The Circle Voice

An Introduction to Groton Arts

Zoe Park '21

September 13, 2018


Filed under Arts, Music, Theater, Visual Arts

Choir Choir is a way for students and faculty to express their love of singing. Led by music teacher and organist Daniel Moriarty, choir is a full class and performs every Sunday during Chapel. Students may additionally audition for Chamber Choir. For many choristers, the highlight of the year is Lessons a...

Artist of the Issue: GloMonCho

Artist of the Issue: GloMonCho

Claire Lee '20, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts, Music, Showcase

Before Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD entered the music scene, there was GloMonCho’s OffWhite. The album is a product of a Faculty Sponsored Activity (FSA) completed by Gloria Hui, Cho Nikoi, and Montanna Riggs ’19 last winter. Instantly a success, it is currently available on the music platforms Spotify,...

Theater Program Welcomes Andrea Underhill

Theater Program Welcomes Andrea Underhill

Eliza Powers '20, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under Arts, Theater

This fall, Andrea Underhill will be taking over for Laurie Sales, who is on sabbatical, as Theater Director for the 2018-19 school year. Andrea began her career in theater as a high schooler. “The theater program at my high school, Merrimack High School, was very strong as we participated in the New E...

A Review of BlacKkKlansman

A Review of BlacKkKlansman

Charles Wahba '20

September 13, 2018


Filed under Arts, Reviews

BlacKkKlansman is the newest film by writer-director Spike Lee. It is produced by Get Out’s Jordan Peele. The film tells the true (but often exaggerated) story of the first black police officer in Colorado Springs who, in 1979, successfully infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with the ai...

One Act Play Festival Returns

One Act Play Festival Returns

Grace Oh '21 and Elena Junkala '21

June 2, 2018


Filed under Arts, Theater

The popular One Act Play Festival, referred to as One Acts, marks the end of spring term at Groton. On Saturday, May 27, students excitedly watched their friends shine in a series of short plays. One Acts is a tradition which started before Laurie Sales was the Theater Director. Plays were not student-w...

Artist of the Issue: Ben Calmas

Artist of the Issue: Ben Calmas

Eliza Powers '20

June 2, 2018


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

According to Ben Calmas ’18, “something clicked” the first time he looked through a camera lens. At Groton, he has most recently contributed his artwork as Photography Editor for The Circle Voice  (CV) and through his work on senior portraits this spring. Ben took photo classes for all three terms o...

Tragedy, Love in “The Women of Lockerbie”

Tragedy, Love in “The Women of Lockerbie”

Fran Saldivar '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under Arts, Theater

In the aftermath of Pan Am 103’s fatal flight over the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, a mother from New Jersey looks for the remains of her son. Also scavenging the plane’s wreckage are the women of Lockerbie. While the mother grieves, these women fight the United States government and strive to rescue...

Artist of the Issue: Josie Fulton

Artist of the Issue: Josie Fulton

Katie Reveno ‘20

May 30, 2018


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

If you’ve ever been to a Groton theater production, there is a good chance that you have seen Josie Fulton ‘18 doing one of the things she loves most: acting. Whether as a leading role  in Twelfth Night, a dancer in Cabaret or a grieving mother in “The Women of Lockerbie,” Josie has been a strong and consis...

The Man Behind the Mask: DJ Juice

The Man Behind the Mask: DJ Juice

Katie Reveno '20

May 30, 2018


Filed under Arts

It is nine o’clock on a typical Groton Saturday night. After walking awkwardly past the teachers stationed by the Dining Hall stairs, you squeeze into the throng of sweaty, overworked students and begin jumping in sync with the music. What a hype song choice, you might think to yourself and look over ...

Timothée Chalamet, Hollywood’s Heartthrob

Julia Kendall '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under Arts

If you had met 22-year-old Timothée Chalamet just five years prior, he would have been a senior at New York City’s renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, preparing to enter Columbia University in the fall of 2013. However, instead of staying on his inten...

