Performing Arts Series

We are thrilled to launch the third season of Cushing Academy’s Performing Arts Series. Initiated in 2014, the Series continues to broaden and deepen our students’ exposure to first-rate performing artists, while also providing a service to our extended community. Our performances free and open to the public. 

To reserve your tickets, please e-mail reservations@cushing.org and include your name, contact information, requested event, and number of attendees. Please reserve early as some event venues have limited seating. Unclaimed  tickets will be released to the public 15 minutes prior to showtime. We hope you'll join us!
CHUCK AND AL
written and performed by
John Rengstorff 
musically accompanied by
Peter Clarke


Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
8:00 pm
 
Cowell Chapel*
 
John Rengstroff was raised and schooled in Madison, Wisconsin, and in 1967 moved to New York City. He has lived there ever since, studying, performing, and writing within the rich fabric of the city’s theatre life. Although a New Y orker these many years, much of his heart remains in the Badger State. His Chuck and Al one-man show was created as a tribute to his father.

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THE RUSSIAN REBELS

Saturday, January 7, 2017
7:30 pm
  
Joseph R. Curry Academic Center Theatre Room

Cushing 2009 graduate and cellist Kathryn Tarko, and pianist Sayuri Miyamoto present a night of music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, and Aram Khachaturian. These Russian composers all clashed with Stalin and his Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Russia during their careers. 

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THE DON KIRBY JAZZ COLLECTIVE
 performs Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
 
Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:00 pm

Cowell Chapel*
 
Step back in time as percussionist Don Kirby and his Jazz Collective perform their recollection of the entire 1959 Miles Davis Kind of Blue recording!  The second set includes excepts from Miles Smiles as well as some other surprises.  Joining Mr. Kirby on the Cushing stage will be a stellar line-up of jazz musicians including Jerry Sabatini (trumpet), Bill Jones (saxophone), Joe Mazzarella (piano) and Bob Simonelli (drums). 


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All performances in the Cushing Performing Arts Series are free to the public. Voluntary donations to support this Series and the performing arts at Cushing Academy are welcome and can be made in person at each event or online at www.cushing.org/give.

To reserve your tickets, please e-mail reservations@cushing.org and include your name, contact information, requested event, and number of attendees. Please reserve early as some event venues have limited seating. Unclaimed  tickets will be released to the public 15 minutes prior to showtime.
 
Performance  Locations: 
Performances will be held in Cowell Chapel, located in Cushing’s Main Building and the Theatre Room, located in the Joseph R. Curry Academic Center, lower level.
 
*Please  note: We regret that Cowell Chapel does not have wheelchair access.
The 2016-17 Series combines performances by our current students with productions by professional artists who have ties to Cushing through our faculty and alumni.  Please join us for as many events as you can, and bring along young people ready to absorb music, theatre, dance and musical theatre.  This year you will enjoy a one-man show originally performed in NYC highlighting the exploration of the American Southwest with accompanying folk music of the period; a talk-back will follow this production.  In January, a Cushing graduate and cellist will present an evening of classical music by Stalin-era Russian composers. In the spring, our talented percussion instructor Don Kirby will bring his band to perform an evening of Miles Davis favorites. Our performing arts students will open with a new one-act play entitled Monster, focusing on the Shelleys and their contribution to literature - specifically Mary Godwin and the origins of Frankenstein.  Godspell is our winter musical with a new spin on the popular work by Stephen Schwartz.  Closing the season will be our traditional experimental spring offering.  Multiple jazz, dance and choral pieces are offered and our stage is busy and productive beginning in September; look for an event each month!
 
Chris Torino, Headmaster
Julia Ohm, Performing Arts Chair

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Cushing Academy

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Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430
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Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.

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