The 2017-18 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. In November, The University Dancers, the performing and touring company of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Dance Program will bring their current work to Cowell Chapel. In January, we’re pleased to offer an original one-woman show written and performed by June Ballinger. She portrays Nancy Annan, her mother who died in 2013. Nancy kept a secret for nearly 50 years that she was part of the elite team that developed Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer while at Bletchley Park during World War II. June portrays her mother through the various decades of life, as well as the three men she loved. A talk back will follow this production. In the spring Jesse Ruben, a Philly born singer/songwriter will perform in concert. He has released four independent albums, with his fifth, “A Reply To Violence,” due out next year. His most recent single “This Is Why I Need You” premiered on Billboard, and has been streamed more than 6 million times.
Our own performing arts students will open with a one-act play in the fall; followed by The Who’s Tommy, our winter musical production and a spring play, yet to be determined. Multiple jazz, dance and choral pieces are offered and our stage is busy and productive beginning in September; look for an event each month! We are excited to reconnect with those of you who attended in the past years, and to welcome those of you who are just discovering our vibrant arts community here at Cushing Academy. See you at the theatre!
Julia Ohm, Performing Arts Chair