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The Arts provide the tools that fuse the connection between intellect and emotion. Having a sense of self or an awareness of self is vital to a complete and successful education. The Arts at The Williams School seek to engage students in an individualized creative process. Within the academic curriculum of the Arts, students are assisted in developing the self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperative collaboration, and self-motivation necessary in everyday life. Students of various abilities and levels are given opportunities to translate ideas into action, to listen and to observe, to develop critical thinking and innovative problem solving skills, to learn to access information that will enrich their lives. This repertory of skills and experiences will enable students to identify life challenges and to achieve personal goals.

Theatre

Theatre classes build upon developing physical and spatial awareness in Acting I courses to vocal training and directing in Acting II classes. The skill development is applied to improvisation, character development, and to periods and styles of the historical theatre. The Upper School theatre courses are open to grades 9–12 and are full credit courses. Acting A and Acting B are offered in alternating years. Both Acting I and II can be taken twice.

Dance

Upper School dance classes offer technical and creative work, concentrating on the development of strong physical skills and technical proficiency. Emphasis is also placed on expanding aesthetic sensitivity, developing confidence, and on having fun dancing both in the classroom and on stage. Study in related areas such as composition, improvisation, and repertory is also included. Video viewing, guest teachers, relaxation days, somatic lessons and assembly performances supplement classroom work. Classes are open to students in Grades 9-12. Students take the class that is appropriate for their ability, regardless of their grade level. Dance classes meet three times a rotation for the entire year. Dance courses fulfill Co-curricular requirements.

Music

Music classes in the upper school are focused on building solid understanding of theoretical and compositional aspects, as well as developing aural skills of listening analysis and sight singing. Through reading and listening to music, as well as studying conceptual theory within music samples and works, students then utilize their theoretical understanding to compose and play their own music in music composition (advanced). In ensembles, students develop skills in technique, improvisation, sight-reading, and performance in musicianship, both individually and with an ensemble. Band and Jazz band are half credit courses that can be taken at the same time for a full credit, or separately for half, and a study hall.

Studio & Digital Art

In all the Studio Art courses, the focus is on building a strong foundation of technical skills in drawing, design, painting and sculpture. Along with class projects, students learn through art history lectures, demonstrations, and museum and gallery trips. Additionally, visiting artists host workshops each year to expose students to new art media. Throughout the year, students exhibit their artwork at Williams and at local art galleries such as the Mystic Art Association.

2017 - 2018 Performances

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  • The Wizard of Oz - October 2017

    Cast
    Dorothy - Cameron Liberty '22
    Aunt Em - Sjodin Fedikovich '22
    Uncle Henry - AJ Krouch '22
    Hunk / Scarecrow - Rachel Harris '22
    Hickory / Tiny Man - Charlie Bergendahl '24
    Zeke / Lion - Abeni Townsend '23
    Miss Gulch / Wicked Witch of the West - Aliya Khan '22
    Glinda the Good Witch - Sydney Swann '22
    Professor Marvel / Wizard of Oz - Ashton Medick '22
    Toto - Skye Gardiner '21
    Ensemble: Scarlet Kane '24, Isabella Casillas '24, Olivia Bonner '22, Helen Godshall '24, Marjae Beasley ' 22, Sydney Lundgren '22, Sjodin Fedikovich '22, AJ Krouch ' 22, Ashton Medick ' 22

    Tech Crew: Under the direction of Jane R. Martineau - Peter Littlefield '18 (Dimmer Board), Jack McCallum '18 (Sound Board), Madeline Hubble '20, Nick Chirillo '18, Judith Laskowski '18 (Backstage Crew), Will Atwood '18, Braedon Hansen '21 (Puppeteers)

    Lights and Stage Construction: The Production Class under the direction of Jane R. Martineau - Braedon Hansen '21, Tianyi Luo '20, Lily Sabetta ' 21, Peter Littlefield '18, Jack McCallum ' 18, Anjali Pandit '18, Nick Chirillo '18, John Pereira '18, Alex McAusher '20

    Shadow Puppet Design: Under the direction of Jane R. Martineau, Megan O'Brien '18, Sophia Terry '18, Kylie Lombardi '20, Zachary Starks '22, Jiayi Sun '19, Yiran Lu '19, Finny Ensminger '20, Klaire Li '19, Molly Dooling '21, Madeline Hubble '20
    Costumes: Charlene Patton, Amelia Scaniffe, Debbie Liberty, Ginny Medick, Ann Bergendahl, Tekla Zweir

    Director/Stage Manager: Anjali Pandit '18
    Musical Director: Quella Gu '19
    Choreographer: Judith Laskowski '18
    Facility Advisor: Tekla Zweir
  • The Comedy of Errors - November 2017

