News and Announcements

Lower School Dance!

Posted by Jason King at Jan 28, 2020 8:55AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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This week in Lower School Dance, second-grade students explored different ways to make shapes with their bodies on different levels. Students then created their own sequence of shapes and mirrored a partner’s shapes. We are having lots of fun exploring together!

W Factor Finalists Announced!

Posted by Jason King at Jan 17, 2020 1:03PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Thank you to everyone that auditioned for this year’s “W” Factor! There were so many wonderful acts presented this year! Tickets will go on sale for this event in the near future and can be purchased by going to teachtix.com.

Here are this year’s finalists:

Isabella Bakker
Colton Berry, Gustavo Campos, Carter Papa & Jack Peagram
Gabriela Juron and Jackson Rifenberg
Lucia Lu
Louisa Luo
Joao Marcelo Pereira De Magalhaes
Olivia Richter
Harry Sandbrook
Alex Sheffield
Phillip Zhu

Hosted by: Stuary Sheffield & Michael Crocetti

Sponsored by: Tri-M and Thespians

Congratulations, Ellen Nabavi!

Posted by Jason King at Jan 16, 2020 7:55AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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The mission of the royal conservatory is to develop human potential through leadership in music and the arts. It is based on the conviction that the arts are humanity’s greatest means to achieve personal growth and social cohesion. Since 1886 the royal conservatory has translated the latest research on music and arts education into effective programming and examinations benefiting millions of students around the world. Because of Ellen Nabavi’s outstanding results on her 2018-19 Royal Conservatory examination, she has been invited to perform at the Southeast Region Celebration of Excellence Recital.

This event celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of the RCM Certificate Program’s top students in this region. Honorees earned scores of first-class honors with distinction. The recital will take place on February 23rd at the University of South Florida School of Music’s Concert Hall. Ellen will play one of her pieces from the audition and receive a gold medal.

Alice In Wonderland Announcement!

Posted by Jason King at Jan 11, 2020 8:03AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Once you fall through the rabbit hole, nothing is as it seems! Adapted from Lewis Caroll’s 1865 book of the same name, this lively play follows Alice on a confounding journey through a world of talking animals and a corrupt queen. This production will open March 5-7, 7:00 pm at the Cypress Center for the Arts and will also feature a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (very limited seating) at the Cypress Center Plaza. Tickets can be purchased at a later date by going to teachtix.com. This Middle and High School Play is directed by Jason Wheelhouse and Cindy Lowa.

Meet the Cast:
Alice, Andrea Matos-Devesa
White Rabbit, Michael Crocetti
Queen of Hearts, Olivia Oles
Mouse, Alyssa Johnson
Caterpillar, Anna Ocasio
Frog Footman & Dormouse, Jacob Moore
Fish Footman, Sophia Barra
Duchess, Keira Beggrow
March Hare, Jackson Dowling
Mad Hatter, Sanad Al-Khatib
Gryphon, Tristan Kidwell
Mock Turtle, Eva Glorioso
King of Hearts, Zachary Moore
Red Queen, Katie Oles
Tweedledee, Rami Salem
Tweedledum, Harry Sandbrook
White Queen, Emma Lawrence
Humpty Dumpty, Jayson Goldner
Cat, Caroline Becker

Ensemble:
Luisa Luo, Aliza Kaplan, Isabella Jones, Zainab Shamin, Riley McKenzie, Delaney Polk, Denton Loper

The Secret Garden Announcement!

Posted by Jason King at Jan 11, 2020 7:51AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Our new WPS Theatre Repertory Company, advised by Mrs. Rosemarie Redman, will perform The Secret Garden, April 3 and 4, 7:00 pm, at the Cypress Center for the Arts. This production will be adjudicated for The Applause Awards.

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in this enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle, hermit Archibald Craven, who lives in an imposing, secluded manor on the British heath. Inside the haunting house upon the hill, Mary finds a reclusive, long-suffering collection of souls. Since her aunt Lily’s death, Mary’s uncle has pushed away his surviving loved ones, leaving his bedridden son, Colin, alone. Sickly Colin, hidden away in the depths of the manner, bears the guilt of his mother’s death on his crippled shoulders. When Mary discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked and overgrown with vines, stubborn Mary is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Surrounded by spirits from the past, who both warn and welcome her, determined Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden, showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”

The audition panel was so impressed with our student’s talents and has created this cast list for the production of The Secret Garden.
Jorn Nielsen – (Freelance Director/Lighting Designer for Walt Disney World & Universal Studios)
Scott Savage – (3rd year Master Student in Theatre for Young Audiences with Orlando Rep Theatre & UCF)
Kate Kilpatrick – (3rd year Master Student in Theatre for Young Audiences with Orlando Rep Theatre & UCF)

Meet the Cast:

Mary Lennox, Lyla Tsiokos
Mrs. Medlock/Ayah, Luisa Luo
Rose Lennox(Mary’s Mother), Hannah Nagle
Dr. Neville Craven/ Major Holmes, Harry Sandbrook
Lily, Alex Sheffield
Martha, Sophia Bresciani
Archibald Craven , Cole Jackson
Ben Weatherstaff/ Lieutenant Wright, Joao Marcelo Magalhaes
Dickon/Captain Albert Lennox(Mary’s Father), Jayson Goldner
Colin Craven, Maria Guliesserian
Mrs. Winthrop/Mrs. Shelley, Sienna Morris
Claire Holmes, Lauren Diao
Alice/Choreographer, Ana Leitao

Meet the Student Production Team:

Director, Stuart Sheffield
Assistant Director, Michael Crocetti
Set Designer, Kinilani Magpuri
Lighting Designer, Ashley Oleyar
Choreographer, Ana Leitao
Stage Manager, Lindsay Diab