Head of School Matt Frederickson discusses GCAA (Video)

A couple weeks ago, GCAA Head of School Matt Frederickson agreed to allow me to record an interview where he discusses many aspects of GCAA. It's a 25 minute interview filled with colorful images of GCAA students making art. Enjoy!

Black History is American History

GN6A3635 GCAA Black History Perform On February 26, 2015, hundreds of GCAA students performed "A Black History Celebration" under the new lights at the Sun Theater.  If you forgot the names of all of the students participating, no problem at all:  Here is a copy of the event Program. GN6A3532 GCAA Black History Perform The new light system and sound system (phase I of a multi-phase project) were installed only a few days prior to the performance.  Based on conversations with numerous students, teachers and parents, this technology was a welcome additions to the Sun Theater.  It appears that we are now past those days when the music students struggled to see their written music on stage. GN6A3961 GCAA Black History Perform                   GN6A3747 GCAA Black History Perform Based on comments from those in the audience, this was a deeply moving performance from beginning to end.  That said, numerous members of the audience commented to me that they were spellbound by the student performance of "The Ties That Bind," choreographed by GCAA Dance Department Teacher Keith Tyrone Williams. GN6A3802 GCAA Black History Perform GN6A3670 GCAA Black History Perform               GN6A3655 GCAA Black History Perform                   GN6A4005 GCAA Black History Perform Although you will see numerous photos from this event on this page, you are also urged to visit the GCAA Flickr Photos (Link is also at the bottom of the GCAA Home Page), to see almost 200 photos from GCAA's "A Black History Celebration. GN6A3896 GCAA Black History Perform  

Kids’ Kabaret: A Broadway Inspired Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center

Congratulations Marissa Pineda for your participation in such a great event for a great cause.  Marissa, a student at GCAA, represented the school and St. Louis youth in a benefit event for children with severe and chronic illnesses. St. Louis, Missouri - On August 2, at 7:30 p.m., a performance entitled Kids' Kabaret: A Broadway Inspired Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center will be held at the beautiful Ivory Theatre at 7620 Michigan Ave, St Louis, MO 63111. Sam Poon is turning thirteen years old, and instead of a party, he is returning to St. Louis from NYC to perform in a show with many of his friends to raise money for the hospital that saved his life as an infant. Sam suffered from pertussis (whooping cough) and was septic as a young infant thus suffering a cardiac arrest. The doctors and nurses at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center saved his life. Rather than receiving gifts for his first teenage birthday, he would much rather give a gift for the children of SSM Cardinal Glennon. Sam Poon( Les Miserables Nat'l Tour, Billy Elliot Nat'l Tour, Macbeth) has an extensive background in performance, having started performing at the MUNY at age six, then going on to National Tours, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, The David Letterman Show, national commercials, and recently a feature film entitled Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman. Christian Probst( Disney's The Little Mermaid Papermill Playhouse), a drama student at Yale University, and actor with extensive local and regional credits, will be the Master of Ceremonies and host for the evening. Joining Sam by donating their time and talents to the performance are: Maria Knasel( Billy Elliot, White Christmas National Tours), Maddie Barnes(Billy Elliot National Tours),Jenna Iacono (How the Grinch Stole Christmas Nat'l Tours, voice of Libby Light Sprite on Nickelodeon's Wallykazam), Simone Daley, Abbie Pineda, Marissa Pineda, Grace Jegle, Caroline Robinson, Evan Robinson, Rosie Page, Maddie Wansong, William Poon, and Ellie Poon. These children have performed at The MUNY, STAGES St. Louis, The Repertory Theater, National Broadway Tours and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. The show will consist of musical theater songs and dances from beloved shows such as Nine, Working, Hairspray, A Christmas Story, Annie Get Your Gun and Disney's The Jungle Book. The cost of the event is $25 per ticket. All proceeds go directly to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.

The Sun shines at May 10 GCAA Gala

Gala encore - JJV IMG_5609 GCAA Sun Gala - May 2014   IMG_5586 GCAA Sun Gala - May 2014 Those who attended know that it was an iconic moment for GCAA.  Some said that it was a day when expectations rose more than a notch for GCAA students, and they more than met expectations.  Everyone who attended saw that the Sun Theater is a treasure for this fledgling performing arts school. IMG_5835 GCAA Sun Gala - May 2014 IMG_5813 GCAA Sun Gala - May 2014 IMG_5743 GCAA Sun Gala - May 2014 It was an incredible evening filled with excellent performances by all four of GCAA's Arts Departments, including live on-stage performances by GCAA's visual artists (Here is the evening's program).  There is no way to recognize the efforts of everyone who made this evening a success, but these photos (more than 100 photos in the gallery below) will present many of the sights that so moved the audience. [Photos by Erich Vieth and by JuJu Vieth--JuJu's photos contain her initials in each photo file name]. Keep in mind that all of these photos (and thousands of other GCAA photos) can be found at the GCAA Flickr site, organized into categories.  The Gala photos have been tagged with the phrase "Sun Gala." IMG_5567 GCAA Sun Gala - May 2014 IMG_5871 GCAA Sun Gala - May 2014   Addendum:  On May 22, 2014, Ray Sampson (husband of GCAA dance teacher Danielle Sampson) provided me with a link to a short video he made regarding the Gala:  

GCAA Musical Theater Department Reveals the Power of One

IMG_2559 GCAA Musical Theater show 4-4

On April 4 and 5, 2014 at 7 p.m., the GCAA Musical Theater Department presented the "Power of One."  The show played to enthusiastic audiences on the 6th floor makeshift performance hall (as the Sun Theater is in the final stages of preparation next door).

