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  • December

    The cast and crew of Anon(ymous) smiles during a cast dinner.

    Anon(ymous) Comes to Life at Hopkins

    Leah Miller ’20 Assistant Arts Editor
    Amidst one of the more academically strenuous times of the school year, the Hopkins Drama Association once again took on the stage for a gripping theatrical piece from November 29 -December 1 with their production of Anon(ymous), directed by Hope Hartup.
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  • Artist of the Issue: Ian Dailis ’20

    Orly Baum ’22
    Ian Dailis ’20, finds inspiration in taking intricate photos of his surroundings.
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  • Concert Choir fills Battell Chapel with “Glow” from the 2018 Music of Winter Concert

    Battell Chapel Hosts Hopkins Music Ensembles

    Eleanor Doolittle’20 Arts Editor
    On Tuesday, December 4, Battell Chapel, Yale’s elaborate place of worship, was flled with melodious music from Hopkins’ annual Music of Winter concert.
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  • Gisella Castagna ’22 sketches a greyhound in a raincoat during the gallery opening of Tabula Rasa.

    Tabula Rasa: An Interactive Gallery Experience

    Saira Munshani’20 Voices Editor
    The concept of “tabula rasa” has been developed and considered all over the world, and it now makes its mark on Hopkins as the theme for the community art show this November to January in the Keator Gallery.
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  • November

    Zachary Blake ’19 performs a duet with Alex Zhang ’19 at the First Day Assembly.

    Artist of the Issue: Zach Blake ’19

    Eleanor Doolittle ’20 Arts Editor
    Zachary Blake ’19 is an avid cellist whose passion and dedication to his instrument have reaped great success.
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  • Spirens sing in socks at the first ever Can Jam in 2015.

    New A Cappella Concert

    Katherine Takoudes ’20 Arts Editor
    On Friday, November 11, Hopkins’ three a cappella groups - Spirens, Harmonaires, and Triple Trio - will gather in Upper Heath to perform in Can Jam, a concert to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank.
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  • The cast of Daniel Rocket hangs out in between rehearsals.

    The Cast of Daniel Rocket Flies to the Stage

    Leah Miller ’20 Assistant Arts Editor
    October 11-13 marked the kickoff of the Hopkins Drama Association (HDA) season with the fall production of The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket.
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  • September

    Student Productions' Much Ado About Nothing is being performed in the Thompson Amphitheater on September 6 and 7.

    Students Perform Much Ado About Nothing

    Katherine Takoudes '20, Arts Editor
    Student Productions kicked off the 2018-2019 theater season with their adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing, on September 6 and 7.
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  • June

    Soloist and Concert Choir President Emeritus Kieran Anderson ’18 and Tour Choir members perform ”Cornerstone” in their annual Spring concert at Church of the Redeemer.

    Concert Choir Tours Spain & Portugal

    Eleanor Doolittle ’20 Arts Editor
    This summer, Hopkins Concert Choir departs for a European tour of Spain and Portugal, visiting Lisbon, Madrid, Lagos, Seville, Toledo, and Granada.
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  • The Harmonaires perform at the Celebrate Hopkins! Auction in May.

    A Capella Groups End Year With Spam Jam

    Leah Miller ’20 Assistant Arts Editor
    Within the graduation tent on the evening of Thursday, June 7, Hopkins a capella will rock the stage with their annual Spam Jam celebration.
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  • Artist of the Issue: Skyler Sugar

    Aaron Gruen ’21
    At Hopkins, students are given a wide array of art classes to choose from, ranging from Orchestra to Web Design.
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  • Sophomore Casey Goldberg ’20 chalks “Easter-Wings” by George Herbert outside of the Kneisel Squash Center.

    Chalk Poetry Envelops the Hopkins Campus

    Saira Munshani ’20 Voices Editor
    As a tribute to National Poetry Month this past April, English 10 students have brought poems from inside the classroom to pathways on The Hill.
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  • Chantel Malin ’18, Bella Feder ’18, Julia Silbert ’18, Kyle Burton ’18, (L-R) and Owen Rahr ’18 (not pictured) are the menbers of the Fine Arts III class who created the Class of 2018 Banner, which was revealed to the entire Hopkins Community on Prize Day.

