FFA McKinney High School's chapter of the National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) is an organization with current Ag teachers Mr. Lacy and Mr. Lemons. The 2007 livestock judging and floriculture CDE team competed at the state level at Texas A&M University. Out of over 8 different teams competing for the state finals in CDE's and LDE's Mr. Lacy and Mr. Lemons have advanced one to state.
McKinney High School Theatre McKinney High School Theatre, also known as McKinney Golden Mane Theatre, is a theatre arts program that provides high school level training and experience to students in both acting and technical theatre. Currently theatre courses include Theatre I-IV, Tech Theatre I-IV, Junior Varsity (Performance), Varsity Theatre (Performance), Varsity Technical Theatre, Theatre Directing, Theatre Dance, and Musical Theatre as a joint course with Choir and Dance. The department puts on an average of five productions per year including a varsity theatre children's show, a play, participation in the MHS all fine arts musical, UIL One Act Play Competition piece, and a musical theatre production. Other notable activities include a student film festival, and a show case of acting pieces entitled "Theatrefest" put on by the non-varsity classes. McKinney High School Theatre sponsors International Thespian Society Troupe 3604 which participates in the annual Texas Thespians Festival and International Thespian Festival. In 2007 MHS Theatre combined with McKinney North High School and McKinney Boyd High School theatre departments to put on Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Texas Thespians Festival. The current Theatre Director is Denise Tooch and Technical Director is David McWhirter.
McKinney High School Choirs The McKinney High School Choral Music Department is a high school choir program that currently consists of a women's choir called Bel Canto (meaning "beautiful song" in Italian), an advanced women's choir called the Chamber Singers, a Men's Choir, a varsity mixed Concert Choir, a 12 member varsity mixed vocal jazz ensemble called Harmony, and a musical theatre class as a joint course with Theatre and Dance. MHS Choirs participate in the All-Region Choir auditions, solo and ensemble contest, and the UIL Singing and Sight Reading Contest. Notable annual performances include a fall concert, the Madrigal Dinner: Feast of Carols (a holiday dinner theatre/concert set in England, 1375), participation in the MHS all fine arts musical, the Masterworks concert (a presentation of a major choral work performed by the MHS Concert Choir, the top varsity choirs of McKinney North High School and McKinney Boyd High School, and the McKinney ISD Orchestra) and a spring concert called the "Porch Concert" that is performed on the front porch of the school. Choirs are currently under the direction of head director Cindy Johnston.
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