DRAMA AND CONCERTS
From a very early age, Priory students have many opportunities to perform in front of audiences, through class plays and musical and theatrical productions presented for the entire Priory community.
Spreading Some Hakuna Matata
The Priory School Drama Club spread some Hakuna Matata and thrilled audience members with their brilliant performance when they took to the stage on April 26th for perhaps the Priory’s most ambitious production to date. For months, twenty-seven cast members comprised of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students, and a dedicated crew of thirty-five set builders, stagehands, lighting, sound, and costume designers, have been preparing for The Priory’s theatrical rendition of The Lion King with elaborate stage sets, breath-taking costumes, masks and make-up that transformed students into hyenas, giraffes, zebras, elephants, and lions. The Priory School Choir also joined and added their beautiful voices to the musical numbers, “The Circle of Life”, and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
Drama directors and fifth grade Priory teachers, Mrs. Sherriffs and Mme Martineau, with the help of the drama club members, have worked tirelessly since October creating props, set pieces and preparing costumes for the production. Their attention to detail has not gone unnoticed, even recruiting friends to help with choreography, music and masks for the production. A roaring thank you to Mrs. Sherriffs and Mme Martineau for their inspiration, and for giving students opportunities to embrace risks and tread outside their comfort zones, while instilling the love of the arts in our students! Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for an outstanding performance!
Christmas Concert Cheer!
Our annual Christmas Concert, proudly held on Wednesday, December 20th, was yet again a heart-warming and festive feast of Christmas cheer with a dash of fun, thanks to our talented performers, music teacher and director Mrs. MC Campbell and all the little elves that work behind the scenes including teachers and staff. The afternoon was filled with joyous music to propel us into the holiday spirit including piano interludes by several Priory students. The Grades 3 and 4 students brilliantly presented a musical play entitled, “The Reindeer Games” sending everyone home with a smile on their face, a song in their heads and warmth in their hearts.
Season's Greetings from all of us.
Ahoy, me Hearties! The Priory community joined a lively crew of scallywags and bearded pirates and set sail for a mighty adventure in this year’s spring concert, “Pirates!” The chorus numbers and amusing skits were both entertaining and fun! Many thanks to the Priory's music teacher, Mrs. Campbell, and her Priory pirates for an outstanding performance. Both audience and performers alike were delighted by the comical concert, and the Paré Howlett Hall was filled with laughter and smiles.
Peter Pan Takes Flight at The Priory
After six months of rehearsals, under the direction of Priory teachers, Mrs. Caroline Bouchard, Mme Hélène Martineau and Mrs. Linden Parker, The Priory Drama Club’s cast of more than 40 students staged a truly magical experience for a packed audience, in the production of Peter Pan. The performance featured impressive costumes, superb sets, special effects (including flying scenes!), a dash of fairydust, and the very talented acting and singing of Priory students. This spectacular journey of wonder into the magical world of Neverland was a brilliant testament of what our children can achieve and accomplish. Congratulations to our wonderfully talented cast and crew for producing another Priory masterpiece!
After learning about the human body and how to stay healthy, Mrs. Kearney's Grade 1 class presented a reader's theatre entitled, "Thump, Thump" to family and friends during Friday's school assembly on Valentine’s Day. Dressed in large decorative hearts, the Grade 1 class, explained in rhyme, ways to keep our hearts strong and reminded us of how important it is to get enough sleep in order to learn, play, grow, and stay healthy!
