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Tree Lighting Ceremony 2016

The tree lighting event started off with a short speech From our Mayor.


Followed by Christmas songs performed by Raytown Students

Santa arrived to help get the lights going, choosing a nice red Raytown Firetruck instead of a sleigh. Santa then proceeded down the street to listen to a huge line of children wanting to make a few requests. Along the way he passed the tractor pulling the hayride. After the children have a talk with Santa, Frosty was waiting with a basket of candy.

The Raytown Community Band Flutes entertained the crowd gathered to talk to Santa.

Raytown South performed “Once Upon a Mattress”

 

once_upon_a_mattress1024Raytown South High School’s Departments of Theatre and Music recently presented Once Upon a Mattress, the classic musical spin off of the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea.

Student performances included: Gabrielle McDuffy as Princess Winnifred the Woebegone, Kaitlyn Barkley as Queen Aggravain, Megyn Payne as Lady Larkin, Christopher Gilbert as the Minstrel, Juventud Luna as Prince Dauntless the Drab, Brandon Guzman as the Silent King, and Levi Barkley as Sir Harry.

The show featured over 60 students working on stage and in production roles.  Students designed the costumes, lighting, and sound for the production.

Raytown South High will present its spring play, Almost, Maine, on March 30-31.

District High School Marching Bands Wrap Up Successful Seasons

The Raytown High School, Bluejay Pride, and the Raytown South High School, Southern Regiment, marching bands recently wrapped up successful marching seasons.

This season, the Raytown High School, Bluejay Pride, performed a show titled, “The Pursuit of Happiness.” The Bluejay Pride placed first in their division at the Park Hill District Marching Festival and earned second place in their division at the Missouri Western Tournament of Champions. The band also earned third place in their division at the Smith-Cotton Marching Festival and received third place in their division at the Trenton Marching Festival.

The Raytown South High School, Southern Regiment, performed a show titled, “Reflections of Fame” arranged by 1987 Raytown South graduate, Steve Vento. This season, Southern Regiment placed first in their division and earned the outstanding performance recognition at the Sedalia Marching Band Competition. The band competed in finals for the second year in a row, earned second place, and earned the outstanding percussion award at the Festival of Champions at the University of Central Missouri. Southern Regiment earned third place in their division with an excellent performance rating at the Heart of America Marching Festival at the University of Kansas. The band also competed at the Golden Regiment Marching Band Invitational at Blue Springs High School and the Lee’s Summit North Marching Festival.

The Raytown High School Bluejay Pride Marching Band is under the direction of Joseph Hill. The Raytown South High School Southern Regiment Marching Band is under the direction of Brandon Hord.

Norfleet 5th Grade Recorder Club performance

The Norfleet 5th Grade Recorder Club performed with the Raytown Community Symphonic Band on Sunday, April 24 at the Raytown Arts Festival.

Four Norfleet students, two Norfleet teachers, and one guest student performed on the song “Recorder Rock” with the band accompanying.

“The students did a great job, and the audience loved the song,” Instructor Sarah Eckhoff said.  nf_recorder_club1024

Those pictured from left to right are: Sarah Eckhoff (music teacher), Sebastian Gibbs (from Blue Springs), Olivia McCarroll, Felicia Storm (5th grade teacher), Ben Gippner, Aspen Sanders, and David Thompson (seated).

Raytown High School’s fall musical, Oklahoma! opens

You Cain’t Say No to Oklahoma!

“There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,” sings Curly as the audience gets their first glimpse of Oklahoma!, the first musical of the 2015-2016 school year produced by the Raytown High School Theatre and Music Departments, running Nov. 19-21. Oklahoma! is a lively and hilarious musical that premiered on Broadway on March 31, 1943, and has won numerous awards, including the Olivier awards for Outstanding Musical Production, Best Set Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer.

The show is set in early 1900’s Oklahoma, before it was made the 46th member of the Union, and follows the story of Laurey, Curly, and their friends as the Box Social approaches. Featuring songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Kansas City,” “Cain’t Say No,” “Out of My Dreams,” and “Oklahoma!,” this show is full of musical numbers to remember.

The main cast includes Zach Kujath as Curly McLain, Emma Drace as Laurey Williams, Julianna McCarroll as Aunt Eller, Caleb McCarroll as Jud Fry, Raynesha Green as Ado Annie, Braden Best as Will Parker, Israel Hanke as Ali Hakim, and Richard Jones as Andrew Carnes.

