Curtains Almost Ready to Go Up on CSD High School Fall Musicals

It’s almost showtime for the musicals now in rehearsal at Canyons District high schools. 

If you’re into an entertaining creature who lives in a pineapple under the sea; an imprisoned and bold belle who tames a beast, frees new friends and finds unexpected love; courageous newsboys from the turn of the century who fight for their rights, flappers, feathers, fedoras and football players from the Roaring 20s; and a love story that’ll have you singing and dancing like Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, then you’re in luck.

All of that will soon be featured on stages around Canyons high schools in November and December. To borrow a line from one of the musicals, “Answer the call and don’t delay getting your tickets!” 

Here’s a sneak peek at the lineup of CSD’s five fall musicals:

ALTA: “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical”

  • Alta High School Performing Arts Center
  • Shows: Nov. 17-20, 22 (7 p.m.); Nov. 20 (2 p.m. matinee)
  • Tickets: On sale beginning Monday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m.

Synopsis: A volcano threatens to destroy Bikini Bottom, which sparks chaos, a mischievous plot, a heroic plan and, of course, musical numbers — written by The Flaming Lips’ lead singer Wayne Coyne — from SpongeBob and the quirky cast of characters from the beloved cartoon. It’s bound to be as fun as it sounds.

BRIGHTON: “Beauty and the Beast”

  • Brighton High auditorium
  • Shows: Dec. 3-4, 6 (7 p.m.); Dec. 4 (2 p.m. matinee)
  • Tickets: TBA

Synopsis: As audiences may know from the “Disney” movies, this is a tale as old as time about a determined, bright and brave young woman who manages to capture the heart of a cursed prince while meeting some interesting friends along the way. (Bonjour, Lumiere!)

CORNER CANYON: “Newsies: The Musical”

  • Corner Canyon High auditorium
  • Shows: Nov. 11-13, 15 (7 p.m.); Nov. 10 (10 a.m.); Nov. 13 (1 p.m.)
  • Tickets: On sale beginning Monday, Oct. 25, 7 a.m.

Synopsis: This is the rousing story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When the big wigs raise prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across New York City to strike and fight for what’s right.

HILLCREST: “Holiday Inn”

  • Hillcrest High auditorium (or TBD)
  • Shows: Dec. 2-4 (7 p.m.); Dec. 4 (1 p.m. matinee)
  • Tickets: TBA

Synopsis: Though it’s uncertain whether the Huskies’ new auditorium will be ready in time for the first show, we do know this — the show will go on and the performance will be terrific even if it’s in an alternative venue (stay tuned). Two fun facts: First, this will be the first time the Irving Berlin-influenced musical is performed in Utah. Second, this love story — made popular in the 1942 movie of the same name — is where Bing Crosby’s famous “White Christmas” song was introduced.

JORDAN: “Good News”

  • Jordan High auditorium
  • Shows: Nov. 4-6, 8 (7 p.m.)
  • Tickets: Currently on sale to the public

Synopsis: This story about a football star who falls in love with his astronomy tutor who’s trying to help him be eligible to play in Tait College’s big game was a big Broadway hit a century ago. Audiences are certain to be entertained by the jazzy music, costumes and choreography from the Roarin’ 20s.

Top Finish: A Whopping 35 CSD Student-Athletes Earn Academic-All State Awards for Fall Sports

Thirty-five student-athletes from Canyons District schools are training smart. Not only have they excelled in their respective athletic contests, but they have proven enough educational mettle to be named to the list of Academic All-State Award winners for 2021 fall sports.

The Utah High School Activities Association has presented the awards for more than 25 years to students who earn at least a 4.0 grade-point average, score among the top in the nation on college-entrance exams, or have a combination of stellar grades and standardized test scores.

The award is among the most prestigious honors presented to high school seniors by the UHSAA, which is the umbrella organization for sanctioned prep sports in Utah.

Girls Tennis

Elizabeth Bingham — Alta
Elizabeth Monson — Brighton
Nicole Devashrayee — Brighton
Erin Zhang — Hillcrest

Girls Cross Country

Allison Oler — Corner Canyon
Brynlin Pettit — Corner Canyon
Natalie Hunt — Corner Canyon
Rachel Oldham — Corner Canyon
Abby Hansen — Alta
Caroline Rupper — Brighton
Emily Swain — Hillcrest
Hannah Demke — Jordan

Volleyball

Isabel Crofts — Corner Canyon
Lily Crofts — Corner Canyon
Ella Biggs — Alta
Graysen Trupp — Brighton
Savannah Cottam — Brighton
Camille Johnson— Jordan
Hannah Dudley — Jordan

Girls Soccer

Elizabeth Johnson — Corner Canyon
Sydney Christensen — Corner Canyon
Hannah Schumann — Alta
Annie Alder — Brighton
Eliza Hobby — Brighton
Anika Balakrishnan — Hillcrest
Grace Pruden — Hillcrest
Jamicen Boyd — Hillcrest

Boys Cross Country

Dallin Gibbs — Corner Canyon
Jackson Henstrom — Corner Canyon
Tyler Randall — Corner Canyon
Ian Ackermann — Alta
Gage Wright — Hillcrest
Lucas Pearce — Jordan

Football

Cody Christensen — Corner Canyon
Cody Hagen — Corner Canyon

Canyons to Bring Back Six ‘Remote-Learning Fridays’

In acknowledgement of the continued pressures faced by teachers and staff as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canyons Board of Education has approved a plan to set aside six Fridays in the coming months for student remote learning and teacher preparation and planning.

The first “Remote-Learning Friday” will fall on Nov. 5, 2021, giving families time to adjust their schedules. Thereafter, the Administration will schedule five additional remote-learning Fridays. The schedule will take into account schools that are on a rolling ABAB calendar so as to avoid a disproportionate share of the Fridays falling on A or B days.

Remote Fridays are days of learning. Students are expected to use the time for independent study and will be provided learning packets or access to assignments on CSD’s common online-learning management system, Canvas.  Teachers will report to school for work and use the time to collaborate with peers, create lesson and intervention plans, and provide any needed outreach to students. They will also hold office hours by appointment for students and parents.

This time is not intended to be used for athletic or performing arts practices.

“The goal here is to support teachers in supporting students. Teachers need more planning and collaboration time to ensure students have the resources they need to excel, and students need more time to catch up on unfinished learning,” said Canyons Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bob Dowdle.

Similar to last year, teachers are reporting increased rates of exhaustion, stress, and burnout due in part to staffing shortages but also to student absenteeism, which requires additional instruction and remediation.

A nationwide labor shortage has made it difficult to hire school support staff and find enough substitutes to cover for teachers who fall ill or have to be pulled from the classroom for District-sponsored trainings. District Office staff are volunteering as substitutes, and the District has suspended the rollout of new initiatives and postponed teacher trainings that aren’t state-mandated or required as a condition of a grant. But the need for substitutes is so acute that it’s still requiring teachers to combine classes or fill in for one another on their preparation periods, leaving them little planning time.

In addition, high rates of student absences, due to illness or students being placed on COVID-19-related quarantine, are resulting in teachers having to invest extra time on interventions to keep students on track with their learning.

The Canyons Board of Education will consider at an upcoming meeting the proposed schedule for future remote-learning Fridays. As soon as the schedule is finalized, families will be directly notified through the District’s official communication channels.

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