While learning, young artists don't always get their due. But a show Friday at the Bakersfield Museum of Art will highlight the rising stars in the local art scene.
The show is the first of its kind for the Kern High School District. It will feature artists from 15 schools in the Kern High School District: South, North, West, Golden Valley, Vista, Liberty, Ridgeview, Stockdale, Highland, Centennial, Frontier, Foothill, Independence, Bakersfield and Central Valley.
Art teachers were asked to select their best student work, which includes drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, computer arts and sculpture. Awards will be given in each of those categories along with two others: scholar artist, which is will be given to a high school senior artists with a GPA of 3.0 or above; and rising star, an up-and-coming artist in ninth, 10th or 11th grade.
The Bakersfield Museum of Art staff will also pick two works they consider to show fabulous creativity and technique.
"Providing a space to display these high school works is a great opportunity for us to support and encourage the artistic youth of our community," museum education coordinator Andrew Hawley said in a news release. "BMoA is delighted to be a part of showcasing these talented students and amazing teachers of the 2016/17 school year."
Dacey Villarreal, art teacher at Independence High, said she hopes to be able to coordinate a show like this annually to recognize students in the district.
Open to the public, the free show runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum, 1930 R St., with awards given out at 6:15 p.m.
Thirty years of one-acts at BCT
It's time again for Bakersfield Community Theatre One-Act Festival, which is celebrating 30 years.
Organizer Lexi Philippi said the annual show is a favorite for everyone involved.
"They love writing a one-act play," she wrote in an email. "Directors love directing them. Being able to tell a story from beginning to end in under 20 minutes is thrilling.
"Actors love them because it gives them a chance to really focus on the characters because you don't get the 1 1/2 or 2 hours of character development. You have 10 to 20 minutes."
The theme, "Life's Snapshots," addresses the real-life aspects of the six one-act plays.
In addition to organizing. Philippi also wrote and directed a piece, "Good Impressions," about a hard-working woman's struggle to love a jealous man.
"I don't think I have slept much, especially the last couple weeks. But I love doing it. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
The show's other one-acts include "Deadpan," written by Justine Barrera, about conversing with a sibling after they've died, and "The Grand Bedazzler," written by Henry Franco and Diana Woody, about a dad delving into his 1980s past to impress his children.
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 19 and 20, plus a 2 p.m. show Sunday at the theater, 2400 S. Chester Ave. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors, students or military, in advance and $15 or $12 at the door. Tickets are available at bakersfieldcommunitytheatre.org.
Summer youth theater
When the temperature tops 100, summer is on everyone's minds. And while the end of school is not yet upon us, parents are already planning how to occupy their children's upcoming free time. These youth theater programs just put out the call for performers.
Bakersfield Music Theatre Summer Workshop will offer three options: a morning or afternoon session for "Madagascar Jr." and "Singin in the Rain Jr."
"Madagascar," based on the 2005 film following Alex the lion and his animal pals' adventures escaping from New York's Central Park Zoo, is appropriate for performers age 6 to 18.
The four-week sessions run five days a week. Rehearsals are 9 a.m. to noon June 5 to 30 or 1 to 4 p.m. June 12 to July 7 at the Stars School of the Performing Arts, 2756 Mosasco St. (off Rosedale Highway). Performances will take place at 7 p.m. June 30 and 2 p.m. July 1 (morning team) and 7 p.m. July 7 and 2 p.m. July 8 (afternoon) at the Masonic Temple auditorium, 1920 18th St.
"Singin' in the Rain Jr.," the third session, takes its cue from the popular 1952 film starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor. A Hollywood starlet with a squeaky voice needs some help from a young actress to be her voice in the new talking pictures. The show offers extraordinary roles for young dancers, although no experience is needed.
The show rehearses 9 a.m. to noon July 17 to Aug. 10. Performances are 7 p.m. Aug. 11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Masonic Temple.
Cost per session is $385 for new students, $365 for those returning or $345 for family (if more than one child is enrolled). Visit bmtstars.com to sign up.
The workshop team will also host a dance party and open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at the Stars School. Parents and children can meet the staff and light refreshments will be provided. "Singin'" co-director Cody Garcia will also lead a free dance workshop for the kids. Those who sign up then can receive a $50 discount off enrollment.
For more information, email Stars education director Sheryl Cleveland at email@example.com.
Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame Junior Theatre will host a summer performing arts camp with two sessions, starting in June and running through August, for performers age 7 to 17.
The first is "The Ever After — A Musical," which rehearses weekdays from June 5 to July 30 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. In a parody of daytime TV, the show has Cinderella reconciling with her middle-aged, "beauty-impaired" stepsisters after a 20-year estrangement, Snow White facing the Evil Queen and Jiminy Cricket as an occupational therapist. Performance will be held July 1.
Next up is "Law & Order: C-rhyme and Pun-ishment," which delves into the nursery rhyme justice system as Inspector and Punnish Sir investigate the shattering of Humpty Dumpty. Rehearsals run 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays July 5 to Aug. 4 with a performance on Aug. 5.
Children can attend the half-day show sessions or a full-day workshop that includes an in-depth performing arts morning session. From 8 a.m to noon, those students will work on their skills in singing, dancing, acting, auditioning, improv and more.
The half-day sessions is $300, and the full-day workshop is $600.
Rehearsals and performances will take place at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, 2231 R St. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 864-1710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bakersfield Youth Fine Arts Academy and Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County are collaborating on their own musical theater workshops for performers ages 5 to 18. There are three shows to choose from: "The Wizard of Oz," which will have a morning and afternoon session, "Into the Woods" and "The Lion King."
The morning session of "Wizard" rehearses 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays from June 5 until performances on June 30 and July 1. Afternoon session meets 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday starting June 12 until performances July 14 and 15. Both workshops for the Oz-set show take place at Downtown Elementary School, 2021 M St.
The elementary school will also serve as the location for "The Lion King" workshop, which will meet 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday from July 17 until performances on Aug. 11 and 12.
And the Boys & Girls Clubs' Armstrong Youth Center, 801 Niles St., will host the "Into the Woods" session, running 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 5 until performances July 7 and 8.
Cost is $320, which includes a role in the selected musical, daily snacks, cast T-shirt, two complimentary performance tickets, attendance to the cast party, cast photo and costume. For more information or to register, visit bgclubsofkerncounty.org/bakersfield-youth-fine-arts or 661-325-3730.
And finally Gaslight Melodrama has a few spots left in the afternoon session of its summer children's workshop, which will be performing "Beauty and the Beast." Intended for actors age 4 to 17, the workshop rehearses from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from June 19 to Aug. 5. Performances are 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 and 1 p.m. Aug. 5.
The six-week program will include lessons in dramatics, improv, choreography, makeup and stagecraft. Cost is $450, with a discount for families enrolling more than one child.Call 587-3377 to sign up.