So Salem was on the way to GW Carver Elementary to photograph their Winter Olympics (an all-day program put on by the school’s PTA) on Friday, January 28, when we ran into these SHS athletes who were on their way back to school after reading to elementary kids!
They kindly took a couple minutes for a photo, then headed back to Spartan Drive in time for lunch.
Emily Reiflin (alto saxophone) from ALMS along with Anna Holland (flute) and Megan Truslow (tenor saxophone) from GMS made the 2011 Middle School All-District Concert Band.
Glenvar’s Jessy Wilson (trombone) made the All-District Symphonic Band.
The two bands practiced together Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29. They performed for parents and guests at Cave Spring High School Saturday night, January 29 under the direction of Brett Dodson (concert) and Gary Fagan (symphonic). This program was presented by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, District VI.
Salem High Theatre presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18 in the school’s auditorium.
They’ve moved the setting of the play from sixteenth century Sicily to the 1920s, “the Roaring 20s,” but the script stays true to Shakespeare’s intent. Multiple courtships, romances, and marriages (along with the drama and comedy that accompany them) entertain the audience while issues of commitment, social requirements, and love are worked out in the meantime.
“They just got back home from war [WWI], they just want to be with their friends and family, and everybody is falling in love and having a good time. So there’s just a lot of resemblance between the 20s and the script itself,” said student-director Hannah Todd.
Leslie Brittain and Drew Kearns play Hero and Claudio. Emily Shelton and Clay Bradshaw play Beatrice and Benedick. Other characters include Austin Peters as Don Pedro; Donnie Emerson as Don John, Katelyn Barker as Balthasar, Ryan Taylor as Conrade, Dylan Wade as Borachio, Ryan Taylor as Friar Francis, Julian Hamner as Dogberry, Brian Stephenson as Verges, Olivia Mischianti as Margaret, Lauralee Cook as Margaret, along with Erica Schlect and Taylor Giorno who will each play multiple roles. Michael LeFew plays Leonato, governor of Messina
Teachers Rachel Sailer and Fred Campbell will serve as producer and dramaturg, respectively, and Katie Marie Hester and Kori Tatarka are the play’s choreographers.
*post updated to include Michael LeFew 1 p.m. Friday, February 4
Here are a few photos from the Salem v. Blacksburg game Friday night, January 28. Kids in Salem’s Parks and Rec basketball team came for Sandlot night – they watched the big kids play, but soon enough many will be athletes at SHS.
Just two lanes of the Salem YMCA’s pool, that’s all the space Glenvar’s fledgling swim team needs for practices this season. Fourteen students showed up for an informal meeting to gauge student interest in the program. Subtract a few from the meeting and add a few year-round swimmers and late sign-ups, and the team’s number stayed the same: 14.
“This team got put together, literally, a week before practice started,” said captain Madison Butler. She and Carter Holliday, both freshmen, lead the team this year.
“I like to swim a lot at the lake, so I figured, why not?,” said Kara Dolan.
“For most of them, this is their first time swimming competitively,” said coach Jenn Harris. Five have previous experience with local clubs, but the other two-thirds have had to work hard to catch up. At practice, while working on strength, speed, and endurance, many of the new swimmers also had to learn their strokes.
Much like athlete-swimmers, all of these beginners have loved water from an early age, just without structured training. T.J. Baumgart started jumping off the diving board when he was under five, he said.
“If you could’ve seen our team at the first practice…” Madison Williams said.
Amy Allen, who accidentally left her suit at home the first day, thought “I don’t think I can do this, it looks really hard.” But now, like teammates Kristina Tuttle and Samantha Hannabass, who were initially intimidated by the sport, she can’t stop talking about it.
“It was mighty brave of [coach Jenn] to take on this new task,” said Susan Clark. Harris also coaches the Sea Lions at the and is the aquatics director coordinator at the Kirk Family YMCA.
“Coach Jenn is one of my favorites,” said Bryan Daunt, an experienced new swimmer. The team collectively agreed that she’s responsible for the team’s quick growth.
“I have never seen this much improvement over such a short amount of time,” said Maddie Kennedy. She estimated the improvement to be at least 110 percent.
And for at least one member of the team, swimming has improved academic life.
“I used to be in the office pretty much every day,” said Ryan Brads. “I haven’t been in trouble since I started swimming.”
When I asked the team to tell me the biggest challenge of adjusting to swimming, Alexis Gliniecki said: “Imagine running without breathing!”
Right now, the athletes are paying for their pool space at the YMCA, their entries into swim meets along with with their suits and sweats, which can add up pretty quickly, said Harris. She’s hoping to get a Glenvar Swimming Booster Club together to help the team cover basic expenses.
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, quartets from The Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Harmony Chorus are preparing to spread love all over the Roanoke Valley. On February 14th (a Monday), Singing Valentine’s will be delivered by tuxedo clad barbershop quartets, members of The Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Harmony Chorus.
Their delivery area includes Salem.
Arts writer Mike Allen has more details on his Arts & Extras blog.
I am a mezzo-soprano from Argentina who has resided in Salem, Va. for almost 9 years.
I would like to invite you to my next concert “Boleros and more: The romance is alive”. This concert, in a cafe concert style, is for voice, guitar and percussion. It is based on boleros, Argentine tango and Latin American popular music.
“BOLEROS & MORE: The romance is alive” Performers:Ada Lis Jimena, mezzo-soprano; William Krause, guitar and Vladimir Espinosa, percussion Date and time: Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. Place: Roanoke Main Library, 778 Jefferson St., Roanoke, Va. More information: 540-853-1057