Discovering the OSM
On Thursday, February 2nd, Priory students from Grades 3-6 had a chance to travel to Place-des-Arts for a concert inside the beautiful Maison Symphonique. This year’s performance was titled “Discover the OSM” and was hosted by Quebec comedian Patrice Belanger. The children were introduced to each instrument family in the Orchestra, and were guided through a discovery of some of the “invisible” elements of a Symphony, from “tempo” and “dynamics” to “timbre” and “pitch”. They also had a chance to see the OSM’s newly acquired “Octobasse”, a rare instrument which is almost 12 feet tall! We listened to exciting classical pieces by Beethoven, Grieg, Mussorsky, and even participated in an interactive body percussion choreography to an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. But everybody’s favourite piece was the grand finale of John William’s “Theme from Star Wars”. The children’s smiles were out of this world as we listened to this dramatic, familiar tune, played by a live symphony orchestra, right in front of us! It was a wonderful experience, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT SPECTACULAR!
The Priory proudly held its annual Christmas concert, and for those who came out on Wednesday, December 21st, it was a extraordinary treat! The children's voices filled the school with beautiful music and brought the spirit of Christmas into our hearts. Family, friends and faculty thoroughly enjoyed a magical celebration as the entire school sang holiday classics, played various band instruments and presented a musical play entitled, “Santa’s Stuck in the 50’s!" Many thanks to our music teacher, Mrs. Campbell for her inspiration and guidance. May the glorious sounds of this day continue to echo in our hearts and homes this Christmas Season!
THE KING WHO WOULD NOT LAUGH - A GRADE 3 PERFORMANCE
What an ideal way to begin our day, with joy and laughter! Parents, teachers and students alike attended a prize-winning performance of "The King Who Would Not Laugh", performed by the Grade 3 class in celebration of this year’s “I Love to Read Week” theme. For almost a decade, Mrs. Trionfo has inspired her young students to explore acting and performing with such confidence and pride. The class entertained the audience with a comedic play about a sour king who, after many attempts from his royal subjects to laugh, was finally tricked into laughing and giving up his throne. The Grade 3 students were very enthusiastic and expressed how happy they were to hear the laughter coming from the audience. Thank you Grade 3 for truly making us “Laugh Out Loud - #LOL”.
The Priory Spring Concert
On Wednesday, June 8, the Paré Howlett Hall was filled with a very enthusiastic audience who were treated to "Music From The Movies”, the theme of this year's Priory Spring Concert. There was a buzz of excitement among parents and relatives as the children performed a varied and colourful program, which also included a movie theme song trivia game. All of the students at The Priory took their turns to play instrumental pieces and sing out the catchy songs from classical movies such as, 'The Sound of Music', 'Mary Poppins', 'Annie', 'The Lion King' and many others, while the School Band played 'Power Rock' songs by Queen and the 'Star Wars Theme' by John Williams. A special thanks to the performers, cast of characters, and their music teacher, Mrs. Campbell, who helped make this concert one of the most memorable yet! A big thank you to Priory Parents for hosting the PPA Spring Bake and Craft Sale, with proceeds from the sale benefiting the Priory School children.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dazzled the audience!
The Priory School Drama Club brought Roald Dahls’ delicious tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to life on Thursday, April 21st, with fantastical performances, stunning stagecraft and sweet visuals that dazzled the audience. Under the ambitious direction of Mme Martineau, Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Sherriffs, twenty two cast members and six stagehands delivered theatrical goodies including Violet metamorphosing into a blueberry before our very eyes, Veruka encountering an army of digital squirrels and Mike shrinking and transporting into a television set. The production was engaging and highly entertaining with many comical moments featuring dance moves and songs adapted by Priory cast members, and who can forget the Oompa-Loompas synchronized chorus! A sincere thank you to the entire cast and crew, directors, administrators, faculty and everyone who in any way helped to make this production possible through countless hours of rehearsal, hard work and commitment. Big or Small, there was something for everyone, and this production was indeed a perfect family treat!
A BUNCH OF MUNSCH
After reading stories by Canada’s most beloved children’s author Robert Munsch, Mrs. Parker’s Grade 2 class performed, “A Bunch of Munsch” during assembly on Tuesday, February 16th, to a very appreciative audience. Dressed up as the characters, the students performed two of their favourite classic stories, ‘’Mortimer” and “Pigs”, bringing Munsch’s charismatic characters to life.
