April 27, 2022
Something magical is happening across campus. After a challenging year of virtual performances, actors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists have taken to the stage, Forum, multi-purpose room, parlor, and hallways for in-person audiences!
A year of exciting performances started with Upper School theatre arts students performing the Kristen Dougherty play, “TEEN”. Using hallways, the library, and the Forum as a backdrop, “TEEN” examines social and emotional issues faced by contemporary teenagers through a selection of short scenes and monologues written by teenagers for teenagers. Audience members journeyed through the Upper School, experiencing both the highs and lows of teenage life.
The Mulitz Theater—complete with a new stage curtain and upgraded lighting—opened in November 2021 with the Middle School musical production of Disney’s “Moana Jr.” Featuring a talented cast of 31 students and supported by more than 20 Upper School students and dedicated teachers, the Mulitz was alive with the sounds of Moana, Maui, and friends. The audience sang along as Maui danced through “You’re Welcome” and adventured with Moana as she wondered “How Far I’ll Go.” On her journey, she met monsters, Kakamora coconuts, and a shiny crab named Tamatoa. Through her work and bravery, Moana returned the Heart of Te Fiti and brought health and prosperity back to her island of Motunui.
Today, Middle and Upper School students are busy working on “The Music Man,” the spring musical. In this musical, we meet con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader who sells band instruments and uniforms to naive Midwestern townsfolk, promising to train the new band members. Harold is no musician, however, and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons.
Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but she falls in love when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness. Harold risks capture to win her. This musical will be a community favorite with set designs and construction by GCS’ talented stagecraft students, music provided by an incredible instrumental ensemble, and an extraordinary cast.
And still, there is much more to come. Young musicians are learning music for the annual instrumental and choral concerts as actors prepare for the spring play. Eline Reis will soon cast the fifth-grade musical and take to the stage in May. We can’t wait to share our work with the Dragon community!