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Posted on Sep 15, 2018

Busy fall for performing arts ahead

The performing arts will have a busier-than-usual autumn this year at Quincy High School. For starters, a fall choir performance has been added and new co-advisers for the drama club have been chosen.
Daphne Marotto, an English teacher with a theater background, and Kylie Youngren, the choir teacher at QHS, will team up as co-advisers for the drama club, replacing longtime adviser Tracy Higgins, who retired in June.
For the first time in years, there will be a drama club but not a drama class. The class put on smaller-scale performances than the club, Youngren said.
“The club did the bigger productions, and the class did smaller one-night shows,” she said.
The plan is still to have the club put on a play in the fall and a musical in the spring.
Marotto will serve as the play’s director with Youngren as assistant director.
For the musical, they may swap roles, or they may split duties, with Marotto directing the acting and Youngren in charge of the music.
Auditions will likely begin at the end of this month or in early October for the fall play, which has not been chosen yet, Youngren said.
“We are still trying to figure out what it’s going to be,” she said.
Later in October, Youngren’s three choirs will perform at the Chuck McConnell Performing Arts Center: the Quincy High School Choir, the QHS Spectrum Choir and the junior high choir. The show begins at 7 p.m., Oct 17, and admission is free.

By Sebastian Moraga,