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Fine Arts News

List of 7 items.

  • Upper School Studio Play: The 39 Steps

    Thursday, January 27 - Friday, January 28, 7:00pm 
    Saturday, January 29, 2:00pm and 6:00pm 
    Black Box Theater
    Hold onto your hats - this irrepressible Broadway smash will be here to blast away the January blues in a fabulously staged Black Box. This hilarious, high-speed spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s silver-screen classic mingles mystery and laughter, hurtling a notorious fugitive and a spellbound blonde from a raucous London music hall to Scotland’s most remote highlands—and a den of devious spies. Along the way it creates trains, planes, moors and more in a wildly funny flight to the heights of theatrical invention.
    Eight committed upper school students are taking on the parody, adapted from John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Hitchcock’s 1935 film by Patrick Barlowin. The production requires lightning-fast quick-changes for the cast, as well as occasionally playing multiple characters at once, and the set is extraordinary. So, prepare to be thrilled, laugh, and swept away by this rollicking spy story, and test your knowledge with the multiple allusions to other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, and North by Northwest.
    Cast and Crew include Jack Aitken, Thalie Waters, Sophia Jazaeri, Ananya Agrawal, Rayna Kim, Henry Johnston, Nyla Jennings, Hailey Jane Frank, Noelle Alexander, Grady McMillin, and Nathan Titterington. 
    Tickets will be available for online purchase for each of the four performances from Friday, January 21. Seating is limited.
    (Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com. Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan and the movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited. Based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.)
  • Middle School Pop Show: Back to the Stage

    Friday, February 4, 4:00pm and 6:30pm 
    Lowe Theater
    The Pop Show culminates a year of hard work by the Middle School treble choir, Cantatores. This year’s Pop Show, Back to the Stage, will feature the members of Cantatores and the Boy Choir. This year’s show will be a true Return to the Stage, as it will be our first live Pop Show since February of 2020. Cantatores will feature wonderful songs from film and musicals such as Mary Poppins, Grease, Footloose, Hairspray, and more!  We hope you will join us for this wonderful production!
    Brendan Emig and Megan Henry direct the Pop Show and have been working with Cantatores since the fall to find suitable songs. The girls from Class 8 had the opportunity to suggest songs they wished to perform, and Mr. Emig found appropriate arrangements. Because the Pop Show is accompanied by a live band, Mr. Emig and Mr. Doucet worked together to extract instrumental parts if none were available. Scott Bonasso leads the Boy Choir. Mrs. Arouty and Ms. Wilson expertly choreograph the performance.
    There is no admission charge. DVDs of the performance may be purchased online at www.jimstamosproductions.com. You won’t want to miss this night of wonderful singing and dancing!
  • Upper School Choral and Orchestral Festival

    Monday, February 7, 7:00pm
    St John the Divine Church
    All of our amazing Upper School ensembles are busily preparing for February’s magical festival of music, to which our entire community is warmly invited. The Philharmonia will perform “Contrasts” by Francis Feese; Chamber Strings will play the Allegro from Mozart “Divertimento, K. 157” and Alfred Reed’s “Siciliana Notturno” for strings and harp. The two orchestras will join forces to play “Adventurer’s Dream” by Bud Woodruff. 
    There are also some treats in store from SJS’s wonderful choirs: Les Chanteuses will perform Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" with the String Quartet and “Radiant Sister of the Day” by David Brunner. They will join with Chorale and Chamber Strings to perform Betty Bertaux’s “To Music'' as well as the last movement of Faure’s seminal masterwork, “Requiem,” with a guest string quartet and Donald Doucet on the organ. Professional singers Brendan Emig and Joanne Bonasso will be joining the performance as soloists. Kantorei will perform Z. Randall Stroope's "In Paradisum" composed in 2020 for the victims of Covid-19, as well as Andrea Ramsey's experimental work, "Stomp on the Fire," which involves aleatoric singing and body percussion.
    All performers are looking forward to this opportunity to perform for a live audience; this is a treat not to be missed!
  • Winter Piano Recitals 

