December improv workshops kick off

Performing Arts teachers Michele Spears and Lisa Frederickson hosted the first improv workshop of the year Dec. 4, in which  students played a variety of acting games.  In an email to upper school students, Spears described the improv workshops as a way to relax and have fun every Friday after school. No previous experience in improv is […]

Students participate in first pop-up play festival

The school hosted its first pop-up play festival March 9, in which students wrote, directed, cast and performed eight plays in a 24-hour time period. Assistant Features Editor Zoe Redlich ’20 proposed and organized the event, with the help of Performing Arts teacher Michele Spears and Justin Park ’20. About 30 total students participated in […]

Musical accepts all students who auditioned

Performing arts teacher Ted Walch informed students who auditioned for the fall musical “Les Misérables” that everyone would have a role in the show. Walch made the decision along with performing arts teacher Michele Spears and temporary performing arts teacher Daniel Faltus. “The time we were able to spend with each of you individually persuaded us […]

Self Improv-ment

On a Friday evening in October, Dave Bushnell runs through the do’s and don’t’s of improv. He throws out terms like “block” and “waffle” to the 13 students who make up the new student improv group, the newly-named Jackanapes. Bushnell recently became an official staff member when the Performing Arts Department decided to form a […]

Scene Monkey auditons to be held on Oct. 25.

Auditions for the Scene Monkeys, the upper school improv group, will be held Friday, Oct. 25. in the drama lab. Callbacks will be held the following week on Friday, Nov. 1. Additionally, performing arts teacher and Scene Monkeys director Michele Spears will teach two improv workshops Friday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 11 in the […]

Actors teach drama workshops

The Actor and the Stage classes were taught by a guest teacher last week, and are being taught by another artist who is visiting the class this week. Last week, each section of The Actor and the Stage had three classes taught by actor Stephen Kearin, who is one of the inventors of the Simlish […]

20 students chosen for 2012-2013 improv troupe

Performing arts teacher and Scene Monkeys adviser Michele Spears selected 20 students for the 2012-2013 Scene Monkeys. New members were admitted after two rounds of callbacks over two weeks. Fifty students auditioned for a spot in the group, which has consistently grown in size from 12 students in 2010 to 17 in 2011 to 20 […]