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April 2, 2015
You will remember that the last week of school before Spring Vacation is “G&S Week” and on opening night of The Pirates of Penzance I was backstage as thirty-one fifth and sixth graders prepared to play Major-General Stanley’s wards in chancery—the “girls” or “ladies” or “maidens” as they are variously called during the run-up to the show. All in long white dresses and flowered white bonnets, they stood or fidgeted, rouged, eye-lined, lipsticked. You remember.
Like many teachers, I imagine that this rite of passage has pedagogical value and that something important is learned when boys play girls, but when I asked the boys what it was like and how they felt, I got very little response. Some talked about feeling “weird” in a skirt or having to lift it when climbing the short stairway to the stage. But lead girl Mabel seemed to speak for the rest when he told me that it was “just another part.” Clearly despite occasional trips to mirrors to see that their lipstick hadn’t smeared, the excitement was not the “girl thing” but the anticipation of going on in front of friends and family, many (the fifth graders) for the first time.
And yet when conductor Michelle Demko silenced the orchestra during the first-act finale and called for the maidens and the pirates to go on alone with ”Hail Poetry,” the operetta’s thrilling four-part paean to Ars Poetica, I could sense the younger boys’ delight as they soared above the older boys, not loud as Mrs. Demko has taught them, but holding their parts and singing beautifully—as girls might.
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|Chicagoland Alumni Reconnect with Mr. Kersey|
The Hubbard Inn, a lively River North establishment and dining destination, was the perfect venue for a gathering of 9 Chicago-area alumni. Mr. Kersey and alumni director Anthony Kapp flew in on Friday afternoon, and were delighted to catch up with nine old boys.
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Alumni Dodgeball Game
Tuesday, May 26, 2015Alumni Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 2, 2015Alumni Dinner at Meadowsweet
Monday, June 8, 2015Back to 78th Street: A Party for the Class of 2012
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Tuesday, June 9, 20159th Grade "Class of 2015" Graduation Dinner
6-9PM, Landis Assembly Hall
Wednesday, June 10, 2015New Alumni Breakfast
9:45-11AM, Dining Room
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