It might seem odd to be able to relate to a villain. And yet, during a break in rehearsal for the upcoming production of The Lion King Jr., actors Nancy Duer (seventh grade) and Karsten Rynearson (eighth grade) are locked in conversation, earnestly pleading a case for the show’s most notorious bad guy.
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.
Save the Children will be the recipient of the funds raised at this year's Harmony for the Homeless. The annual event will be an evening of "Pop 2K" music and entertainment, featuring the school's two a cappella groups, the Beachers and the Blues, as well as ensemble and solo performances from student singers and musicians.
Upper School theater students recently had an amazing opportunity to connect with Broadway and screen actress Janine DiVita (also alumnus Richard Del Bello's wife) for a master class on singing:
Middle School leads off the holiday concert series this Thursday, Dec. 7, with fifth and sixth graders performing from 6:00-7:00 PM, and seventh and eighth graders performing from 8:00-9:00 PM, both in the Performing Arts Center.
Guys & Dolls runs Nov. 16-18, with a special appearance by Head of School Janet Hartwell in the Nov. 16 and 18 performances. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.gfacademy.org/theatre for more information.
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.