Behind any musical is a team of people creating the details that make a show come to life. For the fall musical Little Shop of Horrors, that team resides in the GFA Scene Shop.
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.
By Avery Duer '20
I am a senior who loves the performing arts; I’m involved in the wind ensemble, concert choir, theater pit bands and a lot of other stuff too. Basically, I love music and try to involve myself, however I can, in the performing arts department so what better than to write a bit about my experiences and try to share some of my love with the rest of the community?
A look inside the making of our fall musical, Little Shop of Horrors. This week, we sat down with the show's Production Stage Manager Beza Tessema. She knew acting wasn’t her ticket, but the thrill of being backstage seemed like an interesting and fun leap of faith. Today, she loves the role and the spontaneity of the backstage environment.
This spring the Upper School Theatre Board will take on the heated drama 12 Angry Jurors. Based on the 1954 television play — and later Broadway production and 1957 Oscar-nominated film (originally called 12 Angry Men) — the play dissects larger themes like, democracy and empathy, within the context of a courtroom thriller.
Elyse Kimball '20 recently won the First Place Prize in Drawing for her piece, "Collateral Beauty," at the Stamford Art Association Student Art Show. Senior Hannah Calzone won the Elsie Ralph Merit Award for an entire portfolio.
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.