Check out the video created by Sara Mannal of Barnstable Today for a great recap of the community art sailboard project. The sailboard, found discarded on a local beach, was repurposed into artwork by Sturgis art students. “The hand painted/decoupaged underwater scene serves as a whimsical yet thoughtful reminder of the vital importance of our surrounding waters and enhances the “sense of place” one feels while on Cape Cod,” said Ben Hughes, Creative Economy Projects Manager for Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce.
To learn more about the project, see: Sailboard: A Collaborative Community Arts Project
Congratulations to Grade 9 art student Emily Fox. Her artwork depicting baseball player Tony Kemp from the Cotuit Kettleers was chosen for publication in Cape Cod Magazine. In 2017, the Kettleers celebrate their 70th anniversary. Our grade 9 art students participated in an all-Cape drawing celebration to commemorate various upcoming events. Check out the magazine and beautiful artwork which is on display in our East library.
Sturgis Performance of Romeo and Juliet a Resounding Success
By Livia Murray, News Editor
Originally published in Sturgis Stormwatch 11/28/2016. Reprinted here with permission.
Sturgis East and West come together once each year to collaborate and create one unified production. This year, the songs that were featured throughout the show and during scene changes were written by Sturgis students who took inspiration from popular music of the 1960s. Students also took leadership roles in designing costumes, set, props, and makeup. The set was simplistic, yet stayed true to the time period; and the lighting and technical details added positively to the experience.
Sturgis Theatre Directors Anna Botsford and Diana Young were recently interviewed about their latest production by Sara Mannal for Barnstable This Morning. Check out the interview here:
Congratulations to Thea Goldman who won this year’s logo contest for the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) High School Festival! Each year students from around Massachusetts are invited to submit an original design which is judged on design quality, originality, and visual impact. The winning design is featured on the official Drama Festival T-shirt and the artists are awarded a cash prize. Thea is also a cast member and set designer of this year’s one-act, ‘We Might Be Heroes’, which Sturgis will be bringing to the festival in March.
Students Set Sail on the High C’s at Southeast District Music Festival
Can you tickle the ivories, improvise on the alto sax, or carry a tune in perfect pitch? Well, many students at Sturgis surely can! This past November, many students from both Sturgis campuses auditioned for the Southeast District Music Festival. This is a wonderful experience for all musical high students from all across southeastern Massachusetts, and the festival itself is magnificent! I spoke with our school’s music director, Natalie Sheeler, about what the festival.District level musical auditions are held throughout the country each year in the fall. They are opportunities for high school students to experience what it is like to compete in the real world of musical performance as a career. In addition, students are able to meet like-minded students throughout their local area. Musicians are asked to display a variety of skills that may include playing scales, performing a prepared piece, reading a musical piece at sight without preparation, and in some cases improvising. Performing groups range from chorus, orchestra, and band to percussion ensemble and jazz ensembles. If students are accepted into the regional ensembles, they may also be recommended to move on to state or national level competition. Sturgis has participated in the Southeast District Music Festival event for many years. Last year we were even lucky enough to send someone to All-national chorus in Nashville, Tennessee. This year we have two participants, David Girardin and Ian Morris. The two will perform on January 7th at 1pm at Sharon High School. In addition, senior Ian Morris has been recommended to try out in January for the All-State chorus.
Students interested in getting involved next year should visit the website and get in touch with Mrs. Sheeler to get more information. Details about the festival change yearly so it’s important to keep up to date! It is really fun to participate and meet other great musicians from different school. So if you dream of sharing your musical talent and meeting other accomplished students, next year go audition for the Southeast District Music Festivals!
Congratulations to all of the performers in the Sturgis Winter Concerts for East and West campuses. Sturgis families were treated to spirited concerts including wide-ranging selections such as Bittersweet Symphony, Lovers Waltz It was great to see the quality of performances, school spirit and support students show for one another shine throughout. You all should be so proud of what you accomplished. For videos and photos of the concerts, check out: Sounds of the Season: Sturgis Winter Concerts 2016.