The 44th annual Germantown Festival promises a weekend of shopping, food, games, music and more. Germantown Creative and Performing Arts Program will make an outstanding Festival weekend even better. Students will show the community just how much they value the role of the arts in their education. From producing a live TV show to entertaining the Festival’s youngest patrons, these talented students plan to bring an extra dose of fun and excitement to the Festival.
The students of Germantown High School’s award winning television station, GHS-TV, will produce a three-hour show that is cablecast directly from the Festival grounds at the Germantown Civic Club Complex. Guests from organizations throughout the region will join student hosts Raneem Imam and Bryan Scott. Run entirely by students, the award-winning cablecast will also feature live student reports from all over the festival grounds and some of the Mid South’s finest local talent performing on GHS-TV’s own entertainment stage. Pop sensation Justin Timberlake made an appearance on GHS-TV’s festival coverage before his big break. Germantown High School alumni Chris Parnell of Saturday Night Live and Missy Pyle of the Academy Award winning film The Artist have also been featured on past cablecasts. Perhaps another rising star might appear on this year’s live festival coverage!
Not to be outdone by their television peers, Germantown Creative and Performing Arts Program acting and theatre students are looking forward to a fun weekend entertaining crowds and raising money for their nationally renowned program. There are numerous engaging activities organized solely by students, ranging from face painting and spin art to an area packed with children’s games.
The talented GHS thespians will run the booth making balloon animals for children. Whether artistically inclined or not, anyone can create a beautiful and eye-catching piece of art at the Spin Art booth. Children can play games and even win a pet goldfish at Gameland. Others looking for a little decoration can have their face painted or hair chalked by some of Germantown High’s most talented artists. The GHS students will even have a way for festival-goers to beat the heat. Thirst quenching sweet tea, lemonade and water will be sold on the Germantown High School campus, which is just a stone’s throw from the festival grounds.
In addition to games and arts and crafts, fine arts students will be selling the latest edition of the ever-popular “Best Book in Town.” And for only $20, these books are a steal. You’ll get your money back, and then some, with thousands of dollars in savings for discounts to restaurants, theatres, grocery stores, retailers, theme parks and other local attractions. With your purchase of this book, you will not only be receiving a 2016 edition but also a 2015 edition; both books extend through December 31 of their respective years. That is over a year in savings! Proceeds benefit various programs throughout the fine arts department as well as the Seth Matthew Rowan Memorial Endowment Fund, which is used for scholarships and artist residencies.
The 2015 Germantown Festival chairmen are Damaris Diaz and Elijah Bienz. Jasmine Saulsberry is the overall GHS-TV live coverage producer, Raneem Imam and Bryan Scottare the guest producers and Mazzy Clements is this year’s entertainment producer. For further information, contact the Poplar Pike Playhouse Box Office at (901) 755-7775 or call GHS-TV at (901) 754-4788.