Legally Blonde

Congrats to everyone involved with Legally Blonde!

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Erik Greenawalt is July’s #ChalkTheBlock special guest

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We’re so excited that local chalk artist Erik Greenawalt will be joining us to #ChalkTheBlock in downtown Irwin this week! If you’ve been to Race for Grace, you’ve seen his work there.

Check out Erik Greenawalt’s work here!

Art & Jazz Night is a lot of fun, featuring live performances, artists on-site, and of course, the chance to #ChalkTheBlock! Come on out this Thursday.

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Peter and the Starcatcher

photo 1Tuesday night my 10-year-old daughter and I were fortunate enough to see Peter and the Starcatcher at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, courtesy of Macaroni Kid North Huntingdon. A prequel to the beloved tale of Peter Pan, the story explores where he came from, how he got his name, how he came to Neverland, and just how he can fly.

Peter and the Starcatcher begins as a tale of two ships: the Wasp and the Neverland. As they prepare to shove off, two identical trunks sit together on the dock, one filled with a mysterious, precious cargo valued highly by the Queen (“God save her!”), and a second identical trunk filled with sand. Lord Astor is a star catcher, traveling with his daughter Molly (a star-catcher in training, one of only 6 and a half in the world). He is tasked with protecting the valuable trunk. He will travel on the Wasp with the priceless treasure, while she will travel with her nanny on the slower, but presumably safer, Neverland. Before they part to reunite at their destination, he asks her if she can keep a secret. He whispers to her the mission he’s on. It’s a good thing, too, because these ships, their cargo, and their traveling companions are not what they seem. Lives will be changed for generations to come.

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Norwin Play it Forward Fund Enters Fifth “Suite” Year

clarks signed guitar verticalNorwin Play it Forward Fund presents the fifth annual Suite Café, a family-friendly coffeehouse event to benefit the fund. The event takes place Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 6:30 PM at Norwin High School. Suite Café is one of two annual signature events supporting the fund.

The evening features musical entertainment by Norwin instrumental students and their instructors, coffee beverages by locally-owned Barista to You, desserts, a popcorn bar catered by Pittsburgh Popcorn Factory, and other light refreshments. Chinese raffles, and a live cake auction will round out the evening.

“One of the most exciting benefits has been the community response,” says founder Paula Ziemski. “We are blessed to live in a school district that continues to support the arts, and we’d like to believe that the Norwin Play It Forward Fund provides some synergy to those efforts.

“This year, sixteen students are receiving subsidized lessons, and the first camp grant for Music for All’s Summer Symposium has been approved. In its almost five years, about 40 students have benefited from lessons, with another dozen attending various music camps. The intrinsic benefits that the student receives from delivering excellence simply cannot be measured,” Ziemski said.

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#ChalkTheBlock 2014

Art and Jazz Night #ChalkTheBlock

We’ve been invited back to help the Irwin Business and Professionals Association get artsy and #ChalkTheBlock on Art & Jazz Nights this summer. They’re the third Thursday evening of each month in June, July & August.

NEW FOR 2014: We’ll also be chalking the block at the block party for the Keynote Cafe’s 7th anniversary! It will be on Saturday, June 14, at 227 South 4th Street in Jeannette. If you’d be interested in attending or volunteering at this event, let us know!

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This week in Norwin Arts

This week, we learned the difference between you and a Nobel laureate, that Colbert and Carell make beautiful music together, why kids should illustrate their own stories, and where you can be a part of the local arts scene. Check out some of what you may have missed this week from the Norwin Area Arts Council!





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April Arts in the Norwin School District

Spring is finally here; and as many other classrooms begin to wind down for the school year, the Arts at Norwin begin to gear up for the grand finale.

GloverCitationThe Norwin Music Department is proud to congratulate Ms. Kimberly Glover who was named the 2014 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Citation of Excellence Award recipient. Kim was one of only 12 music educators across the state to receive this prestigious recognition. While Norwin’s administrators, faculty, students, and parents have known for several years how lucky we are to have Kim, we are thrilled to see her exceptional teaching and leadership be recognized at the state level. CONGRATULATIONS KIM!

