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…)
Posted in: Authentic Learning, Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School
Poor Charlie Brown.
Anxiousness, uncertainty, and sadness are just a few emotions that all of us have or will experience at one time or another. In You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on characters in Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comics and on stage this weekend at Allendale Columbia School, we see the characters express those feelings and more. (more…)
Posted in: Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School
Allendale Columbia’s Upper School students present Lewis Carroll’s play Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, adapted by Rosemary Nursey-Bray, on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st, at 7:00 p.m. at AC’s Curtis Performance Center. Tickets are now available at acs.booktix.com for $8.00 (higher at the door).
Posted in: Eleventh Grade, Highlights, LS Birches, MS Birches, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches
AC’s Middle School students present Into the Woods JR. at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16th, and Saturday, March 17th. This production is based on the Broadway show that won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical. The musical follows a Baker and his Wife who learn they have been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door. The couple embarks on a quest – swindling, deceiving, and stealing from such already-victimized characters as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (fresh off the beanstalk!) – to get the special objects required to break the spell. However, the story doesn’t simply end “happily ever after” as each character must now face the consequences of his/her decision. Into the Woods JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Come see the amazing production that our Middle Schoolers have created! All tickets are $10 purchased in advance (either online or at school) and $12 at the door the night of the show. AC Middle School students are eligible for one complimentary ticket using promo code ACMStudent. You can get tickets for family and friends online here: acs.booktix.com.
PACK (Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids) will also be running a bake sale before and after the show and at intermission. To bring baked goods or to volunteer, please sign up here.
Posted in: Eighth Grade, LS Birches, Middle School, MS Birches, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, The Birches, US Birches
What might happen if the Lower School students held a great big sleepover? Will
their teachers ever get the kids to settle down and sleep? On Thursday, February
15th, students in grades 1-5 will perform “I’m Not Sleepy… Yet!”, this year’s Lower
School Musical. Familiar and international lullabies are joined by an original
theme song written for AC by alumnus Carson Cooman ’00, and fun visuals
created by the students will enhance each number.
Show time is 7:00 p.m. Students are asked to be in their class’s special meeting
spots by 6:45. Teachers will be on deck for supervision at 6:30.
Costumes will consist of custom-printed tee shirts, and students should wear
pajama pants and comfy socks on the 15th for both the daytime “dress rehearsal”
(performed for the rest of the school) and the evening performance.
Posted in: Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Lower School, LS Birches, Second Grade, The Birches, Third Grade
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.
Posted in: Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Kindergarten, Lower School, LS Birches, Middle School, MS Birches, Ninth Grade, Second Grade, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Third Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches
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!
Posted in: Lower School, Middle School, Pre-Primary School