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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Fine Arts


Mr. Curry's Curious Clues

Charles Kieser '14 and Ella Chatfield-Stiehler '15
Managing Editors

Over the past summer, the students of St. Ignatius’ Performing Arts program were wringing their hands over what this year’s Fall Play and Spring Musical would be. Mr. Curry, the musical’s director, declined to name it. While he simply held off on the Fall Play announcement until August 26th, he had more fun with concealing the Spring Musical!

Mr. Curry led the students on a trail, dropping clues in a PowerPoint presentation on How to Succeed’s closing night and in an announcement a week before school started. The clues were as follows: small (about 40 people), well-known, currently not on Broadway, written by Steven Sondheim, involved a girl who wears red, included a girl who finds her prince at a dance, never produced by SI before, and based on an old book of classic stories. On top of that, every cast member will have a role.

For the Spring Musical, all of the evidence seemed to point to Sondheim’s Into the Woods, a musical known for deconstructing fairy tales. The PowerPoint used music from the show, for one. The girl at the dance could’ve been Cinderella. The fairy tales counted as “classic stories.” SI had never preformed it, and so on. “I even left the score of Into the Woods out on my office desk and made sure students saw it,” Mr. Curry said. Several cast members bought the trick; Danny Cassee ’15 stated “Mr. Curry's clues made it seem like we would definitely be doing Into the Woods.” However, the clues also applied to another famous musical... 

On Friday, August 26th, Mr. Curry held a meeting in Bannan Theater for all Performing Arts students, at which he promised to name both plays. Mr. Curry casually revealed that the Fall Play would be 33 Variations. This play involves a female Professor who explores Beethoven’s purpose in scripting thirty-three variations of a single theme. All this happens as Beethoven was gradually growing deaf. While kids were eager to learn more about the play which had been performed on Broadway in 2009 and nominated for a Tony Award, everyone also wanted to know about the Spring Musical. That’s when Mr. Curry threw a curveball. When the new PowerPoint reached the announcing slide, the following phrase appeared: “Once upon a time...there was a musical called...WEST SIDE STORY.”

The room erupted into wild, enthusiastic cheering. It was a risky move, but it made perfect sense. As Nick Byers ’15 re- members, “When we found out Mr. Curry was serious, we were all completely over- joyed.” Although unexpected twists are a common characteristic of plays, clearly even the actors were fooled.


 One simply has to attend this SI original musical!!

Posted by on Wednesday October, 23, 2013


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