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**Snow Day** – Again – Thursday, February 19, 2015

North Yarmouth Academy is closed on Thursday, February 19, due to the inclement weather. Sleep in, stay warm, and stay safe, everyone!


NYA Hosts Marcus Santos

santosOn Thursday and Friday, February 19 and 20, Marcus Santos, a Brazilian percussionist, will work with North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) students and perform for the entire school and public. Santos will meet with several music classes and ensembles and hold an intensive samba percussion class with both Middle School and Upper School students. He will also perform for the entire school on Friday afternoon, accompanied by NYA students. The public is invited to this performance at 2:00 pm in the gymnasium.

Music Director Ian Ramsey was interested in starting a Brazilian samba group at NYA, so he did some research and learned that Santos, a native of Brazil, lived and taught in Boston. He contacted Santos and took several lessons from him in Boston. Then Ramsey invited him to  NYA. “We couldn’t be more excited to have a world-class musician like Marcus here at NYA.  This is a chance for our students to learn about music and about another part of the world in a fun and dynamic way!” said Ramsey.

The music Santos teaches the students will be used in NYA’s Spring Instrumental Concert and will hopefully lead to a Spring collaboration between NYA’s “Steel Industry” steelband and Santos’ high school samba students in Somerville, Massachusetts.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.


NYA Players Present “Annie”

Annie-featureNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) presents Annie on February 13 through 15, 2015.  There are 45 cast members, six student pit orchestra musicians, and three student crew members in the production, allowing for two casts – indicated below as “Black” and “Orange.”  Both full casts perform each night, but the roles switch around depending on the lead.

The incoming blizzard has led to some changes in performance times. Curtain times are now:

  • Friday, February 13, 7:00 pm (Orange Cast)
  • Saturday, February 14, 2:00 pm (Orange Cast)
  • Saturday, February 14, 7:00 pm (Black Cast) Rescheduled to Monday, February 16, at 6:00pm
  • Sunday, February 15, 2:00 pm (Black Cast) Rescheduled to Monday, February 16, at 2:00pm

Tickets are $6.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Advance tickets may be reserved by contacting Carol Harris at 846-9051 or charris@nya.org until 3:00pm on Friday, February 13. All performances will be held in Safford Center, 148 Main Street, Yarmouth.  All shows are open to the public.

The musical Annie is loosely based upon the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre).  It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won several awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical.  The story takes place in New York City in the midst of the Great Depression, and centers around Annie, an 11-year-old orphan, her unending optimism in the face of her own grim life situation, and the effect her spunky personality has on Oliver Warbucks, a wealthy businessman.  The music and story have endured in their popularity, and the musical is still considered a favorite to many.  It has been made into three movies, the most recent released in December 2014.

The production stars Ellie Hilscher ’20 (Orange Cast, Boothbay Harbor) and Madeleine Vaillancourt ’22 (Black Cast, Lewiston) as Annie.  Other actors in this winter’s show include: Aaron Densmore ’18 (Edgecomb), Elizabeth Gagnon ’20 (Cumberland), Rick Hilscher ’18 (Boothbay Harbor), Blake Morton ’16 (South Freeport), Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Monmouth, Scarborough), Justin Guo ’18 (Gray), Pierce Manchester ’20 (Raymond), Daniel Edgerton-Dickey ’17 (Brunswick), Milla Rosenfeld ’17 (Freeport), Kate Hilscher ’16 (Boothbay Harbor), Kira Quinn ’19 (Cumberland), Sara-Jane Metsker ’15 (Yarmouth), Tess Hinchman ’15 (West Bath), Amber Liu ’17 (New Gloucester), Sarah Grill ’17 (Arrowsic), Evan Davis ’18 (New Gloucester), Kara Jensen ’18 (Scarborough), Lauren Orser ’18 (Cumberland), Tessa Quatrucci ’18 (South Freeport), Alex Markonish ’19 (Yarmouth), Cora Braunfels ’19 (Litchfield, Freeport), Hannah Gagne ’19 (Raymond), Afton Morton ’20 (South Freeport), McKenzie Lake ’20 (Bath), Sydney Billings ’20 (Yarmouth), Annie Sillin ’21 (Yarmouth), Elyse Baron ’21 (Freeport), Olivia Juve ’21 (Portland), Steven Densmore ’22 (Edgecomb), Anson Dana (Yarmouth), Emily Densmore (Edgecomb), Anna Siegel (Yarmouth), Delaney Whitmarsh (North Yarmouth), Eva Williams (Cumberland), Elizabeth Coleman (Yarmouth), Madison Moody (Topsham), Emma Craft (Cumberland), Genevieve Vaillancourt (Lewiston), Lilia Park-Morong (Brunswick), Hadley Smith (North Yarmouth).  Special appearances include the NYA Interim Head of School John Drisko, Assistant Dean of Students Lynn Sullivan, History Department Chair Peter Sillin, Upper School Math Teacher Khoa Khuong, and even a very beloved four legged friend.  The production crew includes many of the actors listed above in addition to John Krainis, Colby Myer, Bairu Chen ’16 (Raymond), Charlotte Collins ’18 (Woolwich), Mike Pitts ’18 (Farmingdale), Luke Markonish (Yarmouth), and Gregory Judd.

