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Students take to the stage this month

Cast members of The Hollow, performed by students of Battle Ground Academy, prepare to begin performances Oct. 10-12. The Agathe Christie play features a plot of twists and turns, involving an eclectic mix of people who have been invited to spend the weekend at The Hollow, the country estate of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell just outside London. 

Several schools are kicking off visual and musical performances this month as the curtain opens for the fall season of student-led drama and music.

Performers and cast members, as well as the stage and lighting crews from several fine art departments throughout Williamson County, have been working long hours under the direction of teachers to orchestrate a variety of programs. 

All performances are open to the public, but some shows may include a fee.

In Franklin, both Battleground Academy and Franklin High School will debut two very different stage shows this month.

Tonight, Oct. 3, Franklin High School’s choral teacher Cindy Fehrman and drama teacher Mark Saltalamchia, both of the Fine Arts Department, will showcase a student-cast performance of  "Godspell.” 

Originally directed in New York City by John-Michael Tebilak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, this production will begin at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Weekend performances will be Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.

“Godspell” features the Gospel according to St. Matthew and is presented in a series of skits and songs with Jesus and his disciples presented as urban residents. 

The cast of extremely talented students, according to Saltalamchia includes Andrew Chapman, Jonathon Wilson, Blake Marshall, Luke Dyra, Chloe Lamar, Alyssa Meyer, Rachel Humphrey, Karla Brown, Ashley Mayorquin and Hanna Watts.

 Next weekend, beginning Thursday, Oct. 10, students of Battle Ground Academy will present Agathe Christie’s mystery The Hollow at the Glen Echo Upper School Campus at 7 p.m. 

This season marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of BGA.

Theatre patrons have two additional opportunities to see Christie’s 1951 work, described by organizers as “an amusing and thrilling whodunit featuring brilliantly eccentric characters.”

Additional performances will be Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Harlin Student Center.

Tickets are available to the public for $8 at the door. 

“Last spring, when discussing what type of show we wanted to do in the fall, the students expressed a strong interest in doing a drama…specifically a murder mystery” said Jenny Noël, BGA Upper School drama director. “Since many of them are introduced to Agatha Christie in their English classes, I thought they would enjoy bringing one of her classic mysteries to life on the stage.” 

The cast of the play includes Madison Bailey, Parker Greenwood, Isabella Estrella, Grace Johnson, Bo Kennedy, Jack Blackstone, McAlister Alday, Olivia Russell, Meg Dunavant, Vignesh Balasunduram, Jonathan Reiss and Adysen Reader. Members of the technical crew include Martin Anderson, Caitlin Musgrove, Will Lamb, Rachel Arvizu, Stokes Dunavant, Michaela Murphy, Bella Witt, Emily Hopkins, Madeline MacArthur, Joe Weiss, Clay Walker, Ed Revere and Nick Nein. 

“The process of working on this play has been a fantastic experience from start to finish,” added Noël. “I am extremely proud of this group of veteran BGA actors and crew (many of them seniors) who have worked so diligently on this challenging script and committed fully to the style of the play. I hope everyone will come out and support this talented group of students.

In Brentwood, on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. the Ravenwood High School Choral Department presents a fall concert entitled Dark of Day and Light of Night.Music has the power to bring us into the moment and to reflect on the things that matter to us. 

Choral music, of course, has the added power of words. The talent level of this choral department has been noted by several members attaining either All-State or Mid-State status in competitions earlier this fall. 

This concert, featuring 120 RHS students, presents music based on poetry and prose and is centered on the theme of Day/Light and Night/Dark. 

The concert is free of charge.

A favorite of all ages, The Little Mermaid,Jr., will come to the stage of Christ Presbyterian Academy as the Middle School Musical draws a crowd to the school’s Old Hickory Blvd. campus in Brentwood.

Organizers insist that theatre enthusiasts should refrain from being “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and try to get their “Human Stuff” together and discover “Part of Your World” with an excursion with these CPA students “Under the Sea.”

Show times are Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. with tickets priced at $10 for adults and $5 for students.

This performance is part of the school’s Fine Arts Season.

And, congratulations are in order for 29 Summit High School choir students who attended an audition at Stewart’s Creek High School last weekend.

On Sept. 27-28, this group competed individually against 1500 other students from across the Mid-State.

The results are in, and 23 of these students were selected to take place in a mass-honor choir event, which will take place on Nov. 7.  

Student choir members will perform in Nashville at the historic Christ Church Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese. 

They will be joined by the best students from the area and a guest clinician. 

 Moreover, seven Summit students were among those to receive the honor of being selected to take part in the All-State choir, with an additional seven chosen as alternates.


Posted on: 10/3/2013


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