The sophomore class' Compass Week experience was truly beneficial for the community and highly rewarding. We traveled to First Presbyterian Church, which is in downtown Raleigh, close to Saint Mary's. Over the course of the week, the grade worked with multiple organizations in the Triangle area, bonded with each other through nightly activities, and got to experience how others have to live.
We are so excited to welcome you to the 2018 Spring Orchesis Dance Theatre Concert. This concert with performances by 14 Orchesis members, is one-of-a-kind and will spark joy in the community.
We would like to recognize five very important people to us. The first three are our seniors, Annabel Bloom, Anna Crofton, and Lucy Ham. We are proud of all their accomplishments throughout their four years in Orchesis, and we are sad to see them leave us in May!
Lily Katherine Nuckolls reflects on her experience traveling with Saint Mary's Chorale to perform as part of the Windy City Choral Festival at Chicago's Symphony Center. She says "I learned lessons I believe will serve me well later in life and lead me on a path to success."
The Saint Mary's Chorale traveled this March to perform at the Windy City Choral Festival in Chicago's Symphony Center. Despite having visited Chicago prior to this, I learned about and experienced many aspects of the city for the first time. Each day of our trip was packed with activities in the city. We visited the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium on our first day. Those museums were informative in an interactive way. We watched a 3D movie and learned about Chinese royalty in the Field Museum, and enjoyed an amazing water show at the aquarium.
In her junior speech, recently delivered in assembly, Paige Stevenson '19 shared her passion for science, imagination, and comprehending the incomprehensible.When I was at the very experienced age of nine, I got into a debate with my father. I do not remember how we ever got into this argument, but I do remember that it was in a hotel room while on vacation. We were discussing telekinesis – because what else would you talk about in a hotel room? I was adamant that telekinesis was in fact possible, and my father pointed out that objects didn't just simply move when directed by thought. Where could that energy even come from? Well, there are Newton's laws. An object at rest will stay at rest until acted upon by another force. "Of course there would be energy," I scoffed at him. "We move our arms with energy from food. So, food would power telekinesis." I must admit that I do not recall the rest of my brilliant argument, but at that age, I doubt I needed much more proof for my claim than the fact that it made sense in my own head.
This has been a theatre season of plays about high school students. In the fall, we produced Mean Girls and now, Bring It On. One of the revelations I had directing these shows is that in the day of technology, art cannot reflect life on stage and remain viable. Most of the scenes in Mean Girls take play in the hallways, classrooms, and lunchroom at Evanston High School. There are two scenes which take place at unchaperoned parties. My first thought was that in order to make them seem realistic, the actors should have their phones with them at all times. The first run through using them was a disaster! The actors pulled out their phones in the first lunch room scene and began to do what they do in real life. They disconnected from the scene. They stared mindlessly at their phones, never engaging in stage conversation or even being aware of the dialogue being said. In theatrical terms, it was boring and lifeless. From that point on, we used the phones only in limited places and only in order to engage other people in the scene. They could show other people a text or Snapchat, but then they had to put them down. Not only were the phones a problem on stage, but backstage as well, where someone actually missed an entrance because she was on her phone!