The Raytown High School theatre, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Kolster, continues its season with The Odd Couple showing Feb. 25-27, 2016, and Hairspray, April 14-16, 2016. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office before and after school, or before the performance. To receive the advanced rate, one may also email Kathleen.kolster@raytownschools.org to reserve.

Students: $5. General Admission: $7 in advance/reserved, $8 at the door.

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Raytown High production of “The Drowsy Chaperon” nominated for Starlight Theater Blue Star Awards

Drowsey ChaperonePoster_smallRaytown High School’s production of The Drowsy Chaperon earned the school two nominations in the Starlight Theater 13th annual Blue Star Awards.  Nominees will receive their honors in a public ceremony on Starlight Theatre’s Cohen Community Stage on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The show was nominated for Outstanding Scenic Design and Construction, Tier I ($0-$1,850) and Outstanding Costume Design and Construction, Tier I ($0-$1,600).

Modeled after Broadways Tony® Awards, the program annually recognizes achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre.  This year, a total of 46 high schools producing 57 musicals participated.

Starlight’s Blue Star Awards are open to the public and are sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.

Raytown High School students earn 1 rating and advance to State music competition

blue_jay_band2Raytown High School music students recently competed at the District level.  Those who received I’s will advance to compete at the state level.

Mosha Clyma, Grace Givens, Caleb McCarroll, and Alex Sons all received ones on their solos.

In the Madrigal category, Tristen Caudle, Emma Drace, Zach Kujath, Julianna McCarroll, Melody Olvera, Alejandro Reliford, Alex Sons, and Hannah Treat received I ratings.The trio of Emma Drace, Julianna McCarroll and Hannah Treat also received a 1.

Vocal Soloists who received a “2” rating were as follows: Madilyn Baker, Leigh Ann Beam, Tristen Caudle, Emma Drace, Raheem Fielder-Bay, Raynesha Green, Demetrius Hampton, Mikiah Hulme, Zach Kujath Julianna McCarroll, Melody Olvera, Eva Perez, and Hannah Treat.

A sextet of Madilyn Baker,Leigh Ann Beam, Stephenie Borja, Caleb McCarroll, Clint Wallace, and Gi Gi Willett, and a Miscellaneous Ensemble consisting of Jordan Atkins, Shirley Betancourt, Machelle Carman, Raheem FIelder-Bey, Elana Harris, DaeSean Jones, and DeAngela Warren received a 2 rating.

Other 2 ratings were the Double Quartet of Jonathan Castillo, Tristen Caudle, Jonathan Castillo, Richard Jones, Kujath, Isaiah Mayfield, Alejandro Reliford, and Alex Sons; the Double Quartet of Dillon Gercone, Raynesha Green, Demetrius Hampton, Mikiah Hulme, Dominic Marchese, Kaylnn Murray Jordyn Poynter, and Chris Sadler; and the Sextet of Maria Beam, Raynesha Green, Mikiah Hulme, Kaylnn Murray, Eva Perez, and Jordyn Poynter. The vocal musicians are taught by Alex Kolster.

Orchestra students who earned a I rating are as follows: Hannah Steele, piano solo; Viviana Olvera Sydney Middleton, and Skylar Thompson, violin solos; Melody Olvera and Ashton Yoder, cello solos; Brianda Taylor, string bass solo; and Anisah Marshall and Sydney Middleton, violin duet.

The following students received a 2-Outstanding rating at the district festival this weekend: Sophie Miles, Asha Berry and Sage McKenna, violin trio; and Hannah Steele, Samantha Carroll, Antiana Richardson, and Demetrius Hampton, string quartet.  Orchestra students are taught by Amy Sadler.

The following instrumental music students received a 1 rating and are eligible to attend State Solo and Ensemble in May: Emma Drace and Hannah Treat, horn solos; Jarrell Lee, baritone sax solo; Jon Marple, oboe solo; Matthew Maynard and Nathan Verhulst, trumpet solos; Rachel Miller, flute solo; Rachel Miller, Madeline McCready, and Katie Rock, flute trio; Adriana Albor, Nathan Verhulst, Matthew Maynard, trumpet trio; Alex Bearden, Shannan Lewis, Spencer Beaman, Jordan Patrick, and Joe Straws, marimba solos;  and Evalynn Lomax and Spencer Beaman, snare solos.

