Celebrate the arts and music as Peters Township School District’s Imagination Celebration returns this weekend. District officials say much has been planned and it's better than ever.
The event, benefitting the district’s fine art and music programs, gives students an opportunity to showcase their talents, and mingle with friends and families in an effort to celebrate their accomplishments and each other.
“This event has students’ work from all grades represented,” said Donna Fox, orchestra teacher, musical director, music department facilitator and event co-coordinator.
The event will be held Friday, May 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Peters Township High School—with a special concert at 7 p.m. closing the festivities.
It will feature an ice cream social, ballroom dancing with live music from the Washington County Jazz Society and a photographer taking glamour shots—among much more.
“A lot of people who are active in the Jazz Society have Peters connections,” Fox said. “They either live in the township, or went to school here or work here. One member is (band director) Milt Barney.”
On Saturday, McMurraypalooza: A Mega Music Event! will take place in the gym, followed by theater and orchestra presentations. For those who want lunch, Bach’s lunch (Get it? Boxed lunch.) are available to order and can be picked up upon arrival.
This year, a radio show—created by fine arts teacher Ryan Perrotte—will feature the talents of the high school music students and is all about Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
“It’ll be a unique 40-minute presentation on the high school stage,” Fox said.
Another aspect, one which Fox is particularly excited about, is the Pittsburgh-based, all-male vocal group, Doubleshot! will be holding a concert.
“We’re hoping to pack the house,” she said. “They’re coming back, and donating their time and talent. It’s really special.”
There will also be a beatbox workshop, and an ethnic food fair.
School to Career Coordinator Judy Alexander has been working with a diverse group of students to share foods of their heritage.
“About eight different ethnicities will be represented, and following the fair the students will dance a traditional dance on stage.”
A districtwide exhibition of artwork will be on display throughout the hallways both days.
“This event is a really great way for all of us to get out there and see what each of us do,” Fox said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for children to see what may lie ahead, or to look back.
“It’s an amazing thing to be able to show every child represented by their artwork or music. The event will be set up similar to Meatballs and Music—all performances will be in one place.”
Fox said those attending can sit in the stands and stay as long as they wish.
The Media Department will also be showing an interesting demonstration on music in the classroom using new forms of technology. Bower Hill Elementary teacher Robert Tupper will display classroom exercises via iPads, Fox said.
The Industrial Technology classrooms will be sharing robots they crafted and the Family and Consumer Science Department will also share some of their creations.
“It isn’t just a fine arts show," Fox said. "The arts are within the curriculum and it lives within the community."
If you’re going:
- What: The Imagination Celebration 2012: Arts for Life!
- When: Friday, May 11, from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Where: Peters Township High School
- Cost: Tickets for the Doubleshot! concert (a special ticketed event) are $10 for adults, $5 for students under 12.
For a detailed schedule of events, click here or see the attached document above.