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[10 Jul 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 6,077 views]
St. Margaret’s Inaugural Summer Piano Festival Draws Musicians from Around the World

Fifty students from around the world, and as far away as China, came to San Juan Capistrano and St. Margaret’s to participate in the inaugural Southern California Music Institute Piano Festival held June 21-30 in the new Performing Arts Center.
The Festival accommodated students at every level by offering two sessions: the Academy and the Camp. This year’s Academy session involved 30 students, including six boarding students who came to San Juan Capistrano from China, Mexico, San Francisco, Ohio and New York and was tailored towards students interested in advanced piano …

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[5 Jun 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 4,171 views]
Senior Mattingly Messina Wins Top Award at the 2013 Orange County CAPPIES Gala

The formal CAPPIES gala, held at The Grove in Anaheim last Sunday, was a climactic end to a highly successful year in the Performing Arts at St. Margaret’s. Senior Mattingly Messina received the CAPPIE Award for Supporting Actor in a Play for his role as Big Daddy Pollit in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
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St. Margaret’s students were nominated for their work on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in performing roles, lighting design and for Best Play. The gala event included a montage performance of …

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[28 May 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,297 views]
“The Sound of Music” Wins Top Honors at M.A.C.Y. Awards Ceremony

At Saturday’s 43rd Annual Childress M.A.C.Y. Awards Ceremony, St. Margaret’s students received praise and honors for our musical, The Sound of Music. We brought home a trophy for a highest honor for the work of the Nun Chorus Ensemble, and we had many cast members recognized as well.
Junior Tiffany Choe (Mother Abbess) and sophomore Morgan Higgins (Maria Rainer) received trophies for Outstanding Achievement.
Special Recognition certificates and medals went to sophomore Annika Krafcik (Sister Sophia), sophomore Olivia Keane (Sister Berthe), sophomore Liam McGregor (Rolf), senior Melisa Osborne (Elsa Schrader) and senior …

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[24 May 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,974 views]
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Nominated as Best Play for the 2013 Orange County CAPPIES

The 2013 Upper School play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, has been nominated as Best Play for the 2013 Orange County CAPPIES for the 2012-2013 theater season! In addition, individual nominations for the play include: Lead Actor in a Play, Brooks Robinson as Brick Pollit, Lead Actress in a Play, Delanie Melbon as Maggie Pollit, Supporting Actor in a Play, Mattingly Messina as Big Daddy and for Technical Lighting, Maddie Bidmead.
The CAPPIES is a national program, sponsored locally by The Orange County Register. It recognizes achievement in high school …

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[2 May 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 7,792 views]

Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m. Location: Hurlbut Theater
The Arts at St. Margaret’s is proud to present a free concert on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. featuring faculty and guest artists that will introduce to the community two new instrumental music programs taking place on campus this summer.
The Southern California Music Institute takes place from June 21 through 30, 2013, and is led by Artistic Director John Perry, Professor of Music at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and Professor Emeritus of the Thornton …

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[26 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,117 views]
Spring Concerts Fill the Performing Arts Center with Music

By Michele Silverman, Production Manager for the Arts
The final Tartan Jam, in the McGregor Theater on April 10, featured the incredible talent of St. Margaret’s staff and students with guest appearances by Academic Dean Jeneen Graham, Upper School Assistant Principal Ryan Dahlem, Drama teacher Nate Wheeler, Choir Director Stacey Miles, Headmaster Marcus Hurlbut, English teacher Todd Clarke and so many more.
Last Monday night was the Spring 2013 Band Concert directed by Chris Carbajal, including Middle School Big Band (18 performers), the Jazz Combo (14 performers), Beginning Band 4 (33 performers), …

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[24 Apr 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,195 views]
Don’t Delay! Get your Tickets for Next Week’s Lower School Musical “A Year with Frog and Toad”

The 2013 Lower School musical production for grades 1-3 is A Year with Frog and Toad based on the books by Arnold Lobel. Enjoy a musical story that follows Frog and Toad and friends throughout a year.
To purchase tickets, click here. Find the Year with Frog and Toad ticket button on the right side of the webpage.
Red Cast shows are May 1 at 4:30 p.m., May 2 at 7 p.m., May 4 at 11 a.m.
Blue Cast shows are May 1 at 7 p.m., May 3 at 4:30 p.m., May 4 …

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[22 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,845 views]
Tartans Impress at San Juan Capistrano State of the City Event

A group of St. Margaret’s Upper School performing arts students represented the school at the City of San Juan Capistrano State of the City event with a set of musical performances that garnered standing ovations from the sold-out audience of local government, business and community leaders.
Singers Morgan Higgins and Tiffany Choe, as well as the St. Margaret’s Jazz Ensemble: Austin Foley, piano; Braden Johnson, drums; Alexander Kaliannan, bass; David Larsen, trumpet; Brenden Ramirez, guitar; Justin Ren, trombone; and Ryan Stueber, alto saxophone, performed for the annual event that also took …

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[14 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,084 views]
Upper School Honors Piano Trio Presents for Orange County Philharmonic Society

The Upper School Honors Piano Trio represents the most advanced musicians in the orchestra and chamber music program in The Arts at St. Margaret’s. The ensemble includes senior Victoria Lee on piano, junior Brian Lee on violin and sophomore Annika Krafcik on cello. The students recently presented part of their concert program, Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49 for members of the Cameo Philharmonic Committee, which fundraises to support music education programs on behalf of the Orange County Philharmonic Society. Their program took place on Wednesday, March …

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[14 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 6,403 views]
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Receives Glowing Reviews from OC Register

The Orange County Register has published two glowing reviews of last week’s Upper School play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
One review states, “St. Margaret’s presents the gripping drama in a mature fashion, by skillfully acting the difficult material. The actors admirably depict the gloomy play, along with the technical elements allowing the show to come to life. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is an excellent show. Click here to read the entire review.
The other review raves, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof performed at St. Margaret’s is beautifully …

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