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~:CHENEY FREE'PRESS .......... Thursday, Decemb0r;, ]1, 0, 20,15 .. i. > By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Audience members who went to the Cheney High School Drama Club's pro- duction of "Way, Way Off Broadway," Dec. 4-5, at the Little Theatre, got a glimpse of the history of musical theater. During the two-act show -- written and directed by club adviser Rita Tingley, choreographed by Riley Scott, along with musical accompaniment by Jacob Scott and Suzy Passey - students performed various musical numbers such as classic Broadway productions from "Showboat," "Oklahoma," "Fiddler on the Roof," as well as songs from more recent musicals like "Rent," "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Mama Mia." The cast also performed songs from Disney animated movies that were later adapted to Broadway. Musical performances varied from solos, such as junior Jeremiah Keller- Williams" rendition of "If I Were a Rich Man," from "Fiddler on the Roof," and freshman Abigael Dotson's "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," from "Evita," to the entire cast coming on stage to sing "Sum- mer Nights" from "Grease" and ;'There's No Show Business Like Show Business" from "Annie Get Your Gun." In addition to enjoying the music, the audience laughed at the comedy from Carter Eagen and Jonathan Hill, who portrayed the masters of ceremonies in the first act, and Nick Null and Connor Newberry as Aladdin and the Genie, respectively, in the second act. Before the show, Tingley explained that the drama club went from 15 students to 60 which quickly depleted the club's budget. Space was another challenge for the club as the Little Theatre is not an ad- equate space for 60 students to practice, according to Tingley. It also did not have , backroom space or areas to do makeup, construct sets and make costumes. Despite the challenges, Tingley spent the next several months helping develop the students' singing, dancing and confi- dence on stage. "Many of them were already great at monologues but the thought of singing Photo by AI Stover ML Middle School PACE winners Medical Lake Middle School honored seven students for the Partners Ad- vancing Character Education (PACE) award for November. November's trait is citizenship. Students received certificates and T-shirts, and were treated to a lunch sponsored by Pizza Factory. Choir teacher Bailey Sager was named the Medical Lake Middle School November "Teacher of the Month." (Back row) left to right: Kyler Castro, Christopher Love, Blake Petersen and Jaden Nelson. (front row) Ellie Acord, Kailey Chambers, Raylin Peterson and Bailey Sager. Betz PTA to sponsor Holiday Shop By AL STOVER StaffReporter Families with young children who want to buy Christmas presents for thezr parents and sib- lings won't need to go to Spokane. The Betz Elementary School PTA is spon- soring its first Kid's Holiday Shop where children from Cheney and the West Plains can come and buy small gifts for their family members. According to fund- raising co-chair Violet Lincoln, the Betz Elemen- tary PTA wanted to have an event in Cheney that would benefit the com- munity and help, fami- lies with their Christmas shopping. "The community has done a lot to support the Betz PTA over the years," Lincoln said. "We're try- ing to make Christmas happier for some fami- lies." Children come into the shop where Betz PTA members help them find gifts, Which are categorized by family member: mother, father, brother sister, grand- mother, etc. "Before they start shopping, children can fill out an envelope with the number of family members they are buy- ing for and the amount of money they would like to spend on each," Lincoln said. Prices for items range from .25 cents to $12, with most be- ing in the $1 - $4 area. There will also be a gift wrapping station and donation box, which will go toward helping children purchase gifts, even if they don't have a lot of money. "The holiday shop is a way to make children feel good because they are getting something for family members," Lincoln said. Lincoln said the PTA purchased all of items from the Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe, a fam- ily-owned business that makes items for school fundraisers. The Kids Holiday Shop will be at Betz El- ementary, Dec. 17-18 from 3 -- 6 p.m., and at the Cheney Public Li- brary, Dec. 19 from noon - 5 p.m. For more information about the Holiday Shop, contact the Betz PTA at (509) 559-4888. Al Stover can be reached at and dancing on stage terrified them," Tingley said. The dub came up with "Way, Way Off Broadway" as a way to help students not only conquer their fears of perf--" g on stage, but also let them sing and dance to their