Woodgrove Arts Begin the Year With Striking Success


Photo provided by Casey Petrosino

Members of Treble Choir caroling over the weekend of December 3rd.

Written by Rebecca Faletti and Bridget Vasta


The Woodgrove drama department has begun the year with astounding success. The Purcellville Town Council voted to honor them with the 2017 National Youth Arts Award, and with two shows under their belt and more on the way, the preparations are well underway for a successful year for the performing arts.
This year began with Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children on October 26, 27, and 28, an originally German-language play speaking out against the Thirty Years’ War. Soon after, they put on one performance of Stroke Static by Lindsay Pierce, a contemporary one-act play examining dementia from the view of a patient to much laudation.
On January 26 and 27, the musical theatre classes will be performing A Chorus Line, a character-focused play telling the stories of 17 people all auditioning for a Broadway role.
They continue to have few qualms about performances which will challenge the limits of their acting chops, exemplified in the upcoming performanc of Brian Friel’s Irish play Dancing at Lughnasa.
“[Dancing at Lughnasa] is a show about a poor Irish family, so it’s like five sisters and they’re all trying to support each each other finanically and emotionally,” said senior Miranda Huffer, who will be playing Maggie Mundy in the show.
The show premieres in the Black Box on February 1, 2, and 3, featuring Grace Harkins, Miranda Huffer, Carolina Kirkpatrick, Rachel Wilkinson, Luaren Bogle, Ricky Byrd, Joey Harkins, and Lukas D’Errico.


The Marching Wolverines have continued their success this first semester and came in 7th out of 21 at the US Bands National Championship. The best 3A bands on the East Coast competed in their division, but the Marching Wolverines were right at home among such lofty company.
This year’s fall concerts have set a remarkable tone for the winter and spring shows, and from the choir to the Jazz Band students have been getting back into the swing of things and preparing for a great year. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will have a concert December 12, and the choir plans on another performance December 14.


Only 248 students from the entire county made it into District Chorus this year. 38 of them are Woodgrove students. This is an unprecedented number of students from one school. Nine out of the 38 delegates from Woodgrove for District Chorus were ranked with top scores in their division:
Colleen Clark ranked 4th for Soprano 1
Ellie Cirillo ranked 2nd for Soprano 2
Riannon Miller ranked 3rd for Soprano 2
Caroline Roden ranked 2nd for Alto 2
Leo Carranza ranked 2nd for Tenor 1
Logan Voegele ranked 2nd for Tenor 2
Kyle Caylor ranked 3rd for Tenor 2
John Burroughs ranked 1st for Bass 2
Calvin Lie ranked 2nd for Bass 2
The final concert for District Chorus will take place at Woodgrove on Saturday, February 10 at 1 pm.