Students in Children’s Drama Class Embrace their Inner Eggheads

Posted on April 5th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

by Deanna Interlicchea, English Teacher

Gwyneth is a little girl with a great big secret, and her reputation hinges on nobody finding out the truth. She can tell absolutely no one—except for maybe just one friend. In no time flat, the entire class is talking about Gwyneth and her terrible truth. What will Gwyneth do once everybody knows that she no ordinary fourth grader, but a genius bound for the seventh grade?

When I purchased Jimmy Brunelle’s children’s play, Eggheads, to read in my Children’s Drama class, I had no idea what it would become. I intended it to merely be a 20-minute in-class reading to serve as a model for their own one-act plays. At the end of the play, though, I heard an energetic chorus of, “we should perform this.” Before I knew it, we had a student director, a costumer, a tech designer, a set manager, a marketing crew, a full cast, and two weeks to pull it all together. (more…)

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Cloverwood was Alive with The Sound of Music

Posted on January 12th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

This week, Cloverwood Senior Living was alive with the Sound of Music. On January 9th, a select group of cast members made a trip to visit the residents and share some selections from Allendale Columbia School’s Fall Upper School musical. Cast members included Catherine Kennedy (Maria), Gabe Rosen (Captain von Trapp), Rebecca McQuilken (Mother Abbess), and almost all of the children, played by Ella Hocker, Maya and Mark Voloshin, Lilah and Thea Costanzo, and Luca Palomaki. While visiting, students performed favorite songs such as “Do Re Mi” and “Edelweiss”, and shared some special treats made by our AC Kitchen team. This trip, organized by the Development Office and the Music Team, is hopefully the first of many. We hope to organize future trips to help bring our wonderful AC Theater productions to those who cannot make it to campus.

Sound of Music at Cloverwood

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AC Alum Gabriella Perez ’10 Performing in “Anything Goes”

Posted on November 24th, 2014 by egillette

Mark your calendars to see AC alum Gabby Perez ’10 in the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s performance of “Anything Goes” at the Auditorium Theatre from April 14th – 19th, 2015. Gabby is part of the ensemble cast and will hit the road with the group, predominantly playing the role of Purity. Cities include Baton Rouge, LA; Palm Desert, CA; Austin, TX; Sioux Falls, SD; Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Key West, FL; Scranton, PA; and Orlando, FL.

For a full listing of tour dates and to purchase tickets please visit:

Gabby graduated from Allendale Columbia in 2010 and also attended Eastman School of Music. She went on to graduate from New York University in 2014, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree specializing in Drama, Acting, and Voice.

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Summer Camp Wraps Up Record Year!

Posted on August 22nd, 2013 by kvella

As summer draws to a close, Allendale Columbia is looking forward to opening the 2013-14 school year with increased enrollment and new programs on the heels the extraordinary Summer of 2013.

This summer our 33-acre campus at AC was buzzing all summer long as more than 630 campers from 3 different countries (US, Japan, China), 5 different states, and over 50 different schools participated in 34 different camps.  Altogether, Allendale Columbia’s Summer Program had over 1100 registrants for camp, setting a camp record! Campers enjoyed a new lunch option making it easier to participate in morning and afternoon camps that are often an extension of what happens at AC during the school year!

Camps this summer ranged from programming and robotics through Vista Teach’s LEGO Robotics, to Art, Nature Exploration, Puppet Workshop, and Music through camps such as the ADIOS Music Theatre Program.

For the second year in a row, the  Rochester Fencing Club hosted fencing classes throughout the summer while our youngest campers, getting ready for nursery school, were introduced to the classroom setting in the Step Into School camp run by our nursery teacher.

AC’s Sports Camp for children between 6 and 12 years old was a huge hit with record registration again this year.  Campers participated in all different types of sports from ping pong to swimming and had fun toured and watched a Rochester Red Wings baseball game.  AC attracts talented athletes who also seek  to benefit from instruction for more specific sports like baseball, basketball, and volleyball from our HAC varsity coaches.

Thank you to all our summer camp families and campers who made this summer remarkable.  Kudos to our camp leaders, 70% of whom are part of our talented Allendale Columbia’s faculty. We look forward to another great summer in 2014!

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Posted in: Lower School, Middle School, Pre-Primary School

Middle School Meets May Term

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino
Special thanks to Lindsey Brown for this write up on Middle School May Term.
Middle School Students at Allendale Columbia School broke new ground this Spring by participating in an authentic learning initiative called May Term.  Students spent three hours each morning completing an in-depth exploration of a topic outside of the conventional curriculum.  In these sessions they were required to work together to solve real-world problems in ways that reached beyond the immediate school community.
Whether it was analyzing artifacts from a real archeological dig, creating a video game for a larger audience, building a survival shelter in the rain, or writing and staging a play at a community nursing home, students were challenged to be creative and collaborative often in areas outside of their comfort zone.  They were also invited to use technology to create their own content in sessions such as “Behind the Lens: Photojournalism” and “Action: Screenplays, Storyboards and Soundtracks.”
In the afternoon, students were able to choose eight different intramural sessions taught by a wide variety of Allendale Columbia community members.  Students made muffins with the kitchen staff and practiced meditation with the school psychologist.  They walked the nature trail, played rugby, drew original Manga and auditioned for our talent show.  Faculty and staff offered a total of twenty eight sessions, and students were able to choose the experiences that most interested them.
Reflection was also an integral part of May Term.  Students participated in daily discussion groups and created a blog to record and process their experiences.  Tina Duver, Dean of Middle School students, writes:

Words and picture will never fully describe the success and energy present this week, but it will help serve as a memory and record of a wonderful May Term during this final week of the 2012-2013 school year.

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Posted in: Eighth Grade, Highlights, Middle School, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade

Remembering the Wonderland Adventure

Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Tony Tepedino
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