Santa Catalina School celebrated a year in the visual and performing arts at Evening of the Arts on May 20. The annual end-of-year showcase highlights the talents of music, theatre, dance, and visual arts students.
The first half of the program featured the chamber ensemble and choir. Violinist Elena Oh ’23 was the featured soloist for the ensemble, performing three movements from a Mozart concerto and mesmerizing the audience for a full 20 minutes. The choir and ensemble performed together for “Ose Shalom,” a song adapted from a Hebrew prayer with a message of peace. Keeping with a universal theme, the choir further sang a Korean folk song and a rhythmic song whose title in Swahili translates as “we are one.”
Next came a slideshow featuring the work of students in each visual arts class, as well as behind-the-scenes photos of the creative process. Pianist Eva Choi ’22 provided live jazz improvisation as the background music.
Dance and theatre made up the second half of the program, with performances from the jazz, ballet, hip hop, and lyrical dance classes. The cast of the fall musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, reunited for a medley, and Alix Detrait ’22 reprised her role as Morticia to perform a song from the spring musical, The Addams Family, which also featured the ancestor dancers.
The evening also included a reflection by Marissa Schimpf ’22, who spoke about trying theatre for the first time at Catalina and discovering her passion for the stage.
The night ended with the Charlotte Perry Awards honoring outstanding theatre performers from the 2021-22 school year. The winners were chosen by their peers in categories for actors portraying male and female characters in lead and supporting roles.
Finally, the three productions were announced for the 2022-23 school year: The Little Mermaid (fall musical), Murder on the Orient Express (winter play), and Xanadu (spring musical).