Fine Arts Ends Winter with a Bang

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Rebecca Falletti

Senior James Cromwell as Simon and junior Bebe Baxter as Cynthia, his counterpart in the play, “The Real Inspector Hound,” put on by Woodgrove’s drama department the first two weekends in February.

Written by Rebecca Falleti, Brady Reynolds, and Bridget Vasta

Drama

The Drowsy Chaperone
The musical ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ was performed in the last two weekends of January as a class play. It contained a show within a show, as a full production. This play was produced by the musical theater class, with all rehearsals being in school during class.

Senior Eric DeBerry, who played Adlpho, said “‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ was a fun show, but it was really stressful. We did it through class so rehearsal time was limited, especially for putting up a full musical.”

The Real Inspector Hound

Two senior-directed plays, ‘The Real Inspector Hound’ and ‘Black Comedy,’ headed by Molly Warndorf and Sarah Rector respectively, ran during the first two weeks of February.

The senior-directed plays are a four-year tradition at Woodgrove, and this is the first year the shows are going up in the auditorium and not the Black Box. Last year, on at least one occasion, the student-directed play ‘The 39 Steps,’ was standing room only in the Black Box.

Director Warndorf said, “It has been more stressful, and less stressful this year. We are doing it weird this year and putting both the student directed plays up at once, using the same set. We had issues finding wardrobe for two plays set in different time periods at once.”

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Heather Peterson as Carol in “Black Comedy.”

Black Comedy
‘Black Comedy’ is directed by senior Sarah Rector and is coupled with ‘The Real Inspector Hound,’ directed by Rector’s fellow senior, Molly Warndorf. Rector said, “I prefer acting. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy directing, it’s just so much more stressful. The cast was super, though, and they helped me with a lot.”

The Glass Menagerie
‘The Glass Menagerie’ is a play written by Tennessee  Williams. The drama department put this production up in late February in the Black Box. It starred junior Lauren Bogle, sophomore Lukas D’errico, sophomore Meredith Gleason, and senior Matthew Adams, in the scant four roles of the  play. The play is a memory, with autobiographical elements from Williams. It involves a woman, her children, and a suitor of her daughter’s. The play mirrors events in Tennessee Williams life.

Drama teacher David Noland said, “I really love Tennessee Williams, and how his plays like ‘The Glass Menagerie’ mirror his life. It’s not a happy play, but it is still excellent.”

Music

Blue Ribbon Award
The Woodgrove High School music department is attempting something they never have before: obtaining Blue Ribbon status from the Virginia Music Educators Association, a very prestigious award given out to Virginia high schools.

They are well on their way to getting this award, which is given out to bands that get superior ratings at district festivals and assessments, from a choir, two bands, and orchestra. Currently, the Marching Band has obtained a superior rating at their district assessment and the wind ensemble, the highest ranking band at Woodgrove, needs to do the same for them to receive a Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association certification. This VBODA certification is needed to obtain Blue Ribbon Status from the VMEA.

Winter Drum Line and Color Guard
The Winter Drum Line has also been performing at multiple competitions throughout the winter and will continue to compete into the spring with the  Winter Guard attending similar competitions. The Woodgrove Winter Color Guard placed first in their class at a competition at Powhatan High School with a score of 62.32 points. Woodgrove’s pit orchestra is also student directed for the first time.
Senior Caden Vandervort is conducting the orchestra during the spring showing of Beauty and the Beast.

All-state Choir, Band, and Orchestra
This year six choir students made All-Virginia Choir, including senior Mady Barona, senior Samantha Kershner, senior Julia Stewart, junior John Burroughs, senior Dillon Corral, and junior Ellie Cirillo as an alternate.
Additionally, junior Zoe Skrobialowski made the All-Virginia Band and junior Somerset Peede made the All-Virginia Orchestra.

Senior James Cromwell as Simon and sophomore Bebe Baxter as Cynthia, his counterpart in the play ‘The Real Inspector Hound,’ put on by Woodgrove’s Drama Department the first two weekends in February.

Student Art

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Senior Carolyn Cain will gift this artwork, titled “Moon Balloon,” to her father after it comes off of display in the main foyer of Woodgrove High School.
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Artist Alexis Zimmer-Chu’s work “Detritus” which is currently displayed in the front hallway of Woodgrove High School.

 

 

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Artist Alexis Zimmer-Chu’s work “Growth” which is also currently displayed in the front hallway of Woodgrove High School.