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Rebecca Fischer and Richele Masin were selected to participate in the Nebraska All State Choir November 16 – 18th in conjunction with the Nebraska Music Educators Convention, which Ord High School director, Mindy Smith, attended. This prestigious Choir was chosen from students across the state of Nebraska and was 420 members strong. All State Choir and Band members were chosen from over 3,000 auditions. Rehearsals began Wednesday night and culminated with a concert in the Lied Center, on the UNL campus, on Friday afternoon.
The director and clinician, Dr. Richard Bjella, is the Director of Choral Studies at Texas Tech. The choir also had the privilege of meeting one of the composers, Sydney Guillame who composed Tchaka. He helped direct this song in rehearsals. He is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and now lives in Portland Oregon where he is a full time composer, conductor and clinician. If you would like to watch students perform Tchaka go to “Nebraska All State Choir Tchaka” on you-tube.
The music department at OHS extends an invitation to you for the annual Christmas concert to be held Sunday December 18th at 2:00 pm. Groups performing include Ord Singers, 18th Street Singers, High School Band, Jr. High Chorus and Band. Mark your calendars for an afternoon of holiday music that will put you in the Christmas spirit. Please Join Us!
Ord Public Schools Agriculture teachers and FFA advisors, Dave and Johnnie Ference will be featured on NTV news in the coming days. The two are part of the "farm family of the week" feature. The segment wil air Friday night at 6 and Sunday night on the Grow Nebraska show (10:30 p.m.I believe). Or you can check it out on the website after Friday.
Annual November blood drive at Ord High School. Held in the Vintage Gym on November 16, 2016 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. The units of blood collected today and the drive in May determines the amount of scholarship funds available to graduating senior from The American Red Cross.
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The One-Act for the Chanticleers in 2016 is called “The Very UnMerry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello. There are 47 total students involved and they will compete with Class B competition for districts. Head Coach Ben Lansman stated, “Both my assistant Ashley Trampe and I knew initially we had a lot of interest from students, but we weren’t sure what direction to head towards. When I found the Robin Hood script, I knew we had found something unique and goofy enough that our kids would have fun with it.” The play is done in a British humor style of comedy and that presented a challenge. “We didn’t know if they could pull off the accents or the style, but they quickly rose to the occasion.” One of the challenges was finding roles or jobs for all 47 kids. We learned to adapt the script quickly to our students, rather than fit them into roles that were not a good match.”
The OHS Drama Team has had a busy but successful start to their season. On Monday, November 7th, Ord hosted 11 schools for their annual Chanticleer Drama Festival from schools as close as Burwell to as far away as Valentine. “The Ord Festival is always an early chance to perform and get some much needed feedback from judges without actually competing against one another” said Lansman. “It is a great opportunity for schools to grow and gain experience with traveling to another venue for performing. We are very thankful to the administration and staff of Ord High for allowing this opportunity for growth during a school day.” Recognized for outstanding acting were Lily Farrens, Rebecca Fischer, Kyler Peetz, Zach Flessner, Tim White, Chris White, Lydia Hill, Kora Severance, Brooke Rowse, Vanessa Ference, Richele Masin, Britan Blair, and Reilly Peetz.
Next was the annual Dinner Theater on Sunday, November 13, which was a huge success. Catered by Melanie Boden of Jubilee Catering Company, the English-themed meal was a great introduction to the British comedy of “Robin Hood.” Seniors and their parents were recognized and included: Andrea Alvarado, Britan Blair, Lily Farrens, Vanessa Ference, Tanner Knight, Brooke Rowse, Jackson Ryschon, Madison Thompson, and Taylor Williams. “We can’t thank the community of Ord and our families enough for their support and attendance of the Dinner Theater. This is a very important fundraiser for the program and a chance to publicly recognize our seniors and their achievements” said Lansman.
On Saturday, November 19, the team traveled to their first competition at Kearney High School at the inaugural Mel Shoemaker Memorial Play Production Showcase. “What an honor to perform in anything associated with the name Mel Shoemaker” said Lansman. “He was a dear friend to myself and to all of the Speech and Theater World - it is great to see his spirit carrying on with this competition!” The new Kearney High School and auditorium is state-of-the-art. “It was such a valuable experience for the students to perform in such a large and technically superior venue” said Coach Trampe. “We never get this opportunity, unless you’re lucky enough to make state, which of course we would love to do.” Out of 16 total schools, Ord was the largest of the eight in the small-school division, placing 4th overall. Winning the small school division was Loup City and the large school winner was York. Recognized for outstanding acting were: Lydia Hill, Kora Severance, Brooke Rowse, Vanessa Ference, Jessie Boyce, Maddie Griffith, Kaylee Klanecky, and Madison Thompson. Recognized as the two members of the All-Festival Cast overall were Kyler Peetz and Lily Farrens.
Monday, November 21, Ord’s Drama Squad made their way to Wood River to compete in the Lou Platte Play Production Contest. Nine total schools competed and Ord ended up fourth overall. Ravenna was first and Kearney Catholic second. “Our conference has become a juggernaut of a competition” said Lansman. “We know going in that we could potentially be in the top 6 and be one of the best plays there. But our kids were happy with their performance and they proved they could overcome mistakes throughout the show. To me, that means a lot more going into district competition.” Recognized for superior acting were: Lily Farrens, Rebecca Fischer, Kyler Peetz, Britan Blair, Richele Masin, Madison Thompson, and Reilly Peetz.
The Drama team hosted their Community Performance on Sunday, November 27 at the Golden Husk at 7pm. A big thanks to the Golden Husk, Dahn Hagge, and the Valley Performing Arts Theater Board on providing us the opportunity to perform downtown! And thank you to the community on attending our show and for your support to our program!
Next the Chants host the Class B-4 District Competition at Ord High School on Wednesday, November 30. The first play begins at 9:00 and Ord will perform @ 3:15pm. The champion of the contest will qualify for the Class B State Play Production Contest on Friday, November 9 in Norfolk at the Johnny Carson Theater. We invite the community to come and enjoy the best performance we have yet to put on and help boost us towards state! Thank you for all your support throughout the season!
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