MSSD Honors Performing Arts Student Stars
This year the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) Performing Arts Program produced three outstanding productions: Letters to Grandma, World Dance Express, and On Golden Pond.
Fall Showcase: Letters to Grandma
The MSSD Fall Showcase, Letters to Grandma, charmed its audience with its portrayal of one man's life stories in a performance that combined elements of traditional theater and mime. The show was written and directed by Jason Stewart, coordinator of performing arts, with MSSD student MeiLi Robbins as co-director, and performed by a cast of 11 MSSD students.
Fall Showcase Awardees for 2009:
Outstanding Lead Performer: Ivory Gibbs
Outstanding Supporting Performer: Franly Ulerio Nuez
Most Creative Performer: Xian Huang
Best Stage Crew: Justine Liss
Winter Dance Concert: World Dance Express
The World Dance Express, February 4-6, showcased MSSD dancers and guest dance companies from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The concert featured a variety of dance genres, including hip hop, jazz, multicultural, modern, funk, emotional, Latino, West African, classical Indian, and traditional Japanese. The guest companies performing this year were the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Dance Company, the Wild Zappers, the National Deaf Dance Theatre, the Nrityalaya School of Indian Classical Odissi Dance, the Shizumi Kondomo Dance Troupe, the Flux Fusion Dance Group, and guest soloist Ameena Patterson.
This year's outstanding adult choreographers included Fred Beam, Michelle Banks, Baranda Johnson, and Yola Rozynek. Three MSSD student choreographers-James Carter, Wade Green, and Adrian Saylor-debuted original works for Latin, modern, and multicultural/modern dances, respectively.
Dance Concert Awardees for 2010
Outstanding Lead Dancer: Wade Green
Outstanding Supporting Dancer: Kaori Vazquez
Most Versatile Dancer: Adrian Saylor
Best Stage Crew: Chad Willman
Spring Play: On Golden Pond
Spring Play: On Golden Pond
The spring play featured an adaptation of Ernest Thompson's highly acclaimed play, On Golden Pond, performed for the first time with an all-deaf cast. The two-act play, set in rural Maine, focused on the love of family and contentment in one's life. Student-director MeiLi Robbins adapted the play and brought it up-to-date with today's technology (i.e., videophones, pagers).
Spring Play Awardees:
Outstanding Actor: Wade Green
Outstanding Actress: Natacha Pericles
Outstanding Supporting Actress: MeiLi Robbins
Outstanding Support Actor: Tobe Amasiatu
Most Versatile Performer: Brennan Terhune-Cotter
Best Stage Crew: Xian Huang
All-Around Awards for the 2009-2010 Performing Arts Season
Crew of the Year: Xian Huang
Most Dedicated Performer: Adrian Saylor
Most Improved Performer: James Carter
MSSD Performing Arts Recognition Award: Natacha Pericles
Best Choreographer: Wade Green
Best Director: MeiLi Robbins