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Mr. Keith Williams was the Director and Choreographer. The production itself was written by the GCAA students.

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I'm posting several photos from the Friday performance in this article.   As always, you can view many more photos in high res format on the GCAA Flickr Page (the link is also on the bottom of the home page of the GCAA Website.  Once you get to Flickr, visit the "Musical Theater" set, and you see 100 photos from Friday night.

IMG_2668 GCAA Musical Theater show 4-4

I've previously posted photos from some of the practice sessions, and you can still find those at the bottom of this article.

IMG_2653 GCAA Musical Theater show 4-4

 

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Immediately following are selected thumbnails from the show.  Click on any one of them and you'll see the corresponding high res photo. Photos from March 2014 practice sessions for the musical follow, along with the prior article regarding preparations for the show:

IMG_1684 GCAA music thea dance ceramics

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IMG_1978 GCAA musical theater

Mr. Williams states that the kids are working hard at making this a first rate production, and "are learning a great deal about the production of musical theater." He urges that the GCAA community support the show by attending one of the two performances. "You'll hear the voice of young urban Americans all across America. It is the voice of students yearning to be heard." IMG_1654 GCAA music thea dance ceramics IMG_2436 Musical Theater IMG_1976 GCAA musical theater IMG_2465 Musical Theater The cost of attending is $20 per ticket. Williams explains that this is both a fundraiser for the department, and that the ticket proceeds will be used to defray what has turned out to be an expensive production, including the costs of costumes, an elaborate set and live musicians.

The Power of One

IMG_2559 GCAA Musical Theater show 4-4

On April 4 and 5, 2014 at 7 p.m., the GCAA Musical Theater Department presented the "Power of One."  The show played to enthusiastic audiences on the 6th floor makeshift performance hall (as the Sun Theater is in the final stages of preparation next door).

IMG_2570 GCAA Musical Theater show 4-4

Mr. Keith Williams was the Director and Choreographer. The production itself was written by the GCAA students.

IMG_2618 GCAA Musical Theater show 4-4

I'm posting several photos from the Friday performance in this article.   As always, you can view many more photos in high res format on the GCAA Flickr Page (the link is also on the bottom of the home page of the GCAA Website.  Once you get to Flickr, visit the "Musical Theater" set, and you see 100 photos from Friday night.

IMG_2668 GCAA Musical Theater show 4-4

I've previously posted photos from some of the practice sessions, and you can still find those at the bottom of this article.

IMG_2653 GCAA Musical Theater show 4-4

 

IMG_2514 GCAA Musical Theater show 4-4

Immediately following are selected thumbnails from the show.  Click on any one of them and you'll see the corresponding high res photo. Photos from March 2014 practice sessions for the musical follow, along with the prior article regarding preparations for the show:

IMG_1684 GCAA music thea dance ceramics

IMG_2434 Musical Theater

IMG_2482 Musical Theater

IMG_1978 GCAA musical theater

Mr. Williams states that the kids are working hard at making this a first rate production, and "are learning a great deal about the production of musical theater." He urges that the GCAA community support the show by attending one of the two performances. "You'll hear the voice of young urban Americans all across America. It is the voice of students yearning to be heard." IMG_1654 GCAA music thea dance ceramics IMG_2436 Musical Theater IMG_1976 GCAA musical theater IMG_2465 Musical Theater The cost of attending is $20 per ticket. Williams explains that this is both a fundraiser for the department, and that the ticket proceeds will be used to defray what has turned out to be an expensive production, including the costs of costumes, an elaborate set and live musicians.

Cabaret Night a big hit at GCAA

It had all the makings for a big success.  All of the tickets were sold out within a week. The Franklin Room in the Soulard section of St. Louis was filled to capacity (almost 500 people attending). More than 30 separate student performances.   At 6:30 pm, Drew Cowell took the microphone, the student singers began to take the stage, the crowd responded with applause, food and drink were served, the silent auction ran, and it didn't stop until 9:30 pm.  By then, almost $10,000 had been raised for the GCAA vocal music program. The Cabaret Playbill lists the many acts. IMG_2160 GCAA cabaret   IMG_2176 GCAA cabaret II IMG_2133 GCAA cabaret IMG_2155 GCAA cabaret IMG_2138 GCAA cabaret A special thanks to those serving on the GCAA Cabaret Committee, including: IMG_2189 GCAA cabaret Members of the committee include (left to right): Emily Alexander. Jennifer Kaempfe, Katie Belisle-Iffrig, Angie Freesmeier, Erin Gonzalez, Lisa Selligman, Wendy Spilker, Renee Robinson. Rebecca Irving and Jennifer Leone.  Not in the photo:   Jeannine Chamberlin. Visit the GCAA Flickr Page for viewing numerous additional photos.