    Cast
    Duke Solinus - James Denman '19
    Aegeon - Kate Bendick '18
    Gaoler (Jailer) / Officer - Elliott Dombkowski '21
    First Merchant - Cassius Kane '21
    Antipholus of Syracuse - Nico Brown '19
    Dromio of Ephesus - Mimi Doherty '20
    Dromio of Syracuse - Keri Doherty '20
    Adriana - Carlie Poworoznek '18
    Luciana - Anna Mirsky '19
    Luce - Jane Golden '21
    Antipholus of Ephesus - Chloe Folts '20
    Angelo - Dasha Klein '19
    Second Merchant - Nash Medlinger '19
    Pinch - Jack Featherstone '18
    Emilia - Hana Tanabe '18

    Crew
    Director - Jane R. Martineau
    Assistant Student Director/Stage Manager - Faith Williams '18
    Light Board - Anjali Pandit '18
    Sound Board - Peter Littlefield '18
    Props/stage crew - Braedon Hanson '21, Lily Sabetta '21
    Puppeteers - Will Atwood '18 & Tianyi (Zoe) Luo '20
  • Winterfest - December 2017

  • Compchorea - March 2018

    Thursday - Saturday, March 1 - 3, 7:00PM
    Daren Performing Arts Center
  • Guys & Dolls - April 2018

    Thursday - Saturday, April 19-21, 7:00PM
    Daren Performing Arts Center
  • An Evening With The Visual Arts - May 2017

    Friday, May 4, 7:00PM
    Daren Performing Arts Center

2016 - 2017 Performances

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  • Seussical the Musical! - October 2016

     

    Cast & Crew

    pdf of Play Program
    Cat in the Hat - Cassius Kane '21
    Horton the Elephant - Emi Fletcher '21
    Jojo - Sydney Swann '22
    Gertrude McFuzz - Cameron Liberty '22
    Mayzie La Bird - Lauren Rolla '21
    Sour Kangaroo - Rachel Harris '22 (with a puppet for baby)
    Mr. Mayor, Vlad Vladikoff - Shawn Ciaciura '21
    The Bird Girls - Aliya Khan '22, Samantha Karlson '21, Sjodin Fedikovich '22, Lauren Rolla '21, Cameron Liberty '22
    The Wickershams - Aliya Khan '22, Sjodin Fedikovich '22, Skye Gardiner '21
    Chorus - Shawn Ciaciura '21, Olivia Bonner '22, Lauren Spitzer '22, Skye Gardiner '21, Samantha Karlson '21, Marjae Beasley '22, Cameron Liberty '22
    Crew
    Assistant Director - Anjali Pandit '18
    Assistant Music Directors - Faith Williams '18, James Denman '19
    Assistant Choreographers - Nash Mendlinger '19, Olivia Bonner '22, Anjali Pandit '18
    Director/Music Director
    Anastasia Elliott '08
    Artistic Director
    Tekla Zweir P '21
    Technical Director
    Jane Martineau P '00, '06
  • The Madwomen of Chaillot - November 2016

  • Winterfest - December 2016

  • A Simple Cup of Coffee - February 2017

  • Compchorea - February 2017

    Performers
    Pre show: Hot Press a film by Samson Race Dorfman ’19
    Colin Madaus ’18, Mary Madaus ’21, Patrick Madaus ’15

    The Study Hall
    choreographed by Nash Mendlinger ’19/inspired by Lynne Taylor-Corbett
    performed by Samson Race Dorfman ’19, Cameron Folts ’17, Nash Mendlinger ’19
    cameo appearance by Alicia Furgueson
    music by Dean Pitchford/Kenny Loggins

    Yin & Yang
    choreographed by Rachel Sandri ’17
    performed by Caelynn Carroll ’17, Olivia Foster ’17, Rachel Sandri ’17, Brianna Seidel ’17
    music by Holly Lapsley Fletcher/Låpsley

    This Girl
    choreographed and performed by Lucy Fader ’23 and Emerson McAraw ’23
    music by J. Mason, L. Ferguson, I. Khatchogan/Kung & Cookin’ On 3 Burners

    Wish
    composed and performed by Emiko Fletcher ’21 and Samantha Karlson ’21

    River
    choreographed by Rachel Sandri ’17
    performed by Sophie Bullinger ’17, Caelynn Carroll ’17, Madeleine Day ’18
    Olivia Fetter ’18, Olivia Foster ’17, Emma Furgueson ’17, Victoria Hersant ’17
    Lilian Kleinberg ’18, Lindsey Noniewicz ’18, Antonella Portugal ’17, Rachel Sandri ’17, Brianna Seidel ’17
    music by S.G. McLaughlin/Bishop Briggs

