Category: Arts

Red Carpet Awards

We love this tradition! Our glamorous annual Red Carpet Awards honored students for achievements in Theater, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts. Thanks to Ms. B3, Ms. Tew, Ms. Meirovich, Mr. Kaminski, Ms. Muzzy, and Ms. Hastings for coordinating the event!

This year’s recipients were as follows:

THEATER

Outstanding Middle School Newcomer in Theater – Koda Jacqu
Outstanding Middle School Supporting Performer – Gabriel (Gabe) Shumway
Outstanding Middle School Performer – Vivian O’Connor
The Golden Flashlight –  Abigail Mayock
Outstanding Newcomer in Theater Sofia  Akhmechet
Outstanding Supporting Performer -Jessica  Pham
Outstanding Breakout Performer -Nam Vo
Outstanding Upper School  Performer – Nhung  (Rose) Nguyen
Edwin F. Lyman Technical Award – Megan Jacques
Special Achievement in Theater Award – Sudenaz Yilmaz
Senior Achievement Award – Kevin Hong

 

DANCE

National Honor Society for Dance Arts – the following inductees will graduate with honors:

Kayla Deecher
Zeynep Erol
Taylor Pluta
Jordan Skibel
Jocelyn St. Onge
 

Choreographic Excellence Award – Olivia Ramirez-Weissbach
Performance Award – Sophie Sharp, Savannah Richard, Khay Mahdi
Emerging Dancer Award – Emily Parnicky
Dancer Award-Silver Slipper – Zeynep Erol
Dance Scholar Award – Aurora Basnet, Rachel Liu
Dance Service Award – Zeynep Erol
Senior Dance Award – Kayla Deecher, Zeynep Erol, Rachel Liu, Khaylen Mahdi, Taylor Pluta, Gretel Qiu, Yusuf Rumbindi, Jordan Skibel, Jocelyn St. Onge

 

MUSIC 

Outstanding Vocalist, Middle School – Seiri Lee
Most Improved Vocalist, Middle School – Reece Tramazzo
Outstanding Instrumentalist, Middle School – Liam Brown
Most Improved Instrumentalist, Middle School – Grace Marquez, John Mayock
Outstanding Vocalist, Upper School – Gretl Qiu
Most Improved Vocalist Award, Upper School – Sherry He
Outstanding Stage Performance – Alex Hao
Most Improved Stage Performance – James Hu, Ariel Pu
Outstanding Instrumentalist, Upper School – Hans Li
Most Improved Instrumentalist, Upper School – Andrew Cao
Musical Versatility Award – Marie Hua, Celine Wang
Music Scholar Award – Owen Albanese
Senior Music Award – Gene Qu, Billy Xu, Alex Hao, Nam Vo, Jackie Wei, Zandra Yin, Molly Liu, Celine Wang, Gretl Qiu, Stella Quach, Alex Wang, Hans Li, Long Chau, Reagan Os
 

VISUAL ARTS

Excellence in Technique – Yusuf Rumbindi, Ethan Deecher, Adam Stetson
Excellence in Creativity – Marie Hua, Mustafa Berke Gureltol, Koda Jacque
Excellence in Creativity & Technique – Katarzyna Ludkiewicz, Daniela Tishchenko, Sophie Griffin
The Golden Easel – John Lucas Bellingall, Georgie Brown
Most Promising Newcomer – Judy Zhu, Sofiia Akhmechet, Yihong (Eva) Lin, Nathan Stevenson

NE Prep School Dance Fest

This weekend our dancers attended the New England Prep School Dance Festival at Northfield Mount Hermon. This student-organized event gives area private school dance programs a chance to get together and to both learn from and share ideas.

Twelve schools participated, and four students from MacDuffie attended. They took three classes across several genres and performed in an informal concert; Ms. Muzzy taught two classes, contact improvisation and yoga.

Bravo, dancers!

 

The Arts Department Presents: THE ADDAMS FAMILY

On March 2, 3, and 4, there was something creepy, spooky, mysterious, and kooky going on in Little Theater…

The Addams Family, based on the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, was this year’s Winter Musical. Ms. Becky Beth Benedict directed, Mr. Steve Kaminski served as musical director, and Ms. Angie Muzzy did choreography.

The idea for the production came from a conversation between Ms. Benedict and Ms. Tew, theater teacher and Residential Advisor, about how to use Ms. Benedict’s bear rug in a show. Ms. Tew suggested The Addams Family. “As I spent more time looking into the story told in this musical, I found it very entertaining and a good fit for the MacDuffie students,” said Ms. Benedict. “The characters are distinct and likable.  The comedy and dialogue are written in such a way that it registers well with our contemporary sensibilities.”

In addition to the acting, dancing, and musical aspects of the production, the Arts department engaged in creative activities to enhance the staging and makeup aspects of the show. Michael Budnick, owner of Mad Science, visited early on during the rehearsal period. He trained the stage crew on the handling of dry ice, which was used to make the fog effect and the bubbling brew coming out of Grandma’s cauldron.

Ms. Tew oversaw the hair and makeup design for the show, jump-starting the effort through a CAP. They began by researching previous productions of The Addams Family as well as other makeup-heavy Broadway shows and by learning about makeup artists who have designed for shows like Shrek the Musical, Wicked, and Cats. The all-girls makeup team then created design palettes for each character, based in part on what the costume crew was designing. “They also collected the necessary wigs (some of which were loaned to MacDuffie by Exit 7 Theater, like the costumes) and styling tools,” said Ms. Tew, “so the girls learned about wig care and maintenance.” In the week leading up to the show, the girls applied the makeup daily, made changes as needed, and became proficient enough to add last-minute details to make the Addams ancestors distinct.

“The students have gained confidence on stage and in life during our two-month rehearsal period,” said Ms. Benedict. “They have found that they are capable of more than they knew.  I am incredibly proud of their dedication and talent.”

Thank you to Carrie Lu ’19 and Ms. Tew for the photos.

Congratulations to all who participated and helped put on the show!