Peter Pan Dazzles the Audience
Our talented Grade 3 students performed for the entire student body and Priory parents during a special assembly in celebration of this year's "I Love to Read Week". Every student took part in the performance. Pirates, fairies, mermaids and the backstage crew joined Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Wendy, Michael and John in their world of adventure. It was certainly a proud morning in Neverland, full of drama and energy! Mrs. Trionfo's Grade 3 class performance was truly magical.
Celebrating I Love to Read Week
In celebration of this year's "I Love to Read Week", Geordie Productions was invited to perform "Sidewalk Chalk" for the entire school community. A perfect introduction to our theme for this year's "I Love to Read Week" – exploring the different worlds in a child's vivid imagination, the live performance was an entertaining lesson about friendship set in a fantastical chalk world created by best friends. The children thoroughly enjoyed the awe-inspiring digital backgrounds and were not short of questions for the actors and actresses. Our students left the performance eager to create their own chalk worlds and the Kindergarten class did just that!
Spring Jazz Concert : A Swingin' Celebration!
The Paré Howlett Hall was filled with over 200 family members and friends who delighted in an afternoon of pure entertainment. Priory children performed superbly in this year's Spring Concert held on June 3rd, 2015, featuring jazz music and celebrating influential jazz musicians from the 1920's such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong. The beat of the jazz music was infectious as many family members in the audience found themselves tapping their toes and humming to the melody. Thanks to the senior class, we also learned how much influence jazz has had on the evolution of music since its inception. Many thanks to our music teacher, Mrs. Campbell, for her inspiration and guidance and for elevating Jazz to a whole new level for The Priory community.
Priory Students Shine during The Wizard of Oz
The Priory School Drama Club’s talented cast and crew presented their rendition of Frances Mapp’s “The Wizard of Oz” on April 30th, to over 200 enthusiastic ticket holders. The cast included twenty-seven 4th, 5th and 6th graders, who portrayed the roles of lead and support actors and much needed stagehands. The Drama Club prepared weekly for this exciting event as they rehearsed lines, songs and designed and built the stage panels and costumes. The students brought the World of Oz to life with elaborate costumes and detailed props and set designs. Under the inspiring and dedicated direction of three Priory faculty members, Mrs. Bouchard, Mrs. Parker and Ms. Sherriffs, the Drama Club performed two performances, one during the day for their fellow students and one in the evening for parents, grandparents and relatives. A special feature of the performance were the songs adapted by our very own students. When asked about their experience, all students in the Drama Club had positive things to say and were happy to have had this wonderful opportunity. Suffice to say that this was a brilliant production which was thoroughly enjoyed by all! Many thanks to the actors, the volunteer parents and faculty and staff for bringing "The Wizard of Oz" to The Priory.
The Priory Comes Alive With "Our Sound of Music"
The Austrian hills might be alive with the 'sound of music' and so was The Priory School, when students from Kindergarten through Grade 6 presented their rendition of Rogers and Hammerstein's much-loved musical, "The Sound of Music". Under the direction of music teacher Mr. Davey Lähteenmaa, several grades performed recorder melodies composed by our very own Priory students and presented original songs including, I Am Six and Going On Seven, I Am Seven Going On Eight, Do-Re-Mi, and So Long, Farewell, as well as other famous titles. Many thanks to Mr. Lähteenmaa for his dedication.
Too Many Detectives!
After studying mystery books in class, the talented Grade 4 students performed a wonderful play, 'Too Many Detectives', by Amy Green, in front of their parents and peers. An unforgettable performance! No doubt, there are some promising actors among us!
Music and song and drama all came together on June 8th, as every class at The Priory School contributed to a memorable spring concert. Not content to do what had been done before, they presented "Yellow-ish Submarine", a new version of the colourful Beatles classic. By the end of this story, the people of Pepperland learn that the Blue Meanies aren't mean at all, and that all people have a better chance of getting along if they just talk to each other.