    Senior Artists Create Annual Class Banner

    Katherine Takoudes ’20 Arts Editor
    Every year, graduating artists in Fine Arts III complete one final project: to design and paint their class banner, to be unfurled to the Hopkins Community at Prize Day.
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  • May

    Artist of the Issue: Kieran Anderson ’18

    Katherine Takoudes ’20 Arts Editor
    For Kieran Anderson ’18, music has always been a part of his life.
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  • Hopkins Jazz Rock Ensemble showcases their work in Upper Heath during their Spring Concert.

    Hopkins Musicians Make Melodies in May

    Eleanor Doolittle ’20 Arts Editor
    During the past few months, students in both the orchestra and concert choir were busy preparing for the annual Spring Music Concert.
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  • Once in a Lifetime premiered  in Townshend Auditorium on April 26 and closed on April 28. It was the last HDA show of the season.

    Once in a Lifetime Hits the Stage

    Leah Miller ’20 Assistant Arts Editor
    The Hopkins Drama Association (HDA) was back at it again with their triumphant spring production of Once in a Lifetime, on April 26 to 28.
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  • March

    Mark Xu ’18 soloing at Carnegie Hall in 2015 as the winner of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition.

    Artist of the Issue: Mark Xu ’18

    Emilia Cottignoli ’18 Arts Editor
     A decorated performer with twelve years of experience at hand, Mark Xu ’18 exudes success in his musical career.
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  • Eric Mueller Celebrates 40+ Years of Art

    Katie Broun ’19 Arts Editor
    Last month, the Hopkins Keator Gallery opened a new exhibit showcasing the work of Hopkins longtime art teacher Eric Mueller.
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  • Fourteen seniors performed in their final musical at Hopkins.

    Hopkins Drama Association Killed Heathers: The Musical

    Leah Miller ’20 Katherine Takoudes ’20 Assistant Arts Editor
    The Hopkins Drama Association (HDA) wrapped up another successful spring musical, Heathers: The Musical, on March 1 to 4. Heathers is the story of senior Veronica Sawyer (Georgia Doolittle ’18) who longs to be popular like the three Heathers: Heather McNamara (Naomi Roberts ’18), Heather Duke (Katie Broun ’19), and Heather Chandler (Kiarra Lavache ’18).
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  • February

    Lavache ’18 competes with the Hamden
Academy of Dance.

    February Artist of the Issue: Kiarra Lavache

    Emilia Cottignoli ’18, Arts Editor
    People sometimes question whether or not dance is a sport, but the reality is that dance is both a sport and a performance art, making it a diffcult and impressive form of physical activity. It requires intense concentration, fexibility, and strength, culminating in exercise that strains both the body and mind. Dancers, unlike other athletes, have to make everything look easy, and learn to interact with their audience. Hopkins is home to many athletes, including several dancers in each grade. Kiarra Lavache ’18 is one such performer.
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  • In the photo above, Lily Meyers ’20, Kieran Anderson ’18, Owen Rahr ’18, Kenny Lu ’19, and Katie Broun ’19 (L-R), represent Hopkins at CMEA regionals as members of the mixed choir.

    Musicians Attend CMEA Regional Festival

    Katherine Takoudes ’20 Assistant Arts Editor
    On Saturday, January 13, twenty-eight Hopkins instrumentalists and vocalists participated in this year’s Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Southern Regional Festival.
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  • New Hopkins Pep Band Brings Spirit to Sporting Events

    Lily Meyers ’20, Assistant Arts Editor, Anushree Vashist ’21
    This year, Hopkins’s frst ever Pep Band performs at sporting events.
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  • Review of The Post

    Drew Slager ’20
    The flm, The Post, released in December 2017, is a political thriller starring famous actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, along with Sarah Paulson and Bob Odenkirk.
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