Hamlet Comes Alive in Virtual Shakespeare Slam

2021-02-25T12:25:42-06:00

With traditional theatre productions on hold, Morgan Park Academy thespians teamed up to participate in a virtual version of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's fourth annual Chicago Shakespeare Slam. Teams representing high schools from across the Chicago region collaborated to celebrate the power of Shakespeare and their own voices as the program went remote this year because of the ongoing impact of COVID‑19. Students’ efforts culminated in a collaborative, filmed production of Hamlet, streamed online in two shows on January 13-14, 2021. “I’m so proud of these students,” said Peggy Bergin, Morgan Park Academy’s Director of the Arts. “We haven’t been able to [...]

Hamlet Comes Alive in Virtual Shakespeare Slam2021-02-25T12:25:42-06:00

Thespians Get Ready for Virtual Shakespeare Slam

2020-10-22T10:51:16-05:00

With traditional theatre productions on hold, Morgan Park Academy thespians are teaming up to participate in a virtual version of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's fourth annual Chicago Shakespeare Slam. Teams representing high schools from across the Chicago region will collaborate this fall to celebrate the power of Shakespeare and their own voices as the program goes remote this year because of the ongoing impact of COVID‑19. Students’ efforts will culminate in a collaborative, filmed production of Hamlet, to be shared in January. ABOUT THE EVENT In a world gone wrong, Hamlet wrestles with betrayal, alienation, and self-doubts. His brilliant journey is one [...]

Thespians Get Ready for Virtual Shakespeare Slam2020-10-22T10:51:16-05:00

Junior Takes First Place in Statewide Acting Contest

2020-03-31T23:56:26-05:00

Congratulations to Ta'liyah on winning a first-place award in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's annual high school arts competition! Ta'liyah, a junior from Morgan Park, was one of two student actors who received the top prize in theatre, one of seven categories in the annual contest sponsored by the university's College of Fine & Applied Arts. She was recognized for performing a monologue from the film "Hidden Figures" as the late NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson, originally played by Taraji P. Henson. Created “to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and emphasize the importance of the arts in society,” [...]

Junior Takes First Place in Statewide Acting Contest2020-03-31T23:56:26-05:00

Merry Murderesses Light Up the Stage in Upper School Musical

2021-02-05T17:15:54-06:00

Upper School students thrilled a packed house at Baer Theater with our spring musical, “Chicago: High School Edition" on March 6-7, 2020. Directed by Wayne Wendell, the adaptation of Bob Fosse's Broadway classic featured bravura lead performances by seniors Hailey Brisard, Olga Mourgelas, and Alex Fleming as Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, and Billy Flynn, respectively; and standout supporting turns by senior Drew Hunt as Matron "Mama" Morton and freshman Alex Coe as Amos Hart. Hailey previously was among 40 high school students statewide selected to perform in the all-state production of "Aida." SEE MORE PHOTOS

Merry Murderesses Light Up the Stage in Upper School Musical2021-02-05T17:15:54-06:00

MPA Senior to Perform in All-State Musical

2019-07-19T08:43:09-05:00

Morgan Park Academy rising senior Hailey Brisard is among 40 high school students statewide selected to perform in this year’s all-state production of the musical "Aida." The show will be performed at the 45th annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival January 9-11, 2020, at Illinois State University. The Illinois Theatre Association’s annual event is the nation's largest and oldest non-competitive high school festival, and draws 4,000 students, teachers, industry representatives, exhibitors and volunteers each year for productions and workshops. Hailey, a veteran of several MPA stage productions and the Musical Theater Intensive at the Goodman Theatre, will spend the next several [...]

MPA Senior to Perform in All-State Musical2019-07-19T08:43:09-05:00

Upper School Brings ‘Drood’ to Life

2019-02-22T11:01:42-06:00

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" came to life in Baer Theater as Upper School students mounted their winter musical on Feb. 1-2, 2019. >> PHOTOS: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD February 1-2, 2019 Cast Maya Lopez -- Mr. William Cartwright, Chairman Anya Haynes -- Mr. James Throttle, Stage Manager & Barkeep Ethan Jorjorian -- John Jasper/Mr. Clive Paget Tom Gu -- Reverend Crisparkle/Mr. Cedric Moncrieffe Halle Berghoff -- Edwin Drood/Miss Alice Nutting Olga Mourgelas -- Rosa Bud/Miss Deirdre Peregrine Hailey Brisard -- Helena Landless/Miss Janet Conover Alex Fleming -- Neville Landless/Mr. Victor Grinstead Jill Dunlap -- [...]

Upper School Brings ‘Drood’ to Life2019-02-22T11:01:42-06:00

How to Become an Artist When You Don’t Know Where to Start

2019-02-23T12:11:39-06:00

Through the years, I’ve listened to plenty of excuses from people who do not get involved in the arts. I've made some of them myself! We talk about how we'd like to be part of a particular artistic endeavor, but then claim we aren't good enough to sing or dance or act or draw with the real artists. Too often, we let things like self-doubt, fear of failure or embarrassment, or others' opinions keep us from following our artistic instincts. What are some things we can do to feel more confident? Learn From the Masters So you haven’t found your own [...]

How to Become an Artist When You Don’t Know Where to Start2019-02-23T12:11:39-06:00

Upper School Presents Solve-It-Yourself Musical Comedy

2019-02-03T14:28:43-06:00

Updated Showtimes Friday, Feb. 1 — 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 — 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Join us Feb. 1-2, 2019, in the Baer Theater as Upper School students present the solve-it-yourself musical comedy "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." Based on Charles Dickens’ final, unfinished novel, this Tony Award-winning whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer. The tale is presented as a show-within-a-show, as the Music Hall Royale – a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company – presents Dickens’ brooding mystery. The end result is a cross between "Clue" and "Moulin Rouge," said director Bella Pelz, [...]

Upper School Presents Solve-It-Yourself Musical Comedy2019-02-03T14:28:43-06:00

Little Shop of Horrors

2020-03-08T12:09:20-05:00

Congratulations to the cast of Little Shop of Horrors who put on a magnificent performance! The cast will be traveling to the Illinois High School Theater Festival Jan. 7-9, 2016 at Illinois State University. Though the show wasn't chosen to participate in the festival, the judges raved about the performance and mentioned that Aubrey was extraordinary. Each year, judges look for a variety of show (musicals, one acts, etc.). This is a festival that MPA will continue to participate in every year. Congratulations also to the seniors this year! Will Callihan, Danielle Catlett, Maddie Delaney, Francesca Milliner, Everett Mosley, & Zara Singh! To see [...]

Little Shop of Horrors2020-03-08T12:09:20-05:00
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