Those who received a 2 rating were: Adriana Albor, Fred Farrand, and Kelly Miller, trumpet solos; Emma Schoolcraft, Katie Rock, and Madeline McCready, flute solos; Kevin Johnson, tenor sax solo; Raheem Fielder-Bey, baritone solo; Simone Jones, clarinet solo; Raheem Fielder-Bey, Trent Lindley, Kelly Miller, baritone trio; Nathan Verhulst, Jon Marple, Trent Lindley, Isabella Liggett, Raheem Fielder-Bey, andTroy Oberholtz, brass sextet;  Truman Steehn, Alexis Andonie, and True McKenna, trombone trio; Jon Hernandez and Dante Woods, snare solos; Earl Bradshaw and Evalynn Lomax, marimba solos; and Madison Barrett, piano solo.

Instrumental music students are under the direction of Joseph Hill.

Raytown High School Theatre will perform Moon Over Buffalo

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The Raytown High School Theatre department will perform Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo on April 16, 17 and 18 at the high school.

Set in Buffalo, New York in the 1950s, Moon Over Buffalo is a high energy comedy. The plot involves a family of actors trying to put on a play for a big movie director, Frank Capra. Throughout the show, identities are confused, actors are misplaced, and bringing Murphy’s Law to life, anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

“As the director of this wild show, I have really enjoyed watching these actors grow and use their comedic talents to tell such a fun story,” Director Katie Kolster said.

Performances begin at 7:00 at the Robert B. Atkins Performing Arts Center, 6109 Blue Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $5 for students. Adult tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Due to the limited number of seats available, advance ticket purchase is suggested. Those interested in attending may call the high school at 268-7300 or email kathleen.kolster@raytownschools.org to RSVP.

Raytown High School performs “The Crucible”

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The Raytown High School Theatre department will perform Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on February 26, 27, and 28 at the high school.

Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, the play is a dramatic re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trials. The play is based on real events, but is not actual history.  When the play first appeared on stage in 1953, it was intended to be an allegory about the anti-communist Red Scare and Senator Joseph McCarthy’s congressional hearings.

“I was first drawn to this play when I read it in high school and have been brought back to it several times,” Director Katie Kolster said. “It is a well-written drama that presents a moral dilemma.”

Thursday, February 26th and Friday, February 27th’s performances begin at 7:00 at the Robert B. Atkins Performing Arts Center, 6109 Blue Ridge Blvd.  Saturday, Feburary 28th’s performances are at both 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

According to Kolster, the play will have a different feel for the audience.

“It used to be a tradition at Raytown High that every year, one of the plays would be performed ‘in the round,’ meaning that the audience is seated around the stage. This show will revive that tradition. Forcing the action so close to the audience creates an intimate atmosphere and also heightens the emotional content,” Kolster said.

Due to the limited number of seats available, advance ticket purchase is suggested.  Those interested in attending may call the high school at 268-7300 or email kathleen.kolster@raytownschools.org to RSVP.

Braden Best and Hanna Treat will portray John and Elizabeth Proctor, Dykota Sprinkle and Amethyst Moraine will portray Giles and Martha Corey.  Francis Nurse and Rebecca Nurse will be played by Lia Bowne and Hannah Steele, and Tituba and Sarah Good will be played by Raynesha Green and Gi Gi Willett.

Brooke Griggs, Hope Romero, Leigh Ann Beam, Mosha Clyma, Tina Mathis, Grace Givens, and Iliana Miller will portray The Girls.  The People of Salem will be played by Stephen Reynolds, Gabe Sawyer, Jessica Madrid, Jeremiah Paul, and Ashley Dedrickson.

Members of The Court will be portrayed by Zach Kujath, Austin Hardiman, Emeril Hart, Richard Jones, Chris Solomon, and Nathan Holloway.

Zach Thonen is serving as Technical Director and Scenic Designer. Assistant Directors are Emma Drace and Abbie Braly. Stage managers are Leah White, Julianna McCarroll, and Tyler Stanway.  The Fly Rail Operator is Leah White and the Lighting Designer and Board Operator is Hannah Wadleigh.

