Archive for the ‘Performing Arts’ Category

“Little Mermaid, Jr.” Registration

Come join us for this year’s musical Little Mermaid, Jr. directed by Shea Salyer with musical direction by Jean Johnson.  Auditions for principal roles will be Tuesday, January 21st  from 3:15-5:30 in the Rainbow Theater. Twice a week rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, 3:15-5:30 and Thursdays, 3:15-5:30 beginning Tuesday, February 4th. Performance dates will be May 8-10th.  Registration is available online and is open to all 3rd-8th graders.  More details can be found in the Little Mermaid Information Packet.



The Year of “Willy Wonka”

The cast of Willy Wonka, Jr.

It all began back on October 18, when Shea Salyer, Jean Johnson, and Teri Rutledge began rehearsal for Willy Wonka, Kids (half hour version) with 26 Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders.  After weeks of rehearsals, the cast gave an amazing performance for family and friends and also performed a song for the all school talent show. On January 31 rehearsals began for Willy Wonka, Jr. (70 minute version) with 32 3rd-8th graders. The cast came eager to work and took great creative risks every Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for their performances this week.

The year of Willy Wonka officially comes to a close with this week’s three public performances of Willy Wonka, Jr. Join us on Thursday, May 9th at 7pm, Friday, May 10th at 7pm or Saturday, May 11th at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE.

Through the eight months of rehearsals for both productions, the directing team has been constantly surprised and impressed by the cast member’s dedication, energy, and imaginative acting choices. The play offers an amazing opportunity for children across multiple grades to come together as a team to produce a performance piece.

Come join us for a celebration of drama at Villa Academy!

Poetry Night 2012

Poetry Night has come to the mark the beginning of the end of students’ tenure at Villa Academy. The evening is an extremely special one at Villa, because the focus is on parents, friends, and family members and a way of saying “Thank You!” for all their love and support.

This is the 18th annual Poetry Night, initially created by Ms. O’Donnell as a fund-raiser for a friend who was a victim of a violent crime. As part of the eighth grade poetry and creative writing unit in Mr. Mabbott’s English class, poems are a mixture of blank and free verse, limericks, haikus, cinquians, literary and religious poems, “Choices” pantoums about the challenges of high school, and creative “Fiction 55” short stories.

This year’s Poetry Night a roaring success. Our graduating eighth graders really shined as the wonderful young adults we’ve all inspired them to be.

Litterless Campaign

Third grade students at Villa Academy have launched a “Litterless Campaign” to reduce litter and raise awareness of how litter negatively affect the environment.  Students are focused on cleaning up the grounds, especially the woods below the school where trash is frequently found.  

As part of their campaign, students produced and filmed, “The Littermess Monster, a movie about litter . . . .


VIDEO: Beauty and the Beast

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Villa Academy’s recent musical production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! This was Villa’s largest musical to date, with more than 40 student participants grades 3 through 8.  If you missed it, catch the video highlights below.

Talent Show Time – 2012

Villa Academy’s annual student talent show, hosted by the Student Council, is coming soon! All K-8 students are welcome to audition. Share your talent with the rest of the Villa Community! We welcome dancers, singers, comedians, musicians, magicians – whatever it is that you do best!

In order to participate, students must audition on the scheduled audition day. No exceptions – we cannot accommodate individual scheduling requests. Auditions will run in grade order and performers must be available for the entire time block. Similarly, the rehearsal will run in the order set by the Student Council and performers must be available for the entire time block.

Talent Show Registration Form: due Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012                                                                                                                    Time: 2:15PM – 5:00PM, in K-8 grade order                                                                                                        Place: Lunchroom

Dress Rehearsal
Date: Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012                                                                                                                                Time: 2:15PM – 4:15PM                                                                                                                                     Place: Gym

Talent Shows
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012                                                                                                                        Time: TBA                                                                                                                                                       Place: Gym

Save the Date: 2011 Christmas Concerts

Christmas will soon be here and the students have been preparing for some GREAT performances.  Here are the dates and times of the Villa Christmas Programs:

Preschool-Kindergarten: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at 11:15 AM

  • Join us at 10:30am in the Cafeteria for coffee before the concert.

1st-2nd grades: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at 2:30 PM

  • Join us at 1:45pm in the Cafeteria for coffee before the concert.

3rd-4th-5th grades: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at 1:30 PM

  • Join us at 12:45pm in the Parlor for coffee before the concert.

All performances will be in the Rainbow Theater.

Dress for all programs is nice holiday attire.  For kindergarten through 5th grades, free dress the day of their program.

If you wish to have siblings from other Lower or Middle School grades attend any of these programs, please plan to pick up the brother/sister at their classroom 10 minutes before the particular program

Because we need to account for all our students at all times, teachers will not release students with just a note or a phone call. We also request that you do not call the office to page students from class. Siblings of all ages need to be seated with parents/families at all times. Thanks for your help with all these details.

We look forward to seeing you!

Music Department