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Arts Festival & International Fair [photo gallery]
Members of the Rye Country Day community, including Willy the Wildcat of course, gathered for a day of arts and international celebration. The gym was bustling with performances, the Bowls for Haiti silent auction, interactive arts activities, and delicious foods from around the world.
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Congratulations to the cast and crew of All Shook Up
Students, parents, faculty, and alumni packed the theater for three performances of All Shook Up. From the singing and dancing to the sets and the lighting, All Shook Up knocked it out of the park. Congratulations to all involved on an outstanding production.
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Students Recognized for Achievement in Art and Writing

Forty- three RCDS students have been recognized by the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which were established in 1923 by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to recognize “the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth.” A jury of leaders in the visual and literary arts blindly judges student submissions on the basis of the Awards' core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision. Student talent and skill are acknowledged by a Gold Key Award (top honor), Silver Key Award, or Honorable Mention. Visit artandwriting.org/about-us/ for more information on the awards.

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Festival Chorus 2017
180 members of the RCDS community joined together to perform in the 22nd annual Festival Chorus. Thank you to all who participated, to Mary Marcell for directing, and to everyone who came to support it.
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Faculty/Staff Art Show
In addition to their expertise in the classroom, many members of the RCDS faculty have great artistic talents. Recently, the RCDS faculty/staff art show in the PAC featured their work.
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Six Film Students to Represent RCDS in All American Festival
This year's All American High School Film Festival had a record amount of submissions, and of the 35 percent of films admitted, six were produced entirely by RCDS students. The films listed below will be screened at the AMC theater in Times Square on October 8 and 9.
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Upper School Production Nominated for four Metropolitan High School Theater Awards
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Legally Blonde, who received four Metropolitan High School Theater Award nominations (the high school version of the TONY Awards)! Forty-eight productions and over 2,500 students from high schools in Westchester, Putnam, Bergen, and Rockland counties were viewed by theater professionals this past winter and spring. The entire RCDS cast and crew received the Best Production Number nomination for "Whipped into Shape." Individual nominations included: Best Dance Performance: Remie Houston; Best Comedic Performance: Bennie Weber; and Best Acting Performance: Keith Pagnani. The awards ceremony will be held at Stepinac High School in White Plains on Monday, June 6.
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Cantando en Cuba: Making Connections through Music
Sixty-eight upper schoolers and 9 faculty chaperones enjoyed the trip of a lifetime over spring break when they flew to Cuba for a week-long tour of the island, highlighted by singing and sightseeing. The Cuban government supports a number of full-time, professional music ensembles to perform throughout the country and serve as cultural ambassadors. The students' trip was arranged by Cuba's Ministry of Culture, which connected the RCDS Concert Choir with two of these professional Cuban choirs: Vocal Luna and Voces de Ebano.
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Student Directed and Produced Spring One Acts
The Upper School One-Acts were presented last Thursday evening in the PAC. For the first time ever, this year's One-Acts were entirely student directed and produced. David Townley, Nicole Reindel, Cooper Yeager, Keith Pagnani, Hannah Coleman, and Jane Burdick took a year-long course in directing, and the performance was a culmination of their hard work and their creative vision.
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Alexia Hartogensis's Film Is a Finalist in the Greenwich Youth Film Festival
Congratulations to freshman Alexia Hartogensis '19 whose documentary short, Pre-K, is a finalist in the Greenwich Youth Film Festival. Alexia started working on this documentary, which compares the Pre-K program at RCDS with one in China, when she was in seventh grade. Alexia's documentary, and other student-produced films, will be shown next Friday, April 29, at the RCDS Film Festival at 6 p.m. in the PAC.
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Middle School Wows with Shrek
Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors of this year's Middle School Musical, Shrek, on three outstanding performances. The audiences were entertained and uplifted by the production.
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WildScats Take First Place in Two A Cappella Contests
Last weekend, the WildScats competed in events: Acappellooza at Horace Mann against schools from Manhattan and the surrounding area, and the Gilda's Club A Cappella Extravaganza for Westchester schools. The WildScats took first place at both events! Congratulations to them!
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Partners in Art
