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Kathryn Cloonan, Executive Editor for Arts

Kathryn Cloonan 25 is a prospective English major and Spanish concentrator from Needham, Mass. She is the executive editor for the arts section. Previously she worked as a section editor for arts and as a staff writer. Email: [email protected]

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The cast of The Magic Flute rehearses with the orchestra in costumes. (Photo courtesy of Molly Arts.)

The Opera Workshop performs a modernized The Magic Flute

January 25, 2023
The cast of the Opera Workshop's Die Zauberflöte gave its first performance on Jan. 23 and will perform for a final time on Jan. 25 in Chapin Hall.
Students watched HBOs The Sex Lives of College Girls created by Mindy Kaling (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.)

The Sex Lives of College Girls explores female friendships, provides an accurate representation of college experiences

January 25, 2023
Students at the College reflect on their experience watching Mindy Kaling's The Sex Lives of College Girls.
Students share thoughts about HBOs House of the Dragon. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Students discuss the female gaze and fan community of House of the Dragon

December 7, 2022
House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones premiered on HBO Max on Aug. 21. Students at the College shared opinions on the representation of women in and popularity of the new fantasy show.
The casts of Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptations stirred conversation. (Photo courtesy of Kiara Royer/The Williams Record.)

Students discuss casting for two new Disney live-action adaptations

November 30, 2022
Casting announcements for the new live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid and the Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians generated controversy about racial representation. Students at the College share their thoughts on race in media and loyal adaptations.
Sara Stebbins ’24 performs their soprano solo piece in the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition. (Photo courtesy of Sara Stebbins.)

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Musician and actor Sara Stebbins ’24

November 1, 2022
Sara Stebbins ’24 reflects on their musical and performance experiences at the College.
Cast of Jenny’s Doll House rehearsing for their performance. (Photo courtesy of Maye McPhail.)

Students write new musical, Jenny’s Doll Hospital

October 25, 2022

This Friday and Saturday, Kara Hadden ’22.5 will bring a staged reading of the first act of her musical Jenny’s Doll Hospital to the College as part of her theater honors thesis. Sara Stebbins...

Film Club visits Images to see Don’t Worry Darling. (Photo courtesy of Jeana Fermi.)

StuCo and Film Club return to campus

October 4, 2022
This fall, the Student Choreographer’s Coalition (StuCo) and Film Club are returning to campus after going on hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Isaac Wilkins ’22 (center right) and the cast of Fun Home perform the opening number, “It All Comes Back.” (Photo courtesy of Joe Fox.)

Fun Home celebrates discovering identities in a college setting

May 10, 2022
Fun Home, a Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name, will be performed in the ’62 Center’s Directing Studio from May 12 to May 14.

Escape into the Regency era of Bridgerton

May 10, 2022
Anthony Bridgerton’s words in Season two of Netflix’s Bridgerton, a period drama based on Juila Quinn’s book series, still ring in the hearts of escapist romantics. The new season was released on March 25 and centers around Anthony’s pursuit of a wife, specifically his transition from being rigidly focused on a practical marriage to being consumed by his feelings for the untouchable Kate Sharma. 
The cast of the theatre department’s Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea rehearses for their upcoming show. (Photo courtesy of Nicolle Mac Williams ’22.)

Theatre department presents Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea

May 3, 2022
Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea premieres on May 5 and runs until May 8 in the ’62 Center.
Olivia Graceffa ’22 performed in a production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Olivia Graceffa ’22

April 26, 2022

Before deciding to combine her scientific and artistic sides, Olivia Graceffa ’22 had to choose between pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre at Boston Conservatory or coming to the...

(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Students discuss suspense, queer representation, and shortcomings of HBO’s Euphoria

March 15, 2022
Sex, drugs, glitter, and self-discovery characterize HBO’s popular show Euphoria. Created by Sam Levinson, the show tells the story of high school students struggling with relationships and drug addiction. Euphoria’s colorful cinematography and Kodak Ektachrome film took over social media and the College. The tight outfits and bejeweled makeup have become a common fashion statement and party theme.
Bernstein (center) performed an African dance in ​​Kusika’s fall show in 2021. (Photo courtesy of Alex Bernstein.)

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Alex Bernstein ’23

March 9, 2022

As a lifelong dancer, beginning at age 2, Alex Bernstein ’23 came to the College intending to dance ballet and contemporary with CoDa and hip-hop with Nothin But Cuties (NBC). However, in their three...

Examining Latin American representation in Disney’s animated film Encanto

Examining Latin American representation in Disney’s animated film Encanto

January 26, 2022
Disney’s newest film, Encanto, which has broken box office and musical chart records, features a cast of entirely Latinx characters. The movie tells the story of Mirabel Madrigal, an ordinary girl in a family with extraordinary magical powers, that lives in Valle de Cocora, Colombia.
Yerma is the first theatre-department-sponsored production since the beginning of the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Eddie Wolfson.)

Theatre dept.’s Yerma explores femininity, reproduction, gender

November 10, 2021
A tragic exploration of reproduction and the societal pressures of heterosexual relationships is reviving the theatre department’s in-person productions. Yerma, which premieres Nov. 11 and runs until Nov. 14, will be the first in-person theatre department show since 2020.  Yerma, written by poet-playwright Federico García Lorca in 1934, tells the story of a childless wife in rural Spain grappling with pressures surrounding reproduction and gender roles in relation to her husband. The play critiques societies that deny women the ability to choose their life paths — or judge them for their choices. 
With lifted COVID-19 restrictions, Cap & Bells is now able to rehearse in person.

Cap & Bells revives in-person shows with Weekend of Theatre

October 26, 2021
Cap & Bells, the College’s student-run theatre group, is returning live, student-run theatre to the College this weekend with three short plays: Ferris Wheel, Argh!, and It’s a Terrible Day to be Me.
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