My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady, presented by Killian Hill Christian School on November 2nd and 3rd, has often been described as the “most perfect musical ever written.” The score by composer Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner (based on the playwright George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion) are among the most successful to emerge from American musical theatre. Songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” and “The Rain in Spain” have been musical theatre favorites for many years.
Director Mrs. Terry Fulbright did not plan to do this particular musical until late summer of 2017. “I wasn’t as familiar with this show as I was with the other nine Broadway musicals we’ve done, but after reading the script I fell in love with the comedic storyline. It is pure joy to see these students bond with their characters and see the individual onstage development. The audience is going to thoroughly enjoy this production!”
Lead characters include a variety of students who’ve had big show experience here at Killian Hill to those who are new to this type of theatre. Junior Bella Schade stars as Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who seeks help from the British upper-class phonetics expert, Professor Henry Higgins (played by junior Jacob Moore), and seeks to speak “more genteel” and “raise her station” in 1912 London. Senior Nicholas Campbell plays Colonel Pickering, a retired British officer and author of “Spoken Sanskrit”. Eliza Doolittle’s potential to become “a lady” becomes the object of a bet between Higgins and Pickering.
Tenth grader Lauren Ackleh plays Higgins’ mother, with ninth grade newcomer Eleana McDaniel cast as Higgins’ housekeeper. Eliza’s father, dustman Alfred P. Doolittle, is played by junior Alex Hunt, with freshman West Durden portraying Freddy Enysford-Hill, an upper class young man who becomes smitten with Eliza. A strong cast rounds out the roles of Mrs. Eynsford-Hill (junior Aimee Tewes), Doolittle’s friend’s Harry and Jamie, (Connor Rygh and Will Johns), and Mrs. Hopkins played by Jacqueline Lamothe. Multiple talented singers and dancers from the high school choir complete the cast of thirty-five and delight the audience with “Ascot Gavotte,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Mr. Greg Habegger, vocal music teacher for the Secondary school, will again use his skills to direct the orchestra consisting of members of Killian Hill Baptist Church’s orchestra and two guest artists.
Performances are Thursday & Friday nights, November 2nd and 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Cost is $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family. Tickets are available Monday, October 2nd in the Secondary school office.
December 2016 – Present 2017
In mid-December the Killian Hill Fine Arts Department presented its annual Christmas program featuring the lower and upper school choirs, bands, and orchestra. Over 500 friends and family members enjoyed this school-wide event directed by Mr. David Eilert, Mr. Greg Habegger, Mrs. Marica Rygh, and Mrs. Terry Fulbright.
Upon returning to school, the high school choir competed in the GICAA state choir competition on January 12th, bringing home first in ladies ensemble and first in choir. GICAA Spring Literary preparation began immediately in January. This competition features extemporaneous speech, small vocal groups, vocal solos, duo acting, dramatic interpretation, piano solo, rhetorical analysis, and personal and argumentative essay writing, and spelling. Regional competition was held on February 24th, culminating in GICAA Spring Literary Competition at Mercer University on March 8th where Killian Hill took home top honors in the state in overall points earned. Congratulations to Mrs. Fulbright, Mr. Habegger, and Mrs. Rygh and students!
In February Mrs. Rygh enrolled forty-seven of her piano students in the National Federation of Music Club competition in which all received Superior ratings or higher. Congratulations to her and her students for this outstanding achievement.
This month the choir and orchestra/band participated for the first time in the Georgia Music Educators Association competition in which individual public and private school choirs compete in an individual rating system for performance and sight-reading. This is a rating system competition is designed to enhance and our choir and orchestral program here at KHCS. The scores were excellent and we commend Mr. Habegger and Mr. Eilert for their continued work within the music department.
Practices continue in the elementary and junior high for the annual Spring Festival hosted by KHCS to be held here on the Hill on Friday, April 21st. Competition includes all categories of music, and speech.
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the KHCS Middle School Policy Debate Team had their last competition of the year, the State Championships sponsored by the Atlanta Urban Debate League and held at Georgia State University. There were 160 speakers/80 teams in the Novice category and there were 120 speakers/60 teams in the Junior Varsity (JV) category. Of the 160 speakers, eight of our debaters were awarded in the top 15 speaker awards, with our junior high team of Daniel Noelle and West Durden taking 2nd place overall. Congratulations to our coach, Mrs. Sandy Roush and to our debate team for an outstanding season.
A Christmas Carol
The Killian Hill Christian School stage came to life on December 2-3, 2016 as Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Mr. Dan Totten), Jacob Marley and Tiny Tim share the sentimental story of Christmases past, present and future in Charles Dickens’ popular A Christmas Carol.
In this holiday classic, Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Audiences will be entertained by talented Killian Hill high school actors dressed in classic period costumes and will see the magic of the sets reflecting 19th century England.
“Mr. Dan Totten has enriched the lives of hundreds of students through his twenty-one year tenure as a highly esteemed and beloved high school English teacher here at Killian Hill. Both former and current students will be enthralled with his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge,” says director Mrs. Terry Fulbright. “I’ve wanted to feature Mr. Totten in a play for years, and The Christmas Carol seemed the perfect setting to do so.”
The KHCS fine arts program has many options to offer students. KHCS competes in the Bob Jones University Fall Festival national competition in November. At the school level, students can get involved in activities such as band, choir, ministry team, an annual school play, and the Christmas program.
Fine arts opportunities include school-level involvement as well as competitive involvement on the state and national level in all genres of speech, art, drama, group and individual instrumental, vocal, ensembles, choir, and forensics. Killian Hill Christian School has developed a student culture of excitement and excellence in the arts. Killian Hill students excel on the state and national levels. The national competition involves approximately 2,500 students from twenty-four states. In the last ten years, Killian Hill has been in the top ten schools with the most medals of any other school at the national competition.