favorite Broadway songs. Tingley not- ed the cast's progression over the last four months, saying they've "gone from being so ~ to perform on stage to now being able to bring their characters to life." Senior Mariah Arlint, who performed solo in both acts, said the club has become like a "family." "By the end ofit ('Way, Way offBroad- way'), we've all become so dose, like a family," Arlint said. "It~s so wonderful." The drama club will perform "Little Women" at the Little Theatre later this year. Their final production, "Lil' Abner" a musical based on the comic strip of the same name, which satirizes politics, gender roles and rural Ameri- can culture, will be held at Eastern Washington University's Showalter Hall in the spring. FROM STAFF AND NEWS REPORTS Thoughtexchange information available The Cheney School District is excited to share now that the Thoughtexchange Dis- cover process is now complete. At the start of the school year, Cheney invited staff, parents and community members to share their thoughts, concerns and positive ideas about the district. The district then invited the community to review and prioritize the thoughts using the Star process. Eight hundred and seventy-nine indi- viduals responded, and participants from across the district shared 1,557 thoughts and assigned 43,686 stars to their top priorities. Cheney discovered that the commu- nity appreciates the teachers and staff - "all the teachers we have met have been wonderful to our children," one of the comments said. "They are attentive and most are very flexible and under- standing when issues arise, [ believe Cheney School District has some of the best teachers in the area." To view details for the district as well as individual buildings, visit http://cheneysd.thoughtexchange. com. There, community members can follow a theme down to the specific comments made by the participants that contributed to the process. Breakfast with Santa, gifts and bazaar Cheney High School will host a breakfast with Santa and gift bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8-11 a.m. in the cafeteria. Guests can enjoy a homeff~ade pan- cake breakfast, story corner and crafts. Children can share their Christmas wish- es and get their picture taken with Santa Claus while their parents can browse the holiday gift basket bazaar for gift ideas. The breakfast is $5 per persorL Santa pictures are $5 for printed copies and $3 for digital. All proceeds will benefit the CHS class of 2016. Thode to commission music for Westwood This year the Westwood Middle Photo by AI Stover Sophomore Nikki Green performs a solo during the first act. AI Stover can be reached at School seventh- and eighth-grade band, students has decided that they would like to have another piece of music commissioned by Alex Thode. Last year Thode wrote the band a piece of music called "Warrior Rising." Thode also created the music for the Cheney High School marching band's "Introspection." This year the band decided the piece will be written about the aftermath of the wind storm that just blew through Eastern Washington. The band is accepting donations, which will be collected at their winter concert, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., to help pay for the cost of the music. The music will premiere at the band's mid-year concert, March 17, 2016. Medical Lake FFA selling Christmas trees and wreaths The Medical Lake High School's Future Farmers of America is selling grand fir Christmas trees and wreaths this holiday season. Order forms are available at the high school office. Trees are avail- able from 3-10 feet tall and priced from $25-$40 and wreaths are $12 each. Sale times are Monday through Friday, 2:30-5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5 p.m. Sales will continue while supplies -last. Hallett Elementary Hawks fundraiser This year Hallett Elementary School's ASB Helping Others project is "Helping Paws." To emphasize giving during the holiday season, this year students will also be helping the Medical Lake Food Bank. There is a collection box for each grade level. Students will be accepting items through Dec. 18. Items that are needed include dry dog food, dry cat food, non-clump- ing litter, cat treats and dog treats. For more information, contact the Hallett Elementary office at (509) 565-3400. : AGE STUDENT of the WEEK Korie Klein 10 Grade Academic Student of the Week Medical Lake Kiwanis Academic Student of the Week Junior, Korbyn Bevans Medical Lake Kiwanis Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Noon at the Pizza Factory. The Board meets the 1st Wednesday of the Month at noon. Congratulations? 7:o r Oonvenien _f oc, lio.. Spokane Cheney 509-465-1749 509-559-5038 Airway Heights 509-244-9968 Fairways Plaza 509-413-2140