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Dancing shines at Pajama Game

Dancing shines at Pajama Game

February 26, 2013
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The curtains open on a stairwell leading to a 1950s factory. But this is not a scene of industrial malaise. The set is awash in orange, aquamarine and bright pink, and the cast members do not wear rags but flowy, polka-dotted dresses. Like their set, which gave life to a scene of real-life drudgery...

Guest storyteller presents oral and musical history of Guinea

Guest storyteller presents oral and musical history of Guinea

February 25, 2013
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A collection of five students crowd in a tightly-packed semicircle, a variety of African hand drums placed loosely between their legs. Their eyes gaze intently forward. In front of the students sits West African musician Famoro Dioubate with his personal balafon, an instrument that resembles a xylop...

Needs Improvment promotes social awareness

January 13, 2013
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For the student actors in the improvisational comedy troupe Needs Improvment, unity is everything. On January 4, Needs Improvment gave a public performance in the Roberts-Dubbs auditorium. They demonstrated unity with their surroundings through activities like “Pan Right,” a game in which actors...

Winter concert delivers treats for all

Winter concert delivers treats for all

December 17, 2012
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When theater kids and jocks butt heads in the popular Disney film High School Musical, a sinister plot unfolds in support of the social status quo: By convincing her drama teacher to schedule the school musical so that it coincides with the championship basketball game, villainess Sharpay Evans hope...

Freshman play You Can’t Take it With You “convincing”

Freshman play You Can’t Take it With You “convincing”

December 11, 2012
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Photos by Jackie Merrill Click-clack goes the typewriter—the sound of a Mrs. Penny Sycamore writing one of her famously abhorred plays. Click-clack goes her grown daughter, Essie, who is practicing, though not very skillfully, a dance routine. Ping! Essie’s husband, the unsuccessful printmaker Ed Carmi...

Moonlighting provides ‘exuberant performance,’ excited audience

Moonlighting provides ‘exuberant performance,’ excited audience

December 3, 2012
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Photos by Jackie Merrill and Joon Lee Three mute, blue-painted hooligans rush the stage in hot pursuit of a familiar class clown. But these are not high school delinquents—or at least, not delinquent students. The three blue men are performing arts teachers. Their target? Associate Dean Anthony M...

Shakespeare goes Woodstock: As You Like It brings 1960s energy to the stage

Shakespeare goes Woodstock: As You Like It brings 1960s energy to the stage

November 12, 2012
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Photos by Jackie Merrill In Shakespearean terms, a comedy is a play that not only makes the audience laugh, but also ends in marriage or rebirth. This year’s Shakespeare play, As You Like It, ends in four marriages—so the Drama Society had better show us one funny play. Set at the Woodstock music...

Poetry Fest gives voice to students

Poetry Fest gives voice to students

May 16, 2012
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“Not everyone can read music or owns a camera, but everyone can communicate in some way. Everyone has stories that the rest of us can learn from,” says poet Sarah Kay in her March 2011 TED talk. Kay and fellow Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression) co-director, Phil Kaye, we...

Improvisation invigorates annual Jazz Band concert

Improvisation invigorates annual Jazz Band concert

May 2, 2012
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On the evenings of April 4 and 5, the majority of the Roberts-Dubbs Auditorium was dim, but the stage was alive with music. A quaint cafe was set up on stage, complete with snacks, tables and, most importantly, a band. Sophomore Zak Russell stood with his bow tie, rainbow suspenders, and trombone...

Man-in-Chair takes audience to the ‘20s

Man-in-Chair takes audience to the ‘20s

March 19, 2012
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“I know it is not a perfect show, the spit-take scene is lame and the monkey motif is labored, but it does what a musical is supposed to do. It takes you to another world,” says senior Julian Hermano as the Man in Chair. This year’s musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, directed by Ezra Flam, did exactly that. This Tony Award-winning play was pulled off magnificently,...

Spring play sings of revolution

Spring play sings of revolution

March 19, 2012
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This year’s spring play, Marat/Sade, portrays a wild tale from the French Revolution using innovative music. Set in a cage, the actors of Marat/Sade recreate the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat, a radical revolutionary writer known for his fiery prose and concern for the sans-culottes. The role is playe...

States play scripts its own world

States play scripts its own world

March 19, 2012
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The cast of this year’s States play did not just act out a story; it created one. The tale of a depressed videogame-addicted teenager who, after a suicide attempt, ends up in a fictitious Wizard of Oz-like Egypt, was entirely written by the cast members. The process, though complex and time-consuming, gave the cast members a ...

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