2019-2020 Select Groups
Welcome to the 2019-2020
GFAA SELECT GROUP INFORMATION PAGE
The audition reservation period closed at midnight on THURSDAY, August 22nd.
Please visit the Audition details page!
SELECT GROUP DESCRIPTIONS BELOW
(Eric Stephens and Wade Schmit, 4th and 5th grades, Thursdays 3:50-5:00pm)
Starting date to be determined. The GFAA Archery Team will learn the fundamentals of archery to prepare them for middle school competition. The team will no longer be a part of the NASP program. Home tournaments will be during archery practice amongst GFAA archers. There are no fees involved. Bow and arrows are available. After students make the club, families may choose to purchase bows on their own.
(Landon Birge, 3rd - 5th grades, Mondays, 3:50-4:50pm)
The GFAA Chorus is a vocal group for students who have a love for singing and a passion to communicate through song! Students will sing in the Fall and Spring Showcase, perform at various community events, and compete in choral competitions. Members will need a select group shirt and for different venues will need the following: jeans, black pants, and either a black dress or black button-up shirt and black slacks. ($10)
(Annette Trammell, 4th and 5th grades, Tuesdays 3:50-5pm)
This is an advanced art group that creates a variety of artworks. Students will create paintings, prints, and mixed-media pieces. Strongly recommended for students wishing to audition for art at Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. Members pay a $20 supply fee and will need a select group t-shirt (approximately $10)
(Kristin Daniels, 4th and 5th grade boys and girls, Tuesday, 3:50-5:15pm)
This is a boys and girls dance performance group. Dancers will train in and perform multiple styles such as: modern, jazz, lyrical and hip hop.
Boys: will need a select group t-shirt (approximately $10), a pair of black jazz shoes (approx. $30) black shorts or athletic pants and a plain black t-shirt.
Girls: will need a select group t-shirt (approximately $10), a pair of black jazz shoes (approx. $30), plain black leggings and we will be ordering the same black leotards for each girl dancer at the beginning of the year, more info to come.
Dancers are also responsible for a costume fee ($35) which allows for the upkeep and restoration of all costumes used during the performance season.
(Karen Becker, 5th, Fridays, 3:50-4:50)
Drum Club is a high energy performance group that incorporates drumstick technique, rhythm, exciting choreography using unique drum tables. This group performs for community events as well as in school performances. Members will need a select group shirt (approximately $10) and either black pants or jeans depending on our venue and show.
(Taylor Denney, 2nd and 3rd grade girls, Tuesdays 3:50-5:00 pm)
This is a girls only dance performance group. Students will perform in the community, as well as in GFAA student shows. Parents will be responsible for purchasing specific dance attire, including a pair of black jazz shoes (approximately $20), black jazz pants (approximately $20), a black tank leotard (approximately $20), performance tights (approximately $10), a group t-shirt (approximately $10), and will pay a costume rental fee (approximately $35). More information on dance attire to come once the audition process is complete.
(John Wilson, 4th and 5th grade, during recess)
The News Team will meet 3 times a week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) during the grade level’s recess time. They star in and produce the daily announcements. To join this team you must complete an application as well as have a face to face interview. Members will need a select group t-shirt (approximately $10)
(Karen Becker, 5th only, Fridays 7:30-8:00am
The Ringers are made up of strong musicians that have proven their music reading skills and individual musicianship through Recorder Karate in 4th grade. Those students that passed a specific belt are automatically invited to be a part of this fantastic group. Ringers play hand chimes much like handbells. This group is one of the groups that will go to a competition in the Spring. Members will need a select group shirt and black pants or jeans depending on the venue and show. (approximately $10 for the shirt, and $21 for contest entry)
(Landon Birge, 3rd-5th, Friday’s 3:50-4:50)
Rock Band members are selected through an audition process. Students will submit a video application and then be invited to an in-person call-back audition. Students will need to have experience playing their instrument outside of school. An acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard will make up our Rock Band. These students will need to be able to read chord charts on their own, as well as practice outside of school hours. We will perform at Showcase each semester. Members will need a select group shirt (approximately $10)
(Wade Schmit, 2nd-5th, Mondays 3:50-5pm)
Students will come together after school to be active and run! The club will allow students to have fun with others while exercising. The students will work towards a 5k Fun Run at the end of the school year. Students will have the opportunity to engage in fun warmups and cooldowns at the beginning and end of every session.
(Kim Brentham & Cynthia Beene 5th only, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30-8:00am)
Select players are students that have been selected based on the highest score from their audition. This is a competitive theatre group. Students will participate in Oral Interp tournaments at some district Junior High and High schools. The students will be competing against other 5th graders only. These select students will also be working on and improving their audition skills by memorizing monologues, writing character analyses and having the opportunity to polish their auditions for Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy if they chose to audition. We will also be performing the speaking parts for both Showcases.
(Karen Becker, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, Mondays 3:50-5:00pm)
ShowStoppers is a vibrant Show Choir! We are looking for great singers that can sing, dance, and smile all at the same time! This group is often invited to perform outside of school in the community. ShowStoppers also attend a competition in Spring. Members will need both a select group shirt AND a formal performance uniform. I provide certain parts to the formal uniform, and others you’ll need to order through me. (Approximately $10 for the shirt, $21 for competition entry, approx. $20 for boys uniform, and approx. $50 for girls uniform.)
(Tanner Woodman, 4th and 5th grade, Tuesday, 7:30-8:00am)
Students will develop their sketching abilities using original ideas as well as from direct observations. Students will compile a sketch book of their drawings and will learn how to turn their ideas into workable projects. Members pay a $20 supply fee and will need a select group t-shirt (approximately $10)
Synthesis: A Piano Ensemble
(Landon Birge , 2nd - 5th graders, Tuesdays 3:50-4:50pm)
Synthesis members are selected through an audition process. Students will submit a video application and then be invited to an in-person call-back audition. Synthesis will be made of students who are currently taking piano lessons. These students will need to be able to read music on their own, as well as practice outside of school hours. When performing, the students will do so in an ensemble setting. This will give students the opportunity to practice and refine their piece at home and experience making music together with the other members. The group will perform at Showcase in the Fall and have a recital at GFAA in the spring. For the Spring Showcase we will highlight the group through video. Members will need a select group shirt and black pants or jeans depending on the performance, as well as sheet music. (approximately $15 total)
Video Production Team
(John Wilson, 4th and 5th grade, BOTH Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:20-8:00am)
The Video Production team is made up of 4th and 5th grade students and will learn all aspects of recording, editing and publishing videos, including recording grade level performances. To join this team you must complete an application as well as have a face to face interview. Members will need a select group t-shirt (approximately $10)