NPPAF 2019 sees eight performing arts students advance to provincial competition

Aimee Gagnon – Glenmary

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

North Peace Performing Arts Festival (NPPAF) opened on March 2 and the Grand Concert that closes the festival took place at Athabasca Hall in Peace River on March 16.

Fifty-three kids performed at the grand concert with all performers showing remarkable discipline and poise though for some of the kids this was the first time being on the stage.

“Overall, everything went very well, we were pleased where we had our bands… in Donnelly and up in Manning,” says NPPAF President Donna Brunham.

This was the first year the festival had venues at G.P. Vanier in Donnelly and at Manning Elementary School. The band category of the festival took place at G.P. Vanier, and Strings at Manning Elementary School. Piano, Voice, Speech, instrumental and musical theatre happened at St. James Anglican Cathedral in Peace River and the Grand Concert was held in Athabasca Hall.

“There was a good response from all the adjudicators with the changes we made this year. We are happy how it played out,” says Brunham. “You always wonder how things are going to work out and we were really pleased.”

A number of participants in the NPPAF will now go on from regional to provincial competition. Those who received a “2019 Provincial Recommendation” and will travel to provincial competition are: .

Piano: Siara Popovitch (16 and under) and Rebecca Kang (Grade 5 and 6 – standard).

Vocal: Sarah Kyle (Music Theatre Ballad – 16 and under), Sannah Taplin (Music Theatre Up Tempo – 16 and under) Alyssa Biglow (Girls Solo – 12 and under) Solaya Noel (Girls Solo 16 and under), Davis Schewuck (Boys Solo – 16 and under) and Peace and Harmony (Choral 16 and under).

David Schewuck will also perform at the provincial level in Speech (16 and under).

The North Peace Performing Arts Festival just marked its 26th year. Approximately 900 to 1.000 audience members attend the ten-day festival, so along with being a great educational and cultural event, the festival also brings a substantial number of people into the area.


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