Artist of the Issue: Michael Senko

Katie Reveno '20

May 30, 2018


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

Five. That’s the number of singing groups Michael Senko ‘18 has been a member of during his four years at Groton. And if you have ever sat down in the Performing Arts Center to watch a show, there’s a good chance that you have seen Michael, whether in his role as Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night th...

Wakanda Forever: A Review of Black Panther

Charles Wahba '20

May 30, 2018


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Since its release on February 16, Black Panther has become a global and cultural phenomenon. Smashing ticket pre-sales and grossing approximately 1.3 billion dollars against a 200-million-dollar budget, it is now the tenth highest grossing film of all time. Though its overall importance cannot be understated, ...

Epics, Illustrated: Drawing the Aeneid

Fran Saldivar '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under Arts

Sophie Park ‘19 is what you may call a classics aficionado. Known to many around campus as “Spark,” Sophie has attended two Groton trips to Greece and Rome, and has taken as many classics courses as she can get her hands on.   Although studying subjects such as Latin, Greek, and archeology ...

Artist of the Issue: James Hovet

Artist of the Issue: James Hovet

Eliza Powers '20

March 2, 2018


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

James Hovet ’18 has spent time in the CPAC ever since his arrival on the circle five years ago. Taking a bow after directing his first one-act play has been James’ most memorable Groton theater moment. He has also acted in the productions of “Equus,” “The Laramie Project,” “Twelve Angry Jur...

Who’s Winning What? Oscar Predictions 2018

Who’s Winning What? Oscar Predictions 2018

Charles Whaba '20

March 2, 2018


Filed under Arts

After a tumultuous and historic year in Hollywood, the year’s most prestigious awards ceremony is nearing. In this article, I’ll be predicting the winners of the Oscars’ main awards based on the results of previous award shows, critic reviews, and personal opinion. Here is a list of the Oscar nom...

Cardi More Than Just a Girl from the Bronx

Katie Reveno '20

March 2, 2018


Filed under Arts

Triple platinum debut single. Three songs in Billboard’s Top 10. Stripper turned Instagram personality turned superstar.   Cardi B is arguably the biggest hip-hop breakout star of 2017. If the lyrics “I don’t gotta dance, I make money move” don’t ring any bells, I recommend that y...

Teachers Reveal Their Favorite Tunes

Julia Kendall '19

March 2, 2018


Filed under Arts

If you’re looking for a way to momentarily escape Groton’s winter blues, look no further than our faculty. With their tastes in music ranging from heavy metal to country, you’re sure to find something that will help break you out of Groton’s dreary and dark winter, even if only for three minutes....

The Last Jedi: A Fan Base Divided

The Last Jedi: A Fan Base Divided

JJ Cheng '18

January 19, 2018


Filed under Arts, Reviews

The Force has awoken: this past winter break was graced with the arrival of the eighth installment of the Star Wars saga. The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, brought a surge of polarizing developments to the story and caused uproar among fans. Let’s take a look at a couple interesting theorie...

Artist of the Issue: Max Klein

Artist of the Issue: Max Klein

Claire Lee '20

January 19, 2018


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts, Music

Leaving the audience in awe, Max Klein ‘18 graces concerts with his musical talents. From being a music prefect to composing pieces for theater productions such as Equus and Twelfth Night, he’s grown into a formidable presence in the Groton art scene.   Max says piano was the first instrument...

Belated Christmas Bops

Katie Reveno '20

January 19, 2018


Filed under Arts, Music, Reviews

Feeling the Christmas blues? Sounds like you need a sick playlist to jam along to. Here are some contemporary tunes to help you reminisce on the good ol’ holidays.   “Santa’s Coming For Us” - Sia   Contrary to its title, which sounds like a dark, cautionary tale of Santa coming to ki...