While the Grade 6 graduating class delivered the story with humour and personality, the rest of the classes performed a variety of songs by The Beatles, Quebec songwriters and even melodies written by the students themselves. Without a doubt, the songs that were enthusiastically practiced and performed will stay in the hearts of the students and lucky audience for a long time to come. Many thanks to our music teacher, Mr. Lähteenmaa, for his tireless effort, his inspiration, and for bringing "Yellow-ish Submarine" to The Priory.
Razzle Dazzle Fun!
It was with great pleasure that The Priory welcomed back internationally recognized performing arts educator and director Sarina Condello for a one-week dance workshop. Under Sarina's inspiring direction, Priory children had an opportunity to explore the beauty and energy of the performing arts. On Friday, June 1st, students amazed family and friends in this year's production of Razzle Dazzle, A Broadway Review. Children performed lively songs and dances from Broadway musicals such as "Cabaret", "Lullaby Of Broadway", "On Broadway", "Razzle Dazzle", "One", "Putting On The Ritz", and "Fame". Other highlights included a musical ensemble and dance number of "Ease On Down The Road" and an entertaining performance of "Do-Re-Mi" by our very own Priory teachers. For the final performance, the whole school joined together and sang a touching rendition of "Seasons of Love" from the Broadway musical Rent. A big thank you to Principal Deborah Heuff for bringing the performing arts to life at The Priory School! It has been a privilege and a joy working with Sarina for the past five years!
Chili, The Snowboy: The Priory School Christmas Concert
On Friday, December 16th, the entire Priory family including parents, relatives, friends and teachers were treated to a performance of this year's Priory Christmas Concert titled "Chili, The Snowboy", a re-telling of a favorite Christmas legend. The play dealt with the scenario of a "Brown Christmas" and how a group of imaginative, positive friends take matters into their own hands and make an unexpected new friend in the process.
Each of the classes sang with heart and spirit such classics as "Vive le vent", "Sleigh Ride", "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" and "Up On the Housetop". There were also some lesser known gems, such as "What Can You Give A Wookie For Christmas" and "If It Doesn't Snow On Christmas". The Grade 6 class pulled off a brilliant dramatic performance during the play that accompanied the music and delivered a heart-warming message to the audience by finishing off the performance with "Give Love On Christmas Day". A PPA bake sale and pre-sale of Concert DVD's, the proceeds of which will be donated to St. Gabriel's food bank, both added a delicious and entertaining spirit of giving. A huge "Thank-you" goes out to all the teachers and parents who helped with the performance and provided lovely decorations for this event which always begins in earnest, the Christmas Season.
A Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako
"Peace Crane, I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world."
Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the bomb was dropped on her home city in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. Sadako seemed to escape any ill effects after her exposure to the bomb, until, ten years later, she developed leukemia, "the atom bomb disease." Her fight to live started a worldwide movement for peace and her story continues to be an inspiration to this day. On Friday October 14th, 2011, in celebration of I Love to Read Week at The Priory, Geordie Productions was invited to perform this impactive play for the entire school community. The messages of peace were received by all attending the performance.
From the Mixed-up files of Roald Dahl - A Grade 4 play
This year the Grade 4 students shared a common passion for new and elaborate words. It is not surprising that they especially treasured the language of beloved author Roald Dahl and decided to pay tribute to his work. The class undertook a three-month project to imagine, write and perform a very unique theatrical production. Using some of their favourite Dahl stories, the class crafted a plot including new and classic characters. Using primary pad, an online text editor, all the students were involved in the writing process and built on each others' ideas to create a script. They eventually traded their writing hats for acting hats and on June 7th, the class performed the play to The Priory School community. Led and inspired by their grade 4 teacher Mrs. Bouchard, the class performed with much excitement and the performance was a tremendous success, enjoyed by all!
