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Performing Arts Showcase on Friday
elizabeth banalagay 11 staff writer
October 14, 2010

After only a month of prepa­ration, musicians, singers, actors, and dancers will take the stage to share their artistic talents with the audience. This Friday, Parents’ Weekend, the Deerfield commu­nity will gather in the large audi­torium to experience the world of the performing arts.

Short arrangements by the chorus, band, chamber groups, and orchestra will start the show­case. Rachel Fletcher-Slater ’12, pianist and xylophonist for the wind ensemble, commented on the short preparation time: “Ev­eryone in the ensemble sight reads very well, so learning the music came fairly easy to us. It also helps when you play fun pieces like ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Bar­kley.”

Next to perform are the ac­tors from advanced acting tuto­rial. Some actors will be at speech or debating events, or in Thai­land for a Round Square trip, but Director of Theater John Reese said, “Since we have an amazing group of actors, I’m confident they will thoroughly entertain our audience.”

The class has prepared several short comedic scenes, includ­ing a monologue by Mia Fowler ’11. “I’m super excited! This will be the first time my parents will see me perform a monologue,” Fowler exclaimed. The material is as good as the presentation, and Fowler found her monologue to be “so funny and cute that I was able to memorize it all on my own in less than week.”

To close the night, dancers will display the wide range of styles offered by Deerfield’s dance program. “We will present five dances created by four profes­sional choreographers and one student, Nina Shevzov-Zebrun ’12,” commented Jennifer Whit­comb, director of dance and de­partment chair of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Similar to the music depart­ment headed under Mr. Roihl, the dance department is on the brink of a new era with two new talented teachers, Crystal Nils­son and Stephanie Shumway. Ms. Whitcomb is pleased to show­case Deerfield’s “talented dancers at one of the first major events of the year.”

The Fall Performing Arts Showcase will begin at 7:15 p.m. on October 15. Come enjoy an amazing night of music, theatre and dance!