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K-12 Dancers Celebrate Music Icons


Last Saturday afternoon, ISM’s dancers performed to a full house of dance fans.  The AFAC and HS dance classes all performed dances choreographed to songs they selected from musicians they considered to be Musical Icons.  All dancers from our grades 1 through 12 thrilled the audience with ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary numbers.  If you attended the recital, please watch the slide show below to re-visit some of your favourite moments.  If you were not able to attend the recital, watch the slide show below to see what you missed!  🙂   Photos courtesy of Eugene Perez.

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Photos can also be viewed on our ISM Flickr Account by following this LINK

Don’t miss our HS Concert on Wednesday, November 16 when all of our HS Music students celebrate The Legends of Jazz.  5:30 pm in the FAT.  Free admission.  Free seating – so arrive early.

Legends of Jazz in the FAT November 16 at 5:30 pm


Our 2011-12 concert season officially kicks off on Wednesday,  November 16th with the HS Legends of Jazz Concert showcasing the talents of all of our Band, Strings and Choral students.  Groups performing will be:

Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Concert Choir, Show Choir and of course, Jazz Band.

It will be a wonderful evening of great works from the likes of Irving Berlin, Jeff Jarvis,  D. Bruebeck and Duke Ellington.

As I am writing this post, I realise that my toes are tapping and I am  swaying a little in my office chair.  The reason –  Concert Band is on the other side of my office wall right now rehearsing “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  They sound fantastic.  They have now moved on to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”   You really can not miss this concert.

See you in the FAT on November 16th at 5:30 pm.

 

 

Romeo and Juliet: Director’s Notes


 

The 2011 HS production of Romeo and Juliet is not what you may be expecting from a  production that is using the “traditional” text.   Read on to learn more about the Director’s vision and ISM’s take on the play.

(from the Romeo and Juliet program)

Why bother staging a 400-year-old soap opera?

In a society where people believe strongly in the ability to create their own destiny, a play about two young lovers who are “fated” to die for each other may seem outdated. Yet there is still much that is relevant to a modern audience in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. If we read the play in a certain way, fate can be seen not as mysterious supernatural force but as something created by people for others. As ISM students move from school into critical roles within a truly worldwide community, it is important for them to not only celebrate being masters of their own destiny but to also understand the responsibility of being people who have the power to determine the destiny of others. Viewed from this perspective, the true tragedy for both Romeo and Juliet lies in the fact that their parents always had the power to end their dispute (indeed, it seems they are keen to do so throughout the play), yet are too slow in exerting the precious influence needed to encourage peace. The message seems clear: make and take opportunities to be an agent of change NOW because tomorrow it may be too late.

So why are there four couples and what’s up with the cheesy love songs?

In order to bring the theme of fate to the forefront of the production, we’ve cast not one but four “star-crossed” couples. Whilst the modern incarnations of Romeo and Juliet are busy falling in love with someone who is supposed to be their “great enemy”, the other three couples from previous time periods are brought back to life to watch the past tragedy of their love and eventual death reenacted. Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet constantly refer to fate as guiding them or, in more intense moments, as an adversary to face in battle. On one level the characters from the past are physical manifestations of fate but on another level the couples, which appear as statues at the beginning of the play, come to signify the lessons we could learn from the past but choose to ignore. The macabre imagery of the old saying “If your ancestors could see you now, they would turn in their grave” seems to be captured by having the “star-crossed lovers” of the past forced to standby and watch as yet another young couple suffers for the same mistakes that their deaths were supposed to have remedied.

So will “the two hour’s traffic of our stage” be all doom and gloom? NO. The play’s optimism springs from the potential that love has to make great changes in society. Romeo and Juliet are two teenagers who choose to look beyond conflicts of the past. Their simple, heartfelt love does seem extremely idealistic but sometimes it takes idealism to solve seemingly complex issues. We hope to express this idealism by incorporating a lot more music into the show than was originally intended. Right from the beginning, music is given the power of breathing life into statues. From this point on, an eclectic range of music is used: jazz standards, original compositions and also a liberal dose of, dare I say it, ‘cheesy’ love songs.