Costume and Hair and Makeup Design are provided by Demetrius Hampton and Melanie Newton respectively. Elizabeth Kujath is the Sound Designer and Board Operator, and Raheem Fielder-Bey and Amethyst Moraine are the Props Designers.

Vinzent Guthrie and the high school Graphic Design class created the poster for the play, and the box office will be managed by Luther Wright and Kayla Lee.

“BLUEJAY PRIDE” MARCHING BAND PERFORMS AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD

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 RAYTOWN HIGH SCHOOL “BLUEJAY PRIDE” MARCHING BAND PERFORMS AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Students take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program in Orlando, Fla.

 Orlando, Fla., (January 1, 2014) — Members of Raytown High School “Bluejay Pride” Marching Band became stars of their own Disney show on December 31, 2014 when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park. The group traveled over 1,200 miles from Raytown, MO. to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts program.

The marching band, under the direction of Joseph Hill and Mike Doney, entertained hundreds of Magic Kingdom Park guests as they marched through Frontierland and around Cinderella Castle onto Main Street, U.S.A. before the “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.”

This was the group’s first visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts program.

Dance, vocal and instrumental ensembles from all around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.

For more information, visit www.DisneyPerformingArts.com or call 1-800-603-0552.

About the Disney Performing Arts Program

Disney Performing Arts unlocks student potential and helps young people make their own dreams come true – whether it’s performing in front of an international audience of thousands at Disney theme parks and resorts or honing their craft in enriching workshops and clinics taught by entertainment professionals. Every year, thousands of vocal, instrumental, and other ensembles travel from around the world to participate in Disney Performing Arts programs at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Disney delivers workshops and performance opportunities that enrich, inspire and often lead to life-changing personal achievement.

RAYTOWN HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCES COMEDY WITHIN A MUSICAL, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

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“I just want to be entertained,” the Man in Chair states in this hilarious musical comedy produced by Raytown High School Theatre and Music Departments November 20 through 22, 2014. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is an entertaining show within a show that ran on Broadway in 2006 and received more Tony awards that year than any other show, including Best Musical.

“THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a musical gift to those who love theatre. Out show is particular helps remind me why I do what I do. As the Man in Chair says, ‘Theatre gives you a song to carry in your head when you are feeling blue,” Director, Katie Kolster, states.

As eventful as the show is, the story takes place completely within the Man in Chair’s mind and manifests itself inside his apartment while he listens to the record of the 1928 fictitious show. Watch as he continuously takes the audience in and out of his fantasy and become lost in this glamorous comedy.

The principal cast consists of Caleb McCarroll as Man in Chair, Hannah Treat as The Chaperone, Mosha Clyma as Janet Van de Graff, Zach Kujath as Robert Martin, Julianna McCarroll as Mrs. Tottendale, Demetrius Hampton as Underling, Alex Gicinto as George, Alejandro Reliford as Gangster #1, Gabe Sawyer as Gangster #2, Austin Hardiman as Feldzeig, Gi Gi Willett as Kitty, Melody Olvera as Trix the Aviatrix, Braden Best as Aldolpho, as  Leah White as the Superintendent. The ensemble is comprised of Hope Romero, Emma Drace, Bailey Shaw, Abbie Braley, Raynesha Green, Sydni Embry, Hannah Steele, Rachel Miller, Leigh Ann Beam, Jessica Madrid, Raheem Fielder-Bey, Chris Solomon, Jacob Alvarado, and John Dickmann.

The Raytown High School theatre, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Kolster, continues its season with THE CRUCIBLE showing February 26-28, 2015 and MOON OVER BUFFALO April 16-18, 2015. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 to reserve for adults or $8 at the door.

Raytown High’s Godspell earns 3 nominations in Starlight Blue Star Awards

Raytown High School’s production of Godspell earned the school three nominations in the Starlight Theater 12th annual Blue Star Awards.  Nominees will receive their honors in a public ceremony on Starlight Theatre’s Cohen Community Stage on Thursday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Junior Alex Gicinto was nominated for Outstanding Male Ensemble Member for his role as Justin in the play, and the production received nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Technical Crew.

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Alex Gicinto

Modeled after Broadways Tony® Awards, the program annually recognizes achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre.  This year, a total of 46 high schools producing 52 musicals participated.

Starlight’s Blue Star Awards are open to the public and are sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.

