The HLS Christmas Cantatas continue to be a favorite event within the HLS community, year after year! Under the direction of Dr. Louie Bailey, Mrs. Rhonda Hibdon, and Mrs. Jennifer Gilcreast, the HLS student choirs tell the Christmas story with Scriptures and song.
The Highlands Latin Drama Troupe presented Meredith Willson’s The Music Man in front of sold out crowds on April 13 and 14. Fifty-eight students were involved in this year’s musical production, which was dedicated to the school’s founder, Mrs. Cheryl Lowe. Teresa Boling directed the show and Dr. Louie Bailey returned as the musical director and conductor of a nine-piece orchestra for the performances. Mrs. Janice Murdoch choreographed the many dance numbers, including the largest ever performed on a Highlands Latin stage. The show also featured a unique projector screen background which displayed artwork created by Highlands Latin students.
The Music Man starts with trouble hitting River City when fast-talking con man “Professor” Harold Hill tells the town he wants to form a boys’ band, promising it will keep the youngsters out of trouble and morally straight. He convinces the parents to buy instruments and uniforms for their kids, but Marian Paroo, the piano teacher, discovers that Harold might not be all that he claims.
Senior Aiden Arnold played the lead role of Harold Hill. The Music Man was Aiden’s third show and third leading role with the Highlands Latin Drama Troupe. One staff member said of Aiden, “He IS Harold Hill!” Katelyn Miller, a senior who has had a role in every HLS performance, played the role of Marian. According to Mrs. Boling, Katelyn “was exactly what Marian needed to be; confident, winsome, smart, risky, and extremely talented.” Aiden and Katelyn were not only exceptional leads onstage, they led the cast offstage as well by buying gifts for the younger students and taking the time to meet with them prior to opening night to pray and calm their nerves.
Senior Maggie Roy received lots of laughs for her lively performance of Mrs. Paroo, Marian’s mother. Maggie worked extensively with her Irish voice teacher to perfect the accent that brought so much energy to her humorous role. Another senior in the show, Helen Mariah Murdoch, delivered a brilliant performance in the role of the mayor’s wife, Eulalie Shinn. Helen Mariah showed her dedication to the show as well as her servant-hearted spirit by staying late with her brother Judah after every rehearsal to clean up and make sure everything was put away. Joseph Collum, a senior who will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall to study theater and English, displayed his exceptional talent in the role of Marcellus Washburn, a former con man and friend to Harold Hill. Joseph was a founding member of the Drama Troupe and previously had major roles in the Highlands Latin performances of Little Women, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Curious Savage, as well as several outside productions.
The talented students of the Highlands Latin Drama Troupe put their heart and soul into this production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, an American treasure that beautifully blends story, comedy, music, dance, and romance.
The full performance is below for your viewing pleasure!
Every year the HLS grammar school students look forward to performing their spring plays: “The Banquet of the Gods” by 3rd grade, “Famous Men of Rome” by 4th grade, and “Robin Hood and His Merry Men” by 5th grade.
A job well done to all of our students, teachers, and parent volunteers who worked very hard to make these performances a success.
Every year, family and friends look forward to the HLS Christmas Cantatas. Under the direction of Dr. Louie Bailey, Mrs. Rhonda Hibdon, and Mrs. Jennifer Gilcreast, the HLS student choirs tell the Christmas story with scriptures and song.
Highlands Latin Upper School Cantata
Highlands Latin Grammar School Cantata
Highlands Latin Primary School Cantata – Crescent Hill
Highlands Latin Primary School Cantata – Spring Meadows
Images of the Upper School Cantata can be found here.
In just ten short weeks the HLS Drama Troupe put together two nights of impressive performances presenting The Curious Savage by John Patrick.
A comedic play centered around a woman named Ethel P. Savage (most commonly referred to as Mrs. Savage), it is set in the 1950s America in the Cloisters, a bustling mental institute filled with many strange, whimsical, and friendly faces. A warm place more than anything, it is home to the likes of the eccentric Fairy May, the battle-scarred Jeff, the delusional Florence, the mathematical Hannibal, and the absent-minded Mrs. Paddy. Enter Mrs. Savage, an elderly woman with blue hair and the personality of a teenager. After the sudden death of her husband, she acquires his life savings of approximately ten million dollars. As Mrs. Savage begins donating this mass amount of money to charity, her three stepchildren (who desperately want the money) respond by checking her into The Cloisters – and leaving her there.
The full performance is below for your viewing pleasure!
In their second performance of the year, the HLS Drama Troupe took to the stage presenting Sherlock.
Sherlock includes mystery, romance, action, danger, and comedy. The colorful, entertaining characters take you on a journey down the streets of London in the late 1800s to discover how letters written by a dead woman may cause a world war. The evil Moriarty wants those letters—but so does Holmes. The game’s afoot! Sherlock wants London to be a safe place, but that means he has to risk his own life to rid the streets of the evil work of Moriarty. The HLS Drama Troupe’s performance of this adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective story delighted all ages. The Troupe added their own special touch with a performance during the show by a live band made up of cast members who call themselves “The Sound of the Baskervilles.”
Another school year has come to an end, we congratulate the senior class of 2017. Our hope is that your time at Highlands Latin School has prepared you to leave this place and change the world.
Below are the highlights.
9 min 45 sec: Tanner Petrie’s riveting commencement speech
24 min: Mr. Wheatley’s individual address to the seniors
For your viewing pleasure, below you will find the 2017 Grammar School plays.
Greek Myths: The Banquet of the Gods
Famous Men of Rome – Crescent Hill
Famous Men of Rome – Spring Meadows
Robin Hood – Crescent Hill
Robin Hood – Spring Meadows
As many observe this very solemn day in history, the HLS Upper School choir performed “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” Led by Dr. Louie Bailey, the choir read biblical passages and meditations along with performing beautifully sung arrangements. To close the service, a bell chimed 33 times to signify the age of Jesus when he died.
The full service can be viewed below.