"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."
~ Melody Beattie
| Music in the Mist|Students Bring Brigadoon to Life
Upper School Musical Theater students took audiences on a magical journey to the highlands of Scotland. Their performance of Brigadoon on November 19-21 opened up a whole new world to audience and cast members alike.
Brigadoon, a Scottish fantasy about a town that disappears into the Highland mist and returns for only one day every one hundred years, is a tribute to simplicity, true love, and goodness, which is hidden from the ordinary traveler.
Two weary hunters lose their way in the highlands of Scotland. It is this desolate situation which Tommy Albright, played by John Godbey, and Jeff Douglas, played by Christopher Smaby, two young New Yorkers, are contemplating when the curtain rises on a misty glen in Scotland. As the two exhausted men reflect on what they have forsaken in the States for their present predicament, a lift in the Highland veil reveals to them the awakening village of Brigadoon.
The strange greetings of the villagers dressed in 18th century costumes, who have gathered in the market square to sell their wares and to discuss the final wedding preparations of Jeannie MacLaren, played by Katherine Crocker, and Charlie Dalrymple, played by Stephen Thompson, are softened for Tommy by his encounter with Jeannie's lovely sister, Fiona, played by Arden Stringer, and enlivened for Jeff by his reluctant entanglement with the maiden, Meg Brockie, played by Cally Pope.
The blissful occasion and the fate of Brigadoon is threatened by Harry Beaton (Cameron Gavinski), Jeannie's rejected suitor. Tommy, is confronted with the choice of remaining forever at Fiona's side or returning to an unsatisfying life in New York. At the close of the day he is unable to commit to Fiona and to Brigadoon, and leaves with Jeff for America.
Restless and unhappy in New York, Tommy finally yields to the haunting memory of Fiona and, guided by the faith and strength of his love, finds his way back to Brigadoon.
Lakehill's production featured musical direction by Tracy Herron and stage direction by Elizabeth Schmitt. The choreography was arranged by Lela Bell with lighting design by Ed Schmitt.
Thirty-three Upper School students performed in the musical with an additional five students serving on the crew. Third grade student Ella Witherite had a special guest appearance, after winning the coveted walk-on role at the Lakehill Benefit Auction.
According to Elizabeth Schmitt, Brigadoon presented challenges for the cast as they combined the singing, dancing, and acting elements with the technical aspects of the production. "The cast and crew rose to the challenge and presented one of our most polished shows," she explained.
Audiences delighted in the whimsical loveliness of the Highlands, and, like Tommy, were reluctant to leave Brigadoon.
|Treasure Beyond Measure|
Lakehill Families Celebrate Grandparents Day
Lakehill celebrated Grandparents Day on November 23 with a breakfast and performing arts production. Students were able to share the special occasion with their grandparents or even an aunt, uncle, or special friend. The event has become an annual favorite among Lakehill students, faculty, and families.
After a delicious breakfast, sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club (PFC) and chaired by Tora Greene, visitors moved to the auditorium for the performance. A standing-room only crowd was welcomed by Student Council President John Godbey and Senior Class President Sarah Baker. Headmaster Roger Perry provided the opening remarks, reflecting on the importance of grandparents.
The program was narrated by Julie Riggs' seventh and eighth grade Drama students, and featured each grade, from kindergarten through fifth, in their own special musical tribute. The opening performance featured the All-School Choir, under the direction of Tracy Herron, singing "We Are One." View the performance here. From sweet songs of stars to catchy tunes about turkeys, each group added something special to the morning. The students were accompanied on piano by Linda Booth.
The morning also featured performances by the Lakehill Chorale (Upper School Choir), the Lakehill Singers (Ensemble), the Allegro Singers (Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir), and the Elementary Choir. In the heartwarming finale, children and faculty members performed "Family Tree," a poignant song written especially for Lakehill by Jack Noble White, a celebrated local composer. View the performance here.
