New Theatre Technology on Display in MMS Production of “Joseph”

With the addition of new intelligent moving lighting fixtures, the use of LED pixels, winches for automated flying scenery, and brand new state-of-the-art pyrotechnics, Marlowe Middle School aims to dazzle audiences with its production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the PAC March 17-18.

Last years’ production of The Lion King, Jr. performed at District 158’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) by Marlowe Middle School students, had theater-goers talking for months.

“I really felt like I was watching a higher level production! The lights, the sounds, and the attention to detail through the use of technology are amazing,” said one audience member.

Performances

Wed 18

HHS Fine Arts Academy Application Process Opens

The application process for the HHS Fine Arts Academy begins next week. The first step for interested students is to complete the Student Information Form, which is due October 1. Check out the Fine Arts Academy website for full information … read more

September 18

The application process for the HHS Fine Arts Academy begins next week. The first step for interested students is to complete the Student Information Form, which is due October 1. Check out the Fine Arts Academy website for full information … read more

Thu 19

Parent-Tot: Music Together

(Sign up anytime after registration). Did you know that all children are musical? Come sing, play, dance, and make music with your child and with new friends! Music Together is a research-based, developmentally appropriate music class for children from newborns through age five with a parent or caregiver (grandparent, babysitter, etc.). Learn how to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability. It’s tons of fun for the whole family as you explore music through small/large motor movement, call and response, lap activities and hands-on use of noise making instruments and fun props. Experience Music Together and find out how important–and how fun–your role can be! Music Together will last 30/35 minutes. Limited to 30 people. read more

September 19 | 12:00 pm-12:30 pm

(Sign up anytime after registration). Did you know that all children are musical? Come sing, play, dance, and make music with your child and with new friends! Music Together is a research-based, developmentally appropriate music class for children from newborns through age five with a parent or caregiver (grandparent, babysitter, etc.). Learn how to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability. It’s tons of fun for the whole family as you explore music through small/large motor movement, call and response, lap activities and hands-on use of noise making instruments and fun props. Experience Music Together and find out how important–and how fun–your role can be! Music Together will last 30/35 minutes. Limited to 30 people. read more

Thu 19

BOE Regular Meeting

The Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education convenes for its Regular monthly meeting. Typically, at Regular Meetings, the Board takes action on items that have previously been discussed at the preceding Committee of the Whole meeting. Regular meetings … read more

September 19 | 6:00 pm

The Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education convenes for its Regular monthly meeting. Typically, at Regular Meetings, the Board takes action on items that have previously been discussed at the preceding Committee of the Whole meeting. Regular meetings … read more

Thu 19

Parent University: Helping Students Make Positive Life Choices

Today, students face an uphill battle against bullying, peer pressure, family hurts and life altering choices. Terrence Tally, motivational speaker and author of Amazon bestseller Secrets Anonymous, will lead a session for parents and teens to attend together providing insights … read more

September 19 | 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Today, students face an uphill battle against bullying, peer pressure, family hurts and life altering choices. Terrence Tally, motivational speaker and author of Amazon bestseller Secrets Anonymous, will lead a session for parents and teens to attend together providing insights … read more

Thu 19

HHS Presents “As You Like It”

Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will open the Huntley 158 Performing Arts Center’s 2019-20 Season with a four-performance run of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, September 19-21. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on both September 19 and … read more

September 19 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will open the Huntley 158 Performing Arts Center’s 2019-20 Season with a four-performance run of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, September 19-21. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on both September 19 and … read more

Fri 20

ECC Parent Ed Day – No School for ECC

ECC Parent Education Days offer parent education workshops and family activities. There is no school attendance on these days for ECC students. Families are invited to attend with their child (optional). Details for each day are sent home closer to … read more

September 20

ECC Parent Education Days offer parent education workshops and family activities. There is no school attendance on these days for ECC students. Families are invited to attend with their child (optional). Details for each day are sent home closer to … read more

Fri 20

HHS Presents “As You Like It”

Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will open the Huntley 158 Performing Arts Center’s 2019-20 Season with a four-performance run of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, September 19-21. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on both September 19 and … read more

September 20 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will open the Huntley 158 Performing Arts Center’s 2019-20 Season with a four-performance run of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, September 19-21. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on both September 19 and … read more

Sat 21

HHS Presents “As You Like It”

Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will open the Huntley 158 Performing Arts Center’s 2019-20 Season with a four-performance run of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, September 19-21. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on both September 19 and … read more

September 21 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will open the Huntley 158 Performing Arts Center’s 2019-20 Season with a four-performance run of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, September 19-21. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on both September 19 and … read more

Sat 21

HHS Presents “As You Like It”

Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will open the Huntley 158 Performing Arts Center’s 2019-20 Season with a four-performance run of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, September 19-21. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on both September 19 and … read more

September 21 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Huntley High School’s Thespian Troupe 6147 will open the Huntley 158 Performing Arts Center’s 2019-20 Season with a four-performance run of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, September 19-21. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on both September 19 and … read more

Tue 24

Destination 158 Community Engagement Session #1

Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate in Destination 158! This citizen-led community engagement program brings parents and District residents together to develop a plan to keep our schools moving in the right direction.  read more

September 24 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate in Destination 158! This citizen-led community engagement program brings parents and District residents together to develop a plan to keep our schools moving in the right direction.  read more

Thu 26

Early Childhood Center Community Screening

The District 158 Early Childhood Center holds face-to-face screenings once a month to determine children’s eligibility for enrollment. When the at-risk preschool classes are full there will be a waiting list to attend. If you are interested in having your child screened please visit www.district158.org/ecc/eligibility/ to learn more about and begin the process. The Parent-Tot Program is closed on ECC screening days. read more

September 26

The District 158 Early Childhood Center holds face-to-face screenings once a month to determine children’s eligibility for enrollment. When the at-risk preschool classes are full there will be a waiting list to attend. If you are interested in having your child screened please visit www.district158.org/ecc/eligibility/ to learn more about and begin the process. The Parent-Tot Program is closed on ECC screening days. read more

Thu 26

Presidential Inauguration 2021 D.C. Trip Info Session

Huntley High School will host an information meeting mandatory for students (and their parents) interested in taking part in the school-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. for the next Presidential Inauguration in 2021. The meeting will include discussion on the trip … read more

September 26 | 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Huntley High School will host an information meeting mandatory for students (and their parents) interested in taking part in the school-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. for the next Presidential Inauguration in 2021. The meeting will include discussion on the trip … read more

Fri 27

Institute Day #2 – No School

No school for students as staff members gather for professional development. read more

September 27

No school for students as staff members gather for professional development. read more

Oct 01

Parent-Tot Closed in Afternoon

The Parent-Tot Program will be closed in the afternoon on October 1 for the Sharing a Vision Conference. read more

October 1

The Parent-Tot Program will be closed in the afternoon on October 1 for the Sharing a Vision Conference. read more

Oct 01

HHS Fine Arts Academy Student Information Form Due

The application process for the HHS Fine Arts Academy begins next week. The first step for interested students is to complete the Student Information Form, which is due October 1. Check out the Fine Arts Academy website for full information … read more

October 1

The application process for the HHS Fine Arts Academy begins next week. The first step for interested students is to complete the Student Information Form, which is due October 1. Check out the Fine Arts Academy website for full information … read more

Oct 01

Solar Installation Groundbreaking Ceremony

Huntley 158 will host a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the upcoming commencement of construction on its planned solar power installations. The ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 on the grounds of Conley Elementary School. The … read more

October 1 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Huntley 158 will host a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the upcoming commencement of construction on its planned solar power installations. The ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 on the grounds of Conley Elementary School. The … read more

Oct 02

Parent-Tot Closed

The Parent-Tot Program will be closed October 2-3 for the Sharing a Vision Conference. read more

October 2

The Parent-Tot Program will be closed October 2-3 for the Sharing a Vision Conference. read more

Oct 02

HHS Late Start Wednesday

Huntley High School will follow the Late Start Schedule to accommodate staff professional learning. read more

