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Arden Cahill Academy recently hosted our 5th grade play, "Oliver." Students learned vocal choreography, blocking, and dance choreography for the show. They are able to experience mounting a show from both the acting and technical aspects. The students fill the roles of prop masters, light and sound operators, assistant stage managers, and actors. Not all children love to act, sing, or dance, yet they can find their niche through the many elements that they are experience in the theatre.
Arden Cahill Academy, recently hosted our 6th grade class play, "King and I." The musical's plot displays the experiences of Anna (Emma Leighton), a British schoolteacher hired as part of the King's (Brady Lee) desire to modernize his country and prove that the people of Siam are not barbarians. The relationship between the King and Anna is met by conflict through much of the show, as well as by a love that neither can admit. Our students learned about all aspects of musical theatre including solo and choral singing, choreography, and blocking. Several of the students at Arden Cahill Academy currently participate in local theatre productions throughout the city, many of which will move on to attend NOCCA programs.
On Friday, April 19th, Arden Cahill Academy held our 4th Annual Whale Fest. Even though the weather did not cooperate as we had wished, everyone still had a beautiful day filled with arts, culture, and FUN!! The children and parents enjoyed visits from local authors, artists, and musicians. We even had some Mardi Gras Indians stop by for a special performance.
Arden Cahill Academy's second grade classes presented an original rewrite of William Shakespeare's classics, "Romeo and Juliet" and "Machambeth" (Macbeth) Friday, March 15, in the Ann Chance Theatre for Children. Every year our second graders develop their own characters. This year they added Juliet's Beauty salon, using the commercial song Hair Spray from the Broadway show. West Side Story is used each year with the Capulet's and Montague's combat scene; never a dull moment. This year we added a jousting scene, lots of fan fare, and music. Children learned the importance of making sure props were put in the same place every day, costume design, and memorizing lines, which parents recognized as a foundation to the children enjoying Shakespeare in the future. Both plays were enchanted, moving, and very funny!
Arden Cahill Academy preschool four year old students wowed the audience during their performance of “Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler,” Mardi Gras Extravaganza. As the royal court presides over the traditional tableau, students speak, sing and dance about the many traditions that make Mardi Gras and New Orleans unique.