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As the clock struck 10:01, the band struck up that familiar tune and the cheers rang out for the 54 members of the Class of 2019 who entered the Fieldhouse for Lancaster Country Day School’s 111th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 25.
Jack Kubinec delivered the student address, riffing on repetitious trips to art museums before turning serious and sincere with his metaphor.
“Paintings do not need to be explained; their meaning is shown by what they are. Similarly, our time at LCDS is best explained not by anything I could say but by who we are today. In a manner of speaking, we have the been the canvas, and we have been painted by LCDS. … The brushstrokes left on our lives serve as proof that our time here has real and special and meaningful.”
The graduating seniors chose Upper School Administrative Assistant Starleisha Gingrich to give the Faculty Address to the Class of 2019.
“The 54 of you have made [my first] year an absolute pleasure. And I chalk that up to one simple characteristic that I think you all have in common. You are all good people, with a capital G and P. … Even if you don’t socialize with someone regularly, I see the ways you interact with each other in the hall and those moments warm my heart,” Gingrich said.
Other speakers included Fourth Grade Teacher Crystal Meashey, who gave the invocation; Board of Trustees Chair Bernadette Gardner ’87; Head of School Steve Lisk; senior Jack Kubinec, who gave the student address; and History Department Chair Todd Berner, who gave the benediction.
Commencement Awards Given at the Ceremony
Thomas W., David W., and William M. won The Trustee Prize, awarded to the seniors with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Courtney C. won the Ruth S. Hostetter Award, recognizing a senior who has worked selflessly and enthusiastically to enhance the school community.
Alexandra J. won the Ann Musselman Award, given to the student who best exemplifies enthusiastic curiosity, the courage to take intellectual risks, and joy in a lifetime of learning.
David D.T. won the Faculty Award, given to the student who embodies a true love of learning, contributes to the intellectual life of the school, and is a model citizen.
Matt G. and Alexa S. won the Head of School Award, recognizing the seniors most deserving of special recognition for their leadership, school spirit, persistence, and civic virtue.
At an earlier awards ceremony, the following seniors received awards:
Music Award: Kendall K.
Karen Stork Memorial Award/Theatre: Kendall K., David W.
Visual Arts Award: Carly C.
Dance Award: Alexandra J.
English Award: Lauren N.
Elizabeth Ross Award: Sara S.
Lancaster History Award: David D.T.
History Award: David W.
Mathematics Award: Cara G.
Science Award: Matthew G.
Foreign Language Awards
French: Thomas W.
Latin: Tessa B., Marley K.
Spanish: Katherine S., Catherine W.
Chinese: Sophia H., Alexandra J.
Female Athlete of the Year: McKayla F.
Male Athlete of the Year: Luke W.
PIAA E. Jerry Brooks Award: Matthew G.
PIAA Fackler-Hower Sportsmanship Award: Allison M., Konrad L.
Jarvis Scholar Award: Hasan M.
Jarvis Citizen Award: Anna S.
LCDS Community Service Award: Gabriela N.
Helen Powlison Memorial Prize: Gabriela N.
Rotary Club of Lancaster Community Service Award: Gabriela N.
Danny Eshleman ’97 Memorial Award: Christopher M.
Jay B. Niesley Award: Ahsanti D.
Furman University Scholar: Abby G.
Williams College Book Award: Christian F.
The evening was a celebration of creative expression of all kinds, with an all-school art show, music and dance, Shakespeare and improv, and Poetry Out Loud recitations. The night was also a triumph of generosity and altruism, with Empty Bowls raising more than $1,300 for the Crispus Attucks Community Meal Program. Photos by Carly C. ’19 and Mrs. Wilcox.
When the forsythias are blooming brazen, bright yellow, and the birds are catching each other up on last winter’s goings on, it means only one thing: Middle School Grandfriends season has arrived, and it never fails to warm hearts.
In the Steinman Theatre, it’s as if Calvin Coolidge is in the White House, the Talkies are all the rage in cinemas, and the stock market is climbing toward a permanent plateau of prosperity.
The last LCDS Theater production was the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a period piece and homage set in the 1920s. Director Kristin Wolanin decided to stay in the era of Art Deco and women’s suffrage for tonight’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday April 25, 26 and 27, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Advanced tickets are $5 and available here, or $10 at the door.
