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Kents Hill School’s Newton Hall Players Present Two One-Acts

On Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 PM Kents Hill School students presented Foreign Exchange and Sonata for Armadillos in the Vivian Russell Theater of the Bodman Performing Arts Center at Newton Hall.
Foreign Exchange by Stephen O'Rourke opened the evening. A successful foreign businesswoman and shopaholic (Sultana Alokozai ’15), visits Susan (Alexis Miller ’17) who was her host sister when she stayed with her family in high school. Susan has fallen on hard times, and finally gets up the courage to ask her friend for money.
In John Tuttle's heartwarming comedy Sonata for Armadillos, it's a hot day for three lovable characters stuck on the Dallas-bound Greyhound bus. Walton (Ben Whitestone ’16) wants to be a cowboy, Nella (Kaylee Bilodeau ’16) wants to be a cowboy, and Stymie's (Sam Onion ’16) is on the run from Stymie— and just might outrun him. At the end of the trip comes inspiration, companionship, and forgiveness. The shows were directed by English Department Chair George Dunn and Music Department Chair Joel Graham. Technical assistants are Steven Pratt ’14, Luke Knisely ’15 and Tanner Symes ’16.
Both plays were presented through arrangements with Playscripts.com.





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.


Performing Arts Schedule 2014-15


Saturday, Oct. 11 
4 AM

Thursday, Nov. 13
Hard Candy

Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec. 16 & 17 

Thursday, Feb 5
Winter Play

Thursday & Friday, April 16 & 17
Spring Musical 

Tues, May 12
Acting Workshop at MM


For more informaiton please call the school or contact
Mr. George Dunn- gdunn@kentshill.org


Performing Arts Program

The Performing Arts Department is dedicated to providing all students the opportunity to experience, explore and learn through formal and informal instruction in theater, dance, and music - both vocal and instrumental.


While at Kents Hill students can take classes in acting, playwriting, theater history, stagecraft, drama as literature and production. In addition, the theater program stages two shows each trimester. This includes the opportunity for student-directed and produced shows. Performances vary in style, length and genre, ranging from monologues to one-acts, to full-length Broadway shows.

A special tradition, The Young People's Holiday Show is performed for local elementary schools during the third week in December and includes a performance by the Kents Hill Singers. Other traditions include a musical in the spring and a theater exchange with Kents Hill's sister school, Kent College Pembury, located just south of London, England.

Recent shows include:  Picasso at the Lapin Agile, How to Succeed in Business without Even Trying, Guys and Dolls, Waiting for Godot, Into the Woods, The Breakfast Club, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, Lucky Stiff, Mullen's Alley, Actor's Nightmare, and Pippin. 

Vocal Music

The Kents Hill Singers continue a century-old tradition of choral music at Kents Hill. The class meets outside the academic schedule in order to enable any interested student to participate. The Kents Hill Singers is a year-long program; students may participate on an extra-curricular basis or for academic credit. The Singers perform at numerous school occasions over the course of the year, including Family Weekend, Awards Assembly, and the annual Vespers service in December. Singers of all levels are encouraged to join.

Students may also audition for the District III Honors Chorus and the Maine All-State Chorus; Kents Hill usually sends one or more students to these festivals each year.

Instrumental Music
Kents Hill supports five different bands. The Kents Hill Jazz Ensemble is the largest of the four bands, supporting up to 25 members, and plays a range of music from traditional jazz and swing to rock, blues, reggae, funk, and ballads. Each song is arranged by the instructor and tailored to the ensemble. All instruments are welcome and improvisation is highly encouraged. Rock Band focuses on classic and modern rock performances and is broken up into two sections. The Heavy Rock Band plays more metal and hard rock pieces and the Light Rock Band focuses on classic rock and alternative rock pieces. Acoustic Band is a performance group which works exclusively with acoustic instruments. The group is supported by a spring elective class which encourages students to broaden their acoustic experience beyond guitars to playing mandolins, banjos and other more traditional string instruments. Fusion Band is Kents Hill’s advanced level performance group. Fusion focuses on creating original compositions and practicing improvisational skills.


The Music Program also offers several trimester electives in the study of music and music production:
Studio Recording
Fundamental Music Theory
Advanced Music Theory
Acoustic Band

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