Category: Arts

Blood Wedding Performed to Sold-Out House

The MacDuffie Players presented Blood Wedding in three sold-out performances!

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Ian Soares played the cold-hearted Leonard, who abandons his wife and child to run away with another man’s bride.

Alexis Chapin played his jilted wife with Clara Hartley portraying the confused bride and Ethan Shelburne as the rejected groom.

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Through the use of lighting, the MacDuffie tech crew created the perfect mood for Garcia Lorca’s image-laden poetry.

Utilizing their limited space and resources the crew managed to transported the audience to a small Spanish village with a minimalist set design.

Blood Wedding is a heavier piece of writing that includes poetry written into the dialogue.

That didn’t phase the MacDuffie players however, who handled the difficult piece with aplomb usually shown by far more seasoned actors.

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The entire cast and crew would like to thank all who attended, volunteered their time, and especially Mr. Woolley and Ms Kaiser who donated their classrooms for use as dressing rooms!

Ms. Muzzy Invited to Guest Artist Series

Earlier this month, MacDuffie Dance Teacher, Ms. Muzzy was invited as a guest artist to teach dance students at the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio as part of their Brown Bag Guest Artist Series.
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Hathaway Brown School has hosted The Young Choreographers Brown Bag Series since 2007. The series consists of four all-day workshops designed to bring young dancers and professional choreographers together for a day of making dance.
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Ms. Muzzy’s workshop focused on modern technique in the morning, followed by a sit down lunch where students could ask questions related to dance and choreography, and ended with a composition strategies course, resulting in a student-created four minute dance.

2014 Winter Music and Dance Concert

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The MacDuffie School proudly presents the 2014 Winter Music and Dance Concert!

The performance features The MacDuffie Singers, The MacDuffie Dancers as well as student and faculty collaborations.

Come see a great, eclectic show filled with talent and heart. Co-directed by Asia Meirovich & Angie Muzzy.

This year’s concert features two performances in the Student Center.

Friday, December 12th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 13th at 7:30pm

Tickets are $6. Order online at macduffiewinterconcert.brownpapertickets.com

Blood Wedding Tickets Now on Sale!

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The MacDuffie Players present Blood Wedding a tragedy by Federico García Lorca.

Blood Wedding is concerned with love that cannot become marriage among the primitive hill people of Castile, this is a play of tremendous passions and tribal ritual toward an inescapable end.

The play explores many themes, including the cycle of life, the progression of time, choice, deception, fate, and nature.

Join us for a performance:

Friday, November 21st at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 22nd at 7:30pm

Sunday, November 23rd at 2pm

Buy your tickets online.

Opening night performance also features a Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Parent Association. Tickets to the dinner may be purchased at the door for $7. Dinner will be served at 6:45pm.

Cast List (in order of appearance)

Mother ………………………………………………………….. Suzie Appiah

Bridegroom……………………………………………….. Ethan Shelburne

Neighbor……………………………………………………. Johanna Saarela

Wife ……………………………………………………………… Alexis Chapin

Mother-in-Law……………………………………………….. Cassidy Polga

Leonard……………………………………………………………… Ian Soares

Young Girl #2………………………………………………….Whitney Peng

Servant Woman……………………………………………… Maria Buxton

Father……………………………………………………………… Darien Guy

Bride……………………………………………………………… Clara Hartley

Young Girl #1…………………………………………… Phoebe Shelburne

Young Girl #3…………………………………………………… Cathy Zeng

Woodcutter #1……………………………………………… Kashaun Hicks

Woodcutter #2……………………………………………. Jair Johnson Jr.

Woodcutter #3………………………………………………. Tyrell Jackson

The Moon…………………………………………………………. Maya Pope

The Beggar Woman………………………………………… Sabria Brown

Production Crew List

Director…………………………………….……….…. Becky Beth Benedict

Producer……………………………………………………….. Edwin Lyman

Stage Manager………………………………………………..…. Alana Ford

Booth Manager…………………………………………………… Ryan Gray

Technical Director………………………………………… Edwin Lyman

House Manager………………………..………….……… Gina Napolitano

Set Designer………………………………………..… Becky Beth Benedict

Lighting Designer……………………………………………… Ian Soares

Costume Manager……………………………………………. Sam Hackett

Set Construction & Painting……………………… Matthew Castle, Caleb Parsons, Michael Chapin, Ian Soares, Alexis Chapin, Clara Hartley, Sabria Brown, Johanna Saarela, Alana Ford, Ryan Gray, Ethan Shelburne, Phoebe Shelburne, Cathy Zeng, Whitney Peng, Cassidy Polga, Maria Buxton, Becky Beth Benedict, Edwin Lyman

Costume Crew …………………………………………Emmie Peterson, Izzie Perez, Dolly Cupak

Board Operator……………………Varona Maysonet-Ayala

Backstage Crew………………………………………….Courtney Hurley, Cecilia Yu, Han Nguygen, Vikki Perez, Chen Chen, Louise (Zi) Lin, Miska Jalagania, Janvier Johnson

Program Coordinator………………..………………… Gina Napolitano

Ad Coordinator…………………………………………… Gina Napolitano

Special Thanks to:

Earl Benedict

Bethany Petano

Ed Gray

Michael Chapin

Dina Lyman

Learning Outside the Classroom

On Saturday evening, October 11th members of MacDuffie’s upcoming production of Blood Wedding (by Federico Garcia Lorca) and students from Ms. Benedict’s acting class traveled to the Nafe Katter Theatre on the University of Connecticut campus so see a performance of Olives and Blood.

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This play explored the life and death (presumed execution actually – although the murder is unsolved) of the famed Spanish playwright and poet, Federico Garcia Lorca.

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The resounding theme of the play is, “It is said in Spain that the dead are more alive than the day they were born.”

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Directed by Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Gary M. English, and written by UConn Associate Professor Michael Bradford Olives and Blood made a haunting impact on the MacDuffie students who were awed by the set, implored by the music, and enraptured by the acting performance given by the cast.