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Christmas Concert 2016: by Meenu Johnkutty ’17

The night of December 7 was an evening featuring Kennedy’s brightest stars. Kennedy Catholic’s Christmas Concert, featuring the band, chorus, and string ensemble, displayed their musical talents in a series of performances which kicked off the remaining three weeks left till Christmas Day.

The Chorus started the night filled with holiday cheer singing their rendition of “These Alone are Enough.” Then, it followed with the Christmas classics which included “The Little Drummer Boy” and “O Holy Night.” Ava Gallo (11) sang a soulful “Mary, Did You Know” and Tingya Zhang (10) dazzled the audience with her piano solo titled “Senbonzakura.” The Chorus followed with “Panis Angelicus”, featuring soloists Kiely Beltran and Megan Collina, and ended with “We Need a Little Christmas” in unison.

If the Chorus’ performance wasn’t enough of a treat for the audience, then our String Ensemble and Band could most definitely fill the void. The String Ensemble started off with the Brandenburg Concero no. 5, composed by Bach. Then, Erin Glendon, Meenu Johnkutty, Hannah Tracey, Dominic Dudek and Minji Gwon played Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major. The band then showcased its first piece titled “Sleigh Ride.” The String Ensemble followed with music from Pirates of the Caribbean. The Band played a joyful medley of Christmas music as part of an arrangement titled “A Christmas Fantasy ” and saved the best for last with a dynamic rendition of “Carol of the Bells.” The String Ensemble ended with “String a Song of Christmas” the second to last piece of the night.

The Band, Chorus, and String Ensemble (the audience was invited to sing along too!) ended with a soulful “White Christmas.” Though the music-related performances for the night were over, the audience was in for another treat made possible by Kennedy’s visual arts students. Using claymation, Mrs. Glembotsky’s art students depicted a story which hit very close to home for one important member of the Kennedy Catholic community: Father Vaillancourt. Illustrating the redeeming power of Christmas after the death of a loved one, the claymation video didn’t leave a single dry eye within the audience.

The Christmas Concert was truly a validation of the tremendous amount of hard work and talent constantly put forward in Kennedy’s fine arts program. Though the Christmas concert may be over, the Spring Concert will soon be right around the corner, where Kennedy’s brightest stars will showcase their talents once again!


To see images from the concert, please visit our gallery of images page. 


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Roger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”: by Hannah Langley ‘17

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The Prince rides the horse.

I have been in Kennedy’s theater program for three years now, and I must say that this year was an extremely challenging, yet truly rewarding experience. There were some good times, there were some bad times and there were a lot of stressful times. However, we all came together – cast, crew, costumes, orchestra – to put on a successful Cinderella.

The show was double casted this year, which proved to be somewhat difficult at times. However, it also made rehearsals more enjoyable since there were more people to share the experience with. Also, as one of the leads, it was entertaining to watch the other cast perform and to see my character portrayed on stage by someone else. The show brought many of us together, created many friendships, and made everyone grow a lot closer. This was especially true for the girls who joined the musical from Good Counsel Academy. Monica McStay, who played Madame on the Thursday and Saturday shows, said that switching schools her senior year was hard, but she is glad that she did the show at Kennedy. She said, “Joining the drama club introduced me to so many friendly and talented people. I am grateful for the experience and the friends I have made!

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Cinderella looks on.

As many of the cast members can attest to, the show was not always fun and games. It was actually extremely stressful most of the time, and we all had to work hard to put on a show we could be proud of. Monica Gayanelo, who played Marie (the fairy godmother) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, stated, “This show taught me that anything really is possible. Making dreams come true with the wave of a magic wand taught me… any dream can become reality with a little faith in yourself.” I think this show really did teach us all that when we work together, we can make anything happen.

This year’s show was more than just a performance. It was a tribute. Sister Barbara passed away on the same day as our Friday performance. Hearing the news after the show as a community was tragic. Everyone in that auditorium felt the heartbreak and loss. The Saturday and Sunday shows were in tribute to her, being as she dedicated so much of her life to all of us, especially last year in The Sound of Music. As hard as the news was, it brought us all closer together, and created an inseparable bond among everyone involved in the show. Genny Glembotzky, who not only performed in a number of roles, but also filled the responsibility of assistant director, gave a remark regarding Sister Barbara’s passing, “Hearing the news… was very difficult for our cast, but it was really beautiful to see everyone come together, be there for each other, and remember her like they did.” As Genny said, we all came together to remember Sister Barbara as the amazing woman she was and to honor the amazing legacy she has set for our community. We all know that she was with us during the shows, watching from the best seat in the house.

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The wicked stepmother.

I would not have traded my Cinderella experience for anything else. I have made friendships and bonds with so many people that I hope to never lose. Performing as Charlotte, the annoying, mean stepsister (on Thursday and Saturday nights) was a lot of fun, and gave me the freedom to be someone completely different from myself. As a quick remark, I want to thank my cast – Kelsey Baron, Joe Gullotta, Jillian Flynn, Monica McStay, Dominic Basilone, Dylan Berry and Rose Grosskopf – for being absolutely amazing and for making me feel so comfortable performing on stage with all of you. I also want to give a shout out to the other cast – Kayla Campise, Nicholas DiGrandi, Amanda Astrologo, Meghan Reilly, Monica Gayanelo, and Caroline King. Rehearsals with everyone were so much fun, and I’m so glad we all became such good friends. I’ll never forget this experience and the good times we enjoyed (when we weren’t suffering from illness or stressing out). We will all miss the seniors from this year, but we know that they will go on to do even greater things.

