“Knowing of the work that OCTC has been doing with the City of Ocean City in their summer theater camps for children, it seemed like it would be a perfect partnership to have them operate a week long camp for each of these grades. We believe that visual and performing arts are important, as children have a wide variety of interests and talents and we want our students to have ways to discover and act on these interests and talents.”- Dr. Kathleen Taylor The program allows students in grades 2nd-5th the opportunity to appreciate theater by interacting with one another and through various activities such as improvisation, short skits, basic stage direction, creative writing, imagination activities, memorizing lines, and more. The program’s curriculum was formed by Michael Hartman, the Artistic Director of OCTC, who used the Core Curriculum Standards for the State of New Jersey. Each grade met for one hour afterschool for the duration of a week. A different style of musical theater was assigned to each grade, where they would learn a song and dance to match. The grades were also able to focus on a specific acting emphasis. Second graders worked on Reader’s Theater and 3rd graders created monologues, while 4th graders performed fairytale scenes and 5th graders had to advertise a certain product using commercial monologues. If your child would like to get involved with theater, there is no need to wait until the next school year! For more information on OCTC’s summer theater program, visit their website at oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call (609) 398-1118! At the end of each week, the students performed an informal showcase of what they learned for their family, friends, and staff. Parents and other audience members were even asked to take part in some of the theater games. The hope is that by giving young children the opportunity to get involved in such programs, they will gain a greater sense of comfort in the future when speaking or performing in front of an audience. It will provide them with the confidence to join more afterschool clubs, sports, and theater groups. In the program, students have learned to build a safe environment and have created a community built around respect. “The most rewarding thing is seeing the growth each year. It was amazing to see how much the kids remember from the previous year. Also, it is very special to encounter kids who are being exposed to theater for the first time. We have literally seen the theater bug bite kids right before our eyes!”- Michael HartmanThe participation in theater groups at a young age has also had an impact on students as they reach high school level. Ocean City High School has a fantastic drama program, that continues to grow in size every year. Each production shows a heavy return of students, as well as an entirely new group. This year’s spring musical, Young Frankenstein, has around 80 students involved between the cast, crew, and pit band. No matter how different students may be outside of practice, they come together on stage and create an unbreakable comradery that keeps them coming back.“I have been extremely fortunate as a director to work with many students that have been involved in the arts since their elementary and middle school years, and the effect it has had on their character is tremendous. Students who participate regularly in theatre arts activities learn crucial skills, such as self-discipline, teamwork, and empathy.”- Donald Toal, OCHS Drama Guild DirectorIn its second year, the Afterschool Drama Club has almost tripled in size for all four grades. Ocean City Schools are thrilled to see such involvement from their students and staff, hoping next year will be even bigger and that it will continue to show the kids the importance of theater. Giving them this taste for the arts is ideal for keeping the contribution in local theater groups and OCHS’s Drama Guild a growing success. The Afterschool Drama Club is perfect for kids with an interest and passion for theater, as well as those with no experience. OCEAN CITY, NJ (April 18, 2016)- Ocean City Schools have wrapped up their second year of the Afterschool Drama Club program with their partner, The Ocean City Theater Company (OCTC). The program, funded by the Sea Isle City Board of Education and the Ocean City Board of Education, stems from an idea by Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor. There was a desire from Dr. Taylor, as well as the Ocean City School Board to provide the younger students in the district with the chance to participate in theater and to learn more about the arts.
