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

Sun 16

High School and Middle School Summer School 2019 Session 1

High School and Middle School Summer School Session 1 will run June 3-21, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. For full information, visit www.district158.org/summer-school/. read more

June 3-June 21

High School and Middle School Summer School Session 1 will run June 3-21, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. For full information, visit www.district158.org/summer-school/. read more

Sun 16

High School and Middle School Extended School Year 2019

These invitation-only summer programs will run June 3-27, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to noon at the high school. For full information, visit www.district158.org/summer-school/. read more

June 3-June 27

These invitation-only summer programs will run June 3-27, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to noon at the high school. For full information, visit www.district158.org/summer-school/. read more

Sun 16

Elementary Summer School 2019

Elementary Summer School will run June 3-June 27, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-noon at Chesak/Martin Elementary Schools. For full information, visit the Elementary Summer School webpage. read more

June 3-June 27

Elementary Summer School will run June 3-June 27, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-noon at Chesak/Martin Elementary Schools. For full information, visit the Elementary Summer School webpage. read more

Sun 16

Elementary Extended School Year 2019

This invitation-only summer program will run June 3-June 27, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-noon at Chesak/Martin Elementary Schools. For full information, visit www.district158.org/summer-school/. read more

June 3-June 27

This invitation-only summer program will run June 3-June 27, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-noon at Chesak/Martin Elementary Schools. For full information, visit www.district158.org/summer-school/. read more

Sun 16

Jump Start to Middle School 2019 Registration Open

Registration for Jump Start to Middle School is open June 6-July 13 via District 158 Webstore (Cost: $50) read more

June 6-July 13

Registration for Jump Start to Middle School is open June 6-July 13 via District 158 Webstore (Cost: $50) read more

Thu 20

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

June 20 | 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

Mon 24

High School and Middle School Summer School 2019 Session 2

High School and Middle School Summer School Session 2 will run June 24-July 16, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (No school July 4 and 5). For full information, visit www.district158.org/summer-school/ read more

June 24-July 16

High School and Middle School Summer School Session 2 will run June 24-July 16, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (No school July 4 and 5). For full information, visit www.district158.org/summer-school/ read more

Jul 04

Independence Day – No School / Offices Closed

Schools and offices are closed in observance of the July 4th holiday. read more

July 4

Schools and offices are closed in observance of the July 4th holiday. read more

Jul 05

Floating Holiday – No School / Offices Closed

Schools and offices are closed in observance of the July 4th holiday. read more

July 5

Schools and offices are closed in observance of the July 4th holiday. read more

Jul 18

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

July 18 | 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

Aug 01

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

August 1 | 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

Aug 05

Jump Start to Middle School 2019

Jump Start is a three day (2 hours per day) course that is intended to prepare students for a successful transition into middle school. read more

August 5-August 7

Jump Start is a three day (2 hours per day) course that is intended to prepare students for a successful transition into middle school. read more

Aug 15

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

August 15 | 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

Sep 05

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

September 5 | 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

Sep 07

Huntley Hootenanny 5K Glow Fun Run/Walk

The Huntley 158 Education Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual Huntley Hootenanny Glow 5K Fun Run/Walk on September 7, 2019 in Downtown Huntley. read more

September 7 | 7:15 pm

The Huntley 158 Education Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual Huntley Hootenanny Glow 5K Fun Run/Walk on September 7, 2019 in Downtown Huntley. read more

Sep 17

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

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

September 17 | 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

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

Sep 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

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 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

Nov 05

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

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

November 5 | 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

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

Nov 07

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

November 7 | 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

Nov 14

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

November 14 | 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

Dec 05

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

December 5 | 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

Dec 17

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

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

December 17 | 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

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

Dec 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

December 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

Jan 14

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

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

January 14, 2020 | 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

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

Jan 16

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

January 16, 2020 | 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

Feb 06

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

February 6, 2020 | 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

Feb 18

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

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

February 18, 2020 | 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

Monthly meeting of theÊBilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC). 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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