Robot Annie: The Priory School Spring Concert
On Thursday, May 19, a gymnasium full of welcomed guests were treated to a performance of "Robot Annie", the title for this year's Priory Spring Concert. All of the students in the school took their turns to play instrumental pieces and sing out the catchy songs from the classical musical transformed into a futuristic story about technology, change and friendship. A big thanks to all the students, teachers, staff, and Mr. Lähteenmaa who helped make this concert one of the most memorable yet!
The Dance of Art
It was with great pleasure that The Priory welcomed back internationally recognized performing arts educator and director Sarina Condello and music director Darren Shearer for a one-week dance workshop which had students exploring "The Dance of Art". Under Sarina's inspiring direction, each grade concentrated their dance movements around a particular work of art while learning about artists Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Emily Carr, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picaso. The week culminated in a school wide performance, unleashing the children's creativity and energy. It has been a privilege and a joy working with Sarina!
A Play - "Story Wars"
Geordie Productions' talented cast and crew performed "Story Wars", a play written by Harry Standjofski about Jo and Jim, fraternal twins who were banished to their room after a fight. Their punishment was to create a story together. What they came up with was an epic tale about the greatest gods, goddesses, titans and heroes from Greek Mythology. The performance was brilliant and the actors held our attention from beginning to end and kept us laughing the entire time. The play was an entertaining lesson in 'How to Tell a Story', a perfect introduction to our theme for "I Love to Read Week - Bedtime Stories". The children left the performance eager to create stories of their own.
We Need More Balloons!
Now that spring has fully arrived, summer is just around the corner. What will Priory students be doing during their summer vacation? Under the direction of music teacher, Mr. Lähteenmaa, family and friends thoroughly enjoyed a fictional answer to this question. The children performed superbly in this year's Spring Concert, acting their roles, singing with passion and fervor and playing several musical instruments. The beat of the music was infectious as many found themselves clapping along and tapping their toes. In "We Need More Balloons" many lessons were learned and one valuable lesson is how music can be a great uplifting and healing tool!
A Sci-Fi Christmas Spectacular!
The Priory proudly held its annual Christmas concert, and for those who came out on Friday, December 11th, it was a treat! The children's voices filled the school with beautiful music and brought the spirit of Christmas into our hearts. Family, friends and staff thoroughly enjoyed a dramatic celebration of a few different kinds of Christmases that was "out of this world"! Many thanks to our music teacher, Mr. Lähteenmaa, for his tireless effort, his inspiration, and for bringing "A Sci-Fi Christmas Spectacular" to The Priory. May the glorious sounds of this day continue to echo in our hearts and homes this Christmas Season!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
On June 9th the Grade 4 class brought Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to life. It was a wonderful and fun performance enjoyed by all! Thank you to Ms. Bouchard for her direction and inspiration. Thank you to the parents who helped with props, and to the children who put a lot of passion and effort into their performance!
Purple River - The Priory Has Talent!
Priory students danced their hearts out as they performed Purple River, for their audience. The energy in the air, the pride of accomplishment and the smiles on the faces of the children, parents and teachers made Purple River a pleasure to be a part of. It was an exceptional performance thoroughly enjoyed by all! A big thank you to Principal Deborah Heuff for bringing the performing arts to life at The Priory, to Mrs. Koper for her introduction, and to Sarina Condello for her direction and inspiration.
A Taste of Shakespeare
Under the direction of Ms. Bouchard, the fourth grade class, performed Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream," for family and friends. The students performed with brilliance and confidence and every member of the audience was highly entertained. Their performance was nothing short of amazing! I think William Shakespeare himself would be touched as we were by this class's accomplishments.
The Lion King at The Priory!
The Priory School's Drama club performed "The Lion King" with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. Under the direction of internationally acclaimed musical theatre professional, Sarina Condello, every child had a special part and performed celebrated songs, including "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata". The audience was highly entertained and "The Lion King" was thoroughly enjoyed!