News Category: Arts

Bat Boy: The Musical

In a West Virginia cave, three teenagers make a startling discovery: a feral “bat boy” – half-boy, half-bat – with a thirst for blood. Can he be educated and tamed enough to adapt to life in a small, rural town? With a book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, this American horror rock…

Sibling Harmony: Winter Recitals by Sarah ’09 and Thomas ’13 Cooper

On consecutive Thursdays in January, Middlesex was treated to two extraordinary recitals, first by lyric soprano Sarah Cooper ’09 on January 18 and then by violinist Thomas Cooper ’13 on January 25. Each performed first during weekly chapel and then in the Danoff Recital Hall, giving the school community a rare and remarkable opportunity to enjoy their artistry right here…

Radium Girls

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie was an international celebrity, and glow-in-the-dark watches were the latest rage. Then, the girls who painted those watch dials began to die. Based on the true story of the women and men who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in Orange, New Jersey – and the factory girls who made labor…

Exploring A Creative Bond

An appropriate first exhibition for the start of the academic year, when connections that will last a lifetime are just being formed, Befriend: Work by Meghan Morris and Eva Zasloff opened in the Ishibashi Gallery on September 14, 2023. Members of the Middlesex community, along with the artists and many friends, gathered at a well-attended reception that evening, giving students…

Legally Blonde: The Musical

With her signature pink style and positivity, Elle Woods enrolls at Harvard Law School, determined to prove she is the serious kind of girl her ex-boyfriend Warner says he can marry. As in the book and movie of the same name, things don’t go according to plan for Elle as she discovers that her happiness lies more in her own…

Visible Selves

At first glance, the works of Delvin Lugo and Kathryn Geismar are distinctly different, with the former painting with vibrant colors on canvas and the latter drawing with graphite on layers of translucent Duralar. Yet, in terms of the concepts they are exploring, the two artists have much in common, as both focus on the complex idea of self: how…

Make It Make Sense

Two walls of the Ishibashi Gallery have once again served as canvas for a visiting artist – this time for painter and muralist Ryan Adams, who is sharing his work with the Middlesex community this winter. Opened with a reception for the artist on February 7, 2023, Mr. Adams’ exhibition, Make It Make Sense, includes both smaller, framed paintings as…

Out of the Swing of the Sea

A ten-foot-tall drooping peony, a postcard-sized tornado, a full-scale, rumpled bed – these were among the intriguing drawings on view by artist Meg Alexander, whose solo exhibition in the Ishibashi Gallery featured selections of her work from the past 30 years. Whether depicting an element from the natural world or an everyday household item, each of her pieces is rendered…

Songs of the Season

Soon after returning from the School’s Thanksgiving break, Middlesex has annually celebrated the winter season and its holidays with a special concert that highlights the vocal and instrumental talents of students, faculty, and staff. Directed by Music Department Head Pierson Wetzel and Jazz Ensemble and Chapel Chorus Conductor Pedro Lobato Gomes, the 2022 Holiday Concert included such favorites as “Jingle…

School for Scandal

Sheridan’s classic comedy of manners brought gossip, intrigue, romantic entanglements, and – of course – some scandal to the Kaye Theatre on November 11th and 12th, much to the enjoyment of Middlesex audiences.  Veteran and novice performers in gorgeous period costumes and impressive wigs, backed by a surprising punk rock soundtrack, made this famous farce an entertaining way to close…