One of the most beloved Phish traditions is their Halloween “musical costume”, which dates back to their 1994 Halloween performance at Glen Falls, NY’s Glen Falls Civic Center. In 2016, Phish honored the late and legendary David Bowie by performing the entirety of his 1972 album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars in Las Vegas. However, the two years prior to that, Phish took a break from the “classic rock album” tradition, delivering sets of (at the time) unheard original material. For a complete look back at previous years’ Halloween costumes, read on over here. The news is out! The doors have opened at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for Phish’s first of four nights at the venue, and the first Halloween Phishbills have been distributed, meaning that this year’s musical costume is now public knowledge. Without further adieu, tonight’s musical costume will be í Rokk by Kasvot Växt (which translates to “Face Plant” “into rock”), from Stavanger, Norway. Whatever that means…A band and album so obscure, there are no official descriptions anywhere to be found on the Internet: except for this apparent 2006 interview on Furious.com that is getting a whole lot of Google referrals right about now.As the Furious author, Jason Gross, introduces the album,There are many albums that are more heard about than actually heard, but Kasvot Växt’s í rokk is even more obscure than almost anything else I’ve run across. I will admit to not even having heard the whole of it myself, but as a devoted listener to a particular community radio station in upstate New York in the late 1980’s, I was well tuned in when a few songs from it briefly rode the top of the charts of that tiny self-obsessed corner of the world. I’m pretty sure they were all played from the same taped copy of the album. The music wasn’t as mercurial as Magma (who sang in their own made-up language) and only slightly more mysterious than Horsebox or The Residents but there was something that was unique, appealing and alien about them that made them unforgettable nevertheless.Read the full interview here, as well as a 2006 album review from WMFU’s Beware of the Blog. While both sources look credible, hours of research have led fans to uncover some decent truths of improbability. We’ll let this show play out before making any definitive claims, but…Face Plant! Into Rock.The Phishbill opens,It is as if Kasvot Växt never existed. But Halloween is about ghosts, is it not? And who better to tell us the story of a ghost than Phish? Phish has chosen the obscure Scandanavian band Kasvot Växt (translating to “Face Plant”) and their only recorded album, 1981’s í Rokk as their 2018 Halloween musical costume.See below for the full-version of tonight’s Phishbill. Swedish Phish?
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Charlie Walk, president of Republic Records and Joe Jonas, lead singer of pop band DNCE, spoke at the Carson Television Center at the Thornton School of Music Friday as part of Thornton’s Popular Music Program Founding Director Christopher Sampson’s “Popular Music Forum” to offer advice to music industry students and promote DNCE’s latest project.Walk played a music video clip of DNCE’s most successful single, “Cake by the Ocean” and discussed how to distinguish between a Top 40 hit and a regular hit.“I don’t mean to say this in a cocky way or arrogantly, but we’re not doing classical music we’re doing pop music. ‘Pop’ is a derivative of the word ‘popular,’” Walk said. “I’ve been involved with over 400 number one songs. I know how they started, I know how they broke and every case has been different and there have been casualties along the way, but we’re pretty good at predicting the future.”Jonas offered perspective on the creative process behind his personal successes and failures.“There’s been times in my career and I’m like ‘This is the song, this is the one’ and I play it for somebody and they have a different opinion and tell me to go back to the studio,” Jonas said.Despite the possibility of creative conflict, Jonas highlighted the necessity of trusting your manager as in artist.“And for years, it was really toward the Jonas years, it was us against the world. We thought we knew everything and I think it’s because we’ve been doing it for so long and you sort of get comfortable in your own little world,” he said. “It’s really important to trust your team.”This is something Jonas learned from his experience after his solo debut album, Fastlife, failed to take off in 2011.“I can only speak for my personal experience, having a solo record that didn’t do well. It sold only maybe, a hundred thousand records and that was after a long period of time. That wasn’t really great, compared to what I had with my brothers. It was really screwing with my head, but I had to take a step back,” Jonas said.Jonas reiterated the importance of trusting his team. “Even the smallest things, it’s about trusting Republic and Charlie. I think for a lot of artists, especially new artists, a lot of times, they think they know everything,” Jonas said. “But when you walk into it, you have to take a step back. Obviously your art is very important, but these guys know what they’re doing.”Toward the end of the forum, the duo took questions from students.A student asked Jonas and Walk whether they believed success was defined as just selling out stadiums and millions of records, as mentioned throughout the talk, or if it was more than that. “When I was younger, the term was called ‘selling out,’ Jonas said. “There’s a big question: [Do] you want to create something that obviously you’re really proud of, you can play at a stadium and travel the world, sell millions of records, that’s obviously very exciting” Jonas said. “But there’s also, yeah, if you play at a small club in your hometown and you’re still really proud of your music that’s also really great. It’s whatever you want it to be.”This post was updated at 12:03 a.m. on April 4 for style and grammar.
The side are due to play Cork in the final round of the Munster Hurling League on Wednesday, but the joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have criticised the scheduling of the tie.It’s understood that 13 senior Clare hurlers will be playing in the Fitzgibbon Cup just 24 hours earlier.Speaking after yesterday’s win over Waterford, the management team confirmed they could decide against fielding a team if the game is not postponed.