Kindergarten Celebrates with Annual Feast
Lakehill's youngest students say they are thankful for many things. One of these things, no doubt, is the annual Thanksgiving Feast. A favorite for kindergarten students, the Feast allows them to spend time together and share the excitement of the season with others. Each child chose a Native American name to reflect his or her own personality and proudly wore an Indian vest and feathers. They celebrated the act of sharing by bringing everything from turkey and ham to popcorn and desserts--including applesauce they prepared together in class. This week of sharing and working together celebrated the true spirit of Thanksgiving.
| Community Spotlight|
Freshman Class Concludes Successful Food Drive
The freshman class recently completed a highly successful food drive benefiting the Wilkinson Center Food Pantry.
The entire school rallied around the cause, resulting in the collection of more than 400 food items. The items were delivered by freshman class members, sponsors, and parents prior to the Thanksgiving holidays.
According to Steve Thompson, Director of the Wilkinson Center Food Pantry, one in eight people in the United States receives food stamps. Food pantries such as the Wilkinson Center have seen an increase again this year in the number of people needing assistance.
The Wilkinson Center Food Assistance Program provides one week's supply of food, translating into more than 40,000 pounds of emergency food, to hungry Dallas families every month. Approximately one-half of the people served by the Wilkinson Center Food Pantry are children.
Lady Warriors Bring Home All-District Volleyball Honors
District coaches gathered recently to bestow the 2010 honors for All-District Volleyball.
Eight Lakehill athletes were recognized with this outstanding distinction.
First Team All-DistrictAyana Heard, junior
Eleni Wilsmann, senior
Amanda Boles, juniorScout Garnsey, senior
Second Team All-District
Holly Cowart, junior
Whitney Beckwith, junior
Kaitlyn Wilson, senior
Nia Rasheed, senior
Ayana Heard was also named to the All-State Honorable Mention team. She was selected by coaches from across Texas as one of the top 36 players in the state. This is an impressive accomplishment, as most who make the All-State team play for teams that advance further in the playoffs.
Coach Jhoana Cayme says she couldn't be prouder of the team's accomplishments. "I think that the number of girls who received district awards this year is a great testament to the successful season the volleyball team had. Ayana Heard making the All-State Honorable Mention team is another great example of the team's accomplishments. She went from playing JV her sophomore year to being one of the top players in the state her junior year."
Warrior Basketball Teams Hit the Court
Basketball season is off and running and Lakehill's seven basketball teams are off to a great start. Check back next week for a full report on Lakehill's teams and the upcoming season. Make plans now to attend the Basketball Tailgate Party and all the games on Friday, December 10. Check all the basketball schedules under Teams and Schedules, Winter Sports, here.
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December 4, 9:00 - 11:00am - NEW DATE!
The Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up has been moved to December 4 to help prepare for the Decenber 5 White Rock Marathon. Join us to ensure that our adopted section of the lake looks its best!
December 7, 9:30am
This is the last Admission Preview for 2010. Encourage your friends and neighbors to visit and find out more about Lakehill. To attend, please RSVP to 214-826-2931, ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 8, 7:00pm
Middle School Winter Program
December 8, 9, 10
Reclamation Days, Main Hallway, 7:45am - 3:45pm
Lost it? Then reclaim it! Just take a look at what we have found! All items left on Friday afternoon will be given to a good home.
December 9, 7:00pm
Middle School and Upper School Choir Concert
December 10, 4:00pm
Meet-the-Artists Reception at The Point at C.C. Young
Featuring the artwork of 12 Lakehill fourth grade students
December 12, 2:00pm
Upper School Choir performs at NorthPark Mall
December 13, 7:00pm
Lower School Winter Program
December 15, 11:15am
Elementary Choir performs at NorthPark Mall
K-5 Dismiss for Holidays
The Spirit Shop is Open! Great New Styles!
Visit the Spirit Shop and get ready to show your Warrior spirit!
Wednesday morning, 7:30 - 8:15 am
Thursday afternoon, 2:45 - 3:45 pm