Feb 28, 2011

Are You Ready? Youth Rep is coming!

We are! Auditions take place here at the FAC Mar. 8-9 | 6-9 p.m.
Read more about auditions and the registration process for Technical Students here.

Youth Rep 2011 Auditions

Performance Students:

It is that time again to start learning lines, tuning your voices, and stretching your legs for Youth Rep Auditions! Please call to set up an audition time as soon as possible. Below are the dates, times and guidelines for the auditions.

March 8 - 9, 2011 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Please call 719.477.4382 for an audition appointment.

All performance students are required to audition prior to registration. Audition dates are March 8 & 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs 80903.

All prospective students will be considered for both musical numbers and scene work from selected plays.

Audition Information:
Performance Students should prepare the following: (see below for more detail)
• Song: 16 to 32 bars - memorized
• Monologue: Classical or Contemporary one minute in length
• Movement: A combination will be taught

Prior to your audition time, you must prepare and memorize a short song (appropriate musical theatre or pop music selection) that lasts no more than one minute (16 to 32 bars), and that shows your strengths and vocal range. You must bring sheet music that is legible and in the correct key. No boom boxes will be allowed. An accompanist will be provided.

Memorize a short monologue of your choice, either classical or contemporary, which should not be any longer than one minute in length.

In addition to the above, perspective students will also be required to go through a movement/dance segment as part of the audition process. Please bring dance clothing to the audition - something you can move in comfortably, including dance shoes. If you do not own dance shoes, sneakers are acceptable.

When auditions have been completed all those who auditioned will be contacted by Friday, March 25 to inform them whether they have been selected for the program. Those selected will then be provided with all of the materials needed to complete registration.

Technical Students:
To apply for the technical theatre track please go to the following address (http://www.csfineartscenter.org/theatre/FACTS/YouthRep.html ) download the application, fill it out and drop it off at the FAC Box Office during normal business hours, or mail it to:
Fine Arts Center
Attn: Chris Sheley, Production Manager, Performing Arts
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903

Applications must be received by April 15, 2011.
Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by our Production Manager, Chris Sheley, who will set up an appointment time for you to come to the FAC for an interview. After the interview process has been completed, students will be contacted promptly regarding their acceptance.

For more information please visit the website at http://www.csfineartscenter.org/theatre/FACTS/YouthRep.html

Feb 23, 2011

Bemis Family Adventure Day Sets a New Record!

Bemis School of Art set a new record as they welcomed just short of 500 people to their Free Family Adventure Day last Saturday, February 19. Kids and parents enjoyed hours of arts-filled activities including a free gallery tour at 12:30.

Bemis Instructors designed project based on African-American artists in honor of February's designation as Black History Month. Projects ranged from Kara Walker-inspired Black and WHite Silhouette Portraitures top Faith Ringgold-style Autobiographical Paper Quilts.

The event became a monthly feature at the FAC due in part to funding received through IMLS.

Next month's event will feature on eco-friendly art projects!
March 12 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Feb 7, 2011

Jacqueline Schwab at the FAC

Saturday March 12 | 7:30pm | Music Room
Adults $15 | Under 16 $12
Call 719.494.0666 to reserve seats.

Jacqueline Schwab was Ken Burns’ pianist of choice on all of his PBS films: Civil War, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Mark Twain, The National Parks, the Baseball series and his most recent, Tenth Inning. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton, (celebrating Burns’ Lewis & Clark series) and also with singer Jean Redpath on A Prairie Home Companion and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman.

Jacqueline’s solo concerts feature her arrangements of vintage American music such as Mark Twain’s era and beyond, Civil War tunes, Victorian ballroom dance tunes, Scots & Irish songs brought over by the settlers, hymns & spirituals, ragtime and Billie Holiday blues. Read more on Jacqueline’s accomplishments at www.jacquelineschwab.com.

Talented in Art Reception at Bemis

[Image credit: 2010 Student work by Brandon Livingston in the Talented in Art program]

After 10 weeks of classes, 83 students from the Talented in Art program at Bemis celebrated their work with a one-night exhibition on Fri., Feb. 4. Over 450 students, parents, teachers and other guests attended the reception at Bemis School of Art.

The Talented in Art program is a collaboration of Bemis School of Art and Colorado Springs School District 11. The students are identified and nominated by their teachers at school. The course options included a variety of art disciplines such as Drawing, Painting, Intermediate Drawing, Ceramics, and "Art Around the World."

The goal of Talented in Art is to accelerate advanced art students in grades 3-5.
Accelerated learning develops the students' academic potential and enables them to excel with an in-depth comprehensive understanding of visual arts. All courses apply Colorado State Content Standards, and include lectures, interactive projects, and visits to the FAC galleries.

For more information, please contact Bemis School of Art at 719.475-2444.

Feb 1, 2011

The Bemis School of Art is closed today.

Due to ridiculously cold temps and bone-chilling winds, the Bemis School of Art is closed today, Tuesday, Feb. 1. The FAC, however, will be open at 10 a.m., the usual time.