Dance, song, music, theater fill Howard Auditorium all season
Howard Auditorium in the Blair Family Center for the Arts is always a busy place, but never busier than late April through late May when students from all divisions are either rehearsing or performing.
The Upper School Dance Show kicked off the spring performance season when 25+ students took to the stage for a celebration of female iconic choreographers in contemporary dance. Most of the pieces performed—most of which were student-choreographed—were inspired by these women, including Martha Graham, Sonya Tayeh, Siobhan Davies, Liz Lerman, and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Jazz Cafe celebrated the seven seniors in Jazz Workshop, including Henry Feigen, who wrote an original score for a silent "Steamboat Willie Mickey Mouse" film as part of his Visual and Performing Arts capstone project. Henry led the Jazz Workshop in playing the score, one of several numbers that featured the seniors and other members of the Workshop and Jazz Ensemble.
US Spring Play
The Upper School Theater Department presented "She Kills Monsters," a comedic journey into the world of fantasy role-playing games. When Agnes finds the Dungeons & Dragons notebook left behind by her sister, Tilly, who recently died, she stumbles into an action-packed journey into that imaginary world—complete with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and 90s pop music. From the stage combat sequences to the amazing scenery (including giant monsters), the show was visually spectacular and and wowed the audience.
The spring recital held at Strathmore Hall featured 12 Upper School students and 14 Lower/Middle School students, each of whom performed individually to showcase their considerable talents on their chosen instrument. Cello, piano, violin and viola, french horn, trumpet, saxophone, percussion, clarinet, flute, and voice were all featured in these performances celebrating individual accomplishment.
The end-of-the-year featured musical concerts by Upper, Middle and Lower School, with vocal and instrumental musical performances featuring hundreds of students. From Lower School students demonstrating rich percussion on plastic tubs to the senior chamber singers, the shows celebrated music from all divisions.