On Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, the Concord Academy community enjoyed the fall 2019 mainstage production: one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, A Midsummer Nights’s Dream, directed by CA theater teacher Megan Schy Gleeson. In a series of madcap mixups, lovers flee Athens and societal bounds, only to find themselves caught up in magic and mischief. Confused identities, a quarreling fairy queen and king, along with a motley group of amateur thespians rehearsing a play, all find their way in and through the forest. CA’s Green Club led a pre-show discussion about climate change before each evening’s performance. View photos from the show below.
As the 2022 Centennial Hall Fellow, Rashaun Mitchell ’96, a dancer, choreographer, educator, and mentor, shared his artistry and life story at Concord Academy this spring. “I’m not
working with narrative; I’m not working with music,” he said at a dance demonstration at CA. “We’re really trying to understand what is happening in the body when we’re dancing and how we can expose the mechanics of the creation.”
On April 29 and 30, the Concord Academy Performing Arts Department staged The Cradle Will Rock. Originating during the Great Depression as part of the Federal Theatre Project, the play in music takes satirical aim at exploitative labor and everyone who enables corruption. “What I wanted to hit home with the students, and with this production,” said guest director Sarah Shin, “is that change starts with empathy.”
“The arts are the healing balm of the world,” said Andrea Renee Long-Naidu in an artist talk at Concord Academy on April 27. CA dance program co-directors Rika Okamoto and Alex Brady moderated this all-school assembly, and the Q&A session gave students a chance to ask several questions about Long-Naidu‘s art form, her career as a professional dancer, and diversity in the dance world.