Results from Music Festival at MU

Students from the Raytown School District recently participated in the State Solo and Small Ensemble festival at the University of Missouri.

Raytown South High band students who received a  1 or Superior Rating are the following: Deja Higgins, clarinet solo; Brian Lollman, alto saxophone solo; Kalayna Lollar, tenor saxophone solo; Zach Shupe, trumpet solo; Hannah McIntyre, trumpet solo; Alysa Orchard, euphonium solo; and Zach Shupe, Alysa Orchard, Ian Mahl, trumpet trio.

Raytown South High orchestra students who received a 1 or Superior Rating are the following: Students who received a  1 or Superior Rating: Kaitlyn Barkley, Emely Rodriguez, Emma Franklin,  and Henry Franklin, string quartet; Jacinda Godfirnon, Jackie Price, Daijah Wroten, and Makayla Looney-violin quartet; Kacie Brewington, violin solo; and Austin Shults, cello solo.

Raytown High School band students who received a 1 or Superior Rating are the following: Cassy Mais, flute solo; Simone Jones, clarinet solo; Crosbie Jarrett, trumpet solo and snare solo; Raheem Fielder-Bey, baritone solo; Katie Rock, flute solo; and Joseph Straws, Brandon Williams, and Crosbie Jarrett, snare trio.

Raytown High School orchestra students who received a 1 or Superior Rating are the following: Hannah Scheerer, violin solo; and Erin Konomos and Melody Olvera, violin duet

Car Show Fundraiser for Raytown High Band

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Raytown South Orchestra at Metro District Solo and Ensemble Festival

cardinal clarinetThe Raytown South High School Orchestra recently participated in the Kansas City Metro District Solo and Ensemble Festival.

The following orchestra students received a I Rating (Superior) and are eligible to perform at State Solo and Ensemble: Kaitlyn Barkley, Emma Franklin, Henry Franklin, and Emely Rodriguez, quartet; Kacie Brewington, violin solo; Emma Franklin and Emily McIntyre, viola duet; Jacinda Godfirnon, violin solo; Jacinda Godfirnon, Makayla Looney, Jackie Price, and Daijah Wroten violin quartet; Atlanta Hubbard and Rosie Schauffler, duet; Makayla Looney, violin solo; Emily McIntyre, piano solo; and Austin Shults, cello solo.

The following orchestra students received a II Rating (Excellent): Lizz Bishop, viola solo; Lizz Bishop and Austin Shults, duet; Abby Bishop and Liz Bishop, duet; Carlyn Bridges, cello solo; Carlyn Bridges and Emily McFerren, cello duet; Zach Flannery, bass solo; Atlanta Hubbard, viola solo; Ami Khalsa and Sydney Smith, violin duet; Curtis Mahl, viola solo; Emily McFerren, cello solo; Emily McIntyre, viola solo; Matthew Montemore, cello solo; Ellis Moore, piano solo; Jackie Price, violin solo; Rosie Schauffler, violin solo; Sydney Smith, violin solo; and Daijah Wroten, violin solo.

The orchestra is under the direction of Suzannah Smith.

Raytown Student results from District and State Music Festivals

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Raytown School District orchestra and band students recently participated in district and state music festivals.

In the State Large Ensemble Festival, Raytown High’s Symphonic Band received a I Rating (Exemplary) and the Concert Band received a II Rating (Outstanding).  This was the 3rd consecutive year for the Symphonic Band to receive the top rating.

The Raytown High School Symphony Orchestra received a I Rating at Missouri State Music Festival on Thursday, March 27th.

The Following orchestra students received a I Rating and are eligible to perform at State Solo and Ensemble: Hannah Scheerer, violin solo; Skylar Thompson, violin solo; Sydney Petty, viola solo; Hannah Steele, piano solo; Brianda Taylor, string bass solo; Melody Olvera, cello solo; Emma Givens and Erin Konomos, violin duet; and Rikki Davis and Melody Jonas, cello duet.

 The following orchestra students received a II Rating: Hanine AlHaydar, viola solo; Matthew Snell, viola solo; Tristan Caudle, viola solo; Ashton Yoder, cello solo; Grace Little, Anisah Marshall, Hope Romero, and Alexis Yoder, violin quartet; and Erin Konomos, Emma Givens, Briena Frost, and Lindsey Butler, string quartet.