    Saturday, February 12, 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm
    Lowe Theater

    Our Winter Piano Recitals will feature piano students performing solo repertoire, duets, and concerti, presenting a wide array of music from different stylistic periods. Each recital will showcase upwards of 30 individual musicians from our program, ranging from Elementary through Advanced levels. In addition to students in private instruction, the programs will include students enrolled in small group and partner lessons. We look forward to welcoming first-time performers from our Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, and newly established Middle School classes to the stage.
    We extend a warm invitation to the SJS community to attend and support these students in the culmination of their hard work this semester. Contact Joanna Reeder (jreeder@sjs.org) for detailed information, including student performance lists for each of the recitals. Please click here to learn more about our program and how your student can become involved. 
  • Welcome to Guest Artist Michael Temple!

    This year’s guest artist, Michael Temple, will be on campus February 14-18 to work with students in each division to create a themed installation reflecting the diversity of the world. A local Houston artist, Temple majored in Painting and Printmaking at San Diego State University. According to Temple, his artwork “reflects a wide variety of visual diversity both with multiple cultural influences and with the exploration of many different mediums. I hope to share my creative curiosity of the world around them and celebrate our shared diversity through art.”
    Students in classes 2, 3, and 8, as well as Upper School students will create components of a large-scale wall installation focusing on diversity, cultural awareness, and mixed media using foam board, puzzle pieces, and packing tape among other media. The final product will be displayed in the Claire Attwell Glassell Gallery. Temple’s work also will be displayed in the Gallery February 2 through March 4.
    Temple is excited to share his “love of the creative process while building cultural awareness and unity,” and we cannot wait to see the finished product.
  • Middle School Studio Play: Orange is the New Glass

    Thursday, February 17, 4:30pm
    Friday, February 18, 4:30pm and 7:00pm
    Black Box Theater
    St. John’s Middle School presents Orange is the New Glass by Tyler Dwiggins. In a fairy-tale kingdom obsessed with pop culture and social media, fairy godmothers are lawyers and the Three Little Pig-arazzi chase celebrities. But when Cinderella leaves her self-absorbed prince and winds up in jail with an unlikely girl squad, she doesn't just cause a sensation--she starts a revolution. A warmhearted comedy full of clever characters.
    Featuring performances from Class 6 and 7 students Anjilea Holm, Shelby Kuhl, Avery Pollock, 
    Tate Allen, Yutia Li, Wanya Zafar, Julian Tan, Ashley Smith, Patrick Toups, Amelia Paine, Maya Kadia, Sarah Clark, Cameron Baird, Kayla Bayazitoglu, Sophia Ramachandran, Nathalie McDaniel, Ailey Takashima, Macy Vanderbloemen, Elliott David, Jack Williams, Dancy Yates, Zaid Alousi, and Ailey Takashima.
    The production is stage managed by Upper School students Drew Adams and Ally Rodriguez. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online via credit card. Seating is general admission and ticket cost is $13. As seating is very limited in the Black Box Theatre, please consider purchasing your tickets in advance.
  • Upper School Musical: Newsies

    Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4, 7:00pm
    Saturday, March 5, 2:00pm and 7:00pm 
    Lowe Theater
    The year is 1899 and the newsies of New York are a ragtag group of kids ready to take on The World. Based on the 1992 film and inspired by a true story, Newsies tells the story of the New York newsies – boys and girls who sold newspapers on the street – and went up against their employers, Joseph Pulizer and William Randolph Hearst, to fight for their rights to a living wage. Featuring energetic song and dance, Newsies is sure to get you on your feet and carrying the banner for the good fight. Now is the time to seize the day! 
    The St. John’s School production of Newsies will be performed by a dedicated cast and crew on March 3-5, 2022, in the Lowe Theater. Tickets will go on sale February 23. Seating is reserved and tickets are $13. Look for more information coming soon.
    (Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.)

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