News and Announcements
It is with great pride that the WPS Theatre Department announces the following results from the Nord Anglia Education Verbatim and Viral Monologue Competitions, designed by Nord Anglia Education & Juillard for the NAU Community. There were over 1,200 entries worldwide!
Verbatim Monologue Competition – Students were challenged to use Verbatim Theatre Techniques to create a monologue and perform from the perspective & voice of someone dealing with the challenges and experiences of the coronavirus pandemic. This competition was open to students ages 15 through 18.
1st Place Winner – Leah Meyer
Special Mention – Maria Gullesserian
Viral Monologue Competition – Students were challenged to create and perform an original monologue based on aspects of the coronavirus pandemic.
2nd Place Winner – Emma Lawrence (age 15-18)
Special Mention – Julia Kaufman (age 10-14)
Congratulations to all of our students that participated & challenged themselves to go above and beyond to create, perform, & videotape monologues for this competition. We are so proud of each and every one of you! You have put yourself, your talents, & our school on the map… Globally!!!
Thank you ~ Ava Mitchell, Gabriela Juron, Gustavo Campos, Dhriti Arora, Aly Elsonbaty, Julia Kaufman, Maria Gullesserian, Emma Lawrence, & Leah Meyer.
We are also pleased to announce that Isabella Bakker, Grade 3, received 2nd Place for the Virtual Young Musicians Vocal Showcase in the 7-9-year-old age group.
A special thank you goes out to Isabella, Olivia Richter (Grade 2), Sophia Bresciani (Grade 11), and Micaela Joseph (Grade 11) for submitting videos for adjudication!
This is a great read about art and space science!
We are excited to share with all of you our 2nd-5th Grade Virtual Art Gallery. It’s a beautiful presentation of student artwork. It will take a few moments to initially load. Please click on the artwork to learn more about it and who created the masterpiece. Enjoy!
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!