Tag Archives: Sitka Fine Arts Camp

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.

Blackwell: Annie the Musical to bring pluck and pep

Zeke Blackwell with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp is directing "Annie the Musical," which debuts this weekend. Blackwell talked about managing the 50-member cast. Through double casting several roles, "Annie" has maximized opportunities for many of it's children and pre-teen actors. Downloadable audio.

‘Lost Goddess’ a story told in dance, prose, and theater

Laura_Careless2Dancer/choreographer Laura Careless debuts her solo piece, The Lost Goddess Dance, tonight (7 PM, Wed Feb 18, Sitka Performing Arts Center). Careless has taught dance at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp over the last three summers. She began to develop material for the piece, which is base on the Persephone myth, while in Sitka. With the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Monica Ague. Downloadable audio.

‘Annie’ auditions Saturday

annieZeke Blackwell, director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Young Performers Theater, talks about auditions scheduled for Annie, the spring production at camp. Performers age 7 - 18 are eligible to audition one short song (not from Annie), a short scene, and dancing ability. The show will be staged Feb 27 & 28, and March 1. For complete information, visit the Sitka Fine Arts Camp online. Downloadable audio.

House Jacks to perform Saturday

HouseJacksMonica Ague, with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, discusses this weekend's performance by the House Jacks, an a capella group from the San Francisco Bay Area. The House Jacks have performed together for over 20 years; they bring a rich, instrumental sound to their all-vocal music. 7 PM Sat Jan 10 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center, tickets available at the SFAC office, 747-3085, or at the door. Learn more about the House Jacks. Downloadable audio.

Blackwell: Youth Theater in full swing this fall

Zeke Blackwell of the Young Performers Theater shares plans for "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," a play debuting this November, and for Annie the Musical. He is joined by Rhiannon Guevin to talk about this year's after school offerings at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.

Assembly awards grants to Sitka nonprofits

Seventeen local organizations submitted requests to the assembly amounting to more than $164,000. The city has budgeted $90,000 for nonprofit grants this year.

Restoration program pulls ‘Smokestack’ building from the brink

Sitka Fine Arts Camp director Roger Schmidt and development intern Melissa Campbell discuss the camp's Restoration Internship Program. Twenty-six college students from around the country are working to save the former Sheldon Jackson College laundry, aka "Smokestack Building." Learn more about the Save It or Lose It campaign online. Also, check out a video of the project here.

‘Children of Eden’ thrives off-Broadway

WT McRae, musical director for The Children of Eden, says pace required to stage a full show in two weeks has everyone "at the edge of madness." Eden was developed by one of the biggest names in show business, Stephen Schwartz, but was never performed on Broadway. Instead, it's become one of the most sought-after pieces for companies off-Broadway.

Daniels pushes students to bring jazz to life

Dee Daniels (r.) works with Juliana Loughin on the phrasing in her song "The Glove." Daniels says there's a process of "breakdown and breakthrough" that enriches singers lives outside of music. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop is underway this week in Sitka (July 18-25). For the last two years, Daniels has interrupted her touring and teaching schedule to live at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and coach a half-dozen students of widely-ranging ages and ability. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey recently stopped by her class and learned how much work it takes to make jazz seem effortless.