Senior One Act Plays

After the closing of their recent musical, Cinderella, the CBNA theatre program has promptly gotten back to work. Their new endeavor: Senior One Acts. The One Acts consist of one scene with up to six characters, all directed by seniors. Some are, in fact, senior projects.

I have had the pleasure to interview one of the student directors, Caitlin Reynolds, who’s piece is called Jumping by William Borden, and features a man (played by: Calvin Swett, grade 11) who has just been cheated on by his wife and is about to jump off a bridge when a woman (played by: Ruby Carr, grade 12) approaches him and tries to force her political views onto him, evidently causing them to fall in love. 

Caitlyn says she chose this piece because it, “Really speaks to her,” has a good message, and shows us that, “There is still love in this world.” She says she knows her actors very well and when reading the piece she saw them playing the characters. She says she can’t wait to see it all come together and is very excited for the final show. She also says that although she didn’t choose to do this as her senior project, she has wanted to direct one of the one acts since she was a freshman. Her stage manager, freshman Cassandra Clery, is equally as excited. 

Along with Jumping, there are four additional one acts. Medieval Medicine directed by Madison Bowen, The Meaning of Halloween directed by Patrick Helm, In the Waiting Room of the Ghost Placement Agency directed by Abi Pellitier, and Weekend Warriors directed by Mrs. Lent and assistant directed by Lauren Rose. 

All cast, crew and theatre friends are very excited for this newest endeavor. Please join us on December 11th in the Garrish Gym at 7pm to watch these wonderful and hilarious shows! 

CBNA Theatre Presents: Cinderella

The CBNA Drama Club presented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella over the weekend. The show opened on October 24th and concluded October 26th. 

Several seniors appeared on stage as well as behind stage in this production. Seniors Ethan Meeker, Kate Blake, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rodgers, and Lauren Rose appeared on stage alongside the lead actors Connor Nowak and Mirah Johnston. Not to be forgotten are the amazing seniors behind the magic of the set and tech, stage manager assistant Olivia Fontes, stage manager Madison Bowen, and projection designer Emily Dallaire. Mirah Johnston played Cinderella and Connor Nowak played Prince Topher and their outstanding duet of “Ten Minutes Ago (Reprise)” concluded the first act and left the audience wanting more.

Underclassmen in the cast were Mary Katherine Patteson, Clayton Price, Darin Sweet, Jordan Trahant, Mairead O’Shea, Calvin Swett, Caleb Yates, Christopher Helm, Savannah Laughlin, Sam Marcotte, Allie McGuigan, Christopher Reed, and Katerina Xanthopoulos. Their magnificent performances brought Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella to life before the audience’s eyes. The cast especially shone during their ballroom dance routines, choreographed by Ms. Hume. 

This production allowed the full talent of the costume crew to shine with all of the breathtaking dress transformations.The lighting crew created spectacular imagery and added to the beauty of the set. Stage crew helped with fast paced transitions that moved Cinderella effortlessly from one scene to the next. 

Accompanying the cast was a live orchestra consisting of  Mr. Ludwig, Mr. Baker; guest performers Ms. Amanda Ludwig and Mr. Eben Hearn; and CBNA students Sylas Aucella and Hazel Dellario. Often in the past, recorded music has been used to accompany the annual musical. The decision to use a live ensemble was appreciated by both cast members and the audience alike. Having student musicians share their abilities in this capacity served as a wonderful reminder of all the amazing talent the Coe-Brown community houses. Mr. Baker and Mr. Ludwig continue to prove their dedication to our music program by bringing in outside talent and sharing their own. 

