Arts and Entertainment
December 8, 2013This year four multi-talented postgraduates are taking high-level arts courses as well as playing varsity sports. Jess Hom ’14 will play basketball in the winter and is taking Topics: Post AP Art, as is Liz Forelle ’14, who plays soccer this fall. Eric Senior ’14 is on the boys’ varsity soccer team and takes AP Studio Art, and Jack Barkowski ’14 is playing football this fall and also taking AP Studio Art.
Senior became interested in art through classes he took during his freshman year of high school. “It was another method for me to express myself,” Senior said, ”and it was similar to playing soccer. The more I worked at it, the better I became, and there was always a sense of accomplishment.”
Barkowski began art at a young age, but was not able to continue it d…
December 8, 2013Since she arrived as a new sophomore, Lilah Lutes ’14 has actively participated in Deerfield’s art program. Lutes’ passion for art extends beyond the school year, and she has continued to pursue her talent outside of school.
This past summer Lutes had a job painting murals in Boston. Along with 10 other artists, she used house paint to install a variety of designs in different locations such as on the interior of a bus stop and on the wall of a Mexican restaurant called Purple Cactus.
Lutes enjoys all types of visual arts, including pastel, charcoal and watercolor, but her favorite is black-and-white sketching. She began drawing when she was young and hopes to pursue her passion through college and make it a life-long hobby. Her ideal career would be something that requ…
November 7, 2013
Behind the scenes of each theater production, the tech crew works to design and create the set of every show from the ground up. Over the course of each term, under the supervision of Theater Technical Director Paul Yager, the crew meets each day to decide what the set should look like and how to execute their plan. They work each week on planning and building, and then in the days leading up to the show, they pull everything together, including costumes, lighting and sound.
Andrew Bishop ’14 has worked on the tech crew every term since he came to Deerfield. “I started doing tech in seventh grade at Williston Northhampton School,” he said. “I’ve kept participating because it’s fun to see something you make go from being just individual parts to the finished product of th…
October 16, 2013
As a four-year senior, Maegen Killeen ’14 has contributed much of her time here to Deerfield’s dance program. This past summer, Killeen participated in the highly selective Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive in New York City.
When she was four, Killeen began her training at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where she studied tap, jazz and ballet. At seven she moved to the Pizazz Dance Studio in Greenfield and began competing in jazz, hip-hop, tap, modern and contemporary dance.
Although Killeen now considers herself mainly a contemporary and modern dancer, she is still committed to other styles. “It is important to be a well-rounded dancer in the professional world today,” she explained.
The program this pa…
October 16, 2013
This fall, Deerfield’s theater program will be putting on a production of the romantic comedy Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Set in a mythical town in northern Maine, the play is an ensemble piece that features a group of people and how they all find or lose love.
The 19 roles are filled by 15 Deerfield students: Annie Bronfman ’15, Will Darling ’15, Jackson Lanning ’14, Dorie Magowan ’15, Sarah Jinich ’15, Devon Bierut ’17, Amanda Deskavich ’16, David Darling ’16, Cody Anderson-Salo ’14, Theresa Lucier ’15, Vishawn Greene ’17, Sidney Hulburd ’14, Querube Suarez-Werlein ’14, Nhyira Asante ’16 and Cat Wyatt ’14. Th…
October 16, 2013Peter Hynds joined the admission staff full-time this year after working part-time the previous year. He has an extensive background in the arts and is a member of both the American Guild of Musical Artists and Actors Equity. He has worked for over twenty years throughout the country in various aspects of the arts including musical theater, dance, opera and film.
Mr. Hynds has been a stage manager for the Pittsburgh Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the San Francisco Opera, Kansas City Starlight, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Variety Children’s Theatre and The Muny.
Mr. Hynds has spent fourteen summers as a stage manager with the St. Louis MUNY, America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hynds has always relish…
October 16, 2013After a yearlong sabbatical, Visual and Performing Arts teacher Jennifer Whitcomb is back at Deerfield Academy. Traveling to different parts of Latin America, the Caribbean Basin and New York City over the course of the year, she became certified in different dancing techniques and reconnected with past teachers.
Ms. Whitcomb started the year in Puerto Rico, where she attended the. 16th World Salsa Congress and participated in certification workshops in Afro-Antilles folkloric dance forms and Puerto Rican salsa. Ms. Whitcomb said she learned about the history and theory of salsa as well as more advanced salsa moves.
Her next stop was New York City. She stayed for two months and studied with Lynn Simonson, one of her first dance teachers, whom Ms. Whitcomb hadn’t seen for decades…
June 4, 2013To be in one of the two Deerfield a cappella groups, there are several requirements beyond just the music . With other commitments and time constraints, the chorus requirements seem to provide a roadblock for some, while others believe that the requirements demonstrate the musician’s eligibility and dedication.
Currently, in order to be able to perform with the Mellow-D’s or Rhapso-D’s, one must participate in the 90-minute Deerfield Choral Society rehearsal on Sundays, and be enrolled in an ensemble class such as Chorus, Chamber Music, or Band, unless they have already completed two years of the academic chorus class. This has created conflicts in some students’ scheduling, and therefore has limited the courses they can take.
Some students believe the requirements make it diffic…