Tag Archives: Sitka Fine Arts Camp

SFAC goes to Neverland with J.M. Barrie play

Zeke Blackwell with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp talks about their upcoming production of Peter Pan, which debuts October 23 at the Odess Theater. The J.M. Barrie play is open to Sitkans age 7 to 18. This is the largest play to be produced by the Young Performer's Theater. Downloadable audio.

“Be our guest” at the SFAC production of Beauty and the Beast

imagesThe Sitka Fine Arts Camp's (SFAC) is staging a full-scale production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, with an all-student cast who put the entire show together in two weeks. WT McRae, musical director, said this is the Musical Theater Camp's most ambitious production yet. Two students from the production, Olivia Rivera and Victoria Ingram, play Mrs. Potts and the Wardrobe (aka Madame de la Grande Bouche). SFAC's Beauty and the Beast debuts on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Additional performances are at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. Downloadable audio.

Native Jazz swings at fine arts camp

The Native Jazz Workshop comes to the Sitka Fine Arts camp every summer, and is now in its 4th year. Vanessa Walker/KCAW photoIf you walk past the Sitka Fine Arts Camp on any given day, you may hear the sounds of a saxophone, flute or trumpet emanating from one of the buildings. But this week at camp, the Native Jazz Workshop was in session--and students took their passion for jazz to a new level: by learning how it intersects with native culture.

Jazz workshop takes inspiration from Native music

NJQ-action-e1379508188406The Native Jazz Quartet is hosting a jazz workshop in Sitka this week, with an emphasis on arranging cultural music within jazz compositions. Ed Littlefield (drums) and Christian Fabian (upright bass) talk about the goals of the workshop and their upcoming performance as the Native Jazz Trio, with pianist Reuel Lubag, this Saturday (07-18-15) at 7 p.m. at the Odess Theater in Allen Hall. Downloadable audio.

Taking risks with art (and ice cream!) at SFAC

2middleschool-sb1WT McRae, a teaching artist with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp (SFAC), was joined by administrator Lauren Tronick to talk about the last week of camp and this year's line-up of final performances. They were joined by camper Kathryn Casello. Casello is one of the 213 campers this summer, who hail from 29 communities in Alaska and 10 states. Downloadable audio.

‘Visiting Hours’ makes sense of the senseless

Visiting_Hours_CoverCan a man be a victim of his own crime? Sitka Fine Arts Camp writing teacher Amy Butcher's debut memoir unpacks the trauma of homicide -- when a good friend is the perpetrator.

Middle schoolers tackle Shakespearean comedy

Zeke Blackwell talks about the Young Performer's Theater's production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, which debuts this Friday at the Odess Theater. The 17th century play will be performed with a condensed version of its original text by a cast of 19 students, in 5th through 8th grade. Downloadable audio.

Campbell brings pen and ink art to schools

FullSizeRender (4)Taking pen and ink to paper, artist Norm Campbell brings Alaska's natural world to life. Campbell recently completed a two week class at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School on the art of "invented landscapes." His class is a part of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's "Artists in the Schools" residencies.

Middle school performers to tackle Shakespearean comedy

On the heels of closing Annie this past weekend (Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2015), Zeke Blackwell with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp is already looking forward to the next program. Blackwell is opening auditions to 5th to 8th graders for Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor this coming Monday (Mar. 9) and Tuesday (Mar. 10). Downloadable audio.

Sitka Fine Arts Camp wins Governor’s Award

Sitka Fine Arts Camp students in 2011. (Photo by Clark Mishler)The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is the 2015 Arts Organization of the Year in Alaska. Director Roger Schmidt discusses how his organization has evolved and grown into a statewide institution. Downloadable audio.