RaytownHigh School band students recently competed in the Kanas City Metro District Solo and Ensemble Festival. 

The following students received a I Rating; these student are eligible to perform at State Solo and Ensemble: Jon Marple, oboe solo; Laura Geeding, trumpet solo; Cassy Mais, flute solo; Hunter Delamare, marimba solo; Simone Jones, clarinet solo; Crosbie Jarrett, trumpet solo; Crosbie Jarrett, snare solo; Raheem Fielder-Bey, baritone solo; Hannah Treat, horn solo; Spencer Beaman, marimba solo; Katie Rock, flute solo; Nathan Verhulst, trumpet solo; Joseph Straws, snare solo; Kendrick Reed, marimba solo; Earl Bradshaw, snare solo; and Joseph Straws, Brandon Williams, and Crosbie Jarrett, snare trio.

The following students received a II Rating: Matthew Maynard, trumpet solo; Madeline McCready, flute solo; Brandon Williams, snare solo; Emma Drace, horn solo; Alex Bearden, marimba solo; Adriana Albor, trumpet solo; Crista Pinkston, alto sax solo; Shannon Lewis, marimba solo; Dante Woods, marimba solo; Hunter Delamare, piano solo; Evalynn Lomax, snare solo; Crosbie Jarrett, Laura Geeding, and Adriana Albor, trumpet trio; Nathan Verhulst, Raheem Fielder-Bey, and Isabella Liggett, trumpet trio; Cassy Mais, Madeline McCready, and Katie Rock, flute trio; and Crista Pinkston, Hannah Wadleigh, Amanda Stoll, and  Katie Rock, saxophone trio.

RaytownSouthHigh School band students also participated in the Kanas City Metro District Solos and Ensemble Festival. 

The following students received a I Rating and will continue to the State Festival: Allison Freed, flute solo; Deja Higgins, clarinet solo; Juliana Hudspeth, bassoon solo; Brian Lollman, alto saxophone solo; Kalayna Lollar, tenor saxophone solo; Zach Shupe, trumpet solo; Hannah McIntyre, trumpet solo; Allie Hornbostel, French horn solo; Ben White, trombone solo; Alysa Orchard, euphonium solo; Michael Hudspeth, tuba solo; Brian Lollman, Michael Keightley, Kalayna Lollar, and Schuyler Hodges, saxophone quartet; and Zach Shupe, Alysa Orchard, and Ian Mahl, trumpet trio.

 The following students received a II Rating: Lynette McGee, flute solo; Priscilla Jones, flute solo; Jaime Tonasket, flute solo; TaMiya Strickland, clarinet solo; Michael Keightley, alto saxophone solo; Alden Florez, alto Saxophone solo; Paige Teeman, French horn; Allison Freed, Lynette McGee, and Jaime Tonasket, flute trio; and Kole Waters, Brandon Jones, and Patrick Torello, percussion trio.

Raytown South Middle School Jazz Band News

On Saturday, March 8, the Raytown South Middle School Jazz Band traveled to Maryville, Missouri, to participate in the Northwest Missouri State University Jazz Festival.  The band received a One (top)  rating and a 1st place trophy for their performance. 

Ronnie White, 7th grade drummer, received the Top Soloist-Musician Award in the Middle School Division.  Other jazz members receiving Musicianship Awards were Levi Barkley, 7th Grade vibes; Vernon Potts , 7th grade vibes; and Larzell Ausler, 7th grade drum set and congas. 

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Ronnie White

The Jazz Band will participate on April 17  in the Penn Valley Jazz Festival, which will be held at the famous Gem Theatre in the 18th and Vine Jazz District. 

The band’s conductor is Brenda Kueck.

Raytown South Middle Jazz Band received a #1 at Jazz Fest

The Raytown South Middle Jazz Band received a 1, the highest rating, at the University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival in Warrensburg, Missouri held on Saturday, February 22. 

Raytown South Middle School Jazz Band was among 35 middle school and high school jazz bands participating in the festival. 

Outstanding Musicianship awards were given to Levi Barkley and Veron Potts for 7th grade vibes for 7th grade alto saxophone; and Nate McIntyre for 8th grade bass. 

The band is under the direction of Brenda Kueck.

