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Greetings from the St. Andrew’s Performing Arts Department!

We are looking forward to another wonderful year of music, dance, drama, and technical theatre at SAES. Below you will find a list of our many events and programs for 2016-17. Please check the links below as well as the bulletin boards in the Performing Arts hallway (outside L2, L4, and L6) for updates.

Jordan Yonce
Head of the Performing Arts

Performing Arts Opportunities

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  • Lower School

    Halloween Parade and Sing-a-Long
    Monday, October 31 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    This event includes a parade of each class around the school and will end in St. Francis Hall for a Halloween sing-a-long. 
     
    Grandparents Day
    Tuesday, November 22 9:30 to 10 a.m.
    This performing arts showcase will involve preschool and elementary classes.  Each class performs Thanksgiving/Autumn- and grandparents-themed songs, and will play unpitched rhythm instruments and xylophones.
     
    Preschool Holiday Show
    Wednesday, December 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
     
    Elementary Holiday Show
    Thursday, December 15 from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Intermediate School

    The Intermediate School Performing and Visual Arts Assembly will be on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 2:15 p.m. This event includes performances by all three grades and an end-of-the-year arts show. The Intermediate School iRock Orchestra, an after school club with Dr. Wooley, will be back this year. iRock will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Fall. Stay tuned for Winter and Spring.
  • Middle School

    Grade 6 Performing Arts Assembly: 6th graders will have drama and music in their performing arts rotation in the Fall. Their work will be showcased in a sharing on Thursday November 10, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in MacDonald Hall.

    Middle School Musical: The Middle School Musical this year is the stage version of Mulan. The show will be directed by Jordan Yonce with choreography by Rachel Turner and Ritchie Porter as assistant director.  Ben Zastrow will be the technical director. There will be no Middle School show band this year. Show Dates: May 12 & 13, 2017.  

    Note: The musical is a performing arts class that meets 3rd period in the spring, with one weekend rehearsal and after school rehearsals during the final week. There will be no auditions for the show in the fall. Instead, students who are interested will pick the Spring Musical as their performing arts credit, and will audition at the beginning of the third trimester.

    Middle School Tech: Mr. Zastrow teaches the Middle School technical theater class in the spring. Members of this class are responsible for the technical elements of the Middle School musical, the building and running of the show. All members of tech must be available for performances. Space is limited and the class list will be determined during the first week of school in the fall. Interested students will sign up during Orientation Day.

    Middle School Dance Company: This group, under the direction of Ms. Rachel Turner, meets 8th period during the winter trimester and will learn and train in a variety of dance styles, as well as conditioning including yoga, pilates, and core workouts.

    Middle School Chorus: This chorus, open to grades 6-8, will meet Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., under the direction of Mr. Yonce. The chorus will sing at various chapels and special events throughout the year.

    Middle School Band: Dr. Wooley will lead the MS Band.  It will be offered as a class during a trimester to be determined, and meet after school during the other two trimesters, on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This activity is open to students in grades 6-8. The MS Band will play at various chapels and special events throughout the year. Dr. Wooley will be making announcements at the beginning of the year.

    Music Lessons: Instruction in drums, guitar, voice, flute, ukulele, saxophone, beginning bass and piano (and perhaps other instruments depending on demand) is available after school and during some free periods. Lessons coordinator, Ritchie Porter, will send out more information early in the school year, and registration forms will be available at the various Back-to-School Nights.
  • Upper School

    Upper School Fall Play: This year the St. Andrew’s Players, as we call our ensemble, will be performing a modern version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Ritchie Porter will direct with Maki Yordán assisting. Dates: October 21-23, 2016. Auditions take place Friday, September 9, 3:30-5:30 in L6. There will be an informational meeting during the first week of school so interested students can learn more about the show, the schedule and the process.

    Upper School Musical: This year's Upper School Musical will be Kander and Ebb's "Cabaret." Dates: February 24-26, 2017. Auditions will be held the week immediately after Thanksgiving break, starting on November 28Everyone who auditions will be cast. On Monday and Tuesday (if needed) before break Mr. Yonce will be teaching audition songs. Rehearsals will start on Monday, December 5. Typically we rehearse every day from 3:30 - 5:45 p.m. (on Mondays we start at 4 p.m.) During production week rehearsals extend into the evening, with dinner provided. Note: Presidents' Weekend, February 17-20, is used extensively to rehearse the musical. 

    Winter Music Concert: Friday, January 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. This evening showcases various MS and US student ensembles, including the Middle School Band and Chorus, Upper School Jazz Band, Symphonic Rock Orchestra and Chorus. Note: This evening features the work of students in our classes and sponsored after school ensembles, and will not include special projects by other individual singers or bands.

    Spring Music Concert: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm. This evening is a culmination of our year in music with our student ensembles, including the Middle School Band and Chorus, Upper School Jazz Band, Symphonic Rock Orchestra and Chorus. Note: This evening features the work of students in our classes and sponsored after school ensembles, and will not include special projects by other individual singers or bands.

    Upper School Fall and Spring Dance Companies: These companies, led by Ms. Turner, meet after school. The fall company will start on Wednesday, September 7 and will show its work at the performing arts assembly on Friday, November 18. If you cannot make the first day, please contact Ms. Turner. The spring company will perform at a full concert on Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. Participation in dance counts towards a sports credit.

    Upper School Tech: Even if he/she is not enrolled in our technical theater classes, a student can help out on tech crew for our shows. Tech Club helps out especially with the fall play. Please contact Mr. Ben Zastrow if you are interested in working on tech.

    Upper School Chorus: In addition to singing in our chorus classes, students have the opportunity to participate with the student-run A Cappella Club, sponsored by Mr. Yonce. The Club meets during activity periods, as needed. Sometimes additional singers are needed to help out with our Chapel chorus and special rehearsals are called during morning break or activity periods. All are welcome. Please contact Mr. Yonce if you are interested.

    Music Lessons: Instruction in drums, guitar, voice, flute, ukulele, saxophone, beginning bass and piano (and perhaps other instruments depending on demand) is available after school and during some free periods. Lessons coordinator, Ritchie Porter, will send out more information early in the school year, and registration forms will be available at the various Back-to-School Nights.

Watch Our Ensembles Perform

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, MD.