Small in number, but mighty in talent, four acts took the stage during this year's Upper School Muses at Bay, emceed by Tiger Xu ’18. Below is a gallery of photos, but you can see a 6-minute recap on our YouTube Channel here.
Lainey Auwarter ’19 (shown right in her role in this year's production of Henry V) was one of only four (from a pool of sixteen) film scripts that will be produced by the Grandin Theatre Foundation's Film Lab as a feature film. The Grandin Film Lab introduces high school students to cinema and the behind-the-scenes workings of film making. Run by Ian Fortier and Tyler Lyon, the program will help transform these four scripts of different genres into short films. The students will join together and take on the different roles required to produce a film such as producer, director of photography, editor, and sound mixer. Lainey's script is a thriller entitled "Thanatophobia," and chronicles three rebellious teens who meet in a cemetery and, through mishaps, relive the deaths of people buried there. She says, "This is my first time doing something as large in scale as this, and I'm very excited to start the process of making a film." She called on other North Cross students to audition for parts in the film during assembly this week. We look forward to the premiere and congratulate her for earning this unique opportunity.
Students in Amy Jackson's Upper School art classes have been looking at the campus with a different perspective lately. Students had to photograph, crop, and/or manipulate their images to create a composition for a watercolor and ink piece they would be creating using linear and atmospheric perspectives as guiding principles in their work. The works in progress feature a multitude of locations on campus, from close-up to landscape; realistic to abstract. For inspiration on the project, Ms. Jackson pulled a watercolor that was commissioned by Eric Fitzpatrick in the 1980s of the then North Cross campus.
Students in grades 3-5 were welcomed to their first Poetry Club session this afternoon. Eleven students worked on poems with the goal of creating an alliterative animal. Teacher Annie Robertson and Terri Craig were there to assist the budding lyricists while they consulted dictionaries and a thesaurus to aid in their vocabulary choices. What a great exercise in creativity and vocabulary!
This afternoon, students in the middle and upper schools were able to get a preview of the Upper School production of William Shakespeare's Henry V. A play, originally staged in the 15oos, features challenging dialogue—some even in French—but our students made it seem natural. We applaud all of the cast and crew, and Mrs. Polly Jones for her guidance in this production. For a full gallery of photos, available for download, visit:
In the mean time, here is a sampling of shots from the production. Be sure to come and see it live this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 in the Fishburn Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Middle School students auditioned for the All-District Band on Saturday at Glenvar Middle School. We had 11 students make it again this year! Band Director Jimmie Donnini noted: "These students scored – as a collective group – higher than we ever have before. We have 6 in the First band and 5 in the Second band." This is the first time having 6 in Symphonic! This is also the first time having a First Chair player in Symphonic and a First Chair player in Concert in the same year.
On Friday night, January 6th, the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs were cheered on by more than 160 North Cross fans! Our fantastic choir, under the direction of Mr. Miller, sang the National Anthem while our Cub Scout Troop #23, lead by NCS parent Declan Daly, were the flag bearers and color guard. Students and parents alike enjoyed the evening, even though the Dawgs lost to the Fayetteville FireAntz 5-2. For each ticket sold, the Parent's Association is donating $5 to FOTA to purchase an item needed for the Art Department.
For the Upper School's submission to the Winter Gala and Auction, teacher Amy Jackson found a way for everyone to contribute; and we mean everyone. As a base for the painting, Jackson had every student enrolled in the Upper School, from freshmen to seniors, sign the canvas. The signatures served as an abstract scaffolding for what is to become an impressionist/abstract landscape. The finishing touches are still in progress, so here's just a sneak peek at some of the details of this extraordinary and truly original effort. Students continue to add brush strokes while Ms. Jackson guides the project. The work will be featured in the silent auction which will be available online prior to the Gala on February 4.
Nature is surely playing some tricks on us this winter, but let's not forget how colorful and gorgeous it can be. Remind yourself by visiting our latest installation in the Logan Gallery in Old Slack. Hours are 8-4, Monday thru Friday. The name of the show is Nature and More: In Color, a mostly painting exhibit featuring bold colors and brush strokes and mutlimedia collages. A feast for the eyes. Thanks to Karen Sewell and Mary Tousman for offering their pieces to show. The artwork will be on display through the end of the month.
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