Milton’s Performing Arts Department provides plenty of opportunities for students to share their talents, explore new interests, and learn valuable skills. Here are details on some of this fall’s offerings:
Class IV Production—Class of 2025 only
Members of the Class of 2025 have the opportunity to join their classmates in the Class IV performance. Workshops begin Wednesday, September 8. All members of the class are welcome to participate.
Fall Productions—Classes ’22, ’23, and ’24
Auditions for members in Classes I–III will begin on Wednesday, September 8 for the Fall productions of Treasure Island by Bryony Lavery (based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson)—and Wicked Sketchy, an original production of student-written sketches.
Speech and Debate
Practices for those returning to the Upper School team will begin on Wednesday, September 8. For those new to the Upper School team, a workshop will begin on Thursday, September 9. All are welcome to participate.
Beginning September 8 and running through the fall season, come learn all aspects of theatre production including set building, lighting, prop design, and costuming. All students are welcome. No experience necessary.
Private Music Lesson Registration
Students interested in taking private music lessons can learn more about the program by visiting the Music Department’s registration page, where they will find a registration form and information about instructors and scheduling. Lessons are encouraged for students who participate in the School’s ensembles.
The Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP) office continued its work over the summer: hosting a long-awaited Special Olympics Track and Field competition; facilitating tutoring placements with local school-aged children; transferring 44 cartons of books to More Than Words in Boston; and shipping clothing and PPE donations to Haiti.
“Opportunities for connection, compassion, and hands-on learning together continue to be essential for our students and our partner communities,” said Andrea Geyling-Moore, faculty director of CEPP.
CEPP’s 2021–2022 school year will begin with an in-person and online sign-up process as soon as classes are underway. More than 20 regular partners are eager to stay connected through tutoring, multigenerational activities, the arts and athletics, events to raise funds and awareness, and more.
Student leaders on the Community Engagement Board look forward to furthering CEPP’s mission of building an anti-racist community within the campus and beyond. Partner organizations include the Boston Public Schools, Urban Farming Institute, Hebrew Senior Life, Milton Residences for the Elderly, Immigrant Family Services International, and Milton’s own Lower School. Updates will be communicated to students via email, on Instagram @ma_communityengagement, and on the Milton Connect app.
For more details about CEPP programs, visit the regular Community Engagement page, which will be updated as the school year unfolds. As we receive more information about community partner needs, we appreciate parent volunteers who may be able to help transport our students to local sites. Parents can contact Andrea Geyling-Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-898-2320 to answer any questions or get information on volunteering.
Students are encouraged to download MiltonConnect, a smartphone app that will provide a full slate of activities from the Student Activities Office and from student clubs and organizations across the School.
The app is supported by CampusGroups, a platform Milton began using in 2020–2021 to centralize activities, said Student Activities Director Kelly Reiser.
“Last year, it was hard to launch, and we weren’t able to spend much time with the curators of the information,” she said, referencing the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With everyone learning on campus this year, the Student Activities Office will encourage more active use of the app. “We’ll be adding weekly posts and polls, fun things for students to do to engage in the platform.”
In the first few weeks of school, the Student Activities Office will be hosting a variety of events for all students including a back-to-school carnival on Friday, September 10, and a lawn party on Saturday, September 11. Later in September, the office is planning a game night, a campus scavenger hunt, and the open-mic Beatnik Café hosted by the student publication Magus/Mabus.
Reiser plans to work with the Performing Arts Department to streamline ticketing for events through the app. In addition, students will eventually be able to use MiltonConnect to schedule meetings with key members of the Upper School administration.
Ian Terell ’22 designed the new MiltonConnect-branded graphics for the app.
You can connect with goings-on at Milton—formal and informal—and see what students and faculty are doing in several easy ways:
Check the website every day. Milton’s homepage delivers up-to-date news in many forms. Timely feature articles highlight student, faculty, and alumni activities. Video and photos let you in on fun, ceremony, performance, and exhibits.
Set up Milton’s calendar to serve you. Milton’s online calendar includes major and minor events involving Milton students, faculty, or staff. When you explore the calendar, you can add events to your own calendar and sign up for email alerts. You can set it to sync or email a single event or a category of events. You’ll see “Add to my calendar” and “Remind me by email” on the top bar of the calendar listings. Simply decide what works best for you and choose the option you’d like.
Dive deep into Centre Connection, Milton’s online parent newsletter. This newsletter, Centre Connection, is the place to see a full art exhibit; learn about Milton’s performances and who’s participating in them; or hear a presentation by a well-known public figure delivering one of Milton’s endowed lectures. Centre Connection is published five times each year. You’ll enjoy scanning the news updates and fun features.
Follow Milton on Instagram. Worth a thousand words, Instagram posts from Milton (@miltonacademy) capture and share slices of School life. Use the Instagram icon on the homepage to find and follow Milton Academy.
Participate in parent events. The Parents’ Association webpage will update you on parent events, volunteer opportunities, and other news.
Read the student newspapers. Two other informative and often-humorous sources of information are the student newspapers, the Milton Measure and the Milton Paper. We encourage you to consider a subscription to one or both papers, which can come to you via regular mail, email, or both.