ArtsALIVE! teamed up with the Reflections club led by Dr. Hefferon to publish the 2013-2014 edition of Reflections, the JJHS Literary and Visual Arts Magazine, beautifully printed in full color with amazing fiction, poetry and artwork from over 25 students. Still available – get your copy!
When I began my involvement with John Jay High School’s Student Film Fest, I did not foresee the experience that I would soon take part in as a student board member of ArtsAlive!. I look back on my time with this dedicated, passionate team of devotees to the arts fondly, and am reminded of how …View full post
It has been a privilege to work with ArtsAlive! and to observe the profound effect it has had on the arts scene at John Jay. During my senior year, I was given the opportunity to approach ArtsAlive! with a new project—the funding and publishing of Reflections, our high school’s literary magazine. I was humbled by …View full post
“I am so lucky to have attended John Jay and been a part of their arts program. My passion for the arts was nurtured, and today, I find myself to be at an incredible advantage in all aspects of my life thanks to the breadth and richness of all of my experiences there. A lifetime …View full post
I am grateful for the creative learning experiences and challenging opportunities I had in the Performing Arts Program at John Jay. I received an outstanding foundation in music and theatre through my performance opportunities with Concert Choir, Chorale, Vocal Jazz, Treble Makers, theatre productions, and acting classes. In addition to working on stage, the rigorous …View full post
ArtsAlive! has impacted me in a profound way. Through its consistent, dedicated support for the arts and its drive to build a foundation of appreciation and respect for the arts, I have been able to make my passions for film, music and theatre significant parts of my life both in and out of school. I …View full post
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On February 12th of this year, 54 students from Dr. Hefferon’s Humanities classes and Mr Friedmans’ Acting classes went to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night on Broadway. Arts Alive made an incredibly generous donation to defray the cost of this event for our students. It was an absolutely amazing production which was enjoyed by all – as you can see from just a sampling of student responses to Arts Alive’s generosity:
Thank you so much for your generous donation to our field trip. I’ve never had the opportunity to see a live Shakespeare performance before, and this was such a great experience for me. I’ve read other Shakespeare plays – Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet – but I’ve never read Twelfth Night before, but after seeing the show, I absolutely loved it. Seeing the play acted out, I was able to follow the plot much more easily than I usually do when reading a Shakespeare play with translations every other page! It was hilarious, it was clever, and it gave me a new appreciation for Shakespeare’s work. So, again, thank you!
Thanks so much for discounting those Shakespeare tickets for us. Honestly, beforehand I had never really enjoyed reading Shakespeare in school, but watching on the stage performed by not only amazing but entertaining actors really just put me in awe. The fact that material written about 500 years ago can still have the same resonance on audiences today is really the ultimate testament to his work. Also, I saw Orlando Bloom there, who is just as dreamy looking in person.
Thank you so much for letting us see the extremely humorous and enjoyable production of Twelfth Night. It was incredible. Unlike other Broadway productions, I admired the commitment of the cast who made the production seem like we were all living during the time of Shakespeare. The presentation of the live theater, including watching the actors get dressed on stage, speaking without mics, and the live small band with a small audience on the stage, as well as the extraordinary and intelligent acting by the cast, created an iconic production that would make anyone understand the inspiring and unique works of Shakespeare.
Thanks to Arts Alive for helping our students experience such an unforgettable production!
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Some photos from the Fourth Annual JJHS Student Film Festival, held this year at John Jay’s own theatre. Producer John Donkin gave a fantastic talk about the ins and outs of producing an animated feature at Blue Sky Studios. Here are some photos of a few of the student filmmakers as well.
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I wanted to thank you all for sponsoring our 2014 trip to Lincoln Center in April. Nearly 60 students in Music History & Theory and Music Technology, traveled to NYC to visit Lincoln Center and all it has to offer. Students participated in a a backstage tour, heard the NY Philharmonic in rehearsal, and attended an evening performance featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, who performed the music of Dave Brubeck. It was a fun-filled day celebrating our love of music!
ArtsAlive! is a true partner in every sense of the word, which is evidenced by your commitment to sponsor these exceptional artistic opportunities for our students year after year. Thank you so much for your continued support; the students and I greatly appreciate it!!!
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The Record Review’s write-up of EC2, with interviews and photos of students including Andres Catrini, Carly Dieck, Carly Post, Evan McReddie, Christina Martino and Kristin Kelleher is viewable online! http://www.record-review.com/record-review/Record-Review_011014-Cabaret.html
(Photo by SCOTT MULLIN from Record Review)
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The show was a huge success! Here is the cast photo, taken by Sam Fischer. Apologies for not having a stage crew and JJTV crew photo – they all did a phenomenal job!
Click here for more great photos at JJTV.
Andre Catrini – Musical Director
Tomm Polos – Master of Ceremonies
Scott Hickey – Technical Director
Cast – in order of appearance:
Kai Davino Collins
John Anthony Loffredo
John Jay TV Crew
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Save the date: Saturday January 4, 2014. The Encore Cabaret 2!
Master of Ceremonies: Tomm Polos
Again featuring singers currently at John Jay High School together with alumni, all together on the stage of the JJHS auditorium.
More details coming soon!
Here’s a picture of last year’s wonderful cast.
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