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Teacher Submission, Hannah Loeb. "Choosing A Lifejacket On Capsizing Day"

Is there one with a pocket for my Charleston Chew?

It’s still hard from the counselors’ freezer, where I hid it

without their permission, the long afternoon. I know there’s no food

allowed in the boathouse. I know how you can’t take it with you. I know

I’ll be wearing the jacket for safety. And I know I will willingly

enter a “death roll” today. It’s my life, it’s July, it’s the Ocean State YMCA!

They’ll be making me wear this old thing, anyway.

–––And I chose the wrong one. The dark orange seemed safer than splotchy,

but splotchy turned out to mean drying, while darkness meant wet,

an ominous wetness. Its wearer has already sunk, during period three,

and now I’m its wearer. And nothing is as I was told it would be: my father,

sailmaster from ’79 until May ’83, had his Skipper’s Plaque hung too high for me to see

from my seat in the damp boathouse.

The skipper’s a college kid, Paul, and he’s sketching

the eight points of sail in erasable marker, teaching us all how to drown: irons,

close reach, beam reach, broad reach, run. My father described once

a memory. Capsizing Day, maybe ’80, before he got skipper, and after

the boats had laid down in the water all morning, with none of the heaviness, none

of the unanswerable wind that I feel in 2014, the mess

served a deviled egg special for lunch, before archery started: a civilized food,

a food you can’t turn upside down, with a slippery hull and its insides scooped out,

mixed with a pickling thing, with sea salt and mustard and miracle whip,

and finally taken back over its rim. Can’t we cancel the day? Can’t the boat, as the egg takes the yolk, though it’s

after and saltier, take me back in?

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Kicks Off–Sophie Harder '20

With only four days left until the production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee takes Sun Valley Community School’s stage, students are working day and night to get it on its feet and are beyond excited to share it with the community. Actors are currently getting mic’d up and ready for the upcoming week full of tech and dress rehearsals, leading up to opening night on Thursday, November 1st. With ticket sales going well, we are hoping to present this show to a full audience.

“This show is witty, heartwarming, and has a bit of Vim and Vigor to it.” says Shea Brokaw, cast as one of the fathers to Logainne Shwartzandgrubenierre.

Tickets are available at Mary Halls desk in the Upper School. Show dates are, November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 7 pm in the Community School theater.

Behind the Bee - Jasper Mott '20

With merely two weeks until The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens its doors to audiences, students involved are working hard to put together a performance that is sure to be amusing. Even the set itself has almost been entirely set up, complete with 6 foot tall bleachers and a rope swing hanging from the ceiling. Students will agree that the show is going swimmingly.

Laine Allison, making her return to the stage as Marcy Park, says “The show is interesting, funny, fast-paced, and features a lot of audience involvement. We'll call up volunteers to participate in the show, and it's a performance that is sure to put a smile on your face!”

A Peek Inside the Audition Process - Jasper Mott '20

This Fall, Community School Players will bring The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to our school’s podium. The production, written and composed by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn, has struck various stages around the world since 2005. The very interactive musical comedy takes place at a much anticipated Spelling Bee, in which six quirky and pubescent teens compete for the winning title. Following characters such as Olive Ostrovsky, Chip Tolentino, and Logainne Schwartz, the catchy tunes outline the witless drama and competitiveness of the entire Spelling Bee itself.

Priya Merchant, current freshman, explains, “What I love most about the show is that people don’t really know what to expect considering it’s about a Spelling Bee. Still, the characters are very funny, and the storyline is engaging.”

A couple of weeks ago, around 30 students from our Upper School community displayed their talents in order see where they fit into the upcoming show. Everybody who tried out has already been successfully cast in the spectacle, and it is bound to be very amusing for audiences. Although, other Community School students and faculty often ask: What is it like to audition for one of these shows in the first place?

More often than not, the process is as simple as singing a few bars of your favorite song or show-tune. For the sake of recognizing your vocal range, you may even be asked to match a few tunes or notes from the piano. That’s it! Kevin Wade (director) and John Mauldin (music director) make the activity very simple and trouble-free to ensure your comfortability.

Christine DuFur, seasoned veteran and current senior, says “Going into the audition was very nerve-racking. It was my one shot to showcase what I can do, therefore I didn’t want to make any mistakes. Both Kevin and John were very inviting though, which made the audition a lot more relaxed.”

Sophie Harder, another long time performer, similarly reflects “Auditions have always been tough for me, as the idea of standing in front of two people who decide your role in a show is very stressful. Although the moments leading up to the audition are the scariest, I feel instant relief when I see the smiling faces waiting for me in the theater.”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will have performances on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd only. So be sure to grab tickets! Sophie adds, “I am so excited to participate in the show, and share this hilarious story with our community. The characters are people that the audience will be able to relate to, feel for, and laugh along with.”