Importance of Being Earnest opens at BHS this week

The talented team in the Ballard High School Performing Arts Program will present The Importance of Being Earnest this month.

Performances will be held at Ballard High on May 11-13 and 18-20 with the curtain for all performances at 7:30 p.m.

Oscar Wilde’s well-known play is a Victorian era story set in England. The cleverly written script promises plenty of laughs!

Ballard’s Playmakers are in fine form with beautiful costuming and a simply elegant set. As funny as the play is, it is also quite beautiful and whole look is reminiscent of paintings by the old masters.

Locals are invited to come and enjoy some comic lightness as you follow these characters from city to country!

Admission for Adults $15, Students and Seniors $10. Advance tickets are available online.

BHS to present Les Misérables this month

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The talented performers in the Ballard High Performing Arts Department are busily preparing for the performance run of Les Misérables later this month.

The popular musical will be performed at Ballard High School in the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts (1418 NW 65th St) on March 16-18 and 23-25 at 7:30 pm, and March 26th at 2:00pm.

Les Misérables is the winner of 8 Tony Awards, and the BHS interpretation promises to deliver moving moments, humor, song and dance, 19th Century costuming and sets, and a non-stop musical score.

Tickets for the performances can be purchased online and cost $15 for Adults, $10 for Students and Seniors.

The BHS Performing Arts will also host a Dinner Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, at 5 p.m. to raise funds for the program.

Locals can reserve their seats for an unforgettable night of dinner and theatre. The “Meet the Actors” reception starts at 5pm, dinner will be served at 5:45pm, and the curtain goes up at 7:30pm.

Attendees will enjoy a relaxing meal and mocktail in the BHS Commons with fellow theatre fans then stroll on over to the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center to prime reserved seats. Tickets for the Dinner Gala/Show combination start at $35 and can be reserved online.

58th annual Spaghetti Dinner on next month at BHS

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The 58th annual BHS Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the Performing Arts programs is set for Saturday, February 4, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The event will be held in the BHS School Commons at 1418 NW 65th St.

In addition to a delicious spaghetti dinner, attendees will enjoy Ballard High’s musicians including the Jazz, Fiddle and Symphonic Bands and the Acapella Vocal ensemble.

Locals are encouraged to bring their friends, family and neighbors to the casual gathering that includes a full spaghetti dinner (meat and veggie sauce options), a raffle, a bake sale and a loads of fun.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students and children under 5 years of age can attend for free.

Tickets:  Adults $15/ Students $10/ 5 years and under are free.

BHS Performing Arts to present performance of “Rent”

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The talented team from Ballard High School Performing Arts will be presenting the score from the musical Rent on Thursday, December 1, and Saturday, December 3.

In what promises to be an outstanding musical evening, local actor/singers Melissa Backstrom, EJ Ekello, Savana Masako Smith, and Marshall Link join alumni Aisha Carpenter and Gustavo Gutierrez, director Shawn Riley and Senior Diego Roberts Buceta in singing the key roles.

The entire BHS thespian troupe will perform in the ensemble with some props, great lighting and fantastic singing.

Proceeds from the events will go to Lifelong, a local non-profit that is making a real difference in our community for those fighting AIDS, and also will support the LED theatre lighting conversion at Ballard High School

Tickets are $25 ($20 for students/seniors) and are available both online and at the door.

Performances will be held on both nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center at 1418 NW 65th St.

Patxi’s to help raise funds for BHS Performing Arts

Ballard High School Performing Arts’ Corporate Sponsor Patxi’s Pizza has generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from dine in, order out or delivery orders to Ballard Performing Arts all day this Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

“Meet your friends there, take a break with take-out, or have some delivered while knowing you are supporting Ballard Performing Arts. Mark your calendar and let’s give them a BUSY day,” writes Ann from BHS Performing Arts.

Click here to check out the Patxi’s menu in preparation for Saturday.

BHS student directors present one act plays

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This is the final week for locals to catch the work of the talented Ballard High student directors and their casts in the One Act Plays event.

The performance comprises of four plays including Sure Thing, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Diversions and Scribe’s Paradox.

The Plays are directed by four different students; Aisha Carpenter, Alex Howell, Izzy Mar, and Camaira Metz.

In terms of their involvement, the students are completely responsible for the productions with program director, Shawn Riley, holding an advisory role.

“It provides them with the opportunity to manage everything from rehearsal schedule to technical theater directions. The cast takes their direction and works hard to execute their vision,” says Riley.

All performances are at the BHS Earl Kelley Center for Performing Arts (1418 NW 65th St) and begin at 7:30 p.m. May 19, 20 and 21.

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students/Seniors. Advance tickets are available online.

It is suggested that these plays are not appropriate for young children.

Fill the Goodwill truck BHS fundraiser on this Saturday

Are you running out of space in your closets, garage and other storage spots in your home? Just box or bag those items you no longer need and drop them off at the Goodwill Truck fundraiser for the Ballard High School Performing Arts program.

The truck will be parked in the BHS parking lot on NW 67th Street from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 2.

“You did it in January. It was easy and fun. Ballard Performing Arts made $1000! Let’s do it again,” says Ann from BHS Performing Arts.

Locals are encouraged to bring electronics, used cell phones, clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen items and small furniture.

57th annual Spaghetti Dinner set for Saturday at BHS

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The annual BHS Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the Performing Arts programs is on this Saturday, April 2, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The event will be held in the BHS School Commons at 1418 NW 65th St.

In addition to a delicious spaghetti dinner, attendees will enjoy Ballard High’s musicians including the Jazz, Fiddle and Symphonic Bands and the Acapella Vocal ensemble.

Locals are encouraged to bring their friends, family and neighbors to the casual gathering that includes a full spaghetti dinner (meat and veggie sauce options), a raffle, a bake sale and a loads of fun.

Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  with the performances continuing until 9pm.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students and children under 5 years of age can attend for free.

Tickets:  Adults $15/ Students $10/  5 years and under are free.

BHS Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall

According to a KING 5 News report, the Ballard High School concert choir is performing at New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall on March 17 and 18.

Ballard was one of 15 choirs chosen throughout the country. According to the report, the choir will perform this year and the wind ensemble has been invited to perform in 2017.

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“This is the first time that we’ve taken kids to Carnegie,” Courtney Rowley, the school’s director of choirs, told KING 5 News.

“Hopefully other schools can look at this and say, ‘Oh, wow. Ballard’s been invited to Carnegie. Two of their groups,’” Michael James, the school’s director of bands, told KING 5. “We’re kind of the new kids on the block. We’re just doing our own thing.”

Congratulations to all involved!