2014 FAFA Holiday Showcase

The Florence Falcon Theatre Department and Florence Academy of Fine Arts Fashion Design Students competed at the Alabama State Thespian Festival on January 17th and 18th.  They were awarded the following accolades:

1st Place Solo Musical Female- Sara Maner
1st Place Duet Musical- April Hornbuckle and Logan Hill-Walker
1st Place Costume Construction- Sarah Mathews
1st Place Group Improvisation- Landon Montgomery, Abbey Murgatroyd, Anna Catherine Richardson, Kendall Stansell, and Hannah Smith

3rd Place Chapter Select One Act Competition- The Cast of Competition Piece

Best Actress Alabama Thespian Chapter Select One Act- Charlee Beth Haddock

$1,500 Alabama State Thespian Scholarship Winner- April Hornbuckle

The following events received superiors and qualified to move on to the International Thespian Competition this June at the University of Nebraska:

Sarah Kimbrell- Costume Construction
Landon Montgomery and Sara Maner- Duet Musical
Landon Montgomery- Solo Musical Male
Michael Asher- Solo Acting Male
Michael Asher- Solo Pantomime
Emma O'Steen- Solo Acting Female
Charlee Beth Haddock- Solo Musical Female
Hannah Smith- Solo Acting Female
Chris Burton and Bonnie Smith- Duet Improvisation (Category does not Advance)
Jordan Robinson- Solo Dance (Category does not Advance)

Congratulations to all of these students and to Mrs. Dalrymple, theatre teacher.

Congratulations to the following students for selection for publication in the next Celebrating Arts Magazine.  These students were selected from participants nationwide: Stephanie White, Amy Yu,  Anna Robertson,  Corey Crane,  Dwayne Geter,  Whitney Claunch,  Mary Geer Dethero,  Kelsey King,  Berenice Gonzalez,  Austin Keehn,  Ben Schoenbachler, and Luke Eckl.

The Cast of Snow White

Florence Falcon Theatre Senior Michael Asher is featured in the trailer for the new novel A Whistle in the Night by local artist Darren Butler.  He will also be featured on the cover of the novel that is being released December 1st.

Here is the link to the trailer.


Congratulations to Nicholas Watts, Florence High School student, who has been chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall in February of 2014!!!  Nick will be performing with the finest high school musicians, nationally and internationally, at Carnegie Hall in New York! His acceptance to this elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements that he has demonstrated in mastering his craft as a musician.  

Mrs. Jane Powell and Mrs. Rebecca Rockhill, choral teachers for Florence City Schools, are planning an honor choir event for grades 5-12.   Paul Gulsvig, who came to FMS/FFC to speak to the teachers and students last year, will be the clinician for the event.  In addition to providing a positive influence for all who are privileged to be in his presence, Mr. Gulsvig is a wonderful musician and is in high demand throughout the country as a clinician. 

Florence City Schools Theatre students, alumni, and theatre teacher Katie Dalrymple are participating in the annual production of The Miracle Worker this summer....See Attached Flyer

Daniel Lewey placed third in the state Alabama Wildlife Art Competition

Congratulations to David Marsh for earning the following scholarships to Auburn University

  • Robert James Malone Music Scholarship - $6,000, over 4 years. (Award was based on string bass audition for the Auburn University/Community Orchestra.)

  • Spirit of Auburn Presidential Scholarship for academic excellence. (Tuition, plus a one-time $1000 technology stipend)

  • McGlamery Engineering Scholarship. He was also accepted into the Honors College at Auburn.


Three of Florence City Schools magnificent art teachers at the
Artistic Renderings of Youth Art Show at the Kennedy Douglas Center.

This was a first.  We had a few of own FFC and FHS orchestra students perform with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra this weekend.  It was pretty awesome…



Florence City Schools art students won many awards at the annual Artistic Renderings of Youth exhibition at the Kennedy Douglas Center.  Congratulations to the students and to their teachers, Jerry Foster, Kathryn Townsend, and Pat Reaves

2013 Artistic Renderings of Youth Winners:


Rachel Carter was a Top 40 Young Designer for Birmingham Fashion Week

Congratulations to Mrs. Katie Dalrymple, Florence High School Theatre/ English Teacher, and the following students for honors won at the 71st annual Walter Trumbauer Competion:

  • Sara Kachelman, Michael Asher, Lane Hardison, Trevor Dodson, Tanner King, Randall Nichols, Gabbi Fuqua, Lilly Brasilia, Jamie Connolly, Darby Burgess, Courtney Hetland, Liza Jane Richey, Daniel Hulsizer, Daniel Dean, Edwin Huertas, Caitlin Wall, Quay Shawn Lewis, Teena Patel, Gabrielle Lindley

Congratulations to Mr. Daniel Jamieson, Orchestra Teacher for Florence Middle School, Freshman Center and Florence High School, and the following students for being selected to participate at the 2012 Alabama All-State Orchestra Festival in February, 2012:

  • Samantha Burk, Caleb Cummings, Sara Jane Kachelman, David Marsh, Hannah Marsh, Gaven O'Connell, Trey Richardson, Adam Schoenbachler, Lia Smith, Hannah Wright, Shelby Niedergeses, Rebekah Whitehurst, Bronwyn Green, Lilli Redding, Leah Smith, Morgan Olive

Congratulations to Mr. Jerry Foster, Florence High School Art Teacher, for his selection as Alabama Secondary Art Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to Mrs. Anna Grinnell, Harlan Elementary Teacher, for being selected as a presenter at the Alabama Leader in Me symposium in February, 2012.