Weightlifter Brings Inspirational Art to the Circle

Weightlifter Brings Inspirational Art to the Circle

Fran Saldivar '19

January 19, 2018


Filed under Arts, Visual Arts

Immigrant, weightlifter, artist: Kledia Spiro, this year’s Mudge Fellow, can be described in these three words, but her art and her person transcend these ideas. At an early age, Ms. Spiro immigrated from war-torn Albania to the United States. Here, she became both an Olympic weightlifter and an art...

Installations in Galleries Provoke Thought

Installations in Galleries Provoke Thought

Ben Calmas ‘18

October 26, 2017


Filed under Arts

With two galleries on campus, there is always much artwork to explore on the Circle. This fall, art faculty Beth Van Gelder and Monika Andersson worked to curate art that would encourage students to engage with our resident galleries. The Brodigan Gallery, located next to the Webb-Marshall Room, cu...

New Leader For Groton’s Gospel Choir

Fran Saldivar '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under Arts

Robert Pate, the new gospel choir director, brings a new set of vocals and unique experiences to the Circle. Hailing from Baltimore, Mr. Pate has distinguished himself from his classmates at public school for singing in adult choirs from a young age and for directing successful church and school choirs. M...

Artist of the Issue: Daisy Fey

Artist of the Issue: Daisy Fey

Cara Chang '20

October 26, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

Some artists only master one art form and boast perfect control over their execution and inspiration. Daisy Fey ‘18 is the exact opposite: a Renaissance girl. Daisy paints, draws, sings, tattoos, and writes. Rather than looking for inspiration, Daisy lets it find her, aiming only to “draw the ener...

It Fails to Fulfill Its Namesake

It Fails to Fulfill Its Namesake

Ani Gogineni ‘20

October 26, 2017


Filed under Arts

Nothing ever appears as terrifying on screen as it does in our minds when we are alone with a novel. Stephen King’s latest book-to-screen adaptation, It, directed by Andres Muschietti, is based on the unsettling 1,300-page epic published in 1986. But the movie fails to live up to the novel and, quite...

The Autumn Aux: Your Fall Playlist

The Autumn Aux: Your Fall Playlist

Fran Saldivar ‘19

October 3, 2017


Filed under Arts

Fall term is an endless list of possibilities – the season to reinvent yourself. New year, new me, right? The changing colors of the trees is the sign that another year of Groton has begun. With a blank slate in front of us, perhaps it’s time to also modify our playlist. The following list of new songs...

Artist of the Issue: Malik Gaye

Artist of the Issue: Malik Gaye

By Lilias Kim ‘19

October 3, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

While others chose baseball bats and paintbrushes, Malik Gaye ‘18 chose masks and microphones. He has a pronounced gift for theater—especially comedy—and enjoys making people laugh, especially his peers and younger Grotonians. The way he presents himself not only on stage as an actor, but also ...

Chronicling the Rise and Fall of Taylor Swift

Claire Lee ‘20 and Katie Reveno ‘20

October 3, 2017


Filed under Arts

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood / You know it used to be mad love / So take a look what you’ve done / ‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood. From Tennessee-native country singer to queen of pop, Taylor Swift is thought to have peaked at her album 1989, filled with instant chart toppers such as ...

An Interview with Melissa De Jesus, Groton’s Newest Art Teacher

An Interview with Melissa De Jesus, Groton’s Newest Art Teacher

Sophia Wu and Anya Hanitchak ‘21

October 3, 2017


Filed under Arts

Ms. De Jesus sits down with us in the early morning, willing to spend a few minutes of her day with third formers who have absolutely no idea how to hold a proper interview. As we mumble through our questions she answers thoroughly, and is genuinely pleased to be with us. She is excited and nervou...

Artist of the Issue: Candilla Park

Fran Saldivar '19

September 11, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

Candilla “Candy” Park ‘18 is what some might call a Renaissance girl. From writing and debating to playing instruments, dancing, and painting, Candy has explored many mediums of art.She has dipped her toes in some areas while taking a full dive into others. In her opinion, however, “the best t...

