the best it can be. With your help, we will be on our way to that goal!
In the FORMS section of this webpage is a sponsorship letter of request and an outline of suggested levels of giving. We will post the names of our sponsors in our classroom, in the hallway outside our room, on our webpage and in the news section of our school’s website, and in our printed programs for the events in which we participate. Sponsors receive invitations to all performances during the year and a specified number of tickets (per giving level) for all performances for which tickets are required. And preferred seating will be made available, when possible. We hope that you will thoughtfully consider supporting us in our endeavors this year, knowing that we will be grateful to you for your gift. We would love to hear from you!
THESE ARE OUR SPONSORS!
Phillips Preparatory School
Choral and Dramatic Arts
SPONSORS for 2012-2013
We are most grateful for the support of our
Sponsors, Families, Friends, Teachers,
& PPS Administrators!
And we thank them very much for all they do for us!
Level I - $10 Thank you!
Level I½ - $20 Thank you so much!
- Gwendolyn Preston (in honor of George Preston)
Level II - $25 THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
- Chris and Allyson Blankenship (in honor of Anna Kate Blankenship)
- Brett and April Burleson (in honor of AnnaKate Burleson)
- Pat DeHart (in honor of Lauren DeHart)
- Linda Goodson
- Cary and Darlene Phillips (in honor of Emily Phillips)
- Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wilkerson (in honor of Honesty Holloway-Wilkerson)
Level III - $50 You are an ANGEL! We appreciate your gift!
- Nancy Alexander (in honor of Avery Alexander
- Ralph and Harriette Evans, Sr. (in honor of Hannah Evans)
- The Fusaiotti Family
- Sara and Nelson Russell (in honor of Avery Alexander)
- Cathy Zevac (in memory of Tammy Henley, former chorus and social studies teacher at PPS)
Level V - $100 YOU ARE AMAZING! Truly, we couldn’t do without friends like you!
Level VI - $250 YOU ARE THE BEST! We can't believe it! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
- Ross and Michelle Dickens (in memory of Olive Long Kellum, former music teacher and minister, and mother of Mrs. Sheets)
Level VII - $350 WOW! WOW! WOW! We are stunned! We are thrilled! We can't say "THANK YOU" enough! You deserve a SUPER-DUPER SPECIAL crown!
- Manning's Food for Less, with 9 locations in Mobile County - www.foodforlessmobile.com (in honor of Annabeth Walters)
- Wemo's Wings - www.wemoswings.com - 312B Schillinger Road, S, Mobile 36608 (in honor of Annabeth Walters)