St. Agnes students are eligible to audition for the Performing Arts Program at the end of their third grade year. Auditions are typically held in June during the last week of school. Not every auditioner will make the cut.
Thespians meet every Wednesday and Thursday 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. from September through June. Productions range from 3 – 5 shows per season depending upon the intricacy of the performances. Line memorization and character work is accomplished on an actor’s own time. Weekend rehearsals will be implemented should actors habitually come unprepared.
Concepts for both stage and film are taught to actors. The bulk of the curriculum derives from the Sanford Meisner acting technique: “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances” by methods of listening and living moment to moment. Throughout the program actors develop the following skill-sets: art of movement, improvisation, script deconstruction, character development and research, cold reading and vocal techniques.
The mentoring program pairs rookies with veteran actors who are well seasoned. This provides a support network within the troupe which promotes unity and strength rather than intimidation and competition.
Benefits & Take Aways
- Acceptance of constructive criticism
- Trust worthiness
One season with The Stag Players will provide any actor the aptitude to present both scholastic and corporate presentations with poise and ease. This is Season Five of The Stag Players.
About the Program Director
Ms. Laura Lynn Cottrel is a working actor and member of the screen actors guild (SAG). She obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and her Masters Equivalent Training from The William Esper Studio in New York City.
The Newspaper Club teaches students in fourth through eighth grades the basics of journalism. Students learn about the types of newspaper writing, leads, article structure, and the elements of layout and computer-aided design. The club is responsible for the writing and production of the Saint Agnes Scoop, the school’s newspaper of record, and publishes four issues a year.
Advisor Noel Dolan is a former Columbia Scholastic Press judge and speaker who has taught high school journalism and freelanced with the Philadelphia Inquirer and PENNLines.
The Writers’ Workshop for 7th and 8th graders meets twice a month to discuss creative writing and journalism. The club works on genres such as short story and poetry, fundamentals of character development, and careful reading for detail and mood. The Writers’ Workshop publishes a literary magazine composed of student work and art. For the magazine, the club sponsors a writing contest open to the whole school. The members also continue their work on the school newspaper, not only writing articles, but editing and supervising the publication of each issue.
Preschool Science series 2011-2012
Think Like a Scientist!
Little Lab Kids is a series of interactive and hands-on science experiences for both Pre-K and Kindergarten students. Each class will include a science themed lesson, exploration time, a craft and a snack.
Where and When?
Think like a scientist! meets in the pre-school room in Lawrence J. Kelly Hall from 9 to 11:30 (morning session) and from 12:00 to 2:30 (afternoon sessio n). Click here for more information about sessions and a registration form.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is now being offered at St Agnes. It is a program that educates and prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a 3.1 Girls on the Run is offered to girls in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. We meet twice a week after school for 90 minutes each time. The fall session began on September 27th and we will run our 5K on December 11th in Downingtown. All of the coaches have attended a training and are really excited about the program.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Katie Mears at email@example.com or 610-429-5455.
St. Agnes School also offers a cooking club to our students. This is a six to eight week program that explores activities such as cooking, baking and nutrition. Students make pies, cookies, tacos and many other kid friendly favorites.
St. Agnes is ready to cook…just desserts! Starting in February, our after-school Beginner’s Cooking Club will begin for grades 2nd to 6th. The cooking sessions will be offered every Monday, starting February 27th for a total of 10 meeting. Each session will run from 3:00to 4:15 pm. We must limit the number of participants to 20 – first come, first served and then we will start a waiting list.
The Beginner’s Cooking Club is an opportunity for students in grades 2nd to 6th learn how to prepare and enjoy recipes in a fun, safe and inviting atmosphere. Students will:
- Learn simple food preparation techniques
- Assist in preparing desserts and serving the food with proper table etiquette
- Take recipes home to share and re-create with their family
If you have any questions, please call Maria Cavanaugh at 484-266-0448 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gardening Club is open to 4th through 8th graders at St Agnes School who have an interest in gardening and nature and is headed up by Frank Byrd, Jr. They meet once a month on a Wednesday. The club plans to work on some plantings in and around St Agnes. They are learning about composting and plan to have a few field trips to places like Longwood Gardens and maybe Waterloo Gardens. They will be making Christmas ornaments out of items found in nature and decorating a small tree for the school around the holidays. They would love to have a vegetable garden eventually and harvest some of their own produce. If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact Frank Byrd at email@example.com.