Arts

May
27

An Arts Night to Remember

The fourth annual Arts Night on Thursday, May 23, featured all six categories of art at Thetford Academy: art, design technology, drama, culinary arts, choral music, and instrumental music. The café was transformed into a gallery displaying dozens of student 2-D and 3-D artworks created in Karyn Neubauer’s classes. Tabletops were spread with culinary delights—from spanikopita […]

By William Bugg | Arts . Features . Parents . TA Today
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May
21

Woodworking Competition Shows TA Students’ Skill

On Friday, May 12, 2019, several Thetford Academy Design Technology students joined more than 70 students from across the region to compete in the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers student woodworking competition. TA’s students showed off the skills they’d honed in class with Chris Schmidt, TA’s Design Technology teacher and master woodworker. Several students earned […]

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May
12

Arts Night: TA’s Six Areas of Arts Will Dazzle the Senses

Thetford Academy’s six areas of art will dazzle the five senses during the fourth annual Arts Night on Thursday, May 23. Visual arts, design technology, drama, and culinary arts displays will be on hand at the TA café beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a choral music and instrumental music performance in the Martha Jane Rich Theater to follow […]

By William Bugg | Academics . Arts . Features . Parents . TA Today
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May
10

Thetford Academy Spring Musical Opens May 16

TA Presents “Once Upon a Mattress” The Thetford Academy Drama department is getting ready for its spring performance—the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress. Opening night is Thursday, May 16, with encore performances scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. in the Martha Jane Rich Theater. Once Upon a […]

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Mar
20

3rd in Poetry Out Loud State Championships

Eloise Silver Van Meter placed third in the Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Championships held at Vermont PBS Studios in Colchester on March 18th. To reach the championship, Eloise first won TA’s contest, then advanced from the semifinals at the Barre Opera House, and finally performed at PBS. Pictured: Eloise reciting Lani O’Hanlon’s “Back up […]

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Mar
18

Creative Writing Class Hosts Poetry Slam

English teacher Ray Chapin’s Creative Writing class hosted a Poetry Slam last Friday, with more than 15 students, faculty, and staff competing for the top prize. Each contestant wrote and performed an original poem for the audience and four student judges. The Slam was a culmination of a week-long poetry workshop led by Vermont’s reigning […]

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Mar
11

TA Drama Students Advance to State Finals

Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Who Am I This Time” for their performance at the Regional Drama Festival on Saturday, March 9, at Mill River High School in Clarendon, VT. Their production was selected to advance to the State Finals on April 5 and 6 at Essex High School in Essex, VT. Individual awards for Excellence […]

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Mar
08

Eloise Silver Van Meter advances to the Poetry Out Loud State Championships

At the Vermont Semifinal Poetry Out Loud contest, held at Barre Opera House on March 7th, Eloise Silver Van Meter advanced to the State Championships, along with nine other students. Thirty-one school winners recited two poems each. Eloise recited Lani O’Hanlon’s “Back Up Quick They’re Hippies” and Brenda Cárdenas’s “Zacuanpapalotls” (which means “Butterflies” in ancient […]

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Mar
03

Eloise Silver Van Meter to Represent TA in State Poetry Out Loud Contest

Sophomore Eloise Silver Van Meter’s recitation of “Zacuanpopalotls” by Brenda Cárdenas came in first place in TA’s Poetry Out Loud Contest on Feb. 12. The runner up was William Bosco, who presented “Analysis of Baseball” by May Swenson. Eloise recited “Zacuanpopalotls” in front of the student body on Feb. 27 during Assembly (see above photo), […]

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Feb
24

Thetford Academy Drama Presents: “Who Am I This Time?”

The next two Thursdays, February 28 and March 7, at 7:00 p.m., Thetford Academy Drama students will perform “Who Am I This Time?” in the MJR Theater. Students are taking the play to the Vermont One Act Play Competition in March and to help them prepare, the actors will be requesting audience feedback at these […]

By Patty McIlvaine | Arts . News . Parents . TA Today
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Jan
07

TA’s 22nd Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival: Jan 17-18

Thetford Academy’s 22nd annual festival of ten-minute plays, written and performed by TA students, will take place Thursday and Friday, January 17 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Martha Jane Rich Theater at Thetford Academy. As usual, the plays contain a wide variety of topics and themes, this year ranging from complicated friendships, to […]

By Diana Garcia-Lavigne | Academics . Arts . Parents . TA Today
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Dec
14

Winter Concert to Feature Holiday Classics & Music Across the Ages: Dec. 19

The choral and instrumental music programs will perform their winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Martha Jane Rich Theater. The band has been working hard preparing for the concert.  Approximately 40 musicians in grades 7-12 will be playing pieces from a broad scope of styles and eras, including music from […]

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Nov
04

Timber Framing Class Raises New Softball Dugout

In the fall of 2014 and 2015, Chris Schmidt’s Timber Framing class built two new dugouts to replace deteriorating structures for the Panther baseball team. This fall, Chris’s class has designed and, as of Oct. 30, erected the frame of the first of two dugouts for the Panther softball team.  In September, the class of […]

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Nov
02

Thetford Academy Drama Presents “Almost, Maine”

Thetford Academy’s fall play, Almost, Maine, will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 15; Friday, Nov. 16; and Saturday, Nov. 17. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Dinner / Theater:  On opening night, Nov. 15, TAPA will host a Lasagna Dinner prior to the play, consisting of Lasagna or Chili (a gluten free alternative), […]

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Oct
05

Students, Alumni, and Parents Perform for Parish Players: Oct. 11-21

TA seniors Eli Kaliski, Alden Nichols, and Maeve Curtin (Stage Manager) are featured in local playwright and TA parent Duncan Nichols’ new play, Silvia and Mary at Sea, a “scary musical fairy tale” which time travels from 1968 to 1868 and back again. The play opens at The Parish Players Theater in Thetford Hill on Thursday, Oct. 11. Directed […]

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Jun
13

Films by Leah and Eli Kaliski Take First in Freedom and Unity Contest

Senior Leah Kaliski and her brother Eli Kaliski, a junior, were awarded first place in their subject categories in the 15 to 18 year old age group of the Freedom and Unity Youth Film Contest this spring. Leah’s film, In My Heart There is a Lemon, won first place in the Personal Stories category — her […]

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