Arts News Round-Up
Posted 02/22/2018 09:14AM

53 Student Works Honored with Scholastics Awards

Congratulations to these Country Day students who earned Gold Key awards for visual art by the Mid Carolina Region of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which received 2,200 entries.

  • Katherine Cassels, Mixed Media
  • Alyssa Farrar, Photography (3 pieces awarded)
  • Thomsen Hoops, Digital Art
  • Valentina Jaramillo, Mixed Media
  • Kate Kosmicki, Photography
  • AC Lackey, Printmaking
  • Henry Merchant, Design
  • Susan Richards, Design

See all the winners for visual arts and writing here


Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month, and in honor of the arts, 12 independent schools from the Charlotee area are participating in the 13th Annual Youth Art Month Exhibit. Representing Charlotte Country Day School are:

    • Junior Kindergarten Art: Leo Manousos (Painted Shapes)
    • Kindergarten Art: Mason Edelen (Secondary Colored Cats)
    • 1st Grade Art: Peter Mennen (Matisse's Fish Bowl)
    • 2nd Grade Art: Lucy Liles (Cityscape)
    • 3rd Grade Art: Graham Scott (Cavepainting)
    • 4th Grade Art: Azariah Gordon( Modern Starry Night)

10th Annual Art Exhibit

Join us Friday night, February 23, from 6–8 pm for a Gallery Reception, sponsored by Friends of the Arts. From the Ground Up: Masterworks from the Carolinas (and Beyond) celebrates traditional and innovative works of art in ceramics, metal, glass, and textiles from the North and South Carolina region. The generosity of Bill and Patty Gorelick made the largest part of the exhibit possible. Country Day honors the Gorelicks for their dedication to collecting art and supporting arts education.


Band and Orchestra Students Honored

Congratulations to our students for their outstanding music achievements:

South Central All-District BandRagan Arrington (10, clarinet) and Kurt Steelman (9, French horn) were both selected to represent Country Day. They rehearsed and performed January 26 and 27 at Stuart W. Cramer High School in Belmont. These Middle School students also made the all-district band: Vance Spears (tenor sax), Kelton Elias (trombone), Lance Toppin (trombone), Kenneth Jackson (French horn), CiCi He (flute).

NC Western Regional Orchestra: Brian Zhan (10, violin), Victoria Quan (10, cello), and Kurt Steelman (9) auditioned and earned spots in the Western Regional Honors and Repertory Orchestras. They will perform with the orchestras at Appalachian State in Boone, February 23-25.

NC All-State Honor Band: Cici He (7, flute) and Kenneth Jackson (8, French horn) will attend the Honor Band Clinic May 4-6 at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Western Jr. Regional Orchestra: Honors Orchestra--Lauren Rydel (8, first violin), Najya Gause (8, viola); Repertory Orchestra--Thomas VanCleuvenbergen (6, second violin). They will participate in the event, April 27-28, 2018, at Atkins High School in Winston-Salem.  


Can Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’90 Do it Again?

Our own Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’90 made us proud a few years ago when she was honored with the Academy Award for Best Song for “Let it Go.” This  year, she and her husband, Robert, are the favorites to do it again for “Remember Me” from Coco. We’ll be rooting for her at the ceremony on March 4 and for a successful March opening of the stage production of Frozen.


Encore Presentation of Eurydice

The award-winning cast and crew of Eurydice will present an encore performance on February 28, at 7 pm, in the Gorelick Family Theater. In addition to winning numerous awards, the play is advancing to the Theater Conference High School Festival in Alabama where Country Day will represent North Carolina! Come support our thespians as they advance to this important stage of the competition. Free Admission.

What You May Have Missed at The Drowsy Chaperone

Along with the wonderful acting, dancing, singing, and laughs that made The Drowsy Chaperone such a spectacular and memorable Upper School musical, the program included reflections from the senior members of the cast and crew. Here is a sampling:

AJ DiNicola: This is my third time as a stage manager and my fourth time on crew for a Country Day production, and I’m so incredibly grateful for these experiences. Through Country Day’s theatre program, I’ve made good friends and discovered a budding passion for tech theatre. Thank you so much to everyone who participates in Country Day theatre. You’ve made my experience a great one.

JR Hecimovich: Doing the musical freshman year was definitely the best decision I have made during my time at CCDS. In the theatre I found a new family, a new way to develop my passions and interests. Now four years, two one acts, two improve shows, and four musicals later I can honestly say I have cherished every second of it. Whether or not I continue performing through college, I will always be thankful for the skills and experiences CCDS theatre has given to me.

Olivia Less: Being part of the theater program at Country Day has been a life changing experience. In this program, I have been forced to step outside of my comfort zone, and I have been introduced to a place where I can be my true self. I am so grateful for the lifelong friends and the amazing memories that this program has given me. My favorite thing about theatre is the immediate sense of welcoming and family that I feel every day during practice. We accept everyone no matter what, and I love it.

Amanda Oliver: This year was the first time I’ve done the musical at Country Day or ever been involved in the theatre program. I am so grateful for the relationships that I have made and this experience. I would have never thought freshman year that I would be in a musical, but I am so glad that I decided to participate. I have pushed myself to try something new and get out of my comfort zone. 

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