We just completed an amazing Mayfair Weekend. Maybe the most amazing ever...
Friday kicked off with Seniors who had done a year-long Senior Project sharing their work. The entire school spent the morning visiting each of the presenting Seniors to discuss their project in detail. The projects ranged near and far with students developing expertise in breadmaking, wedding photography, guitar case making, valuing corporate stocks, origami puppet making, ironworking, religion, making sneakers, creating a field guide to edible plants, music recording, scriptwriting, graphic design, and dance. The originality of the projects was complemented by intensive research and some stunning endproducts. Scattered around campus was also a curated collection of student art and woodworking projects.
In the early afternoon, the new Play Lab (a three semester Dublin class) students staged three short plays based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. The first Wittenberg, written by writer-in-residence Henry Walters, explored the class dynamics of a school for psychically gifted students. After a short intermission, Wittenberg was followed by two plays written entirely by the students: Hamlit or Griff & Griselda - a kind of upstairs/downstairs story of Hamlet's kitchen staff; and, Project Ghostcop: a Murder most Foul - a buddy cop story between a cop and a ghost involving police corruption and murder.
With only a few hours to recharge before the evening events, girls lax took on Putney instead, winning a competitive matchup.
The entire campus then took to the Whitney Gymnasium for our annual Spring Dance and Coffeehouse. The event showcased both experienced and new performers to the Dublin stage. Coffeehouse is always a fantastic evening as we often see an unexplored part of students talents - grabbing a guitar, belting out a tune and bringing huge smiles and cheers to parents and classmates alike. With over 23 different performances, the music and dancing went on until late in the night. Underclassmen had to be excused from curfew in order to see the whole spectacle!
The next morning began with the Senior class bejeweled with floral crowns and their most exotic finery dancing around the Maypole. Grady Allen shimmied up the pole for the customary photo op. Long tradition has it that the Junior class will steal the Maypole as soon as the dance ends - theoretically to avoid participating in the dance the following spring. However, the Seniors stole a march on the Juniors, taking the Maypole themselves before the Juniors could mount their charge. But the Junior class rallied, tracking down the thieves and swiping the 15-foot pole to hide it away.
The afternoon was then devoted to athletics with both the boys and girls tennis teams venturing off to the Lakes Region Varsity Championships - a first for both teams; girls lax facing off against Cushing Academy; and the boys staging the annual bragging rights Mike Walter Alumni Game against a motley crew of alumni and coaches.
The weekend ended with a dramatic performance of Stupid F**cking Bird - a contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, written by American playwright Aaron Posner. The performance was an entirely student-run production conceived of and directed by Junior Otto Vogel. It was a remarkable production showcasing the talents and personalities of a group of actors. Since this was a student production, the crew had to rehearse when they could within their already busy schedules. To accomplish what they did in their "extra" time is a testament to their dedication and love of the craft.