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By Heather Young Templeton High Drama Department will produce this year’s spring musical “My Fair Lady,” which will run from Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 24. The musical was written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe in 1956 and based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion” written in 1912. “I choose shows based a lot on what talent pool I think I'll have for that year; plus, new students always step up and surprise me at auditions,” said THS drama teacher Catherine Kingsbury. “I also look for new skills for the students to learn, to add to their ‘bag of performing tricks.’ This show provides them with a chance to learn accents — at least three different English accents plus a few other European accents. We've also thrown in a bit of tap, so they're having fun learning that as well. This is also a score that can be played by our fantastic student musicians here at THS. So, the performers learning to sing and dance with a live orchestra, and the orchestra learning to play with live sing- ers and dancers is an important skill for those who want to pursue musical theatre in the future.” Kingsbury said that the department can only pull off having a live orchestra every few years because it takes a lot of compromise and schedule-tweaking with the David Landers-directed music program. “This show has such a beautiful score and everyone knows and loves the songs,” Kingsbury said. “The characters are also fun to play for the students. We're approaching our production much more from Shaw's original concept of the characters and themes. Eliza is not so much in love with Higgins as she is enamored of the life he promises for her. I think our audiences will find a much more independent and modern Eliza than past productions, while still being true to the script and score. And because Nick Talarico, who is playing the part of Professor Higgins, has a fabulous voice, you'll hear him sing his tunes a lot more instead of the talk-singing that Rex Harrison performed in the role.” Photo by Lauren Josephs From Left: Brady Brewer who plays "Harry"; Scott Haennelt who plays "Colonel Pickering"; Nick Talarico who plays "Henry Higgins" and Miles Martinelli who plays "Freddy Eynsford-Hill. The performances will take place in the Templeton Performing Arts Center, 1200 S. Main St., on Thursday, March 15 and 22 and Friday, March 16 and 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 17 and 24 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets. com and they will also be available at the door, although some dates may sell out. Admission is $12 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. “People should come to see this musical because: the music and vocals are so beautiful,” Kingsbury said. WEEK NIGHT SPECIALS $17 Includes Salad & Glass of House Wine Pasta Primavera Country Fried Pollo con Mole Steak Prime Rib Dinners on Saturdays & Sundays The artists for March/April are: Deprise Brescia Jeannine Bringman, Dean Jr Crawford, Stan Hawkins, Lin Mercer & Tonya Oberndorfer 48 PASO Magazine, March 2018
PASO ROBLES COMMUNITY AQUATIC COMPLEX BREAKS GROUND IN APRIL Students, athletes, and entire community expected to benefit from project By Meagan Friberg There are a lot of exciting changes underway at schools in the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District thanks to local voters passing Measure M, a $95 million general obligation bond, in the November 2016 election. “We are really excited to be moving forward with Measure M,” PRJUSD Superintendent Chris Williams said. One big change is the construction of the Paso Robles Community Aquatic Complex at Paso Robles High School. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for April 9. With $5.7 million of Measure M allocated towards the aquatic complex, Phase 1 construction is expected to be completed in January 2019. This will cover costs associated with land excavation, pool construction, decking, lighting, bleachers, diving blocks, and pool equipment. “We are focusing on a high performance, state-of-the-art facility,” said PRJUSD Manager of Facilities and Planning Cheryl Mollan. Additional funding totaling $2.5 million is being sought to provide athlete changing rooms, a public restroom facility, student classroom, staff meeting room, and a concession stand; volunteers with the 4A Foundation for Paso Schools have set about fulfilling this fundraising goal. A Game Changer When Jen Brown first heard about the aquatic complex project, she thought she was dreaming. She has been coaching, teaching, and working as an aquatics director at various facilities in SLO county, primarily in Paso Robles, for decades. “All of us in the aquatic community here in North County have been waiting for more than 30 years to have a functional and competitive aquatic complex,” Brown said. “Over the course of that time, there have been countless project proposals that never came to fruition. The fact that we are finally able to provide our community and our athletes with a high-quality facility is like a dream.” The aquatic complex, according to Brown, will have a lasting impact on local students. “It’s a true game changer for the future,” she said. “Not only will our athletes reap the benefits, but we will be able to provide career tech studies and create jobs. Additionally, the ability to ensure that every student learns skills to keep them safe in and around the water will save lives, enabling our district to give the gift of water safety to all students.” There will also be adult programs, senior programs, rehabilitation, and more offered onsite, according to Athletic Director Rich Clayton. “We will open it up to the community,” Clayton said. “People can get involved and their kids can swim in it, and then their grandkids, and they’ll be able to say, ‘I remember when we helped put this pool here.’ This is a real community project – it is an opportunity to be involved with something that will be a cornerstone of this community much in the same way as War Memorial Stadium.” Want to learn more about the Paso Robles Community Aquatic Complex and how you might help? Visit swimpaso.org, like Swim Paso on Facebook, or call the PRJUSD District Office at 805-769-1000. March 2018, PASO Magazine 49