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Peyton McGovern    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“Have you ever been in a crowded room, only feeling neglection? Reached out left and right for a helping hand, only to receive rejection?” asked Robert Rush ’14, throwing a chair into the wall. Rush presented his spoken-word poem, “Innovation,” as part of the Black Arts talent show last weekend.The powerful poem depicted issues and stereotypes affecting African Americans. Rush commanded the stage as he paced from one side to another, depicting his frustration through sudden hand motions and...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Combining graceful movement with harmonious live music, Andover’s production of Henry Purcell’s opera, “Dido and Aeneas,” transported audience members back to 20 B.C.E. for a tragic love story.Dancers from the Andover Dance Group (ADG), directed by Judith Wombwell, Instructor in Dance, and singers from the Fidelio Society, directed by Christopher Walter, Instructor in Music, collaborated to provide a stunning reenactment of the iconic theatrical work.The performance was part of Andover’s Co-Ed@...
Julia Boyd    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Breathing life into words written centuries ago, student actors in the play “The Comedy of Errors,” written by William Shakespeare, performed with energizing, theatrical spirit that would have made Shakespeare proud. The circular-shaped performance space of the play allows audience members to surround the performers on every side.“The most noticeable difference between this show and other shows is the stage itself: it’s in the round,” said Emma Kukielski ’15, Assistant Stage Manager. “That...
Chloe Lee    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Unlike previous years, this year’s iTalent and iFashion Show paraded a more creative set of talent and traditional costumes as part of the International Festival (iFest). The student-organized event included a performance of the guzheng, a traditional 18-string Chinese instrument and a Filipino bamboo folk dance.Clint Yoo ’14 sang an emotional cover of the popular Korean hit “What If” by Girl’s Generation. Yoo’s performance captured the reminiscent and heartbreaking message of the song. As he...
Arts Staff Report    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Grasshopper Night came alive during Family Weekend this fall, representing the collective effort of over 100 students and faculty.“In some aspects, [Grasshopper] is a talent show, but like anything at Andover, our talent is so amazing that what [we] really work on doing is making it a real show from beginning to end,” said Erin Strong, Chair and Instructor in Theater and Dance and Faculty Coordinator for Grasshopper Night. “It’s everything. It’s a cohesive show [that] has a level of...
Alexis Lefft    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“Natural Selections”Delicate, painted petals against a stormy gray sky. Two men lying by a glisteningriver.With depictions of landscapes and scenes ranging from realistic to abstract, the Addison Gallery of American Art’s exhibition “Natural Selections” was designed to complement “James Prosek: The Spaces in Between.” The two exhibitions attempt to capture the artist’s deep-rooted connection with nature.Curated from the gallery’s permanent collection, pieces in the exhibit were divided...
Peyton Alie    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
James Prosek, the Addison Gallery of American Art’s fall Artist-in-Residence, has long been fascinated with nature. Between fishing trips in his picturesque Connecticut neighborhood, he remembers meticulously recreating John James Audubon paintings as a child. Prosek’s work was featured in the Addison in the exhibit “The Spaces in Between.”Particularly interested in trouts when he was young, Prosek began hisartistic career writing letters to departments of wildlife across the country and...
Tiffany Bauman    Thursday, May 22, 2014
A bright light shined in the modern dance studio as six dancers dressed in flowing green dresses huddled into circles to represent the idea of being “Tied Up.” Last Friday, ANDance, Andover’s newest dance group, took to the stage of the modern dance studio to show not only their physical strength and technical ability, but also also a wide variety of emotions. Formed this year, ANDance is an audition-based club created specifically for dancers who are working their way towards...
Ben Del Vecchio    Thursday, May 22, 2014
The summer breeze, the sunny days, sand grains between your toes. All just a few weeks away. What could be better than that? Nothing beats the crystal clear skies or the crystal clear drinks. Summer is a paradise, sure. But… then there are the rainy days.The cool breeze turns to a chilly gust, the sun is marred by an endless grey mass and the sand…well, it’s more mud than grain. It’s the rainy days that beg the question: what is there to do when Mr. Sun is no longer golden?The warm, dark, comfy...
Julia Donovan    Thursday, May 22, 2014
As the Senior vocalists of Fidelio, Andover’s classical singing group, proudly held hands and bowed at center stage, the audience stood and applauded the group’s rendition of The Beatles’ “In My Life.” To the 11 Senior sopranos, tenors, altos and basses of Fidelio, their final concert with Fidelio was the culmination of years of hard work, an extensive amount of musical training and countless hours of vocal practice. The Fidelio Concert took place in Cochran Chapel on Sunday afternoon....
Kalina Ko    Thursday, May 22, 2014
“Gertie the Dinosaur,” a 1914 animated short film, was brought back to life in Cochran Chapel on Friday night. The Academy Concert Band performed a lively soundtrack to accompany the classic animation for their final concert of the year. The band accompaniment, arranged by Vincent Monaco, Instructor in Music and the conductor of the Academy Concert Band, matched the exuberant mood of the cartoon. The band held a steady rhythm, mirroring Gertie’s lumbering gait. “My favorite piece was ‘...
Sara Luzuriaga    Thursday, May 22, 2014
With a repertoire ranging from folk to Latin-Jazz, Ali Decker ’14 and Alex Rubin ’14 told the story of lost love in a production of “The Last Five Years.” Directed by Esther Cohen ’14, this Theater 901 production was about two artists who, over the course of five years, fall in and out of love with each other. Jamie Wellerstein, played by Rubin, is an aspiring writer, while Cathy Hyatt, played by Decker, dreams of being an actress. The story used a distinctive narrative structure in which...

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