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Midsummer-Poster-678x1024-2Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present the final performance of the summer, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past two weeks studying and bringing to life William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show. In this production’s interpretation, the fairies of Shakespeare’s magical land are sparks in the dark of the digital world that underlies reality, playing with the perceptions of the hapless humans wandering through their everyday lives. Christina Johnston is directing the show, assisted by Jessica Reeg, choreography is by Nicole Chagnon, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door. For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email at cjohnston@smcds.org.

 

Happily-Together-postTheatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present an original musical entitled “Happily Together After” on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past three weeks writing and rehearsing a show of their own creation, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show. The group worked with writing coach Andrew Katzman to conceive a fairy tale world filled with familiar characters who find themselves in unfamiliar situations, where no one is confined to their traditionally set path, and everyone has to overcome new obstacles to get to their happily-ever-after. Campers are largely responsible for writing the original songs in the show, and also helping to design and build the versatile and clever storybook set. Chelsea Boergesson is directing the show, Kristine Langello is musical director, choreography is by Jessica Reeg, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door. For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email at cjohnston@smcds.org.

Additional performances this summer will include Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on August 12th and 13th.

Othello-postTheatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present William Shakespeare’s timely and thought-provoking tragedy, “Othello” on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 14 – 18, who have been intensively studying the play in a two-week program under the direction of Christina Johnston. Assistant direction is by Chelsea Boergesson, fight choreography is by Jason Robert LeClair, and design is by Patrick Grimes.

Actors include Nadia Leinhos as the noble but fraught Othello, Lynne Sipprelle as a tragically lovely Desdemona, and Scott Powell as the evilly manipulative Iago. The cast is rounded out by Kate Fairgrieve, John Thornton, Eliza Staples, Samantha DiMedia, Olivia Gravier, Lana Gaige, Cecelia Brower, Lily Trodson, William Harkins, Kamran Bina, Roan Iribarren, Alyx Cartin-Erickson, Allyson Grant, and Bridget Vanderveer. Emma Daigneault and Kaitlyn Burgess are working with the camp staff to design and build the show.

The performance is free and open to the public, but deals with themes that may unsuitable for young children. Parental discretion advised. Donations are welcome at the door. For more information, please contact TASM camp director Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411.

Additional TASM performances this summer will include an original musical to be performed on July 29th and 30th, as well as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on August 12th and 13th.

 

St. Michael’s Country Day School provides transportation to school each morning from the Park and Ride on the corner of route 138 and exit 1A in Saunderstown.

For more information on fees, pick-up locations and times, please contact Ted Ferry at tferry@smcds.org or at 401-849-5970 ext.304.

At ArtsFest, we celebrate and showcase a year’s worth of student work in the performing and visual arts.  Over 600 pieces of artwork will be displayed and approximately 100 students will perform either in groups, ensembles, or solo presentations. ArtsFest activities will take place in Mason House, the van Beuren Building, and the Hill House Arts and Athletics Center with additional drama performances in a tent.

Click here for the ArtsFest 2016 Schedule!

It was quite a night for SMCDS at University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, May 4. Eighth grade students stood tall as they  garnered three of the six top honors in the Sixth Annual Ghandi Essay awards ceremony hosted by the URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies.

SMCDS eighth grade student Zoe won first place in the Ghandi Essay contest. Her essay describing how she came to embrace multiculturalism through her friendship with a new fellow student from Kuwait  was chosen as the best of 360 entries sent in by students from schools all over Rhode Island. Zoe read her essay to the assembled crowd of over 200 people at the Kirk Center on the campus of URI.

But the awards didn’t stop there. Fellow eighth graders Liliana and Matt were also recognized with Compassion and Self Service Awards. All in all, SMCDS proudly claimed two of the five students recognized for this honor, and three of the six overall winners that evening.  

Join us on Wednesday, April 20 from 7-8pm at our 2nd Annual Independent Secondary School Fair. Interested students currently in grades 6 and 7 and their parents or guardians are invited to meet with representatives from over two dozen independent boarding, day, and parochial high schools in Rhode Island and throughout the Northeast.  You’ll find information on academic programs, student activities, athletics, and more.  Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

The fair will take place in our Hill House Arts and Athletics Center. Please call 401-849-5970, ext 302 for more information.

Dear Friends,

We invite you to attend our annual spring show. This year the students of the St. Michael’s Theatre Ensemble will perform “The Wizard of Oz”. The production is directed by Christina Johnston and designed by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00pm, Friday, March 4th at 7:00pm, and Saturday, March 5th at 2:00pm. Free and open to the public.

The performances will be held in the Hill House Arts and Athletics Center on the campus of St. Michael’s Country Day School, 180 Rhode Island Ave, Newport.

We hope to see you there!

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Mark your calendars! Head Coach Tim O’Shea and the Bryant University Div. 1 ​m​en’s ​b​asketball team will return to St. Michael’s on Monday, January 1​1, 201​6 to lead a skills clinic and exhibition from 3:30 – 5:00pm. The clinic for boys and girls in grades 5 through 8 will be held in our Hill House Arts and Athletics Center and is free and open to the public. This ​3rd annual community event will feature instruction by the Bryant basketba​l​l players on passing, shooting, dribbling, and stealing the ball. Help fight hunger in ​Newport County! Voluntary canned​/dry​ food donations for the MLK​ Community Center Food Pantry will be collected at the door.