After a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ellis’ Fine Arts Festival returned in April with an evening of musical performances, dancing and singing, clay throwing, artwork, and more.
This celebration of the arts at Ellis is usually held every other year. Students from across grade levels performed, exhibited their art, and led art talks and hands-on activities. Artwork from students in all divisions was displayed across campus, and student performances included a sneak peek of the Lower School musical, Seussical: The Musical, as well as an excerpt from Upper School student Amelia Reines’s senior recital. There were also roaming ukuleles, performances by the Lower School String Squad, the Middle School String Quartet, the Upper School Glee Club, and the Upper School Orchestra, Middle School acting, and Shakespearean monologues. The event wrapped up with a combined performance of "Singin' in the Rain" from Ellis performers in Middle and Upper School.
“It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying the festive events of the evening!” said Linda Tonetti Dugan, Ellis’ Visual Arts Department Chair and Middle School Visual Arts Teacher. “I especially enjoyed seeing students share their art with their families.”
Middle and Upper School Performing Arts Teacher and Department Chair Elisa Hill agreed. She took a few moments throughout the evening to slow down and observe, and said the sense of community and support was palpable.
“The kids cheering for their classmates and having so much positive energy around all of the performances is a feeling we can't recreate,” she said. “There was so much good cheer going around. I'll be carrying that energy into summer and hoping to recreate it bigger and better in 2025!”