2018

  • September

    Grace Bobo ’21 was selected to the 2018-19 Teen Artist Project at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

    Freshman Selected for the Modern’s Teen Artist Project

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  • National Art Honor Society students spent time honing their skills this summer and creating new art.

    NAHS Summer Artwork

     
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  • The Cast of The Miracle Worker

    The Miracle Worker

    The cast of The Miracle Worker hit the ground running with its first table read on August 20. The cast spent the summer learning their lines and were basically “off-book” at this first rehearsal. “This is typical,” said Natalie Bracken ’05, Director of The Miracle Worker. “Our students are committed to the craft and excited to delve into the fall play each year.”
     
    This year’s play will debut earlier than in year’s past -- opening night is set for October 4 at 7 p.m. Additional shows are October 6 at 7 p.m. and October 7 at 3 p.m. The understudy performance is September 29 at 7 p.m. All shows take place on campus in the FWCD Scott Theater.
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  • Alumni Artwork on Display

     
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  • ITS Officers Elected

    Four students were elected as officers for the 2018-19 FWCD chapter of the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honors club for theatre students. The organization honors student achievement, supports theatre educators and influences public opinion that theatre education is essential. Pictured are Vice President Ian Lee ’20, President Avery Pate ’19, Secretary/Treasurer Claire Guthrie ’20 and Director of Communications Will Tuomey ’20.
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  • August

    Spring Musical Announced: Chicago: The High School Edition

    And FWCD’s 2019 spring musical is … Chicago: The High School Edition. Director of Theatre Melodee Halbach shared the announcement with the community this summer. According to Halbach, FWCD Upper School students have long been begging for this show, and the stars finally aligned.
     
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  • June

    Spring 2019 Musical Announcement

    Fort Worth Country Day’s spring 2019 musical will be Chicago The High School EditionRead below for information from Theatre Director Melodee Halbach:

    Six years ago, the Upper School students saw Chicago featured in the ISAS Arts Festival Showcase venue. This began six years of students begging me to choose the musical for FWCD!

    We get many of our ideas for the musical selection from the ISAS Arts Festival; thus my journey to procure the rights for the show. And for five years, the answer has been no. But this year, the answer was YES! Please note that the official title is Chicago The High School Edition. It has been edited, but still addresses some issues that are not intended for young audiences. The show was chosen for the Upper School students to satisfy a passion that many of them have had for years. 
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  • May

    Peri Huling Earns Art Honors

    Junior painting and drawing student Peri Huling ’19 had a work of art (her collage of a wolf) accepted into the 2018 Betsy Price Art Show – a juried art show for Fort Worth high school students that is hosted by Fort Works Art. Huling’s teacher, Lauren Cunningham, shared that this year’s Betsy Price Art Show was extremely competitive this year. Only 40 artworks were chosen form over 600 submissions. “That is a 6.5 percent acceptance rate,” Cunningham said. “Most Ivy League colleges aren't that selective!”
     
     
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  • Eighth-Graders Shine Onstage

    Eighth-graders set the FWCD Scott Theater stage on fire earlier this month with their performances of Attack of the Cafeteria Zombies by Ed Monk and 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Don Zolidis. For many in the cast and crew, this culminating project sparks a passion for theatre and/or musical theatre as students transition to Upper School. Natalie Bracken ’05, Middle School Ballet and Theatre Teacher, captured the students at their very best in the performances.
     
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  • Flatiron Building Visit

    Upper School students in Lauren Cunningham's Art History class visited Fort Worth’s Flatiron Building in late April as part of a unit on modern art and architecture. Catherine Cravens ’18 served as the host. 
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  • Lower School Debuts New Music

    Months of hard work led up to the Lower School Music Program on Friday, April 27, as brand new music, composed by Mark Burrows was performed by students in grades 1-4. View the Lower School Music Program. Thanks to a Supporting CAST grant, Lower School Music Teachers Karla Dunning and Julie Dean brought in Burrows, local composer and Director of Children’s Ministries at First United Methodist Church (FUMC), to meet with fourth-graders in December. They discussed the composition process, as well as brainstormed about new music.  
     
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  • An Afternoon Dance

    Upper School ballet dancers invited faculty and staff members to participate in a ballet class on Thursday, April 26, in the ballet studio. This “Bring-Your-Teacher to Ballet Class” was a way for teachers and staff to see their students in action and experience what ballet students do each day in class to perfect their craft. View the Take-Your-Teacher to Ballet Class Slide Show. While athletes take part in many games each sports season, FWCD’s ballet dancers have two recitals each year that are considered their “game days.” Read more to see the students and the teacher/staff member they invited.
     
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  • Senior Playwright Honored

    Finn Connor ’18 “wordsmithed” his way to recognition in the 2017-18 Circle Theatre High School Playwriting Project. Connor’s script, titled Party Lines, was chosen as a Finalist for the Neighborhood Play Festival and will be publicly read by TCU students on May 6 at 3 p.m. This reading is free and open to the public. A special “meet & greet” reception follows the reading.
     
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  • April

    Cast of

    FWCD Garners Buckley Award Nominations

    The nominations are in, and there are three 2017-18 Betty Lynn Buckley Awards nominations for Fort Worth Country Day:
     
    Best Play: The Matchmaker
    Male Actor in a Play: Jackson Bennett for his portrayal of Cornelius Hack
    Female Actor in a Play: Catherine Cravens for her portrayal of Dolly Levi

    It was a clean sweep for the School as we received a nomination in every category in which The Matchmaker, directed by Natalie Bracken ’05, was eligible!
     
