Sunday, January 29, 2017

Poetry Out Loud, Columbus County Schools, January 27, 2017

Congratulations to Miranda Sibbett for taking first place and being promoted to the state competition to be held in Greensboro, NC on March 4, 2017. Congratulations to Savannah Seay for taking second place and serving as our county's alternate for state.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Chicago the Musical Cast List

Southstage Company 2017

Leading Roles

Velma – Julia Armstrong
Roxie – Miranda Sibbett 
Billy – Evan Cribb 
Amos – Gabe Buchannon 
Mamma – Aniya Ingram 
Mary Sunshine – Carley Cribb 

Secondary Roles

Conductor – Savannah Seay
Sergeant Fogarty – Elijah Taylor 
Fred Casely – Auston Nunez 
Court Clerk – Taryn Priest 
Judge – Jenia Livingston 
Aaron – Quintay Kelly 
Martin Harrison – Devan Clewis 
Harry/Juror – Not yet cast 
Kitty – Hannah Williams 
Hunyak – Caroline Garland 
Mona – Lynsey Timmons 
Annie - Not yet cast 
June – Not yet cast 
Liz – Lilah Elliott

Ensemble (*Some ensemble members double as secondary roles.) 

Madison McPherson
Savannah Seay* 
Taryn Priest* 
Carson Faulk 
Amber Pirko (audition required) 
Lacey Hinson (audition required) 
Jenia Livingston* 
Caroline Garland* 
Peresha Jenerette 
Hayla Watts (audition required) 
Quintay Kelly* 
Elijah Taylor* 
Auston Nuzez* 
Dasha Hickman 
DeJana Hickman 
Gabe Buchanon* 
Devon Clewis* 
Lilah Elliott* 
Lynsey Timmons*

Second Semester Welcome Letter

January 25, 2017

Dear Student and Parent/Guardian,

Welcome back to another exciting semester at South Columbus High School. Perhaps this is your first year at South or maybe this year will lead to the conclusion of your high school career. In either case, as the dance and theater educator at SCHS, I assure you the 2016 – 2017 academic school year will be filled with much learning, special events and performance opportunities.

For your convenience I have provided my information and policies online. Simply click the link, Important Classroom Information located in the left-hand column on my site to access links for:
1 – The Common Core Curriculum for Dance and Theater
2 – Classroom Procedures and Grading (Parent Portal, BYOT Policy, Course Contracts, NC Essential Standards Pacing Guides for Dance and Theater, Make-Up Work Policy, Remind, Student Blogs (Online Portfolios)
3 – Additional Resources
*Please take the time to read the above listed information thoroughly, so you may know what your child is responsible for.

What do I expect from my students?
My classes are heavily participation- based. Therefore, regular attendance and class participation are necessary to insure success. If a student is absent from class, they should consult the Make-Up Work Policy on my website. * Please note that all make-up work must be completed and submitted within five days of the student’s return to school.

Do I have to perform?
Of course, you are enrolled in a performing arts course! We perform in class every day! As far as formal performances are concerned, Intermediate, Proficient and Advanced classes will have extensive performance requirements and outside-of-class related activities. Beginning students are learning fundamentals and aren’t quite ready for formal performance. Beginning Theater does not have a required performance. Beginning Dance has one performance at the end of the semester, our annual spring concert.
*Please note, students who miss performances/events/rehearsals, etc… are required to complete an alternate assignment to replace the missed grade. Students who fail to complete and submit an alternate assignment will not receive credit for the missed grade.

How will I be graded in your class?
As mentioned before, my class is largely participation-based. For this reason students will receive a weekly participation grade. This grade is an average of their daily participation in my class. When students are absent they do not receive points for the day. It is imperative that students are familiar with my Make-Up Work Policy and complete make-up assignments.

Why do I have to submit a course contract?
A signed course contract is my way of knowing parents/guardians have been informed of my classroom procedures and expectations. For this reason, I treat the contract as a graded assignment. *Students who turn in a signed contract will receive a one-hundred percent, quiz grade. Students who do not will receive a zero, failing quiz grade.

How can I contact you?
If you have any questions or concerns about my class, you may contact me at SCHS (910 – 653 – 4073) or by email (

When and where can we see students perform?
I have a calendar including performance dates and events for my classes on my website!

I am excited to see how much each of my students will learn and grow in class, day by day. They are hard-working, creative and intelligent. They always amaze me and make me very proud. I hope the parents and family members of students in the Arts department will continue their support at our performances. Every year the seats in the auditorium fill up quickly. This means so much to our kids! The only thing better than performing, is performing for a full house! Additionally, please remember, it takes a great deal of courage to stand onstage and share something you are passionate about. I ask you to be encouraging and praise them for their exceptional efforts each time they step onstage. 

Thanks so much for your time and attention. Let’s have another great semester!

Amy Jones

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's that time again! Chicago the Musical!


Auditions for Chicago the Musical will take place on exam make-up day, January 24, 2017. Please note, ensemble cast members must audition this year with Principle and Secondary actors.

Principles Roles:

(Female Principles) Velma Kelly (Cicero - Cell Block Tango), Roxie Hart, Matron "Mama" Morton, Mary Sunshine (singer)

(Male Principles): Billy Flynn (lawyer), Amos Hart (Roxie's husband)

Secondary Roles:

(Female Secondary/Ensemble Roles) Mona "Lipschitz"/Ensemble Member #3, Go-To-Hell Kitty/Ensemble Member #8, Annie "Six"/Ensemble Member #9, June "Squish"/Ensemble Member #10, Hunyak "Uh Uh"/Ensemble Member #12, Liz "Pop"/Ensemble Member #13

(Male Secondary/Ensemble Roles) Sergeant Fogarty/Ensemble Member #4, Aaron/Ensemble Member #5, Martin Harrison/Ensemble Member #6, Harry/Juror/Ensemble Member #7, Fred Casely/Ensemble Member #11

(Either Secondary/Ensemble Roles) Court Clerk/Ensemble Member #1, Judge/Ensemble Member #2

Audition Requirements:
Song (selected by Mr. Price)
Scene (selected by Mrs. Jones)
Dance (choreographed by Mrs. Jones)

Special Note:
- Your song and scenes must be prepared in advance (you can pick up a script from Mrs. Jones).

