Anne McKee '16 Named to
All State Orchestra
Anne McKee ’16 of Hallowell attended the annual All State Music Festival, a three-day event for chorus, band and orchestra held this year at the University of Southern Maine. Accompanied by Kents Hill School Choral Director Penny Winter, Anne, received the second highest violin score in the state. That score placed her in the second chair of the first violin section, seated next to the concertmaster. Anne had auditioned for the All State orchestra in mid- November.
At the audition for All State, each musician performs before two judges, each of whom awards separate scores based on ten different components of the student’s performance. The student’s final score is the total of the two judges’ scores.
This year’s All State Orchestra had the privilege of working under the direction of Robert Moody, the conductor and artistic director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra spent two very full days and one morning in rehearsals with Mr. Moody, and the festival concluded with a fine performance on the afternoon of the last day.
Five Students Named to MMEA District III Chorus
In late October five Kents Hill students travelled to Medomak Valley High School to audition for the annual District III Honors music festival. All five are members of the Kents Hill Singers: Aidan Burke, Emma Curnin, Bridget West, Vanessa Willoughby, and Natalie Young. The singers spent about six weeks preparing an Italian art song as part of their audition, which they each performed in front of a judge, receiving scores on various elements of their singing. All five students auditioned successfully and earned a place in one of the two festival choruses.
The festival takes place on Janurary 25 and 26, during Kents Hill's Winter Long Weekend. During January they will learn their parts so that they are ready to come together with all the other singers at the festival for two days of rehearsals culminating in a performance on Saturday afternoon at Mt. Ararat High School.
Kents Hill School’s Newton Hall Players Present Political Satire
Kents Hill School’s Newton Hall Players will perform Don Zolidis’ newest play The Election at 8 PM Thursday,October 18 of Fall Family Weekend.
When an embattled high school student body president resigns in disgrace Mark Davenport (Per Edstrom ’13) figures he will cruise to victory in the special election. After all, his only opponent is nerdy Christy Martin (Cassie Canning ’15) who wants to eliminate football. Things turn ugly when a mysterious Super PAC enters the picture.
The cast includes Lyle Gilpatrick ’14, Cole Blouin ’13, Kit Meyer ’14, Anya Browning ’15, Sean Boylan ’14, Abby Marshall ’13, Ben Whitestone ’15, Andrew Rines ’13, Steven Pratt ’14, Olivia Jernigan ’14, Kaylee Bilodeau ’16, Melis Ciftci ’15, Kerstin Schkrioba’14, Anran Li’14, Huiyi Peng ’15, Sarah Williamson’16, and Gabrielle Hyndman ’15.
Gabrielle is also working with Assistant Director Karina Escajeda in costuming and makeup. Jake Crane ’13 and Andrew Boswell ’13 will head up lights and sound for the show. The Election is directed by George Dunn, marking his 25th year in the school’s drama program.
This fall also marks a change in the Kents Hill drama program: students can now elect to fulfill two out of their three athletic requirements with the theater program. “Students will now have the scheduled time to put full focus into the rehearsal process which will benefit the final production” said Mr. Dunn. The Election is the first production under this new rehearsal schedule to be followed by the Annual Young Peoples’ Holiday Show in December.
*The Election is presented through arrangement with Playscripts.com