Camden Hills students of the month
Each month, Camden Hills Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Department selects students for its Student of the Month award.
This fall, in addition to naming Lauren Merritt as the September honoree, two student leaders involved in the Camden Hills’ upcoming production of "Shrek, the Musical" have been named as students of the month for October and November.
October has been chosen as the month to honor Violet Bemis, "Shrek" scenic designer. Her diligent, creative efforts have been the driving force in the creation of a swamp, a castle, and transforming the Strom proscenium to reflect a fairy tale atmosphere. A mainstay of the CHRHS theater program, Violet has worked behind the scenes on set design, construction and lighting for nearly every production since her freshman year. Her interest in theatrical set and lighting design has enabled her to combine her passion for the arts with her love of theater.
This year, as lead designer for "Shrek the Musical," Violet has worked during the summer coordinating with the director and the rest of the production team designing sets and props. She has also contributed extensively to lighting design for numerous Strom Auditorium productions, and is currently vice-president of the Strom Auditorium Tech Club. In addition to her involvement in the theater program, Violet has also participated in many of the visual arts classes at CHRHS, including drawing, painting and jewelry.
As "Shrek" opens in November, the VPA department chose to recognize Jacob Corney for his work — not only as the lead character in "Shrek," but for the many musical activities in which he has participated during his high school tenure. Jacob has been involved in every musical since ninth-grade — playing both ensemble and lead roles. Last year's audiences will remember his never-ending antics as the character: "Action" in West Side Story. Jacob and his sidekick Donkey (played by Jonah Carter) will be sure to entertain this year’s audiences. In addition to being on stage, Jacob is a budding artist, having created the image for this year's musical poster.
Off stage, Jacob can always be found in the music wing. He plays piano, arranges music, and is this year's director of the CHRHS male a cappella group The Off Beats. Jacob is a member of chorale and Chamber Singers and has been accepted to the MMEA District III festival each year since ninth-grade and accepted to the MMEA All State Music Festival for the past two years. In February, Jacob will join two peers (Annie Brady and Bethany Vix) in attending the prestigious American Choral Directors' Association All Eastern festival as a member of the Chinese Repertoire Choir. Jacob looks forward to continuing to pursue musical and theatrical opportunities after high school.
The CHRHS Visual and Performing Arts Department congratulate these two students for their dedicated creative work and leadership.
Community members can see the culminating work of both Violet and Jacob by attending an upcoming performance of "Shrek, the Musical," showing Nov. 8, 9, 10, 13, 15 and 16. Ticket information is available at stromtickets.com.