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Cinderella dances with her prince.

Just when the show seemed “impossible,” we pushed on, and in the end it was a success. The show took a lot of hard work, dedication, and perseverance from all, but it was all worth it. I am proud to say I was a part of Cinderella. Hopefully the audience had “a lovely night” at our performances.

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Masterpieces of the Spring Art Show: By Tianyi (Jack) Yuan ’16

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Student art from the 2016 Art Show

The Kennedy Art Show was displayed during production week of Cinderella. Each opus was born from our fellow students’ enthusiasm and appreciation of beauty. The pieces of art transmitted verses from the students’ innermost selves. The artists used pigments that varied with the mood of their pieces.  Under the guidance of Mrs. Glembotzky in the art studio, they have been prepared to compose the finest paintings and drawings with deep meanings. With this mentality, the work they brought out of their studio, also came out of their hearts. Therefore, the art show proved to be a touching event for artists and non-artists alike. All of you that had the chance to see these students’ work should have appreciated the pieces and felt the enjoyment of interpreting the authors’ mental work. I am compelled to tell the artists that their talents are deeply appreciated and that their work brought even more enjoyment to the wonderful shows of CinderellaTheir art represented words in their hearts which could not be formed into dialogues or written documents. I hope the senior artists continue their work outside of Kennedy and that the underclassmen continue to progress in the art program. I also hope that audiences continue to see the value of art and maintain their appreciation of it.  Myself and many others are eagerly anticipating next year’s Kennedy Art Show.

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A view of the art displayed during the 2016 Spring Art Show

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Pencil art displayed at the 2016 Spring Art Show

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Kennedy Players Perform Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella: By Hannah Langley ‘17

Cinderella-2I have been in Kennedy’s theater program for three years now, and I must say that this year was an extremely challenging, yet truly rewarding experience. There were some good times, there were some bad times and there were a lot of stressful times. However, we all came together – cast, crew, costumes, orchestra – to put on a successful Cinderella.

The show was double cast this year, which proved to be somewhat difficult at times. However, it also made rehearsals more enjoyable since there were more people to share the experience with. Also, as one of the leads, it was entertaining to watch the other cast perform and to see my character portrayed on stage by someone else. The show brought many of us together, created many friendships, and made everyone grow a lot closer. This was especially true for the girls who joined the musical from Good Counsel Academy. Monica McStay, who played Madame on the Thursday and Saturday shows, said that switching schools her senior year was hard, but she is glad that she did the show at Kennedy. She said, “Joining the drama club introduced me to so many friendly and talented people. I am grateful for the experience and the friends I have made!”

As many of the cast members can attest to, the show was not always fun and games. It was actually extremely stressful most of the time, and we all had to work hard to put on a show we could be proud of. Monica Gayanelo, who played Marie (the fairy godmother) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, stated, “This show taught me that anything really is possible. Making dreams come true with the wave of a magic wand taught me… any dream can become a reality with a little faith in yourself.” I think this show really did teach us all that when we work together, we can make anything happen.

“Hearing the news… was very difficult for our cast, but it was really beautiful to see everyone come together, be there for each other, and remember her like they did.”

Cinderella-1This year’s show was more than just a performance. It was a tribute. Sister Barbara passed away on the same day as our Friday performance. Hearing the news after the show as a community was tragic. Everyone in that auditorium felt the heartbreak and loss. The Saturday and Sunday shows were in tribute to her, being as she dedicated so much of her life to all of us, especially last year in The Sound of Music. As hard as the news was, it brought us all closer together and created an inseparable bond among everyone involved in the show. Genny Glembotzky, who not only performed in a number of roles but also filled the responsibility of assistant director, gave a remark regarding Sister Barbara’s passing, “Hearing the news… was very difficult for our cast, but it was really beautiful to see everyone come together, be there for each other, and remember her like they did.” As Genny said, we all came together to remember Sister Barbara as the amazing woman she was and to honor the amazing legacy she has set for our community. We all know that she was with us during the shows, watching from the best seat in the house.

Cinderella-3I would not have traded my Cinderella experience for anything else. I have made friendships and bonds with so many people that I hope to never lose. Performing as Charlotte, the annoying, mean stepsister (on Thursday and Saturday nights) was a lot of fun, and gave me the freedom to be someone completely different from myself. As a quick remark, I want to thank my cast – Kelsey Baron, Joe Gullotta, Jillian Flynn, Monica McStay, Dominic Basilone, Dylan Berry and Rose Grosskopf – for being absolutely amazing and for making me feel so comfortable performing on stage with all of you. I also want to give a shout out to the other cast – Kayla Campise, Nicholas DiGrandi, Amanda Astrologo, Meghan Reilly, Monica Gayanelo, and Caroline King. Rehearsals with everyone were so much fun, and I’m so glad we all became such good friends. I’ll never forget this experience and the good times we enjoyed (when we weren’t suffering from illness or stressing out). We will all miss the seniors from this year, but we know that they will go on to do even greater things.

Just when the show seemed “impossible,” we pushed on, and in the end, it was a success. The show took a lot of hard work, dedication, and perseverance from all, but it was all worth it. I am proud to say I was a part of Cinderella. Hopefully, the audience had “a lovely night” at our performances.