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Old 05-24-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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Just a heads up - The Freddy awards are being presented on channel 69. This is a live show done at the State Theater in Easton and it honors all the wonderful High School Musicals in the Lehigh Valley. This award show was started 10 years ago and quickly became a much loved tradition for anyone that is interested or involved in Musical Theater. The kids all dress up in costume and there are performances throughout the night. I sent my husband off to the driving range so I could watch in peace!

The Freddy Awards
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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It was nice to see that east penn and parkland didn't sweep everything up. It is nice to see the smaller, lesser funded schools win.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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I love how the kids all supported each other. A great tradition!
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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I heard through friends with kids at other schools that Parkland actually hires pros for its pit orchestra, and also its stage design/construction/costumes. I would consider that grounds for disqualification from a student competition like the Freddys. Can anyone substantiate this? My friends are quite reliable, but for all I know it's second-hand from unreliable sources.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:13 PM
 
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They probably do. I know East Penn works with different companies for the licensing, costumes and some set designs. Some high school productions have pyrotechnics. Do you think the kids are doing that themselves?
Although I do doubt the part about the orchestra. Parkland has a very accomplished Music Department.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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For years Southern Lehigh's pit orchestra was mostly the HS orchestra with a few community members on just a couple of instruments like the harp. At this year's production though, I realized it was all community members with just a couple of students. I think that's pretty sad. Our costumes were mostly rented for the first time, but that' because they did "Cats", which is beyond the average seamstresses level. I've heard for years that Parkland and East Penn both rented costumes. I know a few years back there was talk about judging differently if a school outsourced props and costumes, or at least there should be different standards.

In Southern Lehigh, our music program - band, jazz band and orchestra - has been shrinking the last few years. Most of us consider that happened because of scheduling conflicts and an overload of mandatory classes for graduation. Freshman have just one free period and if they want to try something, they they will often opt to drop band.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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I agree it should be judged differently. I went to a production of High School Musical at Deriuff. Everything was done by the students, from the hand made signs, to the costumes. It could be argued that they have to, because of finances. But, it is hard for them to compete against the wealthy suburban schools (not just EPSD & PSD) where they have the money to rent props and costumes.

That said, although I am not completely familiar with the intricacies of high school theater plays. It is probably a package that the schools purchase. Meaning they pay a certain amount to be able to use the play, music, props and set for a play.

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Old 05-31-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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There are all kinds of costs involved in the productions, but it's not a package. Southern Lehigh has students and parents that do the sets and generally the costumes. Costume rentals don't always come from the same place. Often times, the costumes are just modified thrift store finds or they are old ones from previous performances. It's such a good thing for the kids to get involved in, and for a few, it can really be life changing. Two Southern Lehigh students are in a Broadway show right now and we all know of other local grads that have made it big on tv.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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Yeah, I kind of agree with TBT - the idea is for the kids to have fun and learn. Not to sit back while professionals do all the heavy lifting. Plus, I'm going to see a student play and I don't expect Broadway-level entertainment. As for "Cats" and needing to rent those costumes, really? It's a bunch of cats, standing on two legs, with tails and fur. How hard could that be? (Note to say I know nothing about costumes or sewing, but I would think you could get rolls of faux fur at a fabric store and run stuff up pretty easily. Again - we're talking high school. It doesn't have to be Broadway. But apparently it's gotten to that point)

As for the music, I can understand that that could be a problem with a depleted music program. Sad that the college requirements have gotten to where music is losing out. (I was a music minor in college.)

I would still consider eligibility rules if a certain percentage of the musicians were adults/pros. Call me an absolutist....
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