October 2 | 8:00 am-2:26 pm

Huntley High School will follow the Late Start Schedule to accommodate staff professional learning. read more

Oct 03

Parent-Tot Closed

The Parent-Tot Program will be closed October 2-3 for the Sharing a Vision Conference. read more

October 3

The Parent-Tot Program will be closed October 2-3 for the Sharing a Vision Conference. read more

Oct 10

BOE Committee of the Whole

The Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education meets as a Committee of the Whole. Typically, Board business is discussed at the Committee of the Whole to be voted on at the next Regular Meeting. Agenda | Live Stream read more

October 10 | 6:00 pm

The Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education meets as a Committee of the Whole. Typically, Board business is discussed at the Committee of the Whole to be voted on at the next Regular Meeting. Agenda | Live Stream read more

Oct 11

Parent-Tot: Kid Rock

(Sign-up begins 9/27/19). It’s music and fun rolled into one! For 25 years, Rock n Kids has introduced young children to the wonderful world of music, while encouraging a positive attitude and increasing self-confidence. Based on a unique curriculum, each Kid Rock class includes svariety of rhythm instruments and movement props. Sing, dance and play the Kid Rock Way! Kid Rock will last 30 minutes. Limited to 45 people. read more

October 11 | 9:00 am-9:30 am

(Sign-up begins 9/27/19). It’s music and fun rolled into one! For 25 years, Rock n Kids has introduced young children to the wonderful world of music, while encouraging a positive attitude and increasing self-confidence. Based on a unique curriculum, each Kid Rock class includes svariety of rhythm instruments and movement props. Sing, dance and play the Kid Rock Way! Kid Rock will last 30 minutes. Limited to 45 people. read more

Oct 11

Parent-Tot: Kid Rock

(Sign-up begins 10/4/19). It’s music and fun rolled into one! For 25 years, Rock n Kids has introduced young children to the wonderful world of music, while encouraging a positive attitude and increasing self-confidence. Based on a unique curriculum, each Kid Rock class includes svariety of rhythm instruments and movement props. Sing, dance and play the Kid Rock Way! Kid Rock will last 30 minutes. Limited to 45 people. read more

October 11 | 9:45 am-10:15 am

(Sign-up begins 10/4/19). It’s music and fun rolled into one! For 25 years, Rock n Kids has introduced young children to the wonderful world of music, while encouraging a positive attitude and increasing self-confidence. Based on a unique curriculum, each Kid Rock class includes svariety of rhythm instruments and movement props. Sing, dance and play the Kid Rock Way! Kid Rock will last 30 minutes. Limited to 45 people. read more

Oct 14

Columbus Day – No School / Offices Closed

Schools and offices are closed in observance of Columbus Day. read more

October 14

Schools and offices are closed in observance of Columbus Day. read more

Oct 15

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

Monthly meeting of theÊBilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC). read more

October 15 | 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

Monthly meeting of theÊBilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC). read more

Oct 17

BOE Regular Meeting

The Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education convenes for its Regular monthly meeting. Typically, at Regular Meetings, the Board takes action on items that have previously been discussed at the preceding Committee of the Whole meeting. Regular meetings … read more

October 17 | 6:00 pm

The Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education convenes for its Regular monthly meeting. Typically, at Regular Meetings, the Board takes action on items that have previously been discussed at the preceding Committee of the Whole meeting. Regular meetings … read more

Oct 18

End of MS 1st Quarter

End of the 1st academic quarter for middle schools. read more

October 18

End of the 1st academic quarter for middle schools. read more

Oct 18

Parent-Tot: Story Time

(Sign-up begins 9/27/19). During Story Time, children can explore the world of language and literature through books, songs, finger plays and poetry. Story Time will last 20/25 minutes. Limited to 35 people. read more

October 18 | 9:15 am-9:40 am

(Sign-up begins 9/27/19). During Story Time, children can explore the world of language and literature through books, songs, finger plays and poetry. Story Time will last 20/25 minutes. Limited to 35 people. read more

