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Addams Family Musical
Addams Family Earns 14 Tommy Award Nominations

Congratulations to the cast and crew of "The Addams Family" for their Tommy Award nominations. The winners will be announced in May. WHS is one of 80 schools statewide (many much larger than us) that are competing for awards in a variety of categories. The winners are honored at the Overture Center later this year. Please congratulate everyone when you see them. It's a great day to be a Whippet!

  • Outstanding Orchestra
  • Outstanding Lead Performance
    • Angie McKelvey - Alice
    • Lauren Harkness - Wednesday
    • Weston Lema- Gomez
    • Carter Waelchli – Pugsley
  • Outstanding Supporting Performance
    • Allisan Barrett – Grandma
    • Henry Bresser – Lucas
  • Outstanding Direction - Jim McCulloch
  • Outstanding Musical Direction – Liz Elliott
  • Outstanding Choreography – Lynn Lema
  • Outstanding Stage Management – Josie Hintz, Emma VanDaele, David Kromholtz
  • Outstanding Scenic Design - Jim McCulloch
  • Outstanding Costume Design – Becky Hoesly
  • Spirit Award Winner Andra Matthews (she will perform at the 2018 Tommy Award Ceremony)

Three Students Earn Winning Words Awards

Three Whitewater High School students recently received kudos and awards for their written submissions to the Winning Words Competition sponsored by the Walworth County Arts Council. Zoe Janke won two awards for her creative narrative--she won first place in two categories: the $100.00 school award and the $300.00 Walworth County award. Marina Cano won 2nd place--$200.00--for the Walworth County award. Dylan McCool won 2nd place--$50.00--for the school award and 3rd place--$100.00--for the Walworth County award. All three winners will attend the Walworth County banquet on June 12 and receive their county awards at that time. Congratulations and best wishes!

Five Selected to Perform with High School State Honors Project

Some of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians are about to meet up for what could be the most rewarding musical experience of their lifetime – Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) 2017 High School State Honors Music Project. Congratulations to Whitewater High School students Allisan Barrett, Jacob Zuehlke, Lydia Wiley Deal, Caty Strait, and Caroline Crowley for their selection to this prestigious group! The High School State Honors Music Project is designed to provide musically talented students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation’s finest conductors in a professional and highly disciplined setting. Students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the rehearsal period, which culminates with an inspired performance, celebrating the reach of music education statewide. “When students are challenged beyond what is possible in a classroom, the results are often inspiring and even magical. Honors students learn that hard work, commitment, responsibility and working together for the good of the ensemble are the keys to success in music and in life,” said Victoria Donahue, WSMA program director. Auditions were held in seven sites across the state this past February. Of the more than 1,300 auditions, 424 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 were invited to be part of the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles. Students selected to participate in the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project will meet for the first time at an intensive four-day summer camp at UW-Green Bay. All Honors students reconvene in Madison in late October to perform at the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference. The Honors concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians and are open to the public.

Big Fish Wins Several Tommy Awards

The results of this year's Tommy Awards are in, and several students and many parent volunteers from the fall production of Big Fish won this year.  Michael Hilliger was awarded Outstanding Supporting Performance for his role as Karl the Giant, Haley Dieter won the Spirit Award, and Savannah Boss was awarded for Outstanding Sound Design. Please congratulate them when you see them.  Lauren Harkness has been selected to join the elite Tommy Ensemble Performers.  She gave an outstanding audition and was one of 2 girls chosen out of dozens to students from over 70 schools.  She will join the best of the best in high school musical theatre performers; her year long term with the Overture Center starts this fall. 

All Students Score 1st or 2nd at State Solo and Ensemble

Congratulations to the 55 Band, Choir, Handbell, and Orchestra students who represented Whitewater High School at the State Solo/Ensemble Festival on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. All students earned either a 1st or 2nd rating. The Handbell Choir, WHS Ringers, made school history by earning a 1st rating at State for the first time ever! Well done! 

Two Jazz Groups Headed to State

On March 15, Whitewater High School Jazz Ensemble, Club Jazz, and Jazz Combo performed at East Troy High School for a Jazz Solo/Ensemble Contest. Club Jazz performed for comments only. Selections included That Warm Feeling by Sammy Nestico and Tenor Madness by Sonny Rollins. Jazz Ensemble performed two Class A pieces that qualified them for state. Selections included Duke Ellington's Never No Lament and Buddy Rich's Big Swing Face. The Jazz Combo was a student organized group that performed Dolphin Dance by Herbie Hancock and Hit and Run which earned them a star first rating qualifying them for state also. Adjudicator Dale Bigus gave great feedback and praise to the students and their hard work and really appreciated their improvisation. 

Fifty-Five Students Advance to State Solo and Ensemble Competition

Students from Whitewater High School represented their school very well on Saturday, March 11, at the WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Festival. The all-day festival was held at WHS. More than 90 music students participated in singing and instrumental events. Each event was judged and given a rating. Fifty-five WHS students earned a superior rating for their events which earned them a place at State Solo/Ensemble Festival at UW-Whitewater in April. Congratulations to all! 

Wence's Work Featured in RVC Traveling Art Show

The Rock Valley Conference Traveling Art Show has arrived at Whitewater High School. Each high school art teacher in the conference selects two pieces to be included in the exhibit, which travels to each high school in the Rock Valley Conference throughout the school year. WHS is represented by the artwork of senior Edith Wence and 2016 graduate Alyx Kiernan.

Eight Perform with Conference Honors Band

On Monday, January 30th, eight Whitewater High School Band students participated in the Rock Valley Conference Honors Band hosted at Jefferson High School. This year the ensemble was under the direction of Dr. Scott Corley of UW-Milwaukee. Students rehearsed all day and then gave a final concert in the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to these musicians on their beautiful performance!? Participants were Jacob Zuehlke (Junior), Bashkim Veliu (Senior), Mitchell Dalzin (Senior), Jimmy King (Senior), Haley Dieter (Senior), Allisan Barrett (Junior), Lydia Wiley Deal (Junior), and Sophia Elworthy (Senior).

Advanced Chorus Students Participate in RVC Honors Choir

On Thursday, January 26th, fifteen Whitewater High School students sang in the Rock Valley Honors Choir at the Performing Arts Center in Edgerton. The choir was under the direction of Dr. Gary Wath from UW-La Crosse. The day culminated in an afternoon concert. 

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