You’re invited to join family, faculty, students and friends on April 28, at 7 pm in the Graves County Schools’ Performing Arts Center for Curtain Call.
The annual Curtain Call variety show and art exhibition is happening at Graves County High School (GCHS) this coming weekend. The school’s art gallery will be displaying the GCHS Senior Show. Any GCHS senior is allowed to submit art to the exhibit which showcases this year’s talented senior class. The Art 3 & 4 seniors arranged and hung the show themselves with very little assistance from their teacher Laura Cope.
“We have 16 seniors that are participating this year,” Cope told me. “While you can view the show at Curtain Call, we will also have a closing reception on May 4 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm.”
GCHS’ Chamber Orchestra will be performing as part of the concert. You’ll be serenaded with well-known melodies such as, Can't Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake), I Wanna Be Like You (from the Disney movie, "The Jungle Book", and Happy (Pharrell). The school also boasts an Electric Rock Orchestra (ERO). They’ll be performing: Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) & Don't Stop Believing(Journey).
Dr. Laura Hill, teacher and Orchestra Director for GCHS, said the 2017-2018 season has been a huge success for the GCHS Orchestra program. “We led the region with four competitive orchestras - they all earned Distinguished Ratings at the West Kentucky Regional Orchestra Contest,” Hill told me. “We have an all-electric ensemble (ERO) that selected students have performed for various events including a home basketball game."
"We hosted our first ever ‘String Explosion’, where advanced elementary orchestra students spent an entire day working with our Chamber Orchestra learning new techniques and bridging the gap between elementary and advance playing skills."
"We also took the kids on a short tour to New York City where we earned international attention by performing at the United Nations Headquarters. Our Senior members are all College and Career Ready, and we are so excited to celebrate with them during their final PAC Season Event!”
The band will have three different groups performing on Curtain Call. The first is the GCHS Percussion Ensemble led by the Percussion Instructor, Shane Melvin. They will be performing a piece title Surfboard by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
The second group is made up of the five members of the AP Music Theory class. As part of a final project they have transcribed The Last Rose of Summerfor their instruments. The piece will premier at the concert.
Finally, Director of Bands, Richard Burchett, will be conducting the GCHS Jazz Band. This 22- member group will perform four songs. Summer Wind (Henry Mayer), which features senior Julianna Sims on vocals, Beach Bossa (Roy Phillippe) which features senior Barrett Mullins on Flugelhorn, Wipe Out (the Surfaris), and Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers).
The Jazz Band recently received a Distinguished rating, the highest rating, at the Murray State/Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival.
Brittany Carver, the drama teacher at Graves County High School, has chosen three students to perform monologues and two students performing a scene from Romeo and Juliet.
“I'm particularly excited about my new Improv Group, Eagles on the Fly who are making their Season Event debut,” Carver added.
The GCHS Choir program, under the direction of Ms. Makenzie Kauffman, is excited to present one of their most diverse concert sets yet at this year’s Curtain Call. They will feature Musical Theatre, featuring numbers such as One Day More(Les Miserables) and Seasons of Love (Rent).
The Chamber Choir will present two pieces prepared for their Large Group Assessment, for which they received a distinguished rating this year. They have a few tricks up their sleeve for their final pieces, Come Sail Away in the style of Styx and a ‘fun, fun, fun’ Beach Boys’ Medley!
“We hope to see you there as we show off the talent in these young performers!” Kauffman added.
Season Event Series tickets will be honored and additional reservations for seating can be made until April 27. All tickets are priced at $6 for adults and $3 for students.
It’s all at the PAC, located at the corner of Graves High nearest the intersection of the Purchase Parkway and Kentucky Highway 121.