The Nest: US Winter Play

US Winter Play, The Nest

The Beaver Country Day School Performing Arts Department Presents

The Nest

Watch the play right here through the end of February.

Upper School Winter Play: The Nest from Jennifer Yolles on Vimeo.

The Ensemble

Rory Collins ’23
Katrine Gankin ’22
Aidan Glenn ’22
Grace Kiwanuka-Woernle ’21
Ginny Moremen ’23
Julian Phillips Kennedy ’21
Justin White ’24

The Technical Crew

STAGE MANAGEMENT
Chawanzi Muwina ’23
Tobias Otting ’23

STOP MOTION ANIMATION
Lane Araujo ’24
Ollie Farber ’24
Max Feinberg ’24

COSTUMERS
Kai Calvo ’23
Caroline Dies ’23

POSTER DESIGN
Ms. Bianca Weiland

VIDEO EDITING
Lane Araujo ’24
Rory Collins ’23
Ollie Farber ’24
Max Feinberg ’24
Katrine Gankin ’22
Aidan Glenn ’22
Julian Phillips Kennedy ’21

POST PRODUCTION
Mr. Kenny Burt
Mr. Matt Ciommo
Mr. Scott Spagna

ORIGINAL MUSIC CONCEIVED BY
Ginny Moreman ’23
Chawanzi Muwina ’23
Julian Phillips Kennedy ’21

ORIGINAL MUSIC WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY
Julian Phillips Kennedy ’21

Production Team
DIRECTOR
Ms. Sarah Plotkin

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Mr. Kenny Burt

COSTUME DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Ms. Bethany Eddy

PRODUCER
Ms. Jennifer Yolles

ASST. TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Mr. Matt Ciommo

TEACHING ASSISTANT
Ms. Raven Bouvier

STOP MOTION DIRECTOR
Ms. Leah Ogawa

Director’s Note
The Nest is a show made up of stories about home. And “home” is a complicated, beautiful, challenging thing, especially right now. Home means different things to different people—we wanted to make space for all of this in putting the show together. For that reason, we were loosely inspired by the structure of the radio show This American Life, which has a weekly theme and brings together different (mostly true) stories exploring that theme. The Nest follows a similar structure, and the students act as hosts, guiding the audience through the stories.

The stories in the show were created through a process called devising in which we used writing, storytelling, movement, and visual art prompts to build the script. This is a collaborative process where all students have the opportunity to be playwrights, performers and designers, and we were able to celebrate each individual’s unique skills and perspectives. In this time of isolation, it was a joy to create something so collaboratively, and we hope you experience that joy watching it.

Special Thanks
Theater officers, Tina Farrell, Eliana Lippman, Rose Levine, Jaclyn Tancreti, Beaver IT, Rory Collins, Kalala Kiwanuka-Woernle, Sage Dining, Chris Doyle, Elisha Cho, and Jeff Knoedler.

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