Through expressive, inspiring choreography, the Masters Dance Company set out to soothe souls in their aptly named spring concert, “A Time for Healing,” on May 13 and 14 in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre.
Creativity and imagination for the win. It was “game on” for students in David Becker’s upper school Game Design course this semester when tasked with creating a board or card game based on their favorite video game.
The power of voice comes in many forms. Last month, students got a taste of beats and scratches through the art of beatboxing when world champion beatboxers Mark Martin and Arabelle Luke from the Academy of Noise gave demonstrations during a middle school assembly.
After putting the proverbial pen to paper, student poets were performance ready for the Outspoken event at Estherwood Mansion last month.
The annual event is a showcase of poems written and performed by Outspoken, the student-directed spoken word performing arts group led by co-presidents Lilith Leys ’22, Dani Appiah ’22 and Finn Alexander ’22 with guidance from faculty advisor and upper school English teacher Miriam Emery.
With close to 100 in attendance, it was a true celebration for the 11 students who had not had the opportunity to share their writing in person for the past two years. “They met for over a year on Zoom, and were able to meet in person this year,” Emery explained. “This was an opportunity for students who workshop poetry every Monday night together to present and perform their original works.”
Subjects ranged from the political to the personal. As Leys noted, “We took care to place some of the more thematically heavy poems towards the middle of the event, and flanking them with lighter, more joyful ones.”
Leys opened the showcase with “River Round My Neck,” which she described as being about “the ever-present fixture of time, and using a running river as a metaphor for the sense of loss that comes with moving forward constantly.”
“If My Eyes Had Seen Thus Far” was one of two poems Appiah performed. “It was about some thoughts I had about the idea of exploration during colonial times: how people held out hope that there were lands with riches beyond the horizon and claimed lands that weren't theirs, as well as the lies and half-truths that explorers told.”
A beaming Emery cheered the students every step of the way. “The students do an incredible job supporting each other, workshopping poems and critiquing one another,” she said. “It’s very different to see and hear someone perform and present a poem than it is to hear a poem being read off a piece of paper behind a podium.”
The excitement and energy from the audience inspired the poets. With Graduation approaching, Leys shared that “Getting one last hurrah before leaving the School was fantastic for me and all of the other seniors.”
Through personal stories, facts and statistics, and discussion of current events, GSA (Gender and Sexual Alliance) highlighted the importance of allyship during a special upper school assembly on Thursday, April 7.
Green Week at Masters is an opportunity to raise awareness about climate change and take action to protect the planet. Upper school members of the EFFECT club organized a schedule of events for the week of April 18 that culminated in a special Earth Day tree planting in honor of retired mailroom manager Frank DiCicco.
Camille Smith ’22 rewrote the record books during last week’s track meet against host Hackley. The multi-sport standout broke a pair of school records in the 100 meters (13.2 seconds) and 200 meters (27.27 seconds), showcasing the speed that she also flashed on the soccer field this past fall.
Alexis Estime ’23, who only picked up a goalie stick as a sophomore, looked like a veteran between the pipes in the varsity girls lacrosse team's season opener against visiting Sacred Heart Greenwich on Tuesday, April 5 at Greene Family Field.
Embracing the theme of “We Gather,” classical instrumental music students from both divisions will come together for the School’s annual Prism Concert, at the Estherwood Mansion, on Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Upper school performers transformed the Claudia Boettcher Theatre into a Washington Heights neighborhood with vibrant singing and dancing during the musical production of “In the Heights," which ran from February 24 through 26.
Seventeen Masters students are the proud recipients of 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The accolades, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, celebrate the students’ depth and range of artistic and literary talents.
Is there a Handel, Verdi or Puccini in our midst? A peek inside the middle school music room revealed fifth grade maestros hard at work on their upcoming puppet opera, a beloved annual Masters tradition that is the culmination of a yearlong interdisciplinary study of ancient Egypt and opera.
Never forget. These two words, appealing to the world to remember the tragedy and horrors of the Holocaust, were front and center as survivor Trudy Album shared her experiences with upper school students on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.