Much to the delighted surprise of the audience, Mrs. Lent, beloved director and teacher, lent her own talents to the production. Appearing as Marie, Cinderella’s godmother, Mrs. Lent left the crowd smiling and applauding as she transformed from a mysterious old woman in the forest to a magical fairy donning a splendid ball-gown. The strategic costuming was made possible by Gay Bean. Mrs. Lent’s acting and singing abilities were on full display throughout the duration of the show, and reminded the audience why we are so fortunate to have her at the helm of our drama department. Mrs. Lent wished to be humble about her appearance in the show, even leaving her name out of the program, but her heartfelt performance and the obvious joy the students felt about sharing the stage with her proved to be two of the biggest highlights of the production. 

The CBNA Today staff would like to congratulate all of the cast and crew of Cinderella on a truly magical show! Make sure to see their next production, Radium Girls, in March 2020.

 

CBNA Theatre Students to Present: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will proudly present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless Cinderella on Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 24, 25 & 26, 2019, in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus. This production, the 2013 Broadway adaptation of the classic musical, is a contemporary take on the classic tale which features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane as well as some new characters, and surprising twists.  The cast includes seniors Kate Blake, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Mirah Johnston, Ethan Meeker, Connor Nowak, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rogers, and Lauren Rose; juniors Mary Katherine Patteson, Clayton Price, Darin Sweet, and Jordan Trahant; sophomores Mairead O’Shea, Calvin Swett and Caleb Yates; and freshmen Christopher Helm, Savannah Laughlin, Sam Marcotte,  Allie McGuigan, Christopher Reed, and Katerina Xanthopoulos . Production stage manager senior Madison Bowen and able assistant Olivia Fontes will be leading an experienced production team of skilled theatre technicians who will bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella to life. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with music direction by faculty member Colby Baker choreography by faculty member Kolby Hume. Reserved tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and are available at http://cbnanh.booktix.com. For further information, call 942-5531, ext. 237, or email elent@coebrown.org . Hope to see you there.

 

CBNA Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

Noah's Flood - Oil on Canvas Board, by Fiona O'Shea

Noah’s Flood – Oil on Canvas Board, by Fiona O’Shea

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy junior Fiona O’Shea of Nottingham received top honors in the 37th annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Congresswoman Ann Kuster’s Second Congressional District.  Her oil on canvas board painting entitled Noah’s Flood will be framed and will be on display in the tunnel connecting the congressional delegation to the Capital in Washington, DC beginning in June, 2019 through May, 2020. Other CBNA Students participating in the competition were Madelynn Peabody of Barrington; Nicholas LaMontagne, Alyssa Hill, Brianna Jackson, Eva Roy and Megan Wimsatt of Northwood; Emily Dallaire of Nottingham; and Morgan Burnap, Christa Clery, and Sragvi Nomula of Strafford.

The exhibition, reception and awards ceremony for all participants in the Second  Congressional District was held at the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord. Congratulations to all participants for their amazing works of art.

CBNA Theatre to Present Peter and the Starcatcher

Molly (left) played by Braelin Ash and Boy played by Mairead O’Shea in a scene from Peter and the Starcatcher at CBNA this week

Molly (left) played by Braelin Ash and Boy played by Mairead O’Shea in a scene from Peter and the Starcatcher at CBNA this week

March 14, 15 & 16, 2019

“When I was a boy, I wished I could fly.” So begins the story of the ingenious musical Peter and the Starcatcher being produced by the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre Program on March 14, 15 & 16, 2019, at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus. The play by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker and based on the novel by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry,  tells the exciting story of a young orphan and his mates who are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training, who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure. The talented cast is lead by freshman Mairead O’Shea as Boy/Peter and senior Braelin Ash as Starcatcher Molly Aster. The rest of the ensemble features seniors Brian Downer, Mackenzie Flanders, Cooper Leduke, Mason Lobello, Lily Marston and Cody Peck; juniors Ruby Carr, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Mirah Johnston, Ethan Meeker, Connor Nowak, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rogers and Lauren Rose; sophomores Alex Davidson, Mary Katherine Patteson, Clayton Price, Ben Poirier, Darin Sweet, Jordan Trahant and freshmen Calvin Swett, and Caleb Yates. The production stage manager is junior Madison Bowen. Faculty member Elizabeth Lent directs, with assistance and choreography from Ms. Kolby Hume. Music direction is by Mr. Colby Baker.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors and are available through www.cbnanh.booktix.com. For further information email elent@coebrown.org or phone the school at 603-942-5531.