“‘Drowsy’ had a very specific look and feel, and this show, while still set in the same time, shows a totally different aspect of that time,” Wolanin said. “This is the 20s of Gatsby, and gangsters, and flappers, and I wanted to explore the different aspects of the decade during the same school year.”
With a sparse, Bourbon Street-inspired set, the show uses the 20s setting not just because the costumes are fun (they are) or because Wolanin wanted to show off her new, old Victrola (she does), but because it offers her cast — all students in her year-long Shakespeare course — a way to engage with the material in a way they otherwise wouldn’t.
“What I want is for the actors to explore the time period. For example, women got the right to vote. How does living through that kind of social change affect someone like Olivia, who’s being courted by one person while she’s in love with another? And the whole idea of ‘dating’ was new. How does that affect how people pursue who they’re interested in?”
While interrogating social norms is a worthy academic exercise, it’s also secondary to putting on an entertaining show. And with a love triangle, mistaken identities galore, and a sanctimonious prig battling a cohort of libertine pranksters, “Twelfth Night” has been delighting audiences for more than four centuries.
Wolanin is sure that streak will continue when the curtain rises Thursday and Saturday night. On Friday and Saturday afternoon, however, a whole different cast will perform, giving audiences the chance to take in the exact same, completely different show.
Seventeen students signed up for Wolanin’s Shakespeare class, a year-long exploration of one play, culminating with the performing of that play. There aren’t 17 parts in “Twelfth Night,” let alone 17 significant parts, so Wolanin double-cast the show. One group will perform on opening and closing night, with the second group tackling the big Friday night and lighter Saturday afternoon performances.
Double-casting means Wolanin is double-directing as well. She seems to enjoy life on the high wire. Or perhaps she’s just acting.
“We’re in the thick of it and it’s total chaos and it’s wonderful!”
Kendall K. is the only senior in the show, and is playing The Fool in the Friday night/Saturday matinee cycle. Her Shakespeare classmates are overwhelmingly freshmen, and Kendall’s prior roles have tended toward the ingenue, so finding herself the veteran, in a starring comedic role “has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone,” she said.
“Part of what’s been so great about the class is that we’ve taken the time to learn the context and draw new meaning from the text, actually understanding what the lines mean as opposed to just memorizing and reciting the words,” said Kendall. That understanding is especially important in “Twelfth Night” because it’s a comedy, and if the actors don’t get the words, they — and the audience — won’t be able to get the jokes.
Not to worry, Kendall said.
“The whole experience has been a lot of fun, and it’s a funny show.”
Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday April 25, 26 and 27, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Advanced tickets $5 and available here, or $10 at the door.
Cast and Crew List
Viola — Sam L.** & Amelia L.*
Olivia — Sarah B.* & Sophie M.**
Maria — Malia C.** & Tess M.*
Sir Toby Belch — Skyler W.
Sir Andrew Aguecheek — Rohan K.** & Laurel M.*
Malvolio — George W.
The Fool — Kendall K.* & Charley W.**
Orsino — Justin K.
Valentine — Rohan K.* & Laurel M.**
Curio — Mira H.
Sebastian — Linnea W.** & Mira H.*
Antonio — Frannie T.
Captain — Taamir B.Y.
Priest — Taamir B.Y.
Officers — Sarah B. & Taamir B.Y.
* — Thursday and Saturday night
**— Friday night and Saturday matinee
Director — Kristin Wolanin
Stage Manager — Christopher M.
Assistant Stage Manager — Adrien W.
Scenic Artist — Diane Wilikofsky
Lighting Design — Barry Fritz
Master Electrician — Hayden F.
Sound Designers — Justin K. & Skyler W.
Sound Technician — Piper S.
Production Props Mistress — Linnea W.
Production Props Assistants — Taamir B.Y., Malia C., Mira H.
Props Run Crew — Anthony P. & Thomas W.
Production Costumes Crew — Kendall K., Rohan K., Sam L., Laurel M., Sophie M., Tess M.
Costumes Mistress — Katrina F.
Costumes Run Crew — Laura B., Sarah H., Maya R., Sadi S.
House Manager — Jack K.
Usher — Sarah H.
Box Office Production Crew — Frannie T., Amelia L.
Box Office Crew — Carly C., William M., David W.
Set Crew — Shakespeare Class
Publicity Crew — Sarah B., Justin K., George W., Charley W.