    Fake
    choreographed by Meira Doherty ’20 and Chloe Folts ’20
    performed by Niha Burugapalli ’20, Meira Doherty ’20, Ruchi Ladd ’20
    music by Chloe Folts ’20, performed by James Denman ’19, Keren Doherty ’20, Chloe Folts ’20, Quinn Furgueson ’20

    The Piano Bars
    composed and performed by Yuchen (Hank) Liu ’19

    A Fallen Star
    choreographed by Bo Parish, with contributions from the dancers
    performed by Caelynn Carroll ’17, Cameron Folts ’17, Olivia Foster ’17, Emma Furgueson ’17, Nash Mendlinger ’19
    Lindsey Noniewicz ’18, Katerina Petrosky ’20, Morgan Pill ’20, Antonella Portugal ’17, Rachel Sandri ’17
    music by F. Welch and I. Summers/Florence and the Machine

    Carousel
    choreographed by Emma Furgueson ’17
    performed by Sydney Acheychek ’21, Olivia Bonner ’22, Ellie Fader ’21, Sjodin Fedikovich ’22, Emiko Fletcher ’21
    Arielle Frommer ’21, Aliya Khan ’22, Cameron Liberty ’22, Elle McAraw ’21, Gabriella Seidel ’21, Sydney Swann ’22
    music by Melanie Martinez

    How I Want Ya
    choreographed and performed by Rian Gallagher ’21
    music by Hudson Thames

    Chapter Three
    choreographed by Brianna Seidel ’17
    performed by Sydney Acheychek, Sophie Bullinger ’17, Caelynn Carroll ’17, Madeleine Day ’18, Meira Doherty ’20
    Samson Race Dorfman ’19, Ellie Fader ’21, Olivia Fetter ’18, Olivia Foster ’17
    Emma Furgueson ’17, Lilian Kleinberg ’18, Victoria Hersant ’17
    Ruchi Ladd ’20, Elle McAraw ’21, Lindsey Noniewicz ’18, Katerina Petrosky ’20
    Morgan Pill ’20, Antonella Portugal ’17
    Lucy Rossi-Reder ’20, Gabriella Seidel ’21
    music by R. O’Neal/Sleeping at Last

    HØP3L3SS RØMANT1C
    composed and performed by Nadia PenkoffLidbeck ’17

    Fly
    choreographed by Cameron Liberty ’22
    performed by Aliya Khan ’22, Cameron Liberty ’22, Sjodin Fedikovich ’22, Sydney Swann ’22
    music by F. Quinn/Sleeping With Sirens

    It’s Personal
    composed by Lauren Spitzer ’22
    performed by Andrew Little ’18 and Lauren Spitzer ’22

    Twinkling Rain
    composed and performed by Alaina Attanasio ’17

    In the Darkest Night
    choreographed by Bo Parish, with contributions from the dancers
    performed by Sophie Bullinger ’17, Caelynn Carroll ’17, Madeleine Day ’18, Chloe DeLima ’20
    Samson Race Dorfman ’19, Chloe Folts ’20, Olivia Foster ’17, Emma Furgueson ’17
    Madeline Hubble ’20, Ruchi Ladd ’20, Lindsey Noniewicz ’18, Katerina Petrosky ’20
    Morgan Pill ’20, Rachel Sandri ’17, Brianna Seidel ’17
    lantern carriers: Olivia Bonner ’22, Keren Doherty ’20, Meira Doherty ’20, Olivia Fetter ’18, Aliya Khan ’22
    Cameron Liberty ’22, Lucy Rossi-Reder ’20, Gabriella Seidel ’21, Sydney Swann ’22
    music by Henry Purcell/Remixed by Café del Mar - P. Shwartz, M. Grigorov

    Feeling Good
    choreographed by Madeleine Day ’18
    performed by Olivia Bonner ’22, Caelynn Carroll ’17, Madeleine Day ’18, Samson Race Dorfman ’19, Olivia Fetter ’18
    Olivia Foster ’17, Emma Furgueson ’17, Victoria Hersant ’17, Lilian Kleinberg ’18, Lindsey Noniewicz ’18
    Katerina Petrosky ’20, Morgan Pill ’20, Antonella Portugal ’17, Rachel Sandri ’17, Brianna Seidel ’17
    music by Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse/Michael Bublé

    Enemy Fire
    choreographed by Meira Doherty ’20, Chloe Folts ’20, Ruchi Ladd ’20
    performed by Niha Burugapalli ’20, Meira Doherty ’20, Chloe Folts ’20, Madeline Hubble ’20, Ruchi Ladd ’20
    music by Bea Miller