 

 

CBNA Literary Magazine Receives National Recognition

Image of Paragon Issue 22 on a table with two awards on either side of it

National Recognition for CBNA’s Literary Magazine Paragon – Volume 22

Paragon, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s Literary/Arts magazine has received two prestigious national awards for its 2018 edition.  The magazine received a Gold Medalist Certificate from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association and a designation of Excellent from the National Council of Teachers of English.  CBNA teachers Anna Hazen and Danielle Muir act as advisors for the club.  Last year’s staff included editors Alicia Baratier, Emily Cunningham and Hannah Halka, with staffers Taeva Ahern, Emily Buehne, Madison Cunningham and Jocelyn Gagnon.  Literary works and visual art were submitted by students school wide, then the student staff selected the pieces to be included and designed the pages for the 52 page publication. Congratulations to all of the talented CBNA students who contributed to Paragon’s success.

 

CBNA Announces Poetry Out Loud Contest

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 6 pm in the Gerrish Gym, twenty Coe-Brown students will participate in this year’s Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Poetry Out Loud school contest as part of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented in partnership with the NH Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. This program is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The CBNA winner will advance to the regional competition. New Hampshire’s champion will then advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. This event is free and open to the public.

Six Artworks Added to CBNA Permanent Collection from the Class of 2018

Orange Zing by recent CBNA graduate Sarah Madore, one of six new works added to the CBNA Permanent Art Collection

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to announce that six members of the Class of 2018 have had their artwork added to the CBNA Permanent Art Collection.  Each year, senior students who have completed a prescribed course of visual arts study are invited to donate one piece of their two-dimensional artworks to the school’s collection.  The works by the following CBNA members of the Class of 2018 are currently on display as a group exhibition during the summer at Barrington Family Practice and Walk-in Care and will return to CBNA in September where they will be on display in the upper foyer area in Pinkham Hall for 2018-2019 school year.

The following art works have been included: Sarah Doiron Night Ride – Digital Color Photograph – 18” x 24”; Hannah Halka Out of This World – Digital Art – 10” x 24”; Rebekah Hinrichsen Conquering – Acrylic on Illustration Board – 17” x 17”; Sarah Madore Orange Zing – Digital Photograph Printed on Watercolor Paper with Pen & Ink 16” x 20”; Amaya Newport The Mysteries of a Memory – Acrylic on Canvas Board – 16” x 20”; Courtney Snow Blurred Actions – Color Digital Photographs – 18” x 24”.

Three hundred and eleven pieces have now been installed since the collection started with the class of 1987 and can be viewed on the CBNA website – coebrown.org/arts/pac/. Congratulations, recent graduates!

Baccalaureate Awards 2018

The following awards were presented by the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Board of Trustees at Baccalaureate on Tuesday, June 22:

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN ENGLISH: Sandra Black.

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL STUDIES: Devin Sullivan.

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE: Sarah Dupuis.

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL STUDIES: Hailey Stevens.

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS & COMPUTER STUDIES: Nathanial Schroeder.

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN ART: Alicia Baratier.

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN WORLD LANGUAGES: Emily Cunningham.

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN FAMILY AND CONSUMER STUDIES: Courtney Snow.

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICS: Sandra Black.

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Evan Tanguay.

FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHORAL MUSIC: Nina-Marie Laramee.

FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: Faith Shiere.

FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MATH TEAM: Garrett Skidds.

FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: Julia Sommer.

THE DAR GOOD CITIZENSHIP AWARD: Isabelle Lupinacci.