Many people believe that a powerful message needs to be wrapped up in convoluted language to achieve gravitas; however, the most powerful moments of this play are when characters express their ideas and wishes in simple terms. Indeed, Juliet at one point tells Romeo to “swear not by the moon” but to “swear by thy gracious self”; she understands the need for plain, honest words when making important decisions about her future. At other moments, it only takes the pulse of a drum or quiver of a violin to speak plainly to the heart. So, in a sense, we’ve combined the words of Shakespeare with music because both mediums share the capacity to move people, unite people and help them envisage a future beyond a seemingly predestined fate. It is not the words or the melody themselves but the capturing of the imagination that makes all music and drama, whether it be ‘cheesy’ or majestic, powerful in its own right.

Putting it all together….

This show has been the product of countless hours of collaboration between staff, students and friends of the Fine Arts Faculty. It has certainly been a pleasure to learn from each and every contributor as they have woven their magic around a skeleton of ideas to produce engaging characters, original compositions, soulful arrangements, expressive choreography, creative designs and seamless interactions.  As both a Theatre and English teacher, it has been especially rewarding to watch a fresh set of eyes reimagining a 400-year-old text. Long live William Shakespeare’s wisdom and creativity!

Marsha Hillman

(Director)

 

Performers needed for Friday Night Lights!


photo via Flickr cc fensterbme

Calling all musicians, singers, jugglers, bands, dancers and performers of all sorts.

Peer Helpers is looking for performers for their first Friday Night Lights event.  It will be held in the HS courtyard after school (3 pm – 4:30 pm) on Sept 30.

There is a great opportunity for soloists and small ensembles/bands to perform.  There will be lots of wonderful food food provided by the PTA,  great music and other performances provided by our very talented ISM HS students and after the event, everyone can stick around to support the X-Country Twilight meet.

If you are interested in performing, sign up sheets on bulletin board behind the FAT.

Deadline for sign ups is Thursday September 22 at 3pm.

If you would like more information,  contact Ms. Mohr or any of the following Peer Helpers: Bianca E., Bianca C., Moonie S., Luke S., Henny K., Shivani P.  or Yihua L.

 

So You Think You Can Dance? BoB 2011


So, you think you can dance?  Really?  Check out the grade level dances from 2011 Battle of the Bearcats “So You Think You Can Dance” event and you may find that your skills pale in comparison to the talent demonstrated by Bearcat Grade Level Dance teams.  Battle of the Bearcats (BoB) is an annual School Spirit competition between grade levels.  Each grade level enters teams of students into a wide variety of athletic, artistic and performance competitions.  While there are Gold, Silver and Bronze medal placing awarded for each event, the over-all winner of the day is the grade level which demonstrates the most positive school spirit – not only for participating and cheering on their own grade level, but for supporting all participants in all events.  The competition is friendly – and fierce.   The grade level councils for each year organise t-shirts, hats, banners, teams and the all important Grade Level Cheer.  The Senior entrance and Dance Co performance at the opening ceremony are highly anticipated events.  This year, at the request of the student body, more Arts and Performance events were added to the competition.  We saw incredible artistic talent at the Speed Painting, Bearcat Idol and Bearcat’s Got Talent among many other arts related events.

Every year the adults in the building are amazed and frequently left speechless at what these incredibly talented kids can accomplish when we step back and just let them get on with it.  Speaking of just “getting on with it”  without any further ado, here are the videos of BoB 2011 So You Think You Can Dance? No teacher assistance, no time in class and no grades – just pure, joyous, spectacular Bearcat talent and grade level pride.

Freshmen: ISM Class of 2015 [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY6wV8k-k9U[/youtube]

Sophomores: ISM Class of 2014[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ATGgTKfERQ[/youtube]

Juniors: ISM Class of 2013 [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTdtXNgdesk[/youtube]

Seniors: ISM Class of 2012 and Winners of the 2011 Battle of the Bearcats Spirit Award [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4ckCMJ15WI[/youtube]

We love our Bearcats and our Bearcats love their Arts!