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New High School Theatre Arts Teacher Announced!

Posted by Jason King at May 26, 2020 2:59PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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On behalf of the Windermere Preparatory School Administration and Fine Arts Team, BambiEllen Fadoul is thrilled to be joining the Windermere Preparatory Family as the High School Theatre Arts Teacher for the coming academic year. Most recently, BambiEllen was the theatre director, choreographer, and drama teacher at Windermere High School.

Originally from North Dakota, BambiEllen grew up on the stage as a singer, dancer, and actor in high school and community productions. With the support of her family and love for the stage BambiEllen pursued a college education in musical theatre. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University, a university known and recognized very well for musical theatre with a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre.

Following college graduation, BambiEllen moved to New York City to follow her dreams. BambiEllen toured North America with Mame, and as Frenchy in Grease opposite Frankie Avalon. Other favorite credits include Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Sister Leo in Nunsense, and Ginger Rogers in Backwards and in High Heels at the Winter Park Playhouse. New York City also provided BambiEllen with the opportunity to continue her training with industry professionals.

As a performer, BambiEllen always wanted to be a part of the Walt Disney Company. She was discovered in New York and relocated to the Orlando area to play Claire DeLune at the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. Since joining the Disney Team, BambiEllen has also had the privilege of playing Bridget Strongpockets with the Royal Majesty Makers and Dory in Finding Nemo the Musical. She is also a Broadway Magic and Acting Teaching Artist with Disney Performing Arts inspiring theatre students visiting the Disney Parks from all over the world. Her favorite role, however, is Mom to four-year-old, Cooper, and wife to actor and real estate agent, Jonathan.

BambiEllen has been a freelance Musical Theatre/Theatre director, choreographer, and instructor for years working for numerous children and teen theatre companies across Central Florida. She has spent the past two years at Windermere High School teaching and directing theatre and musical theatre. While at WHS, she was a Thespian Troupe Sponsor. Her students earned the District V Critic’s Choice Award and represented the District during the State Opening Ceremony. She directed and choreographed the main stage musicals, and recently earned the Best Musical Applause Award for The Pajama Game.

BambiEllen is so excited to join the Windermere Prep Family and help the Theatre Department grow. She looks forward to working alongside the amazing WPS Faculty and Staff and the Fine Arts Team to inspire and encourage student growth in the arts. She is confident that her energy and passion for the theatre will translate to a successful classroom environment where students will feel safe to take theatrical risks and gain confidence. Students will study the amazing history of theatre, create individual and group scenes, explore their presentational voice and body, all while making brave choices that aid in a confident student, performer, and robust Theatre Department. BambiEllen looks forward to meeting each of you and can’t wait for you to share your talents with her.

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” – Oscar Wilde

Our first BFA in Dance!

Posted by Jason King at May 18, 2020 10:31AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Congratulations, Yiyu “Celeste” Lin WPS Class of 2016. Celeste is our first graduate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in dance. We are so proud of her and honored that she started her dance journey with us. Congratulations, Celeste, on your well-deserved success!

Juilliard Collaboration Highlights!

Posted by Jason King at May 18, 2020 9:02AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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DANCE
This year, the Advanced Choreography and Performance class participated in the Juilliard Global Choreography Challenge. With guidance from dance teacher Gilliane Hadley, and their mentor, Michael Garcia, these nine students collaborated and choreographed a piece to the minimalistic composition “Glassworks” by the composer, Phillip Glass. Additionally, middle school students participated in the “Ask the Artist” Series with dancer Miranda Quinn.

MUSIC
This year, the music program welcomed a new Juilliard Collaborative Teaching Artist, violinist Kathryn Andersen Day. Additionally, students in the Wind Ensemble and Windermere Singers engaged with the “Ask the Artist” Series featuring Colin and Eric Jacobsen (the latter of which is the music director of the Orland Philharmonic Orchestra).

THEATRE ARTS
The 2019-2020 academic year marked the introduction of the Juilliard Creative Classroom Theatre Arts Curriculum at Windermere Preparatory School. Students in Rosemarie Redman’s third-grade classes collaborated to ask questions for Broadway performer James Davis, while students in Cindy Lowa’s middle school “Power of Musical Performance” class asked individual questions.

NAE provided additional opportunities for our students during the Virtual School Experience:
Virtual Monologue Challenge (and written by)
Ava Mitchell, 1st grade
Gabriela Juron, 4th grade
Gustavo Campos, 5th grade
Dhitri Aurora, 5th grade
Aly Elsonbaty, 6th grade
Julia Kaufman, 8th grade
Emma Lawrence, 11th grade
Maria Gullesserian, 11th grade
Leah Meyer, 11th grade

Virtual young Musicians Voice Category
Olivia Richter, 2nd grade
Micaela Joseph, 11th grade
Sophia Bresciani, 11th grade

NAE Community Dance Project
Graduating Senior Carter Heitkamp’s composition “Bubblegum.Sad” was selected as source music for dancers to perform to. At last count, over ten dancers had posted choreography to his original music!

Virtual Band Performance

Posted by Jason King at May 8, 2020 5:34AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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We are pleased to share with you our Virtual Band Performance featuring members from our Wind Ensemble, Intermediate Concert Band, faculty and administration.
The Virtual Band performs Pure Imagination. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6XYZmaZvUM

NAE Global Choreography Challenge!

Posted by Jason King at May 8, 2020 5:30AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Our Advanced Choreography/Performance students took on the NAE Global Choreography Challenge. Their piece was to be performed at the Spring Concert but had to be reenvisioned for a virtual showing. Thank you to Juilliard dancer Michael Garcia for mentoring them through their choreographic journey! Well done dancers!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj2jYjp-Lzo