Summer Reading, Reviewed

Summer Reading, Reviewed

Leo McMahon '20

September 11, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

In the all-too-likely event that you skipped your summer reading, dear reader, I’ll relieve your suspense now: you did not miss any transformational experiences. That being said, you’ll find a pleasant few hours’ reading. Both the recommended community book (The Town that Food Saved) and the Diversity and...

Max Klein ’18 Makes Exquusite Music

Max Klein ’18 Makes Exquusite Music

Cara Chang '20

June 2, 2017


Filed under Arts, Theater

Haunting. Elegant. Intense. Playgoers were in awe of the music composed by Max Klein ‘18 that accompanied Groton’s production of Equus. Charlie Hawkings ‘17, who played psychiatrist Martin Dysart, said that Max’s music “truly captured the essence of the play.” Yet Max’s composition, despit...

Five Plays, Two Shows: One Acts Return

Five Plays, Two Shows: One Acts Return

Fran Saldivar '19

June 2, 2017


Filed under Arts, Theater

Spring term has flown by, with memorable events from Circle Fest and Events Dance to Spring Fling taking place throughout. Preeminent among these spring traditions, though, is the One Act Festival, in which students direct short one-act plays (often written by students). This year’s One Act Festival ...

Artist of the Issue: Michael Aduboffour ’17

Artist of the Issue: Michael Aduboffour ’17

Karla Sanford '19

June 2, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

While some Groton students blow the community away with their visual art, theatrical pursuits, or dance, Mike inspires with his words. He is an artistic force to be reckoned with in his own right. This year, Mike has truly blossomed as an artist, releasing his first professional single "Vapor" this winter and ...

13 Reasons Why Not

13 Reasons Why Not

May 11, 2017


Filed under Arts

Thirteen Reasons Why, a Netflix series based on the novel by Jay Asher, is considered controversial because of its portrayal of suicide. The show is about the reaction of various people to the thirteen tapes that 17-year-old Hannah Baker made before she committed suicide. Each of the tapes focuses on ...

Mohamad Hafez brings art to the Circle

Mohamad Hafez brings art to the Circle

Daisy Fey '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Arts, Visual Arts

This spring, Syrian artist Mohamad Hafez installed his powerful work around the Circle. Thanks to Beth Van Gelder, Mr. Hafez has been welcomed into our community to tell his story through his work.         Ms. Van Gelder first noticed Mohamad’s work in an ad in Artscope Magazine for an ...

DAMN.

DAMN.

Michael Senko '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

It has been over two years since Kendrick Lamar released To Pimp A Butterfly. The album, eclectic, masterful, and wildly successful, ushered in a new era of experimental rap-jazz that, at first listen, seems to continue in DAMN.. But Kendrick’s new album, released on April 14th, is notably more mat...

Artist of the Issue: Piper Higgins ’17

Artist of the Issue: Piper Higgins ’17

Becky Zhang '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

An Open Mic head, Choir Prefect, and Music Prefect, Piper Higgins does it all. And yet, she has never taken a music lesson in her life. In her five years at Groton, Piper has continually inspired others with her beautiful voice and guitar playing. You simply can’t miss her filling the Chapel and...

Embrace your angst with the best of the 2000s

Embrace your angst with the best of the 2000s

By BECKY ZHANG ‘18 AND ROSELLE LOVELL-SMITH ‘18

January 27, 2017


Filed under Arts, Music, Reviews

Thought you’d seen the last of us? Don’t worry. DJs Beckybeckyhi and Rizzle Lizzle Smizzle heard your pleas and are back with another angsty playlist to get you through these chilly winter months. Get ready for our freshest playlist yet, throwing back with a few classics from your wildest middle school...

“La La Land” breaks records, Senko’s heart

“La La Land” breaks records, Senko’s heart

Michael Senko '18

January 27, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

“Cinemascope presents, in full color, a motion picture spectacular: an adventurous escapade of music, love, and dreams in a whimsical cityscape!” No, this is not a synopsis for a traditional movie-musical from the 20s, 60s, and 70s - it’s the promotional text for this year’s frontrunner for B...