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Master Teacher Kris Kukul Engages Performing Arts Students

By Guinevere Hilton
Acting Teacher

On October 13 and 14 Brewster’s drama students and members of the community were treated to a master class and guest teaching by Kris Kukul. Kris is a New York City-based music director/composer/arranger/orchestrator and conductor. Kris graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (a classmate) where he currently teaches. He also has served as the music director of the Williamstown Theater for 10 seasons and has worked internationally in a variety of theaters, with HBO Films, and his work has debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. Continue reading “Master Teacher Kris Kukul Engages Performing Arts Students”

This Week in the Arts!

We are SO excited to be back and creating in the Arts at Brewster! Students have been busy in performing arts, music and dance and have already begun creating in studio and media arts.

We were thrilled to host Kingswood High School Drama in our Third Annual 48-Hour Play Collaboration. This was the first performance in the newly renovated Anderson Hall. It was so much fun, a great bonding experience for all the students, and resulted in a pretty hilarious performance. Kudos to all the performers and thank you so much to all who supported them!

In the Advanced Media Group, Nick Morgan ’17 produced his first project of the year. See some great clips he captured of Brewster sailing out on Lake Winnipesaukee!








We look forward to a great year ahead!


This has been a GREAT year for the Arts.  Each department has thrived, students have won awards, taken risks and had a ton of fun in productions, concerts, classes and in the studio. We are so proud of our students and grateful to spend our year being creative with them!!

To wrap things up: students in the 3D class worked on a joint 3D project over the spring. Over the course of the spring trimester 3D animation students created a final movie using Lightwave. Each student was responsible for contributing a 3D model, then animating a scene of the movie.

The students who worked on this project are: Anthony Borelli (10),  Gunner Found (10), Haoran Li,  (10), John Sengstaken (12), Tyler Sorkin (12),  Elizabeth Wadlinger (10), , Christopher Walker (12),  Alexander Weiss (10), and Masey Zegarowski (10). Great job to all the students and to Mr. Burgess!

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In Studio Arts,  students have been working hard to complete their ocean inspired wire sculptures before the end of the trimester.

And in Advanced Art, students have also been working hard to complete their art projects. We celebrated the end of the year with donuts and a mini art critique.

In ceramics, things heated up as we fired all the final projects! It’s been a great year over in the Art Cottage!

And Performing Arts is so psyched to start next year in the new Performing Arts Center.  We have loved the Rogers theater and all of its quirks, but it will fantastic to perform in a state of the art space. Yay!!

We have had a great year, and are looking forward to a restful summer to get ready for the 2014-15 school year. We wish you all the same!!!!

The Arts blog is (finally) back!! We have been so jam packed with performing and fine arts events around here that this has taken a back seat to rehearsals etc.

So, here’s what going on in the Rogers and the Art Cottage!

HOWL killed it last week at the re-visit day all school. They performed ELO’s “Living Thing” and Maroon 5’s “Misery”. Joining them was Jenna Golden and the “Jack Sengstaken Experience” with Jack and Neil Craig on guitar, Jenna on lead vocals, and Issac Weiss Meyer on drums performing Eric Clapton’s “Layla”.  Jenna also accompanied Bryce Shipman on “Misery” with Bryce on lead vocals. Really an impressive, fun event!

Photos by Maria Found

We also celebrated the students who took home prizes in the Scholastic Art Awards. It was great to have a chance to recognize these amazing artists

Over in the Arts Cottage, ceramics is moving into last week for throwing on the wheel and handbuilding. The last two weeks will be devoted to bisque firing, glazing and final firing of ceramic work.

In Studio Arts students began the spring with working in wire. Our theme for the spring sculpture project is the ocean and creating creatures that would live below or above the surface.

And in Advanced Art the seniors’ hard work has paid off as they have been accepted to many of the top art schools on their list. It is time to make a decision, which seems almost as challenging as preparing the portfolio. We have a variety of things going on, painting, sculpting, throwing on the wheel, mixed media and drawing. Fun until the end!

We are back from OZ! It was a wild, creative, and really fun journey for all involved. The students worked so hard, especially this last week with evening running rehearsals running late into the night. It was a wonderful experience and I am sad it’s over! I am so proud of the way the students pushed themselves to take risks, be bold and really inhabit their characters on stage. It was a group effort as well, with sets by John Ling, audio visuals by BG Hodges and Steve Burgess, and a Yellow Brick Road by Lauren Hammond and afternoon art. We are grateful to them as well as to our amazing family helpers, Mary Jo Shipman and Taylor Roeher and Hillary Getten. We could not do this without their support!

See tornado video by Digital Arts’ teachers BG Hodges and Steve Burgess here.

See great pictures from the performance on Flickr


On the visual arts front, students have been working diligently to complete their enlarged grid paintings the winter trimester ends. In Ceramics, students continue to work on the wheel and handbuild in clay. Students are working hard to complete their assignments for bowls, plates, mugs and more. And in advanced art, students are working on independent projects related to painting, mixed media, tangling, and clay. Many are waiting to hear back from the art schools they have applied to. It is a busy and exciting time, but we are having fun making great art.

The music department is hard at work preparing for an April 4 all school for students re-visiting BA. It will be filled with a variety of BA talent, spotlighting students’ work in the Performing Arts.

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