    Blue Lips
    choreographed and performed by Morgan Pill ’20
    music by Regina Spektor

    Somewhere in America
    choreographed by Emma Furgueson ’17
    performed by Sydney Acheychek ’21, Sophie Bullinger ’17, Caelynn Carroll ’17, Asaada Craig ’18, Madeleine Day ’18
    Sjodin Fedikovich ’22, Emiko Fletcher ’21, Olivia Fetter ’18, Olivia Foster ’17, Arielle Frommer ’21, Victoria Hersant ’17
    Aliya Khan ’22, Lilian Kleinberg ’18, Ruchi Ladd ’20, Cameron Liberty ’22, Lindsey Noniewicz ’18
    Katerina Petrosky ’18, Antonella Portugal ’17, Lucy Rossi-Reder ’20, Rachel Sandri ’17, Sydney Swann ’22
    poem written and performed by Zariya Allen, Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin

    Aeroh Cpmoc
    composed and performed by Samson Race Dorfman ’19, Quinn Furgueson ’20, Andrew Little ’18
    lyrics by Casey Flax

    The Lazy Song
    choreographed and performed by Lauren Rolla ’21
    music by Bruno Mars

    Dessert
    choreographed by Rachel Sandri ’17
    performed by Sophie Bullinger ’17, Caelynn Carroll ’17, Madeleine Day ’18, Olivia Foster ’17, Emma Furgueson ’17
    Victoria Hersant ’17, Lindsey Noniewicz ’18, Rachel Sandri ’17, Brianna Seidel ’17
    music by Missy Elliott, Chris Porter, Kanye West

    Straighten Up and Fly Right
    choreographed by Bo Parish
    performed by Chloe Folts ’20, Madeline Hubble ’20, Caitlin Kressley ’19, Ruchi Ladd ’20, Lucy Rossi-Reder ’20
    music by Nat King Cole, Irving Mills/Linda Rondstadt

    Hunger Knows No Friend But Its Feeder
    choreographed by Brianna Seidel ’17
    performed by Caelynn Carroll ’17, Samson Race Dorfman ’19, Olivia Fetter ’18
    Emma Furgueson ’17, Brianna Seidel ’17
    music by Andrew Hozier-Byrne/Hozier

    The King of the Fairies
    choreographed by Lindsey Noniewicz ’18 and Craig Ashurst
    performed by Lindsey Noniewicz ’18
    music - Traditional

    Eltit
    Composed and performed by Alaina Attanasio ’17 and Nadia PenkoffLidbeck ’17

    Agréments
    composed and performed by Noah Shafner ’19

    College Process
    composed and performed by Nadia PenkoffLidbeck ’17

    Let’s Go Crazy (80’s Jazz!)
    choreographed by Bo Parish
    "Holiday" choreographed by Stephanie Freeman '00/restaged by Brianna Seidel '17
    performed by Sophie Bullinger ’17, Caelynn Carroll ’17, Madeleine Day ’18, Samson Race Dorfman ’19
    Olivia Fetter ’18, Olivia Foster ’17, Emma Furgueson ’17, Zhe (Quella) Gu ’19, Victoria Hersant ’17
    Ruchi Ladd ’20, Nash Mendlinger ’19, Lindsey Noniewicz ’18, Katerina Petrosky ’20, Morgan Pill ’20
    Antonella Portugal ’17, Lauren Rolla ’21, Rachel Sandri ’17, Brianna Seidel ’17
    music by Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince

    Production Crew under the Direction of Jane Martineau

    Assistant Director for Dance - Brianna Seidel ’17
    Stage Manager - Anjali Pandit ’18
    Dimmer Board Operator - Jack McCallum ’18
    Sound - John Pereira ‘18, Ben Fauerbach ’19
    Lighting Design - Jane Martineau
    Set and Lighting - The Production Class
    Stage Crew and Runners - James Denman ’19, Nick Chirillo ’18, Eric Sale ’18, Kate Thaxton ’17
    Music Roadies - Alaina Attanasio ’17, James Denman ’19, Keri Doherty ’20, Quinn Furgueson ’20
    Andrew Little ’18, Yuchen (Hank) Liu ’19, Nadia PenkoffLidbeck ’17
    House Manager - Dominyque Johnson ’17
    Program Cover - Hannah Daitch ’17
    Production Class - Under the Direction of Jane Martineau
    Mr. Greg Bowerman, Nick Chirillo ’18, Ben Fauerbach ’19, Jack McCallum ’18

    Directed by Anastasia Elliott '08 and Bo Parish
     
  • Fiddler on the Roof - April 2017

  • Spring Music Concert - May 2017

  • Enviro - May 2017

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