The Arts Department has done it again with another successful winter musical! This year’s production was Anything Goes, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse later revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
The story takes place on a transatlantic ocean liner on which a nightclub singer poses as a gangster’s henchman to follow the runaway (and engaged) heiress he loves to England.
The MacDuffie performances, presented by a special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc., were held March 3-5. The musical was directed by Ted Lyman, with Asia Meirovich as Music Director, Angie Muzzy as Choreographer, and Becky Beth Benedict as Producer.
“The cast embodies the multicultural nature of MacDuffie,” said Ted Lyman, directed Anything Goes for the fourth time. “They are talented, enthusiastic students exploring an art form that is distinctly American—the golden age of Broadway.”
More than 40 students (and even a few faculty and staff) took part in the production. Congratulations to all who participated, and thank you to everyone who attended. Bon Voyage!
(Photo credit: Janet Xie ’17)
Our musicians, singers, and dancers capped off months of hard work with the annual Music & Dance Concert on December 9 and 10. Performers ranged from experienced Upper School students to Middle School students making their band and chorus debuts.
The program included the following:
Selections from Pirates of the Caribbean – Middle School Band
Wade in the Water/Falling Slowly/Imagine – Middle School Chorus
Little Fantasy Study/Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – Keyboard Skills Class
Gershwin’s Prelude No. 1 (arr. Ms. Meirovich)/Game of Thrones theme (arr. Ms. Meirovich) – Upper School Ensemble
I Know I’m Not the Only One – Middle School Chorus, Upper School MacDuffie Singers, Upper School Ensemble (Special guests: Reagan Os ’18 and Mr. Griffin)
O Sanctissima/Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child/Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland – Upper School MacDuffie Singers
Red House – Ms. Meirovich (piano)
Let’s Dance (choreography: Ms. Muzzy) – The MacDuffie Dancers
The Modern Dance classes each choreographed their own pieces, the theme of which was “Home”: Rumah (Modern Dance D); Cherry Blossoms (Modern Dance I; special mention to Jocelyn St. Onge ’18 for her contributions to this piece); Be Yourself (Modern Dance G).
Thank you to Ms. Muzzy, Mr. Flores, and Ms. Meirovich for their direction and guidance, and congratulations to all who took part!
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” (Lysander, Act 1, Scene 1, A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
The Arts Department proudly presented three performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20. The play, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a troupe of amateur actors, taking place in (a mythical) Athens and an enchanted forest
“It’s a story that draws from many different worlds [people at court, young lovers, workers, fairies], yet with parallel storylines,” says Arts Department Chair Becky Beth Benedict (Ms. B3), who directed the show. “And it really becomes about love.”
Ms. B3 adds that MacDuffie put its own twist on the story by making the male/female relationship a female/female relationship, a storyline that’s in the forefront. In addition to being an artistic choice, it’s a fresh approach in keeping with the respect for diversity we endorse in our mission statement.
Congratulations to the cast and crew for putting together such a magnificent production!
The Red Carpet Awards–glamour, MacDuffie-style! The Arts Department honored 50 students across Visual Arts, Dance, Music, and Theater for their 2015-2016 achievements. We’re proud of all the talent at MacDuffie and are grateful to Ms. B3, Ms. Muzzy, Mr. Harvey (and Ms. Meirovich, who is on maternity leave), Ms. McNerny, and Ms. Hastings for nurturing our student actors, dancers, musicians, and visual artists.
Congratulations to the Red Carpet Awards recipients!
We had a calendar bursting with creativity of Arts Events this spring. Check out this photo montage from our Spring Music Concert, Acting Ensemble Showcase, Spring Dance Concert, and Spring Sampler. Thank you to everyone who performed, created, wrote, danced, directed, attended, and photographed. (Did we get everyone?) So much to love about Arts at MacDuffie!