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2017-2018 Arts Season

Our 2017-2018 Arts season includes the fall play, The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan, the student-directed one act play festival in winter, a spring musical production of Fiddler on the Roof, and a faculty-directed, student-written project in May. In addition to Back à Dos theater performances, there will be several concerts, musical events, and art shows throughout the year, including the winter arts evening, spring concert, grade 12 option theater performances, and the IB art show. 

Fall Production

The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Brad Cooreman

This Pulitzer Prize winning cycle of short plays explores American mythology, and especially that of the American West. Spanning over two hundred years of history, it tells the intertwined stories of three fictional families struggling over a portion of land in the Cumberland Plateau. As the whole cycle runs about 5 hours, it will be performed in two parts, in alternation. 

Winter Arts Evening 

January 19 at 5:00pm

Theater performances will begin at 5:00pm in the Black Box Theater; followed by a concert in the gym at 7:00pm.

Student-Directed One Act Play Festival

January 25 and 26 at 7:00pm
January 27 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

The Morpheus Quartet by John Glore, directed by Hannah Chan

3:56AM. Led by their feverous subconscious minds, a string quartet learns to reestablish the harmonious links between themselves through a thick weave of dreams that pull out painful memories from their pasts. With the strength and comfort of Schubert’s D Minor Quartet, the musicians of The Morpheus Quartet learn once more what it is to experience fear, loss, and the beauty of playing clear, indescribable music. 

Dr Fritz, or: The Forces of Light by David Ives, directed by Catherine Hayes

When an American tourist comes down with food poisoning in Brazil, he goes searching for the legendary local Dr. Fritz to cure his ill. Instead, he meets a woman named Maria who claims to be his assistant. Only, Maria is not exactly who she says she is... 

Cold Reading by Paul Dooley, directed by Madeline Holtz

A mysterious man appears in a producer’s office with one request: that he read aloud from a manuscript the man has brought with him.  Tensions rise as the eerie cold reading begins, and the line between fiction and reality begins to dissolve…

"The Spot" by Steven Dietz, directed by Gillian Kelley

All election campaigns need to reach out via the media, to share information with transparency and make their case to the voters that they are trustworthy, honest and will lead positive change. Well….. maybe?!  Learn what is really going on behind the scenes, as a team prepares a political ad in "The Spot." 

Naomi in the Living Room by Christopher Durang, directed by Joshua Merwise

This uproarious comedy takes its audience through a whirlwind of emotion—jumping manically from strange and disturbing to absurdly hilarious! This piece will remind the audience that we're all a bit crazy sometimes, so the only way to really enjoy life is to learn to laugh about it!

The Game by Louise Bryant, directed by Chloe Verbestel

The fate of the world is in the hands of two individuals … Life and Death. In this fast paced One Act, we learn that all is controlled by the roll of the die. As these two characters’ frustrations grow, the events of the world are brought to light and tested. How many must be sacrificed for them to learn? Or will they ever learn their actions have consequences? 

Spring Musical: Fiddler on the Roof 

Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein
Based on Tevye and his Daughters and other tales by Sholem Aleichem
Directed by Michelle Haner, with Musical Direction by Philip Lenberg and Vocal Direction by Melinda Becker

March 21, 23, 27 and 29 at 7:00pm
March 25 at 2:00pm

Set in a small Jewish community in Russia in 1905, Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of a poor Jewish dairyman, Tevya, and his family. This classic musical features a beloved score and offers a prism through which to explore themes of tradition and change, of deep roots and sudden exile. It captures how the routines, relationships, beliefs and dreams of the individual can be shaped, challenged, buffeted - and even upended - by forces beyond one’s control. 

Our vision will unfold in a Chagall-inspired world – vibrant, poetic, and fantastical. It includes choreography by Katy Alanize Rous, whose company, World Dance Fusion, performs 30 varieties of cultural dance. Cast training has included visits to the Russian Cultural Center for Russian folk dance classes as well as an introduction to both Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish dance traditions.

To expand the reach and reflection of the piece, Assistant Director Adam Teich has organized a pre-show salon series, with talks by Yedida Kanfer of the JFCS Holocaust Center (on themes of exile, faith, and resilience) and Deborah Eliezer of foolsFURY Theater company (on the broader theme of diaspora and exile). Yedida Kanfer will speak pre-show, at 6:15 on Tuesday, March 27 and Deborah Eliezer, pre-show at 1:15 on Sunday, March 25.   

IB Art Show

March 23 at 5:00pm 

Please join us for the 12th grade IB Art Show to celebrate the impressive portfolios that students have produced over the past two years. The works on display showcase the fruits of a rigorous two-year investigation into a range of themes. Through in-depth experimentation, research, and reflection, students have produced thought-provoking works in a range of carefully selected art media and styles, reflecting each student’s unique voice. 

French Bac Option Theater Performances

May 10 at 4:30pm
May 11 at 7:00pm

The May Project: "A gallimaufry of the dreams of teenagers"

May 17 at 7:00pm
May 18 at 4:30pm

"A gallimaufry of the dreams of teenagers" is an original collaborative play, created under the direction of Franck Bessone. The creative team started with a general theme, "Being the same, being different," then, for the first four months of the process, students conducted improvisations, games, discussions, and writing to generate material based on the students' own experiences and ideas. Adults from our community were also brought into the project, but during the first four months, we worked separately.

During Winter break, director Franck Bessone gathered together all the material, writing and notes and, with the help of librarian Aidan Stone, put together a "gallimaufry." The word was brought by one of the students and means "a hodgepodge," which appealed to Franck and Aidan, especially upon discovering it comes from Middle French galimafree (a stew made with various meats).

The play offers glimpses of the lives of different high school students - probably in an international school. It touches upon themes such as consciousness, family, friendship, video games, gods (or goddesses), gender, race, feelings, sexuality, poetry, and spirituality.

Our vision is unfolding in a scenic-gallimaufry with fight choreography, ensemble movement, dance, and playful situations, relayed with a light touch, rather than a heavy message. The project is accompanied by Assistant Directors and Stage Managers Fatou Ouedrago and Charlotte Meyer.

Spring Concert

May 18 at 7:00pm 

Arts Calendar
  • August 2018
    • MonAug27 HS Theater Auditions 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • TueAug28 HS Theater Auditions 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • WedAug29 HS Theater Auditions 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • ThuAug30 HS Theater Auditions 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMArts Pavilion
  • September 2018
    • TueSep04 HS Back à Dos Callbacks 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • WedSep05 HS Back à Dos Callbacks 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • ThuSep06 HS Back à Dos Callbacks 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • FriSep07 HS Back à Dos Callbacks 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • November 2018
    • ThuNov08 HS Fall Play 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • FriNov09 HS Fall Play 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • SatNov10 HS Fall Play 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • SunNov11 HS Fall Play 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMArts Pavilion

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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