Parents Association & Parents Council
The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.
The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.
Parents Bulletin Board
Durham Academy Upper School is proud to present this year’s Winter Musical, Merrily We Roll Along, Feb. 21–23 in Kenan Auditorium. With music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, the show is written by the same team that wrote Company, which was the Upper School musical in 2010. As described by licensing company Music Theatre International, the show “turns the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one’s ideals.”
Based on the 1934 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the show begins in 1976 and moves backward to 1957, the year Sputnik became the first artificial satellite sent into orbit. The show traces the lives of three friends through critical milestones of their personal and professional lives. Set mostly in New York City, the story moves with the pace and wit of its locale and is laced with irony, serving as a cautionary tale for students about to move into the world to follow their own dreams. Although the original Broadway production officially ran for only 16 performances, the compelling characters, unusual story structure and one of Sondheim’s best scores have made the show a hit among fans of Broadway musicals for decades. Over the years, the show was revised and revived, including in the 1994 production by the off-Broadway York Theatre, which serves as the version being presented by the Upper School. It’s an ambitious and exciting project that you won’t want to miss.
Performances will be held at Kenan Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but you are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets online at www.da.org/reservations. The show is rated PG, and the running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The cast of 33 Upper School students and two Lower School students features Sadie Abbey, Jack Anderson, Joanna Brooke, Ben Browner, Chris Burkhard, Miriam Donovan, Elliot Evans, Sarah Farrin, Hannah Grant, Roan Haynes, Emily Holmes, Yaakov Huba, Macon Hubert, Lee Jeffries, Lana James Kalfas, Sarah Kim, James Knowles, Kristina Kumpf, Carl May, Finn May, Elliot McCain, Elena Mitzi, Emily Norry, Mira Pickus, Izzie Pierson, Colby Preston, Raksha Ramanan, Lauren Read, Claire Ridley, Carina Rockart, Joey Shaheen, Kaynaz Soheili, Chase Statkevicus, Alayah Tedder and Anna Templeton. Senior Nechama Huba is the assistant director on the show.
The pit band, led by music teacher Michael L. Meyer, features Blake Byerly, Matthew Chang, Sarah Clark, Charlie Dvergsten, Griffin Edwards, Asher Fields, Ally Fox, Aram Lindroth, Matt Schwartz, Mekai Scott, Neha Srivats and guest artist Mike Mole.
The running crew for the show, led by stage manager Nathan Salley, includes Brooke Adams, Caroline Aldridge, Annie Brooks, Ellen Cochran, Elliott Cochran, Franny Cochran, Katie Cunneen, Lena Maghraoui, Ellie McGhee, Julia Phu, Lydia Rockart, Nathan Salley, Chaz Strickland, Nik Walling and Nicolas Williams. Other members of the tech crew (sets, lights and costumes) include Jenifer Aguilar, Maggie Chambliss, Octavia Chilkoti, Ally Fox, John Kutney (also serving as house manager), Emma Larson, Cristina Pastor-Valverde, Andria Shafer, Kiran Sundar and Meghan Tarpey.
Technical theater director Jake Kavanagh’s class includes Brooke Adams, Jenifer Aguilar, Mukta Dharmapurikar, Sean Donahue, Brooke Epstein, Cohen French, Izzi Gershon, Julianna Hallyburton, Kaitlyn Kushner, John Kutney, Jackson Niedel, Will Scurria, Tate Staples, Ben Taylor and Nicolas Williams.
Dance numbers in the show were choreographed by dance teacher Laci McDonald.Make your reservations now and check out the incredible work of this cast, crew, pit band and production team. We look forward to seeing you at the theater!