Oct 22

Parent Tot Outing to Cody’s Pumpkin Farm

PARENT TOT IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.  We will meet at Cody’s Pumpkin Farm in Marengo for Fall Fun!  There is no cost to attend BUT you must sign up beforehand. Fun at the farm includes fall activities and a … read more

October 22 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

PARENT TOT IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.  We will meet at Cody’s Pumpkin Farm in Marengo for Fall Fun!  There is no cost to attend BUT you must sign up beforehand. Fun at the farm includes fall activities and a … read more

Oct 22

Destination 158 Community Engagement Session #2

Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate in Destination 158! This citizen-led community engagement program brings parents and District residents together to develop a plan to keep our schools moving in the right direction.  read more

October 22 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate in Destination 158! This citizen-led community engagement program brings parents and District residents together to develop a plan to keep our schools moving in the right direction.  read more

Admission: $5, free with student ID
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The in-depth performance, which combined singing and acting talents, scenery, costuming, and music along with some awe-inspiring theater technology, made for quite the spectacle. Lighting provided vibrant light, brilliant colors, and textures, while haze and other special effects gave audience members the feeling of being a part of the live performance.

This push for technical theater education and equipment is being led by PAC Technical Director, Nathan Knapke and Director of the Performing Arts Center, Lorie Woods.

“It’s really cool to see the changes happening over here at the high school,” Knapke said. “When I first started here at the PAC (2014), we had about 20 lighting fixtures on the rig, many needing serious maintenance, and about 7 working lapel microphones. Today, we have 14 intelligent moving lights, about 50 conventional fixtures, and 32 lapel microphones.”

The newer technology provides many added benefits for the student productions. Not only are the productions enhanced with more capabilities, but Huntley High School students also are learning the same technology that is used professionally. This technology also assists with the quick turnaround times between the eight or more stage productions each year.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have the financial support of the District, the Huntley Fine Arts Boosters, and hopefully soon, the District 158 Education Foundation. Production equipment is expensive so we are also looking into other funding opportunities,” said Woods.

This year’s production of Joseph is crewed by 10 HHS students, all working different technical aspects such as lighting, audio, playback, stage crew, and special effects. In addition, many have volunteered countless hours to building and painting the scenery needed for the show.

“We started designing the scenic elements for Joseph back in November. Everything was 3D modeled and computer designed in order to ensure everything would fit on the stage. It was a pretty massive undertaking for the short time we had to build it,” says HHS junior and special effects operator Allen (AJ) Lowenstein.

The main set piece consists of a 40-foot wide Egyptian pyramid adorned with detailed hieroglyphics and stylized paintings, done by local artists Theresa Darby and Kristin Plansky. Other elements include a desert water-well, a golden chariot, and a seven foot flying pharaoh’s head.

“I love technical theater. There is nothing else in the world that I could see myself doing. I can’t get enough of it. I would love to see Huntley High School be a leader in the Technical Arts and put on professional level productions. We work every day to build a bigger, brighter, louder stage,” says Knapke.

Joseph, featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice, tells the story of a young man whose brothers are jealous of their father’s favoritism toward him and the beautiful coat he receives as a gift. They sell him into slavery in Egypt, telling their father he has been murdered, but Joseph ultimately becomes important to the Pharaoh through his ability to interpret dreams.

Performances are scheduled to take the stage Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, at 7:00 p.m. each night, with an additional matinee at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The show is directed by Jennifer Lindsay and Brooke Atlas, with costuming by Sarah Moran.

“I like to think we’ve only began to scratch the surface in making performances at the PAC the talk of the town,” says Woods. “And we are very excited to premiere the new equipment (some of which has not yet been used in Illinois – much less in a high school theater!) during Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

The Performing Arts Center is located at Huntley High School, 13719 Harmony Road in Huntley. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door one hour prior to performance times or in advance online at www.district158.org/web-store/.

For more information please contact Jennifer Lindsay at jlindsay@district158.org or Lorie Woods, Director of Performing Arts Center at (847) 659-6107.

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