- The dance routine will be taught the day of auditions.

- The song information is available here.

Guys: "All I Care About"

Broadway Version

Instrumental Version

Lyrics for "All I Care About"

We want Billy
Where is Billy?
Give us Billy
We want Billy
B-I-Double L-Y.
We're all his
He's our kind of a guy
And ooh what luck
'Cause here he is.

Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the silver-tounged prince of the courtroom, the one, the only Billy Flynn!

I don't care about expensive things
Cashmere coats, diamond rings
Don't mean a thing
All I care about is love
That's what he's here for
[Billy:] That's what I'm here for
I don't care for wearin' silk cravats
Ruby studs, satin spats
Don't mean a thing
All I care about is love
All he cares about is love
Gimme two eyes of blue
Softly saying "I need you" [Girls:] (with Billy) I need you
Let me see her standin' there
And honest, Mister, I'm a millionaire

I don't care for any fine attire
Vanderbilt might admire
No, no, not me
All I care about is love...
All he cares about is love.
[Billy:] (whistles)
(girls hum..)

[Billy:] (spoken:) Maybe you think I'm talking about physical love. Well, I'm not. Not just physical love. There's other kinds of love. Like love of...justice. Love of... legal procedure. Love of lending a hand to someone who really needs you. Love of your fellow man. Those kinds of love are what I'm talkin' about. And physical love ain't so bad either.
It may sound odd
But all I care about is love
That's what he's here for
(Female chorus too:)
Honest to god
All I care about is love
All he cares about is love
Show me long raven hair
Flowin' down, about to there
And when I see her runnin' free
Keep your money, that's enough for me
I don't care for drivin' packard cars
Or smoking long, buck cigars
No, no, not me
All I care about is
Doin' the guy in
Who's pickin' on you
Twistin' the wrist
That's turnin' the screw

[Billy and (Female Chorus):]
All I (he) care(s) about is love!

Girls: "I Can't Do It Alone"

Broadway Version

Instrumental Version

Lyrics for "I Can't Do It Alone"

(Announcer) Ladies and gentlemen,
Miss Velma Kelly in an act of desperation.

My sister and I had an act that couldn't flop.
My sister and I were headed straight for the top.
My sister and earned a thou a week at least, oh yeah...
But my sister is now unfortunately deceased.
I know it's sad, of course,
but a fact is still a fact.
And now all that remains is the remains
of a perfect double act!
Watch this!

Velma Kelly (to Roxie):
Now, you have to imagine it with two people!
It's swell with two people.

First I'd -
then she'd -
then we'd -
but I can't do it alone!
Then she'd -
then I'd -
then we'd -
but I can't do it alone!
She'd say, "What's your sister like?"
I'd say man...
she'd say, "You're the cat's meow!"
then we'd wow the crowd again!
When she'd go -
I'd go -
we'd go -
then those ding dong daddies started to roar,
whistled, stomped, stamped on the floor!
Yelling, screaming, begging for more!
And we'd say, "Ok, fellas, keep your socks up,
'cause you ain't seen nothing yet!"
But I simply cannot do it alone!

Velma Kelly (to Roxie):
So what'd ya think, huh?
Come on, you can say...

[Roxie blows a raspberry]

Velma Kelly (to Roxie):
I know you're right, the first part's crap.
But the second part, the second part is really nifty! Ok...

She'd go -
I'd go -
We'd go -
Then those two-bit johnny's did it around
to cheer the best attraction in town
they nearly tore the balcony down!
And we'd say, "Ok boys, we're going home.
But before we go, here's a few more partin' shots!"
And this, this we did in perfect unison!
Now you see me going through it
you may think there's nothing to it
but I simply cannot do it alone!

Ensemble: "All That Jazz"

Lyrics for "All That Jazz"

Come on, babe
Why dont we paint the town?
And all that jazz

I'm gonna rouge my knees
And roll my stockings down
And all that jazz

Start the car
I know a whoopee spot
Where the gin is cold
But the piano's hot

It's just a noisy hall
Where there's a nightly brawl
And all that jazz

Slick your hair
And wear your buckle shoes
And all that jazz

I hear that Father Dipp
Is gonna blow the blues
And all that jazz

Hold on, hon'
We're gonna bunny hug
I bought some asprin
Down at United Drug

In case you shake apart
And wanna brand new start
To do that jazz

Oh, you're gonna see you
Sheba shimmy shake
And all that jazz

Oh, she's gonna shimmy
Till her garters break
And all that jazz

Show her where to park her girdle
Oh, her mother's blood'd curdle
If she'd hear her baby's queer
For all that jazz

Find a glass
We're playing fast and loose
And all that jazz

Right up here
Is where I store the juice
And all that jazz

Come on, babe
We're gonna brush the sky
I betcha lucky
Lindy never flew so high

'Cause in the stratosphere
How could he lend an ear
To all that jazz?

So that's final, [Incomprehensible]
Yeah, I'm afraid so, kiddo
Afraid? Yeah
Nobody walks out on me

No, I'm no one's wife
But, oh, I love my life
And all that jazz
That jazz

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Jones.