With social distancing in place, theatre seniors and Director of Theatre Programs gathered for one last photo in the Performing Arts Center, honoring both their love and commitment of theatre throughout their Upper School experience.
All Lower School students, 85% of Middle School students, and more than half of the Upper School students are actively involved in excelling in musical and theatrical pursuits.
While the spring production of Romeo & Juliet may have not materialized in person, as they say in show business, the show must go on! Prior to spring break, the cast and crew were hard at work preparing a show to remember, and while plans have changed, the plan to deliver something to leave a lasting impact remained.
By Stephen Stout
Director of Theatre Programs
Passion is only reinforced in times of uncertainty. The importance to have that one thing that can drive and motivate you no matter the circumstance is at an all-time high. I read somewhere that passion means a “willingness to suffer for what you love.” Yes. But it also means Joy, Fervor, Devotion, Ardor, Dedication, Zest, Eagerness, even Frenzy and Heat.
The annual GFA Jazzfest returns again this year on March 12 from 7–9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
Compositions by Avery Duer '20, Daniel Hong '21, and Janice Park '20
"These pieces are examples of serialism (12-tone composition). The challenge of avant garde writing is to maintain musicality even when confronting seemingly non-musical parameters. The interesting results of the students' efforts in this project is further evidence of their extraordinary creativity."
In 2015, GFA celebrated the opening of its new Performing Arts Center to showcase both the performing and visual arts. But more importantly, it provides a state-of-the-art space for students to get down to the daily work of scene and costume design, theater technology, public speaking, rehearsing, and working on their craft.
Little Shop of Horrors: Behind the Scenes