Upper School photography students continue their partnership with Furniture Sharehouse, a local organization that provides free furniture to Westchester County individuals and families in need.
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Recognizing Excellence: Martina Cappellano '18
Congratulations to Martina Cappellano, who earned a Silver Medal on the national level in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2016. This year, nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the competition, but only the top 1 percent were recognized at the national level. Martina was recognized for her digital photograph Melting Away, a commentary on glaciers and global warming.
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Welcome home to the students and faculty who traveled to Cuba!
Welcome home to the students and faculty who traveled to Cuba, and thank you very much to Mary Marcell for leading the trip! It sounds as though they had a truly amazing trip, and that they saw and learned so much. We'll post some of their reflections next week. Hope everyone is having a happy, restful, and safe break.
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Arts Festival & International Fair [Photo Gallery]
Members of the Rye Country Day community gathered for a day of arts and international celebration. The gym was bustling with performances, the Bowls for Haiti silent auction, interactive arts activities, and delicious foods from around the world.
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Students Recognized for Achievement in Art and Writing
Thirty-Six RCDS students have been recognized by the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which were established in 1923 by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to recognize "the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth."
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Colonial Day in the Lower School
The third graders enjoyed an afternoon of hands-on experience, practicing many activities that were needed skills during Colonial days, such as making butter, writing with a quill pen, basket weaving, candle making, and needle point.
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Wildscats Performance
Enjoy these two songs from Rye Country Day's Upper School a cappella group, The Wildscats, from a recent on-campus concert.
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Actors hard at work
The cast of Legally Blonde was visited by original Broadway cast member Kate Rockwell, who attended rehearsal and worked with the RCDS actors on their songs, choreography, and character development.
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ALL SCHOOL ART HAPPENING: The Notecard Installation
Students in grades K-12 have been asked to tear, bend, fold, weave, and/or cut two 4x6 white notecards into an interesting paper sculpture. As they complete their creation, the students will use one or two thumb tacks to join their work to the larger paper sculpture along the carpeted lobby walls.
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RCDS in the Arts
William Shabecoff '19 played Beethoven's Sonata No. 1 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on December 13. In addition, William premiered one of his own compositions, Impromptu, at The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division Student Composers Recital on November 21.
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What's it like to be on Broadway?
Seventh and eighth graders enrolled in the Integrated Elective in Choral Music and Theater Arts had the chance to work with Clay Thomson, an original member of the Broadway Company of Matilda.
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Alumni and Art Faculty Exhibition
The PAC Lobby has come alive with art from RCDS alumni and art faculty. Please come enjoy the work and meet the artists at one of the planned receptions.
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Arts News & Galleries

Members of the Rye Country Day community, including Willy the Wildcat of course, gathered for a day of arts and international celebration. The gym was bustling with performances, the Bowls for Haiti silent auction, interactive arts activities, and delicious foods from around the world.
Read more
Students, parents, faculty, and alumni packed the theater for three performances of All Shook Up. From the singing and dancing to the sets and the lighting, All Shook Up knocked it out of the park. Congratulations to all involved on an outstanding production.
Read more

Forty- three RCDS students have been recognized by the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which were established in 1923 by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to recognize “the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth.” A jury of leaders in the visual and literary arts blindly judges student submissions on the basis of the Awards' core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision. Student talent and skill are acknowledged by a Gold Key Award (top honor), Silver Key Award, or Honorable Mention. Visit artandwriting.org/about-us/ for more information on the awards.

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180 members of the RCDS community joined together to perform in the 22nd annual Festival Chorus. Thank you to all who participated, to Mary Marcell for directing, and to everyone who came to support it.
Read more
In addition to their expertise in the classroom, many members of the RCDS faculty have great artistic talents. Recently, the RCDS faculty/staff art show in the PAC featured their work.
Read more
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