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  • Nine FWCD Artists at 2018 Congressional Art Show

    Seven of Lauren Cunningham’s Painting and Drawing Students – Grace Bobo ’21, Karina Cedillo ’20, Payton Childress ’19, Isabel Garza ’21, Julia Petsche ’20 , Gabby Pettit ’21, and Campbell Robinson ’19 – plus two of Sil Azevedo’s Photography students – Brendan O’Connell ’18 and Rachel Ellman ’19 – exhibited artworks in the 2018 Congressional Art Show. The reception took place on March 24 at the Tarrant County College River Campus.
     
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  • March

    Upper School Fall Play, “The Matchmaker”

    The Fort Worth Country Day Theatre Department announced "The Miracle Worker" as the fall play selection for 2018. The Tony award-winning play by William Gibson tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. Auditions are planned for late April or early May. Additional information will soon be available on The Miracle Worker group web page. Please send audition web page membership requests to Ms. Bracken at Natalie.Bracken@fwcd.com.

    Performances will be October 4, 6, and 7 in the FWCD Scott Theater.
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  • February

    Get Your Anything Goes Tickets Today!

    The stage is set for Anything Goes, and you’re aboard the S.S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is traveling from New York to England. Her pal, Billy Crocker, has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh! You won’t want to miss all the antics, singing and dancing in this year’s spring musical. Tickets are on sale now! Get yours before they sell out. Performances take place in the FWCD Scott Theater on February 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 25, at 3 p.m. Visit fwcds.seatyourself.biz to purchase your tickets today! 
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  • Middle Schoolers Selected for TPSMEA North Region Honors Orchestra

    Nine Middle School Strings members were selected to perform with the Texas Private Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) North Region Honors Orchestra. They competed with students from schools covering the entire North Texas area. The concert and clinic take place Saturday, February 24, at John Paul II High School in Plano. Pictured are (back row) Brock Bethea ’23, Joshua Yoon ’22, Hunter Hyde ’23, Xixi Hillman ’22, Joaquin Castro-Balbi ’22, Josh Wu ’23, Luke Wroten ’22, (front row) Mason Cheng ’22 and Blaine Barker ’23.
     
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  • Photography Students Earn Black & White Images Accolades

    Sophie Moten ’19 and Riley Davenport ’21 were honored at the Black & White Images Reception on February 3. Sophie had three photographs place in the competition: End of the Show (Second Place, Landscape/Cityscape), PRIDE for All (Third Place, Photo Essay) and I’m with her (Third Place, Photojournalism). Riley earned an Honorable Mention for Beau (Nature + Animals). Sponsored by the FWCD Visual Arts Department, Black & White Images celebrated its 30th year. Ben Breard, Founder and Owner of Afterimage Gallery, served as juror. The 2018 exhibition can be viewed at fwcd.org/images
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  • Two Playwrights Honored in Neighborhood Play Contest

    Joe Westermann ’19 and Katelyn Stokes ’19 will soon see their plays brought to life on stage. The students’ plays, Conform by Westermann and This is Bias by Stokes, were chosen for the Neighborhood Play Festival to be produced by Stage West in the Festival of the Kid this May. This is the second year in a row that Westermann has earned this prestigious honor.
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  • Anything Goes Tickets on Sale Monday, February 5

    Tickets for FWCD’s spring musical, Anything Goes, go on sale Monday, February 5! The show is set aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is traveling from New York to England. Her pal, Billy Crocker, has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Performances take place in the FWCD Scott Theater on February 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 25, at 3 p.m. Purchase your tickets for the show starting on Monday, February 5, at fwcds.seatyourself.biz.
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  • NAHS Attends Slow Art Event at the Modern

    Last month, the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) attended a Slow Art event at the Modern Museum and participated in an in-depth discussion about the museum’s new acquisition: Aurora, a painting by Anselm Kiefer. Slow Art at the Modern aims to break with the often frenetic pace of modern life to simply enjoy works of art in a deliberate and unhurried fashion. The program, led by a Modern docent the third Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m., invests in this pause with a 30-minute spotlight tour focusing on one work of art.
     
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  • Guest Artist Provides Collage Insight

    Matt Cusick, a Dallas-based collage artist, spoke with Lauren Cunningham's Painting & Drawing students about his art on Monday, January 22. He also joined students for a group critique of their collages, which they have been working on since before winter break. “My favorite part about Mr. Cusick’s visit was our critic time,” said Xitlali Castaneda '19. “I was initially very nervous, but it turned out to be really helpful, not only for me but also for my peers. I also enjoyed when he talked to us about his own process and what tools he personally used.”
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  • NAHS Attends Slow Art Event at the Modern

    Lauren Cunningham, Upper School Art and Art History Teacher
    Last month, the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) attended a Slow Art event at the Modern Museum and participated in an in-depth discussion about the museum’s new acquisition: Aurora, a painting by Anselm Kiefer. Slow Art at the Modern aims to break with the often frenetic pace of modern life to simply enjoy works of art in a deliberate and unhurried fashion. The program, led by a Modern docent the third Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m., invests in this pause with a 30-minute spotlight tour focusing on one work of art.
     
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  • January

    Upper School Photographers Featured in Black & White Images Exhibition

    2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Fort Worth Country Day’s Black & White Images Competition and Exhibition. Sponsored by the FWCD Visual Arts Department, Black & White Images provides a forum for exhibiting student photographers from regional private and public high schools, allowing them an opportunity to exchange ideas, receive due recognition and display outstanding photography. Two FWCD students—Riley Davenport ’21 and Sophie Moten ’19—have works displayed in the show. View the entire show online at fwcd.org/images
     
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.