Every once in a while, something happens that makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Today was one of those days as I watched our spring musical, “Into the Woods,” performed outdoors to a socially distanced audience. The weather was perfect and there was such delight in the masked faces of the performers that you could tell they were so happy to be having fun. You can see it clearly in the photo album of this afternoon's performance.
We have worried, and mitigated, and tested all year long, and to have something so joy filled with new students and old students alike was a true reminder of all that is good about North Cross. I am routinely proud of all that our kids do but this just struck me as being wholesome, needed, and totally satisfying.
Because of space, I can’t call out the entire cast by name but I do want to mention Chloe Hunt and Julia H’Doubler, two seniors and long standing members of our dramatic community. It was special for them to get one last run at a musical performance here at North Cross after all they have done for us through the years. And Andy Dupree, our senior COVID refugee, was an outstanding addition for his roles in both our winter drama and spring musical. Thank you all, for making the most of your senior years.
And much appreciation to Amy Jackson and her team for establishing the partnership with Virginia Children’s Theater, and Brett Roden, our director, and Artistic Instructor at VCT. The hours you put in with outside practices in the cold, and monsoons on performance day, are significant, but what you added to our students’ lives during a very difficult time is immeasurable. Thank you.
This is all good. So good I am not going to issue any COVID disclaimers nor am I going to cheapen my comments by saying there has never been a better time to be at North Cross…
Christian J. Proctor, PhD
Dr. Proctor is the ninth Head of School at North Cross and has served as such since 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience in education. He has served as headmaster at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie, Louisiana, Grace Episcopal School in Monroe, Louisiana, and as Interim Headmaster at Wesley Academy in Houston, Texas. In each location, Dr. Proctor’s tenure was marked by creativity, innovation, and school growth.