Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Casts for Winter Play, Madrigal Dinner Announced

Cast lists have been announced for two upcoming Fine Arts Division productions, the winter play and the Madrigal Dinner.

The winter play, Luna Gale, is a powerful tale of love and betrayal by Rebecca Gilman that made its world premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theater in 2014. The play follows a family conflict sparked by a veteran social worker’s decision to place the infant daughter of two teenage drug addicts, Peter and Karlie, in the care of Karlie’s mother. Senior Hannah Lichtenstein has been cast in the role of Caroline, the social worker. Junior Ananya Shah plays Karlie and junior Ethan Murphy portrays Peter. The role of Karlie’s mother, Cindy, will be played by senior Courtney Shub. The cast also includes seniors Chinmayee Sakhare, Sam Litwin and Jeremy Tracz. The play’s director is Cynthia Burrows. The student directors are sophomore Riley Clark and juniors Sydney Saichek and Chris VanOverberghe. Junior Elliott Koriath is the music consultant and sound specialist. Luna Gale will be performed Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 in the West Auditorium.

The Madrigal Dinner, featuring music and mirth in an Elizabethan milieu, takes place Sunday, March 11 at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Providing the entertainment will be the Madrigal Singers, a small singing ensemble specializing in performing classic a cappella choral music. They also will act and dance. The Madrigal Singers roster will feature senior Litzy Flores; juniors Mary Baldino, Nick Filerman, Donna Ilyukh, Caroline Powers, Marissa Schwarz, Ryan Sussman and Allen Wu; sophmores Angelynn Vestidas, Saumya Malhotra and Lexi Koperski; and freshmen Rebecca Arvold, Addison Kaye, Amelia Landau, Becca Muise, Isabella Rondon and Shawn Zhu. The director is Ellen Singer.

Tennis Team Tops Loyola for First Time in 8 Years

Stevenson’s table tennis team hosted a triangular meet with Loyola Academy and a combined team from Maine East and South high schools on Thursday. The Patriots topped Loyola, 5-4, their first win over the Ramblers since 2010. SHS also topped the Maine East-South team, 7-2. Stevenson’s competitors were freshmen Samuel Bezradetsky, Bradley Locker, Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao; sophomores Joseph Choi, Donald G. Gillis, Jason Leong, Andrew Lukz, Paul Park, Sam Wang and Eric Wu; juniors Tejas Ambravan, Ilya Hrynblat, Michael Hu and Nicholas Pantelis; and seniors Sathvik Gurupalli and Trever Pokot.

Stevenson Community Orchestra Concert Saturday

The Stevenson Community Orchestra, sponsored by the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP), will hold its first concert of the school year at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will feature solo performances by senior all-state violinist Justin Lee, and viola da gamba player Dr. Phillip W. Serna, who helps lead the Viol Consort co-curricular group.

Digging Deeper on the College Attendance Report

Post Secondary Counselors Dan Miller and Sara English talked with Pioneer Press this week about their recent Class of 2017 college attendance report. The duo talked not only about the report, but also shared how they use it to counsel families looking at colleges.

An Andy Frain Connection at Stevenson

Anyone who attended events at Soldier Field, Wrigley Field or Comiskey Park during most of the 20th Century would have noticed nattily attired men and women directing people to their seats. They were employed by Andrew T. Frain, Crowd Engineers, and were known by most folks as the “Andy Frain ushers.” Shelley Frain, a member of Stevenson’s security team, is one of Andrew Frain’s daughters-in-law (although he died before she married his son, Peter). She alerted us to this segment that aired Wednesday on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” about the Frain business and how it began.


In Wednesday’s Digest, the name of All-State Orchestra selection Erin Yuan was misspelled.


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Girls Basketball Team in NSC Showdown Tonight

The girls basketball team faces Warren in a North Suburban Conference showdown at 7 o’clock tonight in Gurnee. The winner will take sole possession of first place. Stevenson enters the game with an overall record of 11-8, and a 6-1 mark in league play, while the Blue Devils are 15-5 overall and 7-1 in the NSC. Warren, which has won 10 of its last 11 games, defeated SHS, 33-28, on Dec. 1. The Patriots will look to their go-to player, senior Klaire Steffens, who leads the team in scoring, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks per game.

Cheerleading Teams Vie for Conference Crowns

The varsity and junior varsity cheerleading teams will compete in the North Suburban Conference championships tonight at Mundelein. The Patriot varsity will be seeking its fifth consecutive NSC title.

Baseball Team’s Trivia Night Fundraiser Next Week

The baseball program’s fourth annual Trivia Night Fundraiser will be held from 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Tickets are $50 and can be ordered at The night will feature a buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and trivia contests. Raffle and auction items include a private Cessna ride to see the Chicago skyline, tickets to a Foo Fighters concert, a 32-inch LED HDTV, signed Cubs and White Sox memorabilia and tickets, wine tasting and more.

Cashaw Having Breakout Season for Rice

Rice University men’s basketball junior Connor Cashaw (Class of 2015) is having a breakout season. Cashaw, who helped lead Stevenson to the state championship his senior year, leads the Owls in scoring (16.2 points per game), rebounding (6.5 per game) and steals (22 overall), and is second in assists (2.9 per game). Last weekend, he scored a career-high 30 points in a loss to North Texas. Cashaw averaged 8 points per game last year after scoring 8.5 per contest as a freshman. He has only missed one game in his career at Rice, and has started every game in which he has played the last two seasons.


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Are You Taking an AP Art Class Next Year?

All students who registered for AP Art: Drawing, 2-D and 3-D Design for next school year must complete an AP Art portfolio review packet. Click here to download the packet. The portfolio review process is a required part of registration in the course. Students who have questions should see their art teacher or contact Mrs. Hyken ( Portfolios are due no later than Friday, Feb. 9 in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).


Juniors are invited to “Study Strategies for the SAT” in the College Career Center (Room 1123) on Friday, Jan. 26. Sessions will be offered during each half-lunch period: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a and 6b. Counselors will assist students with linking their College Board account with their Khan Academy account, and highlighting features of Khan Academy. Cookies and water will be provided. Juniors should bring their iPads and their College Board login.


Information on nearly 40 summer career camps and internships are now available on the school website. Visit the Career Camps and Internships page for more details.


Now that second semester has started, Student Council has many activities planned for students to enjoy. Today, Student Council is setting up an ice rink in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods. In February, Winterfest returns Feb. 20-24. This year’s theme is “Retro-Cade.” Here are the spirit days planned during Winterfest Week: Tuesday, Feb. 20 (Pajama Day), Wednesday, Feb. 21 (Jeans Day) and Thursday, Feb. 22 (Hawaiian Day). The dress-up days conclude Friday, Feb. 23 with Spirit Friday, when students are encouraged to show off their school spirit by wearing green and gold. During Winterfest Week, there will lunchtime activities led by StuCo as well as class boards. Also, on Friday, Feb. 23 there will be a pep assembly in the Sports Center for all students. During the pep assembly, there will be a number of exciting activities such as a competitive Mario Kart racing game, a baton twirling performance by junior Caroline French, a memorable Mr. SHS performance, a Pop-a-Shot arcade game and a giant skee ball game. The week will conclude with the Winterfest Dance sponsored by Student Council and class boards. Early bird dance ticket sales will run from Monday through Friday, Feb. 5-9. Regular dance ticket sales start Saturday, Feb. 10.  


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