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The Raytown High Jaywalker Dance Teams Competition Results

The Raytown High School Jaywalker dance team recently competed in the Lee’s Summit North Invitational. In their best finish in recent years, the team took 3rd place in the Jazz Division and 2nd place in Hip Hop Division.

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Pictured from left to right are Kristina Smith, Abbie Braly, Gracie Little, Emily Johnson (captain), Ashley Young, Lydia Arduser, Nikki Mathison, Emma Drace, Abby Wilson, Bailey Shaw, J’mia Cheadle, and Savanna Jackson (secretary).

The squad is coached by Christi Lamb and Mallory Peacher, Raytown High School graduates.

Raytown Teen Competes in Star Search Competition

Fifteen year old Alex Haywood, a Raytown resident, made it to the second round of the Variety Children’s Charity’s Star Search competition. Haywood sings a song about not letting circumstances hold you down to his 11-year-old sister, Dándra Haywood who is a special ed student at Raytown Middle School. Haywood’s band, The Selfless Remain, is a competition to be one of the top 10 bands to perform at the Alamo Drafthouse on February 23.

Haywood’s friend, 16-year-old Sammy Noel wrote “Circumstances” and dedicated the song to kids with disabilities. Noel is part of the band composed of four Lee Summit teens with Haywood as the lead singer. The song was professionally recorded at Destiny Audio in Independence, the music video shot at Lake Jacomo and produced by Lee Summit-based Combustible Media Productions. The video has had over 2,000 views since it was posted on January 12, 2014.

The band entered the song in the Variety Children’s Charity of Kansas City’s Star Search competition. The band is asking residents to vote with a $1 donation towards the charity that benefits children with disabilities. “I really liked the song because it shows how my sister feels so I put my heart into it,” says Haywood.

To vote on the video, go online to http://varietyshowkc.org/vote-today/. Voting ends February 14 at 11:59pm. If The Selfless Remains garners enough votes, they will go onto the next round of performing at Alamo Drafthouse on February 23rd.

Selections for All-District music programs

raytown_schoolsSelections for All-District music programs have been made, and the Raytown District is well- represented. 

All District Orchestra selections for RaytownHigh School were Hannah Scheerer, violin; Ashton Yoder, alternate cello; and Skylar Thompson, violin. The orchestra is directed by Amy Sadler.

All District Orchestra selections for Raytown South High were Megyn Payne, viola; and for String Orchestra, Rosie Schauffler, violin; Jacinda Godfirnon, violin; Issac Barkley, violin; Kaitlyn Barley, violin; Austin Shults, cello; and Ellis Moore, bass. The orchestra is directed by Suzannah Smith.

All District Band selections for Raytown High were Crosbie Jarrett, trumpet; Laura Geeting, trumpet; and Christa Pinkston, saxophone. Jarrett was also selected as first chair trumpet for All-District Jazz Band, and Pinkston was selected for tenor sax for All-District Jazz Band. The band is directed by Joe Hill.

All District Band selections for Raytown South High were Alyssa Orchard on trumpet. The band is directed by Michelle Dake.

All District Choir selections for Raytown High were Christa Pinkston, Women’s Honor Choir; and Hannah Treat, Women’s Honor Choir. The choir is directed by Roxanna Brown.

RaytownSouthMiddle School band students honored were Josh Blew, for alto saxophone first chair in the Kansas City Metro All-District Middle School Band. Blew will perform with the District Band on December 14 at ParkHillHigh School. The SMS band is directed by Brenda Kueck.

Raytown South High production of “In The Heights”

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RaytownSouthHigh School’s Chester McIntyre, senior,  recently starred as Usnari Dela Vega in the school’s musical production of In the Heights.

The musical by Lin-Manuel is set over the course of three days, and involves an ensemble cast of  characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of WashingtonHeights in New York City. The production was directed at South High by Brent Martin.

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Raytown High to preform Godspell

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Raytown South Music and Theatre Dept. presents “IN THE HEIGHTS”

Raytown South Music and Theatre Department Proudly Presents IN THE HEIGHTS. November 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  For ticket restervations and box office information please contact martinb@raytownschools.org.  

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 IN THE HEIGHTS is Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. This exhilarating musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner coffee shop is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. With a gripping story and incredible music and dance, IN THE HEIGHTS is a groundbreaking 21st century musical and the next chapter in the classic American story.