It’s almost impossible not to snap during the theme to The Addams Family. It’s contagious, catchy and probably one of the most recognized TV theme songs. Visions of an eccentric crew of characters wearing all black living in a real live haunted house come to mind. When we decided to Continue reading The Addams Family Lesson
When someone auditions for a role in a play or musical, they will tell you that the most nervous time is not the audition itself, but the waiting until decisions are made and the cast list is posted. When the list does arrive, whether you’re happy with the results or Continue reading The Waiting Is The Hardest Part
Anyone who has wandered into Bardwell during the past couple of weeks might have noticed the emergence of portraits slowly taking over the space. There are 45 portraits in fact, representing women in politics throughout America’s history. From Abigail Adams to Nancy Pelosi, these faces helped shaped our country, and Continue reading Not sick of politics yet?
I just completed my 15th year of employment at Dana Hall School. This landmark means that I’ve worked at Dana Hall longer than any other place I’ve ever been employed and I’ve lived in a house on campus for longer than I’ve lived in any house/apartment as an adult. It Continue reading The Rewards of Longevity
When I arrived at Dana Hall almost 13 years ago, I was fresh off a professional performance career. I’d been teaching dance steadily for about six years, but only in studio settings and never full time. I’d had no previous experience teaching in academic institutions, and I was completely unfamiliar with Continue reading Defining Home through Dance
This line from our Alma Mater is heard a few times a year when we come together for large gatherings. However, it is more than just a lyric from a beautiful song. One of the first things we learn about Dana Hall School is the legacy of traditions. These traditions Continue reading “Now Let Us Sing . . .”
This week brings with it another Music Café to Dana Hall’s School of Music. Originally a unique opportunity for music students to perform in an informal, fun environment, Music Café is now a community-building, pop-up event. Our Dana Hall Rock band will play (yes, we have a Dana Rock Band!), Continue reading Sing-a-longs, Do-overs and More at the Music Café
Arts education, at its best, develops empathy and a sense of shared humanity in young performers and young audiences. This fall, I am doubling down on this claim as we undertake our production of The Laramie Project in the Upper School. There is an old adage in theater that “half Continue reading The Laramie Project: Live Theater as an Act of Radical Listening