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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 ...

Online Exclusive: Musicians shine at annual chamber concert

Online Exclusive: Musicians shine at annual chamber concert

March 14, 2012


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Those tiring Z-block rehearsals have paid off for the Orchestra. It has grown significantly this year, accepting kids who have played their instruments since early childhood, as well as those who have only recently started playing. Their range of skill was on display at An Evening of Chamber Musi...

Crew electrifies the audience from backstage

Crew electrifies the audience from backstage

February 17, 2012


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Rehearsing actors watch from the auditorium seats in awe as junior Jacob Bogdanov and drama teacher Mark VanDerzee hang lights above the stage in preparation for the Emerson Play. “When I am setting up the lights, there is always the ‘Wow, he is on a big ladder’ or ‘What is he doing?’”...

SWS students come together at Frolics

SWS students come together at Frolics

January 30, 2012


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“Wait!” said sophomore Jordan Underwood, throwing her palms forward. This was met with encouraging laughter and applause. After a few seconds, she remembered her lyrics and continued to sing. Her gentle yet strong voice, unaccompanied by instruments, soon hushed and impressed the crowd. “At...

Student steadily holds reigns of Emerson Play

Student steadily holds reigns of Emerson Play

January 22, 2012


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As students performing in this year’s Emerson Play, The Reunion, file into the Black Box, they are not told what to do by the usual adult director. In this case, the director is someone much different and much younger: a fellow student. The Reunion is an adaption of the play Wanda’s Visit, writt...

ReVisions attracts artists from across school

ReVisions attracts artists from across school

January 17, 2012


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Throughout the school, yellow posters have sprung up, advertising the 2012 student variety show, also known as ReVisions. The entrance fee was $5 at Dance Studio One at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 13. Unlike Progressions, the Creative Music Festival or Needs Improvment, ReVisions...

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