Category: Arts

Dance Students Take Masters Class

Dance students recently went to Northfield Mount Hermon to take classes with master teachers Bill Evans and Don Halquist. Dancers from Northfield Mount Hermon (under the direction of Gretel Schatz) and The Dance Studio of Orange, MA (under the direction of Ingrid Schatz) were in attendance. They took classes in jazz, modern technique, ballet, yoga, improvisation, and tap.

Ms. Muzzy was taught by Bill Evans in graduate school (The College at Brockport), and sisters Gretel and Ingrid Schatz, with whom she coordinated the event, taught Ms. Muzzy in her childhood dance years.

PHOTOS: THAT’S THE SPIRIT

This year’s Fall Play was THAT’S THE SPIRIT, a murder mystery spoof directed by Mr. Lyman and produced by Ms. Benedict. The zany whodunit follows the murder of Hollywood psychic in a home that once belonged to a famed illusionist. The cast of characters–complete with a walking lampshade–make for a colorful and unusual list of suspects.

Congratulations to all who participated in the play, and thanks to Ms. Tew and Mr. Epaul for the photos!

 

The Arts Department Presents: ANYTHING GOES

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)

MacDuffie Arts Presents: 2016 Fall Music & Dance Concert

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!