The NYA production is directed by Nora Krainis with assistance from Patia Maule ’99 and piano accompaniment by Janelle Powers. The show also features music by an NYA student pit orchestra, directed by Linda Vaillancourt, consisting of Ellis Miskell ’15, Olivia Stam ’15 (Cumberland Foreside), Carol Furman, Turner Kelsey ’10, and Mark Fredericks.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.


**SNOW DAY** Part V – Monday, February 9, 2015

There is no school Monday, February 9, at North Yarmouth Academy.

All evening activities have been cancelled. The planned reception for Ben Jackson will be rescheduled to April.

Stay safe and warm, everyone!


NYA Bluegrass Ensemble to Perform at Waynflete Theater

Help-HaitiCome out and support NYA’s Bluegrass Ensemble, The Royal River Honey Badgers, as they team up with the Waynflete Upper School Mixed Chorus to raise funds for Help Haiti, a group sponsored by the nonprofits Konbit Sante and Powje Espwa.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 10 in the Waynflete Theater and promises to be an amazing show filled with great music and energy.


**SNOW DAY** Part IV – Monday, February 2, 2015

There is no school Monday, February 2, at North Yarmouth Academy, as yet another snow event moves into the area. The hits just keep on coming! Stay safe and warm, everyone!


NYA Students Showcase Art at Vestibule 594

ap01North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Upper School Advanced Placement (AP) art students will exhibit their work this February at Vestibule 594 (594 Congress Street, Portland). The show is entitled Advanced Placement and opens on February 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

The exhibit displays the wide range of disciplines and techniques explored in the NYA Upper School AP Art Studio. These disciplines include drawing, oil painting, printmaking, screen printing, sculpture and independent study. The NYA student art experience ranges from beginning to advanced placement. Students are prepared by first learning to use the fundamentals of art through classical methods, and as they move up through the levels of each discipline, they are encouraged to use their strong fundamentals to create unique compositions and tackle challenging subject matter.

ap02Contributing artists include: Matt Malcom ’15 (Boothbay), Hannah Hungerford ’15 (Portland), Louisa Mahoney ’15 (Freeport), Charlotte Eisenberg ’15 (Peaks Island), Evan Tao ’15 (Yarmouth).

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.


**SNOW DAY** Part III – Friday, January 30

There is no school  at North Yarmouth Academy on Friday, January 30. The weather has certainly had its way with us this week. Who knew snow days came in threes?

Stay safe, everyone!


**SNOW DAY** Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Due to the incoming storm, there will be NO SCHOOL at North Yarmouth Academy on Tuesday, January 27. This one could be a doozy, people! Sleep in, stay warm and safe, everyone!


NYA Studio Band to Perform at Frontier Café

Frontier-StudiobandThe North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Studio Band will perform on Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Frontier Café, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick. This is the band’s eighth annual show at the Frontier Café. The show is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged.

The NYA Studio Band began over 10 years ago and is one of NYA’s winter activities for students in grades 9-12. The show features acoustic music ranging from cover songs to original student arrangements. Band director and NYA Visual and Performing Arts Chair, Ian Ramsey said of the show, “I couldn’t be more excited to have the NYA Studio Band returning to the Frontier Café for our eighth annual acoustic show. Get there early before it fills up!”

NYA students have a variety of musical opportunities including wind ensemble, bluegrass band, jazz band, steel band and so many more. The faculty in the arts department is able and willing to adapt their offerings to students’ interests. One of the NYA music program goals is to offer opportunities for students to follow their own musical interests in a supported but rigorous environment.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.

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