2018 SISAL

Rivers artists received 12 awards overall in the 2018 SISAL (Small Independent School Art League) Show, including four First Prizes, three Second Prizes, three Third Prizes, and two Honorable Mentions. Nine awards went to Upper School students and three to Middle Schoolers.
Pictured: Hunter Taylor-Black ’19, First Prize in painting, “Shards of a Woman”

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First Prize at Next Up!

For the second year in a row, a Rivers artist garnered First Prize in the Next-Up! art competition, hosted by the Page Waterman Gallery in Wellesley. Lisa Byrne ’19 won for her drypoint entitled Artist’s Hand. In addition, three Rivers artists received honorable mention: Joelle Mentis ’18 for an oil on canvas, and Isabel Silvia ’18 and Emily Smith ’18 for porcelain pieces. The exhibit featured more than 100 entries from 10 local public and private schools.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The Nonesuch Players presented an evening of slapstick comedy and double-takes with their production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, at Regis College Performing Arts Center.

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Artists & Writers Win Big at Scholastics

The results are in for this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and there’s lots of good news to share with Rivers students winning 37 awards overall. No matter how you look at the numbers, they’re impressive. There were 6 Gold Keys, 13 Silver Keys and 18 Honorable Mentions in all, with 32 awards in art and 5 awards for writing. Five students received multiple awards, with one student, Isabel Hardy ’18 receiving Silver Keys in both categories, for photography and poetry. Joelle Mentis ’18 received an honorable mention for her entire art portfolio (a first for a Rivers student). Eleven recipients were Middle Schoolers and 22 were Upper Schoolers.

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Faculty Display their Art

Rivers’ Visual Arts faculty were featured in a month-long exhibit that included works in a variety of media, giving the community a glimpse of their creativity when they’re not in the classroom. For some, the summer months gave them the opportunity to pursue their own art, while others work throughout the year on various projects.

Nonesuch Players

The Nonesuch Players staged an action-packed version of Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters in the Black Box Theater this fall. Filled with courageous heroes and monstrous villains who clash repeatedly in sword-wielding combat, the story is one of acceptance and inclusion that examines the issues in society today.

Middle School Presents Lion King Jr.

The Rivers Middle School Players staged a visually lush, dance-filled production of The Lion King, Jr. in the Black Box Theater this spring. Under the guidance of Ms. DeVore and co-director Julia Auster, the elaborately-costumed cast presented an abbreviated production featuring many of the songs immortalized in the Broadway hit, adapted especially for middle school voices.


Hamlet Visits Rivers

Upper School English students had a unique opportunity to see how a classic scene from Shakespeare—Hamlet’s banishment to Denmark by King Claudius—could be interpreted for a modern audience. IDS Chair and resident thespian Dr. Julian Willard (playing Claudius) brought members of the Ghost Light Players to stage the scene in the Black Box Theater, and work with groups of students to critique their own scenes.

Dominique Marshall ’18

DOMINIQUE MARSHALL represented Massachusetts at the finals of the National Shakespeare Competition at New York City’s Lincoln Center in May. “Dominique’s ability to inhabit the characters in three very different selections—a prepared monologue and sonnet, as well as a ‘cold read’ of a monologue performed after just 15 minutes of preparation— really stood out for the judges,” said English teacher Juliet Bailey, who oversees Rivers’ participants in the competition.