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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
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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
Dominic Greives has enjoyed playing the guitar in his music classes. Dominic had shared that the experience of his fine arts classes was cool because it had been a long time since he had played the guitar. He further shared that It was a good experience getting good at it again and that It had impacted his life because he had built up the skills and confidence to play in front of people. Dominic will be attending Arizona State this August and will major in aerospace engineering. Dominic, thank you for your dedication to the WPS Music Department.
Yin Su is an IB Music student and has enjoyed her music classes. Yin is very interested in all kinds of arts. Although IB Music was difficult and challenging, Yin enjoyed the experience and the class. Yin said that she will never give up on music and hopes to learn more about music in the future. Yin plans to attend a university in New York and is undecided about what she will major in. Yin, thank you for your dedication to the WPS Music Department.