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Students Prepare for Winter Concert

Students Prepare for Winter Concert

Peter Ryan

January 17, 2020

After a semester of in-class rehearsals, the Upper School Instrumental Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Choir will make their first of three major performances on Friday, January 18th at 6:00 at the Upper School Winter Concert in the Blauvelt Theater. Although all three groups have performed at school...

Cats Was the Best Movie of 2019, and Here’s Why

Cats Was the Best Movie of 2019, and Here’s Why

Zoe Tzanis

January 16, 2020

Yes, Cats is plotless, pointless, and creepy, but that’s how it should be. With a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and CGI (computer-generated imagery) deemed bad enough to warrant an immediate update, there are a host of self-proclaimed Cats haters out there. While disliking the distracting cat ears or uncomfor...

FSS Art Show Review: Highlighting the Individual

FSS Art Show Review: Highlighting the Individual

Peter Ryan

January 16, 2020

Friends Select states that its mission is to “balance between the individual and the community.” The current art show on display in the front hall, exhibiting art made by members of the class of 2020, accomplishes this ideal wonderfully: each portfolio prep student is given a full wall to present thei...

Metamorphoses: A Groundbreaking Friends Select Production

Metamorphoses: A Groundbreaking Friends Select Production

Annie Rupertus and Zoe Tzanis

December 13, 2019

On November 15th, Friends Select’s incredible thespians performed Metamorphoses, a collection of ancient myths written by Ovid and adapted by Mary Zimmerman almost 2,000 years later.  Although both performances were on days without school, many students still made the trip to see their peers perform. As th...

Music: From the Students

Music: From the Students

Adam Powley

December 4, 2019

This infographic portrays the variety of music tastes and preferences among Friends Select upper school students. A survey was sent out to grades 9-12, 44 of whom responded, in order to get the information for this infographic. It was designed in Adobe Photoshop using free use images....

Review: MAGDALENE by FKA twigs

Review: MAGDALENE by FKA twigs

Matt D'Annunzio

December 4, 2019

FKA twigs is making music for the future. Since the beginning of her career, her music has always felt one step ahead. FKA twigs doesn’t fit into one genre: she combines pop, electronic music, and many other influences into a unique genre in the likes of Björk and Kate Bush. Twigs has never released...

37 Years in Blauvelt Theater

37 Years in Blauvelt Theater

Yannick Haynes

November 19, 2019

This infographic illustrates 37 years of productions in the Blauvelt Theater. Information was found in the Friends Select Archives with help from Dick Hoffman. The infographic was designed in Adobe Photoshop using images from the FSS Archives....

Review: Jesus is King by Kanye West

Review: Jesus is King by Kanye West

Matt D'Annunzio

November 17, 2019

Very few names are as simultaneously loved and derided as “Kanye West.” Last year was a watershed moment in Kanye’s career. As part of his “Wyoming Sessions”, he worked on two of the year’s most critically acclaimed albums: Pusha T’s Daytona, which he produced, and KIDS SEE GHOSTS, a collabo...

Cast and Crew Optimistic About Fall Play

Cast and Crew Optimistic About Fall Play

Gabe Tarini

November 12, 2019

The final stretch of any theatre production is always stressful, but the cast and crew of Metamorphoses are comparatively at ease, despite the rapidly approaching opening night (November 15th).  "I think we're right on track for where we should be," says senior Michaela Fineman.  The students attr...

Freeman Rabb Composes Soundtrack for Fall Play

Freeman Rabb Composes Soundtrack for Fall Play

Gabe Tarini

November 11, 2019

Freeman Rabb, a junior at Friends Select, has been composing music digitally since freshman year. He has since become known for it, and can often be heard experimenting in the halls before school or during free periods. “If you’re in the upper school, you’ve probably heard my music at some point,...

Metamorphosis Supports WePAC

Metamorphosis Supports WePAC

Elena Milliken

November 11, 2019

On November 15th and 16th, Friends Select Theatre will perform Metamorphosis, a collection of myths based on the works of the Roman poet Ovid. Every production, Donna Romero, Head of the Drama Department, finds a new charity that ties into the themes of the current show. The cast and crew then fundrais...

Max Budnick’s New Role as Technical Theatre Director

Max Budnick’s New Role as Technical Theatre Director

October 21, 2019

Max Budnick has become the face of technical theater at Friends Select, but when he began at Friends Select, he wasn't involved in the program at all. In fact, the technical theater program wasn't even a program. Max first worked as a receptionist at the front desk. His first step into the theater p...