These fabulous posters created by this year’s student director Uanne Chang feature the co-heads of all the Andover dance teams. Footnotes for the tappers – Blue Strut for jazz – Hypnotiq for Hip-hop – Fusion for Afro-Carribean – and Footsteps for Asian Fusion. Alums – if you want to write any history to these groups, please do so in the comments! Come see these dancers perform along with many stunning solo, duet and group pieces of student choreography, this weekend in Steinbach Theatre.
This year’s Nutcracker includes new choreography from Estelle Zhu PA’20 for the Tea variation in Act II. Estelle, who is highly trained in traditional Chinese Dance, worked with dancers Claire Song and Candy, while Samantha Lee used her expertise in rhythmic gymnastics to improve upon our ribbon choreography! Here is a preview of the work in the studio.
I am always so grateful to the adults who volunteer to participate in the Party Scene for the Nutcracker. We rehearse every Thursday evening in the term for one hour. The best Thursday is the evening we all join Billy Murray in the dressing room area to try on the costumes. I was struck this year looking at the bodice of one of the dresses that has a hook and eye enclosure for all of the people who have done this part over the twenty year period! Thanks to Tina and Kevin Graber for playing the parents for many of these years and for helping me recruit all the other adults!
Students, in THD510, co-taught by LCG and Mr. Grimm, created the production of The 50% (Things We Are Too Scared To Say). The ensemble generated monologues and vignettes based on their own experiences with various aspects of identity, including race, class, gender, and sexuality at PA and beyond. Students were directed by Rhea Prem and Ria Vieira. Performance schedule: 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night (November 2 and 3) in the Theater Classroom, GW Hall. The play will also be performed on MLK Day, exclusively for the ninth grade class.
Interpreting the theme of “Good & Evil”, the all-student produced Grasshopper Night thrilled audiences for four sold-out performances during Family Weekend. The variety show featured numbers from Drumline, Azure, the Yorkies, Keynotes, Hypnotiq, Footnotes, Blue Strut, SLAM, and many more.
Sixteen students participated in the world’s largest theatre festival, the Edinburgh Fringe this summer with their production of Big Love, directed by faculty member Billy Murray. This production was longlisted by Amnesty International for its Freedom of Expression award and was performed as part of the American High School Theatre Festival. In addition to performing, the students took a workshop at the Globe Theatre in London, toured St. Andrews and other historical sites in Scotland, attended the Royal Tattoo in Edinburgh Castle and attended a wide variety of the 1,800 performances that take place daily at the fringe. Students stayed on the campus of Edinburgh University just beneath Arthur’s Seat (they hiked to the peak on their first day to enjoy sunrise). They were able to interact with high school students from all over the United States who love theatre, and value the arts as a key part of their educational experience.