Arts News

Jean Hardie, director and choreographer of Saint George's drama productions since the 1990s, is also directing a whale of a tale -- a musical adaptation of the classic novel Moby Dick.  "Moby Dick - A Musical," created by local actor Ed Bryan and composer William Berry and based on the epic story by Herman Melville, took seven years to get to its first workshop production at Spokane Civic's Firth Chew Studio Theatre in April 2019.  
Now the show has been accepted for the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival for original new works.  "This was incredibly exciting," says Jean, "but how in the world could we take the show to Chicago in February of 2020?"  The solution was to recast the show in Chicago, where it will open on February 7 for several performances.  
Be sure to congratulate Jean when you see her around campus before she heads to Chicago in January for rehearsals.  You can also Contact Her to learn more about the plans to get the Great White Whale to Chicago and, some day, even the Great White Way of Broadway! 

The IB Math SL2 students were working on a poster project last week in the Art Studio to help decorate their classroom with fun, informative materials.  Each group got a topic and then used a random adjective generator to give them a theme.  See a Photo Gallery of some of the designs they were coming up with.

This year's 7th graders drew these one-point perspective rooms at the end of 6th grade, but the 3D artwork is now on display in the Middle School entrance hall.  See a Photo Gallery of their surprisingly effective perspectives!

The Upper School drama students performed "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" in the Dragon Room on Sept. 19-21.  It was a day in the life of the Peanuts characters brought to life with songs and skits.  See a Photo Gallery of shots from the show and videos of their Beethoven Day Song and the closing number Happiness.  Thanks for a great show!

The Culture, Crafts and Cuisine May Term class visited local ethnic markets, cooked foods from different countries, created international-style artwork, and wore Celtic-style tatoos.  See a Photo Gallery of many of their discoveries and creations.

The Middle School's Celebration of the Arts on Friday, May 10 included songs by the 6th grade and the play "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" by the 7th and 8th graders.  See "Junior High" sung by the 6th grade girls and a Photo Gallery of the 7th-8th grade drama in Founders Theater.  To order a DVD of all the students on stage, fill out and send in the MS Musical DVD Order Form on the SGS website.

The SGS Drama department will present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" as a show and dessert at 7pm on Thursday, Sept. 19, and then as dinner and show on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 (dinner at 6pm, show at 7pm).  All three performances are in the Dragon Room.  This fun-filled, family musical shows a day in the life of Charlie Brown.  From wild optimism to utter despair, it follows the Peanuts characters through the moments of a single day. 

The dinner (Italian) and show is $10 plus fee; dessert and show is $5 plus fee.  Go to the EventBrite Sign Up Page and get your tickets to a delightful evening!

The US Art Gallery is displaying graduated senior Kyrie Woodard's CAS project of interviewing the homeless of Spokane. She spent the past two years interviewing 31 members of the community, recording their words, and taking some powerful photos.

The old Arts Building was demolished on the first day of classes for the Lower School on Aug. 28.  See an 8-minute Video of the full demolition.  Plus you can see a 2-minute Accelerated Video of the demolition -- who knew an entire building could be "chomped apart" that fast!

Students, staff, board members and contractors gathered on a rainy Friday, Sept. 6 to formally break ground for the new Art and Music Building. The Lower School choir sang, architects sketches were on display, and then the golden shovels made it official.  See a Photo Gallery of the event, as well as a Facebook Video of the Ceremony's Highlights.

The new 3,357 sq. ft. facility will have three primary spaces: a Music Room for grades K-5, an Art Room with kiln for grades K-8, and an Art Gallery with seating.  The structure was designed by NAC Architects and is scheduled for completion in April 2020. 

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