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

Dec 01

Dual Language Parent Night – Virtual Presentation

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December 1 | 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

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Dec 03

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 3 | 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 05

Huntley 158 Education Foundation Hosts the Santa Express

Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and some of their helpers on this magical drive through the Santa Express! Children will receive a Jingle Bag filled with activities, a sweet treat, and milk. read more

December 5 | 8:00 am-1:00 pm

Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and some of their helpers on this magical drive through the Santa Express! Children will receive a Jingle Bag filled with activities, a sweet treat, and milk. read more

Dec 12

Parent University: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid training provides adults, including parents/guardians, school staff, caregivers, and community members who work with young people ages 12-18, with the knowledge base and skills to recognize, understand, and respond to signs of anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, and substance use disorders in youth.   read more

December 12 | 8:30 am-2:30 pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid training provides adults, including parents/guardians, school staff, caregivers, and community members who work with young people ages 12-18, with the knowledge base and skills to recognize, understand, and respond to signs of anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, and substance use disorders in youth.   read more

Dec 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

December 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

Dec 18

Last Day of School Before Winter Break

December 18, 2020 is the last day of school before Winter Break, marking the end of 2nd academic quarter for middle schools and the 1st semester for high school. read more

December 18

December 18, 2020 is the last day of school before Winter Break, marking the end of 2nd academic quarter for middle schools and the 1st semester for high school. read more

Dec 21

Winter Break – No School

Schools are closed for winter break. School resumes January 4, 2021. read more

December 21, 2020-January 1, 2021

Schools are closed for winter break. School resumes January 4, 2021. read more

Dec 24

Christmas Holiday – Offices Closed

Offices are closed December 24-25 for the Christmas holiday. read more

December 24-December 25

Offices are closed December 24-25 for the Christmas holiday. read more

Dec 31

New Year’s Holiday – Offices Closed

Offices are closed December 31-January 1 for the New Year’s holiday. read more

December 31, 2020-January 1, 2021

Offices are closed December 31-January 1 for the New Year’s holiday. read more

Jan 04

School Resumes After Winter Break

First day of school after winter break. read more

January 4, 2021

First day of school after winter break. read more

Jan 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School / Offices Closed

Schools and offices are closed in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. read more

January 18, 2021

Schools and offices are closed in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. read more

Jan 21

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 21, 2021 | 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 04

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 4, 2021 | 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 12

Non-Attendance Day – No School

Day of non-attendance; no school for students. read more

February 12, 2021

Day of non-attendance; no school for students. read more

Feb 15

Presidents’ Day – No School / Offices Closed

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

February 15, 2021

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

Feb 16

Institute Day #3 – No School

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

February 16, 2021

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

Feb 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

February 18, 2021 | 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 26

End of Elementary 2nd Trimester

End of the 2nd academic trimester for elementary schools. read more

February 26, 2021

End of the 2nd academic trimester for elementary schools. read more

Mar 01

Casimir Pulaski Day – School in Session

Schools are open and operating on normal schedules. read more

March 1, 2021

Schools are open and operating on normal schedules. read more

Mar 04

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

March 4, 2021 | 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

Mar 12

End of MS 3rd Quarter

End of the 3rd academic quarter for middle schools. read more

March 12, 2021

End of the 3rd academic quarter for middle schools. read more

Mar 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

March 18, 2021 | 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

Mar 26

Last Day of School Before Spring Break

Last day of school before Spring Break. read more

March 26, 2021

Last day of school before Spring Break. read more

Mar 29

Spring Break – No School

Spring Break – no school. School resumes April 6. read more

March 29, 2021-April 2, 2021

Spring Break – no school. School resumes April 6. read more

Apr 02

Non-Attendance Day – No School / Offices Closed

Schools and offices are closed April 2, 2021. read more

April 2, 2021

Schools and offices are closed April 2, 2021. read more

Apr 05

Institute Day #4 – No School

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

April 5, 2021

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

Apr 06

School Resumes After Spring Break

First day of school after spring break. read more

April 6, 2021

First day of school after spring break. read more

Apr 08

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

April 8, 2021 | 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

Apr 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

April 15, 2021 | 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

May 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

May 6, 2021 | 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

May 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

May 20, 2021 | 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

May 22

Huntley High School Graduation 2021

Huntley High School Celebrates the Class of 2021 with a ceremony at the NIU Convocation Center. read more

May 22, 2021 | 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Huntley High School Celebrates the Class of 2021 with a ceremony at the NIU Convocation Center. read more

May 31

Memorial Day – Offices Closed

Offices are closed in observance of Memorial Day. read more

May 31, 2021

Offices are closed in observance of Memorial Day. read more

Jun 03

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

June 3, 2021 | 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

Jun 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

June 17, 2021 | 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

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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