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From 'Sound of Music' to state championships

by: PHOTO COURTESY: NORTH CLACKAMAS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - The North Clackamas Christian School choir celebrates their acceptance to the 2013 OSAA State Choir Championships on May 9.On the heels of success of this month’s production of “The Sound of Music,” artistic students at North Clackamas Christian School are gearing up for the OSAA State Choir Championships on May 9.

Under the direction of choir director Rebecca Steele, the students won a second-place prize last year in their first appearance at state. Only two members of NCCS’s 18-voice a-cappella choir were not involved in the play that sold out five shows in an outpouring of community support between April 11 and 13.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: NORTH CLACKAMAS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - North Clackamas Christian Schools production of The Sound of Music sold out five shows in an outpouring of community support between April 11 and 13.“They love working very hard, and they love to sing, so it was a perfect match,” Steele said. “We have a couple of weeks now to recover from our exhaustion of the play and get ready for state.”

Steele, a music and art teacher at NCCS, has worked for the Oregon City-based school for nine years and lives near the Clackamas Town Center. She served as music director for “The Sound of Music,” while high school teacher Wayne Lindsey served as overall play director.

“They’ve got a lot of heart, a lot of personality, and they’re fighters who can really express themselves, whether it’s a song about something really happy or really sad,” Steele said of her students, who also have the top GPAs in the state. The team in each OSAA-sanctioned activity with the highest grade point average earns the Academic All-State Award.

NCCS parent and Oregon City resident Colleen Filippello said it was particularly impressive to see “such outstanding student leadership” with the musical.

NCCS senior Amanda Schweitz played Maria, while also being in charge of choreography. The stage manager was sophomore Naomi Miller, who directed a crew that included members as young as seventh-graders who moved furniture and props backstage for each show. Jeremy Drake, the seventh-grader who played Kurt von Trapp, also was selected to sing in the Middle School All-State Choir.


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