Performing arts department releases selected plays

The names of 13 plays chosen for production in the school’s annual Playwright’s Festival were released Tuesday night. Student playwrights worked on their plays from October 2017 to February 2018. Auditions for roles in the Festival begin March 6 and end March 8. The plays will be produced in May. The selected plays are as […]

An Evening of Jazz: Upper school jazz musicians perform in winter concert

Upper school jazz musicians performed in the first jazz concert of the year Dec. 10 in Rugby Theater, showcasing their months of hard practice. The concert, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 8, was postponed due to the recent wildfires in the area and the school’s subsequent closing. Upper school performing arts teacher Shawn Costantino directed the concert. […]

2018 YoungArts Winners Announced

YoungArts recognized arts students for their contest submissions. The winners of the 2018 contest stand in the top 10 percent of applications.  The winners have been awarded at various levels: finalists, honorable mention and merit winners. Finalists will be able to attend National YoungArts Week in Miami throughout January 7-14, 2018. Finalist Dance: Joseph Lesher-Liao […]

Bel Canto sings to the beat of its own drum in festival

Bel Canto, the women’s choir at the Upper School, attended the Women’s Chorus Festival on Nov. 16, hosted by Redlands High School. Performing arts teacher Zanaida Robles said the purpose of the festival was not to compete, but was to get professional feedback and to hear what music other choirs in the Los Angeles area […]

Art and Soul: Students Participate in Arts Camps

Nina Neumann ’20 For Nina Neumann ’20, summer 2017 was spent mastering ballet at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet 5-Week Summer Ballet Program. Each day began with two 90 minute technique classes which were followed by a pointe or variations class. The day typically wrapped up with an optional technique or partnering class. Neumann said […]

Students perform in spring jazz concert

Middle and upper school jazz musicians performed in the annual spring jazz concert on April 29 in the Upper School Rugby Auditorium. Students performed a wide variety of pieces including songs from World War II and songs by the band Radiohead. The theme of the program was pieces of American music, the majority of which […]

Alumna debuts in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway

Beanie Feldstein ’11 made her Broadway debut April 20 in “Hello, Dolly!” as Minnie Fay, a shopgirl working in the hat shop of Irene Molloy, a widow who is searching for romance. “Hello, Dolly!” is a Broadway musical from 1964 about matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi who comes to New York City to find a wife […]

Alumnus makes Time 100 list

Time Magazine named Ben Platt ’11 one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2017 April 20, following his starring role in the Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” The alum, best known for performances in the Chicago and Broadway productions of The Book of Mormon as well as in the Pitch Perfect series, was named […]

Dance Dance Revolution

Advanced Dance II students, guest performers and faculty danced in response to recent global events at the Upper School Dance Concert from March 3 to 5 in the Rugby Theater. “In difficult times, we need one another,” director and Performing Arts Teacher Cyndy Winter said. “This is our way of giving back to our community. […]

Playwrights cast list announced

Playwrights Festival producer and performing arts teacher Christopher Moore announced the cast list for 12 plays that comprise the 2017 Playwrights Festival. The cast list is as follows: PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 2017 Cast List Listed in alphabetical order     BADDEST OF THEM ALL by Sophia Dienstag  Director: Rachel Kimsey Sabrina de Brito, Alex Goldstein, Griffin […]

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