CBNA MALE AND FEMALE OUTSTANDING ATHLETE: Sarah Dupuis and Benjamin Watson.

THE HEADMASTER’S SCHOOL SERVICE AWARD: Emma Dubois, Brady Johnson, Danielle Landry, Isabelle Lupinacci, and Nicholas Sanderson.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE ALL FOUR YEARS: Isabelle Feenstra, Zachary Helm and Casey Szmyt.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE SENIOR YEAR: Taylor Bettencourt, Timothy Bowen, Emily Cunningham, Derek Elwell, Sydney Gast, John Grygiel, Joseph Herbert-Morello, Josiah Hinrichsen, Olivia Husted, Courtney Snow, and Hailey Stevens.

SCHOLASTIC AWARDS FOR ACHIEVING HONOR ROLL STATUS ALL FOUR YEARS: Emma Arsenault, Alicia Baratier, Raven Barnes, Maxim Begin, Taylor Bettencourt, Sandra Black, Jaelyn Brooks, Paul Colson, Emily Cunningham, Domminique Depianti, Emma DuBois, Sarah Dupuis, Derek Elwell, Isabelle Feenstra, Sydney Gast, Sydney Ho-Sue, Brady Johnson, Nina-Marie Laramee, Olivia Lee, Isabelle Lupinacci, Erik Nelson, Amaya Newport, Margaret Norman, Kayla Pollak, Alyssa Reiff, Victoria Sheridan, Garrett Skidds, Julia Sommer, Kathryn Spadafora, Hailey Stevens, and Caitlyn Ustaszewski.

SCHOLASTIC AWARDS FOR ACHIEVING HONOR ROLL STATUS FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE TERMS THEIR SENIOR YEAR: Emily Anderson, Bailey Arnold-Fuchs, Haley Arnold-Fuchs, Erin Boodey, Timothy Bowen, Suzannah Buzzell, Sydney Carney, Sarah Doiron, Aidan Fillion, Jocelyn Gagnon, Spencer Goad, Julia Greene, Jordan Haddock, Hannah Halka, Joseph Hebert-Morello, Cora Hodgdon, Danielle Landry, Emily Lentz, Kathryn Levesque, Jacob Lock, Shemrey Lussier, Trevor Massingham, Eleanor McDonough, Alexander Mercedes, Cailinn Monahan, Maxwell Nowak, Nicole Rogier, Caleb Rollins, Allison Rose, Nicholas Sanderson, Nathanial Schroeder, Faith Shiere, Courtney Snow, Jacob Spainhower, Drew Stevens, Evan Tanguay and Lindsay Wright.

VALEDICTORIAN AWARD: Sandra J. Black

SALUTATORIAN AWARD: Sarah E. Dupuis

CBNA Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

<em>Seeing Double</em> by Emily Dallaire - Pastel on Paper

Seeing Double by Emily Dallaire – Pastel on Paper

Kuster Announces Winner of 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Kuster Announces Winner of 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy sophomore Emily Dallaire of Nottingham received top honors in the 36th annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Congresswoman Ann Kuster’s Second Congressional District. Her pastel drawing entitled Seeing Double will be framed and will be on display in the tunnel connecting the congressional delegation to the Capital in Washington, DC beginning in June, 2018 through May, 2019. In addition, Ms Dallaire and fellow sophomore Fiona O’Shea of Strafford received summer pre-college scholarships from New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. Other CBNA Students participating in the competition were Sarah Doiron and Megan Frost of Barrington; Nicholas LaMontagne, Hannah Halka, Evan Lentz, Mabel Mackey, Angelina Rene, and Courtney Snow of Northwood; Kathleen Roach of Nottingham; and Alicia Baratier, Morgan Burnap, Rebekah Hall, and Eva Turcotte of Strafford.

The exhibition, reception and awards ceremony for all participants in the Second Congressional District was held at the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord. Congratulations to all participants for their amazing works of art.


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