Campus Life

Chicago Comes to King Theatre

The magic of musicals returns to King Theatre this month with a production of Chicago, Milton’s first live musical since the fall of 2018.

Director and Performing Arts Department faculty member Eleza Kort said the show—a satire of sensationalized crime in 1920s Chicago—was chosen for its spectacle and potential for escapism.

“We wanted to do something big, something fun, something with amazing music and cool and interesting dancing, and something with an intriguing plot,” she said. “I wanted a show with a little darkness, but that’s not too dark. We wanted to invite people back to the theater with something that will razzle-dazzle them.”

COVID-19 paused live theater everywhere, said Kort. This year, Milton has returned to live plays, including a fall production that featured 1940s-era radio plays and this spring’s 1212 Play, Ripcord, written by graduate David Lindsay-Abaire ’88. Kort hopes that Chicago—one of the most popular and longest-running Broadway shows in history—reminds people why they love going to see shows. 

Chicago stars Talia Sherman ’22 as Roxie Hart and Ingrid Krisnan ’22 as Velma Kelly, competing singers who achieve notoriety when they each become murderers. The story follows their push to get and stay in the limelight as a fickle public quickly moves on to the next sensational stories. The show also stars Manny Uzobuife ’22 as Billy Flynn, the women’s lawyer who stokes tabloid news coverage, and Phuc Ngo ’23 as Amos Hart, Roxie’s put-upon husband. 

“They’re all excited, and they’re all working incredibly hard,” Kort said. 

Performing Arts Department Chair Kelli Edwards is choreographing the show, which was originally choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse. The Milton show honors Fosse’s distinct style. A combination of student, faculty, and professional musicians will perform live on stage throughout the show, which pays tribute to Chicago’s theme of “life as performance,” Kort says. Chicago opens Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. and runs Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for reservation through the Performing Arts website.

Milton Hosts the Special Olympics

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Special Olympics is finally back in-person and on-campus this spring. On Sunday, May 15, Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP) once again will host the Special Olympics Track and Field event on Stokinger Field—bringing together 300 athletes from teams around the greater-Boston area to compete in running and throwing events. Milton’s student volunteers help escort athletes, time races, measure throws, and give out awards. The Milton Police and Fire Departments join in with their color guard for the opening ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. All are welcome to visit campus and watch this inspiring event.

On top of preparation for the Special Olympics, CEPP has also been busy this spring with weekly trips to many of its pre-pandemic partner sites, such as the Taylor Elementary School, Brookview Family Shelter after-school program, and all of the Milton public schools. Volunteers assist in K–5 classrooms, on playgrounds, and with after-school homework and snack. In advisories on campus, Class III students are helping sort clothes for Cradles to Crayons. As part of the town of Milton’s GreenUp Day, residents of Norris House and Goodwin House—along with athletes on the varsity boys’ soccer team—helped pick up countless bags of trash and recycling along the roads of our campus perimeter. Senior Projects are underway and many of our Class I students have chosen to work with our partners at CEPP locations, such as Brookwood Farm, Milton Residences for the Elderly, and several elementary schools.

Earlier this year, CEPP had enthusiastic student participation in the Winter Walk to raise awareness and funds for unhoused people; the Special Olympics basketball tournament; and the Red Cross Blood Drive with a record number of first-time donors giving a total of 34 pints of blood. Members of Goodwin House and Hathaway House joined CEPP Board leaders to create Valentine’s decorations, trivia games, and cards for over 300 residents at the Hebrew Senior Life in Roslindale. A Senior Seminar (Social Justice, Activism, and Community Engagement) was launched with a focus on food insecurity and issues of equity in education. Readings and discussions are paired with off-campus engagement, including visits to Community Servings to help provide homemade nutritionally tailored meals for low income, medically compromised individuals.

Students Elect New Head Monitors

Victor Chen ’23 and Robin Storey ’23 will lead the school’s Self-Governing Association (SGA) in the 2022–23 school year after being elected head monitors by the student body. 

Chen and Storey take over from Emma Tung ’22 and Jack Burton ’22 who served as co-head monitors this year.

Storey, a boarder in Hallowell House from Mississippi, said that the dedicated “listening and support” from fellow students helped her during the challenges of the past two years of the pandemic, and that she hopes to provide the same support to peers as a leader.

“I want Milton to be a place where love grows and kindness flows,” she said in her nomination statement. 

Chen, a boarder in Wolcott House from Pennsylvania, was the Class II representative on SGA, where he witnessed Tung’s and Burton’s hard work. The commitment to service—when it helps students have fun and feel connected with the school—is worth all the effort, he said. Events like Culture Fest, though they require a lot of work and sacrifice by organizers, are rewarding because of the positive effects they have on Milton students.

“I know that I will never lose motivation to do the job,” Chen said. 

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