Creative Ventures

Visual and Performing Arts Department – Arts Festival 2019

On April 27, the Sturgis East and West Visual and Performing Arts Departments came together to share artwork and performance at the Annual Arts Festival at the Cotuit Center for the Arts!  This is the second year that East and West have produced a joint festival, and we continue to enjoy the festive community feelings shared throughout the day. Many thanks to all who attended and participated, and a special thanks to SPA for the delicious luncheon!

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Congratulations to our very talented Sturgis East IB Art seniors who swept the regional competition sponsored by Scholastics Art & Writing Award, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and the Boston Globe Foundation.

Our students won awards in each category, including 3 Gold key winners. This is the largest number of Gold key winners in Sturgis History. With over 12,000 submissions from schools throughout the Northeast Region, this is a wonderful accomplishment!

Gold Key works advanced to be judged nationally. National Medalist are recognized at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Wish our Gold Key winners luck!

Gold: Noah Davison, Lauren Holmes, and Isabella Hassler

The Music Department Spring Events (Rosemarie Gentile, Natalie Sheeler, Bart Weisman, & Dan Flonta)

On Thursday, March 14th, the IB Music Seniors from Sturgis East & West shared highlights from the solo performing component of their IB music assessments at the Guyer Barn. Students felt that it was a special way to wrap up their coursework from class and were pleased to share their efforts with the Sturgis community.

On Wednesday, April 10 the Music Department presented the very first Spring Concert at the new Sturgis Community Building,  529 Main Street! Participating ensembles included:

Sturgis West – 9th Grade Choir, A Cappella Choir, Sturgis Community Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo

Sturgis East – Sturgis Strings, Sturgis Singers, Sturgis Notables, Half Step Down a cappela, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo.  

IB Art Seniors – East & West Campus

Congrats! To the IB art seniors who completed their course work and held the annual Senior Art Exhibition at Guyer Barn. It was a wonderful turnout full of innovative artwork, live music, supportive people and a very happy bunch IB art students who produced some of the best work I’ve seen.

Senior IB Art students from Sturgis West participated in their curatorial on 3/11/19-3/12/19 at 529 Main. Everyone enjoyed the new building and there was a great turn out for the show!

Theatre – East and West – STAGE Left & Right

This February, Sturgis Theatre Arts Guild of Entertainers (STAGE) produced their annual Winter One-Act Plays, which were performed in our new space at 529 Main Street!  In preparation for these performances, STAGE held a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on February 1st, which was very well attended and helped defray the costs of lighting equipment and curtains.  These items, along with a stage that was generously donated and built by Sue and Bob Beardsley, grandparents of Keshet Baumflek (East STAGE student, ’20), all came together to turn the warehouse into a wonderful performance space!  Sturgis West performed A Simple Task by Alan Haehnel, a quirky comedy about new hire Empie who keeps trying to do a good job on her first day at work, and Sturgis East put on Say Yes!, a student-written production about Marty, who tries to rid himself of negativity by saying “yes” to every opportunity he is offered  These plays will be performed again at the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Preliminary.

Update: The STAGE Left cast and crew performed well at the Massachusetts Education Theatre Guild (METG) preliminary festival competition on March 2, with their production of A Simple Task by Alan Haehnel.  They advanced to the Semi-final Rounds; congratulations to all involved!

Music East & West All-Cape & Southeast District Music Festivals

January marked the return of festival season for the music departments! This year ten students auditioned from the East and West campuses for the All-Cape and Southeast District music festivals and all students who auditioned were accepted to participate. It is particularly notable that this year we had students participate in all of the instrument ensembles – the mixed chorus, the treble chorus, the symphonic band, and the orchestra. Special congratulations to Andrew Juan who got an All-State recommendation and nearly made the ensemble this year – it is particularly competitive for instruments in the orchestra.


All-Cape Chorus Participants: (East) Corinne Cole, Kelly Gototweski, Chris Luz Roque, Hannah Allen, Elisabeth Kane, (West) Olivia Alberta, Isabel Alberta  All-Cape Band Participants: (West) Paige WaynerSoutheast District Orchestra Participants: (East) Andrew Juan, (West) Kaden Rogers

East & West Winter Music Concerts

In December the music department put on their annual Winter Concerts at the Federated Church of Hyannis. The concerts highlighted the musical progress of over 100 students from both the East and West campuses and included 15 school music ensembles; Jazz Big Band and Combo (East & West), Sturgis Strings, Saxophone ensemble, a cappella groups, the Sturgis Singers, 9 & 10 Chorus groups, junior & senior IB classes, the Sturgis Jammers group, and a brand new Teacher Chorus!

STAGE Left & Right – Twelfth Night

In November Sturgis Theatre Arts Guild of Entertainers presented their performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night!  Over 60 students from both East and West participated in the comedy, which took on a 1980s twist with music hits, fashion, and colors from the era.  The production was performed at Cape Cod Community College and was well attended by the Sturgis community!

IB Theatre, East and West

In October members of the IB Theatre classes at both campuses attended the International Schools Theatre Association Theatre Arts Programme Symposium – a 3 day conference where students are led by Theatre professionals in workshops that enhance their interaction with the Theatre curriculum and prepare them for IB Assessments.  In addition to workshops and masterclasses, students attended 3 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows – this year students met Daniel Radcliffe (as most will know as Harry Potter) after his performance in The Lifespan of a Fact, and they saw the famed musical Come From Away, as well as a physical theatre production by the collaborative company PUSH.


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