The 10th Annual Senior Art Show will take place on Friday April 25 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM in the Norwin High School Lobby. This year, over 80 of Norwin’s finest senior art students will have their work on display. This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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March Arts in the Norwin School District

With winter almost behind us, the Art and Music Departments at Norwin are preparing for a busy spring. Many students have been selected to represent Norwin in various honors ensemble. Selected to PMEA All-State Choir were Katie Kratzenberg  and Davion Heron. The High School Orchestra had 8 students selected to PMEA High School District 1 Orchestra at Bethel Park High School. Representing Norwin Middle School at PMEA Junior High District Band is Michael Beondy, Colton Dietz, Mallory Page, Pilar Swankler, Nathan Pogue, Eric Junker, Mario Croes, Nieko Disso, and Tommy Kratzenberg. Participating in WCMEA Junior High County Band will be Michael Beondy, Colton Dietz, Eric Junker, Mario Croes, Nieko Disso, and Tommy Kratzenberg. On February 1 at the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center in Greemsburg, Pilar Swankler, Hannah Horvath, Andrew Horton, Tommy Kratzenberg, Colton Dietz, and Eric Junker performed with the Seton Hill Youth Honors Concert Band and Colton Dietz performed with the Seton Hill Youth Honors Jazz Band. Nieko Disso and Vance Varner served as alternates to both ensembles.

Congratulations to junior Alyssa Minko for placing third in the High School Division of the 2014 Youth Wildlife Contest.  This is a state-wide art contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Alyssa submitted a piece depicting two bald eagles using colored pencil and marker.  Her artwork will be on display in the lobby of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, located in Harrisburg, from March 5th through April 9th, 2014.  The artwork will also be displayed at the Department of Education, also located in Harrisburg, from April 15th to May 9th, 2014.  The Game Commission will present Alyssa with a $100 prize for her work.  Congratulations Alyssa!  We are proud of you!

On March 28, Hillcrest Students will participate in a March Arts day coordinated by Art Teachers Ms. Teems and Ms. Brown. Musicians, performers, and artists will provide demonstrations for the students throughout the day.

The Norwin Theatre Club is also preparing to present Anything Goes. With music and lyrics by the great Cole Porter, Anything Goes is based on the book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse that was later revised by the team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The musical, which originally debuted on Broadway in 1934, introduced such songs as “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

Performances are March 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 PM and March 23 at 2:30 PM. All performances will be in the Norwin High School Auditorium. Ticket costs start at only $5.00 for general admission and can be purchased at by visiting the Theatre Club website or in the auditorium lobby beginning one hour before each performance.

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Anything Goes at Norwin High School

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Check out this great write-up in the Norwin Star!

The Norwin Theatre Club will present its spring musical, “Anything Goes,” at these dates and times:

* Thursday, March 20th, 2014 @7:30pm

* Friday, March 21st, 2014 @7:30pm

* Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 @7:30pm

* Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 @2:30pm

“Anything Goes” features music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The musical introduced such songs as “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

Tickets are available online on the Norwin Theatre Club’s website at

Live Ticket Sales will be March 4-6 and March 11-13: 6:00-8:00 pm in the High School auditorium lobby (online ticket sales will close during live sales)

Online ticket sales end on March 18th at 8:00am – please purchase your ticket at the door.

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February Arts in the Norwin School District

Winter has brought its share of delays and cancellations to the Norwin School District and Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction doesn’t offer much hope. As always, the arts students at Norwin are making the most of the situation!

Starting back in November there have been big changes made to a very small room at Hillcrest. A group of about ten students including both art teachers, Molli Brown and Sue Teems, have been working to transform a room which was formerly the lunch detention room. Up until last year the room served as a space for students to go that weren’t behaving appropriately during lunch. However, with Hillcrest taking on the initiative of School Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, the detention room has been done away with along with other changes in the school’s culture. The room was designated, beginning last year, as a place for students to eat that were ‘caught being good’ or what the kids know as ‘following the keys to the castle.’ There are 3 simple keys to follow: Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect Property. As a way to support the positive behavior in the lunch room students are sent to what’s now known as The Knight’s Knook, which got a serious facelift. Principal Rose Dvorchak had a vision to make the room feel like students were eating in a castle. Those caught following the keys, usually an entire lunch table full of students, one for each lunch period, gets the privilege of eating in the Knight’s Knook with a little more privacy, music if they so choose, games, and now murals done by students at the school that reinforce the positive behavior they showed to get in there. The murals were completed during activity period and a few after school sessions. Those involved in the painting got first dibs on eating lunch in the Knook now that it’s finally open again.

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The Norwin Concert Band and Wind Ensemble are preparing for their first performance of the season. The concert is scheduled for Thursday February 13 at 7:00 PM. Click here for more information. Additionally, several students in the band program have been selected to perform in various honors ensembles. For a complete list of student honors, click here.

The Norwin Colorguard has been working hard this winter preparing their competitive programs.

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