Songs From Rent

The Theatre & Dance Department, in collaboration with the Music Department, is pleased to present a look inside our study of Rent, the musical, on Friday, Jan 22 at 5pm. Two decades after its premiere on Broadway (and winning both a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony awards) the show’s messages of Love, Inclusion, Creativity, and Community continue to resonate today. During Fall Term, 14 students, under the guidance of Dr. Abbey Siegfried and Erin E Strong, explored the themes and messages from the show as they learned a selection of 11 songs. We will Zoom this Friday and the Company of students will share recordings of these songs as well as a look inside their journey with Rent. Come see how we lived, and continue to measure our lives, in love.  

Dance Open 2020!

 

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The Department of Theatre & Dance presents the Dance Open, directed by Azariah Jones ’21 and Katherine Wang ’21.  Performances will be Friday Feb. 21st at 7:30, Saturday Feb 22nd at 2pm & 6:30pm in Steinbach Theatre in George Washington Hall.  Come see your favorite groups Fusion, Hypno, Blue Stut, Footnotes, Foosteps along with many student choreographed dances including solos by seniors Uanne Chang ’20 & Jackson Diodati ’20.

Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid

The Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present our Fall Theatre Production, Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid, adapted by Constance Congdon. During her residency at Amherst College, in Amherst, MA, Congdon presented this new adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid, commissioned by the American Conservatory Theatre. The story follows Monsieur Argan, a chronic hypochondriac with piles of medical bills. Scatological hilarity ensues when Argan tries to marry off his daughter to a doctor in order to relieve himself of his fatherly duty. This production of Moliere’s excremental final play is sure to leave the audience rolling in the aisles. Performances will be held Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th at 8:00pm in Tang Theatre.

The cast of The Imaginary Invalid  includes Hayden Best ’21, Nishani Clarke ’23, Melanie Garcia’22, Elyse Goncalves ’23, Kate Horton ‘22, Laura Mahaniah ‘20, Faith Monahan ’20, Carly Pearlson ’21, Karsten Rynearson’22, Abigail Scharf ’21, and Teddy Wilkin ‘20. The Imaginary Invalid is stage managed by Gaela Stewart ’20, with a run crew of Chi Igbokwe ’21, Ariana Phillips ’21, Myles Ringel ’21, and features original costume and set designs by Billy Murray and lighting designs by Brad Seymour.

Performances of The Imaginary Invalid are Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th at 8:00pm in Tang Theatre. Tickets are $5 each and may be reserved through the PA box office at 978-749-4433. Box Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30am to 2pm, Tuesdays from 11:30am to 4pm, and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm. For more information, please visit the arts page at www.andover.edu/arts.

Songs for a New World

The Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present our Spring Musical production, Songs for a New World. This musical by Jason Robert was originally conceived as a song cycle without any dialogue between performers. It was scored for only four actors that tell multiple stories within the show. Every story hinges upon a “moment of decision.” The composer himself writes: “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.” 

Producing a show known for its vocal demands is not an easy task, but these students challenged themselves in ways that made them better artists! Seeing as how we wanted to continue our own artistic challenge (and it was impossible to only decide on four actors!) we have decided to approach the material in a new way. This production takes place in modern day New York City, with the help of four storytellers, who invite us into the lives of eight city-goers. These eight young people find themselves in different stages of their lives where they have to make a decision: to move to a new city, to come to terms with their dreams and careers, to accept love, or to find themselves. Every song reveals the moment of decision for each character and expresses the outcome of their choices. Filled with moments of self-discovery and youthful indiscretion, Songs for A New World promises to make you laugh, cry, and celebrate the magic of musical theatre.

Performances will be held Friday, May 17that 7:30pm and Saturday, May 18that 6:30pm in Tang Theatre. The cast and crew of Songs for a New World includes Marianne Bautista ’20, Henry Crater ’20, Jack Curtin ’19, Chi Igbokwe ’21, Adaeze Izuegbunam ’20, Jenni Lawson ’19, Jonathan Lin ’19, Quintin Moss ’21, Jeffrey Steele ’20, Denise Taveras ’21, Chloe Webster ’20, and Sam Wright ‘19. Songs for a New World is stage managed by Zakeiya Yusuf ‘21, features original costume designs by Ellie Dixon, lighting designs by guest artist Matthew Breton, and sound designs by faculty member, Brad Seymour. 

Performances of Songs for a New World are Friday, May 17that 7:30pm and Saturday, May 18that 6:30pm in Tang Theatre. Admission is $5 each and may be reserved through the PA box office at 978-749-4433. Box Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00pm to 3pm and Tuesdays from 10am to 12:00pm. For more information, please visit the arts page at www.andover.edu/arts.

ADG Larks & Leaves

This will be a memorable show –  Andover Dance Group’s Spring performance of Larks & Leaves.  Learn more about the performance here.  Thank you to Dance Captains Yishu Chen and Michelle Jeon for leading this group throughout the year, and Yishu Chen and Emily Jackson for heading up our dance board.  It has been an amazing year of growth!