Experts, Tech, & Film: A Collision of Talent

Sep 29, 2021 | All School, Blog, Fine Arts, Upper School News

Across all divisions, both visual and performing arts are bursting with excitement. From weekend film workshops to external experts from Broadway, Mount Vernon gives all students the opportunity to be artists and explore their own areas of passion and interest.

External Expert Visits MV All the Way from Hogwarts

Tony-award winning Broadway set designer Christine Jones had a Zoom call with all Grade 5 Performing Arts students on Friday, September 24, where she shared her creative process and actual images from the process of designing the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Our students provided the questions from their own wonderings and research on set design. It’s so exciting that students are getting the opportunity to learn professional design and live-event production at such an early age. This comes just weeks after external expert Chris Rice, from the national touring production of Hamilton, visited Mount Vernon to teach a dance workshop.

MV Middle & Upper School Introduce Tech Tuesdays

Tech Tuesdays are an opportunity for students in Grade 6 – 12 to get hands-on experience in technical theatre on Tuesdays after school. From painting to set construction, lighting design to prop building, and more, students focus on different aspects of theatre each week as they help to produce our mainstage productions and live Mount Vernon events. This week, students hung and focused lights for the upcoming Lower School Variety Show in Fellowship Hall. To learn more about Tech Tuesdays, reach out to Mr. Clark Taylor or Mr. Spencer Stephens. Beginning next week, Costume Club will gather weekly to learn more about costume design and construction.

MV Competes in 72 Hour Film Fest

The 72 Hour Film Fest is a competition where teams have 72 hours to make a film: write, shoot, edit, and turn in a finished product within the time limit. Teams are expected to make all creative choices within those three days. This year, the Mount Vernon Film Crew competed for the first time. Led by Michael Barwood, the team found out the theme and requirements in a launch party on September 23 at 7:00 pm and had until September 26 at 9:00 pm to submit their completed film. They planned their shots, then used spaces around campus to film the movie over the weekend. This year’s theme was The Interpretation and Re-Creation of Dreams. The Mount Vernon team submitted their video and it will premier for the first time at the festival on October 10.

With productions such as the Lower School Variety Show and Middle and Upper School fall shows right around the corner, be sure to follow MV Studios on Instagram for more updates.