Monday, November 22, 2010

Parents Weekend at The Meeting School

It's Monday morning - and what a wonderful Parents Weekend it was!

Parents came on Friday to participate in the life of the School with the school community. On Friday about sixty people enjoyed an incredible pre-Thanksgiving dinner replete with turkeys from the farm, and homemade everything else - stuffing, rolls, pies, and green salad (with nasturtiums from the green house).

Following dinner and Parents Meeting there was a Coffee House in Hayden Room, which featured a puppet show, a performance from the theater class, as well as a visit from Lady Gaga. After the Coffee House, teacher Hannah Berardi's partner Dan performed with his amazing band, The Brothers McCann.

The small business class sold sheep and felt globes ornaments and eco-bags for wrapping gifts.

On Saturday morning parents and students attended Opening before taking part in classes that included physics, The Art and Literature of Theater, and Peace Studies.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the weekend. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Class Gets a Taste of the Performing Arts

Last Thursday The Meeting School's Art and Literature of Theater class visited Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts, the major cultural arts center in central New Hampshire. Meeting School faculty member Burrett McBee, who is also an adjunct professor at Plymouth State, organized the trip. Students spent time exploring Hanaway Theater and extensively touring the performing arts center - in the photo they are holding line sets, the lines that control the many scenic units that come in and out of the fly loft, the space above the stage. A highlight was listening the the costume designer for the upcoming performance of "Little Women" speak about the pattern for a period costume that she was designing and building from scratch. Perhaps some students at The Meeting School could see themselves designing costumes one day!