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A week of dance, poetry, music and comedy

Winter term comes to a close with music ensembles, a Pulitzer-winning poet, musical comedy, and dance inspired by Monet.

Nicole Pellaton
February 20, 2018
Jacob Hunter and Daisy Tichenor in Exeter's production of "Urinetown: the Musical."

Jacob Hunter, as Bobby Strong, and Daisy Tichenor, playing Penelope Pennywise, in Exeter's production of "Urinetown: the Musical."


Dance inspired by art

This weekend, the Dance Company’s “Inspired by Art” concert highlights choreography by students, faculty and New York-based guest choreographer Gregory Dolbashian.

Come ready to enjoy interpretations of works by Picasso, Monet, Fragonard, Shelby McQuilkin and others. Dolbashian’s “Avalanche,” converted from a solo to a group work for this concert, is inspired by comic books.

Dance Company students include: seniors Addie Millman, Rachel Moberg; uppers Sarah Liberatore, Katrina Schmitt; lowers Patty Fitzgerald, Kelly Mi; preps Renee Bertrand, Veronica Choulga, Alicia Coble, Caroline Huang, Phoebe Ibbotson, Addie Luce, Anna Rose Marion, Meredith Thomas and Claire Wang.

Evening performances on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24; matinee on Sunday, Feb. 25.


Lamont Poet

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo comes to Exeter this week as the winter Lamont Poet. Pardlo’s collection “Digest” won the 2015 Pulitzer for poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21 Pardlo, whose work has been said to “interrogate the everyday,” will give a public evening reading. Thursday he will meet with English classes. 


Music ensembles round out the term

Don’t miss these upcoming student ensemble performances in The Bowld: Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and African Drumming (Tuesday, Feb. 20); Orchestra Concert (Thursday, Feb. 22); Choral Concert (Sunday, Feb. 25); and Chamber Music Concert (Monday, Feb. 26).

Exuberance and talent take the stage with assembly performances by PEA’s student a cappella groups (Feb. 27) and Exeter Rockers (March 1). 


Feminism(s) at Lamont Gallery

Drop in at Lamont Gallery for “Representing Feminism(s),” a student-curated exhibition that explores what feminism means from the viewpoint of over 30 contemporary artists working in silkscreen, watercolor, fiber arts and video. On view Feb. 23 – April 21, the exhibition explores feminism’s impact and potential and creates an opportunity to represent more diverse and inclusive feminisms.

Opening reception Friday, Feb. 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Gallery talk Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. 

Maddy Potter (center, as Officer Lockstock) and Sarah Nicholls (right, Little Sally) in "Urinetown: the Musical."

“Urinetown” on the Mainstage

A comedic hit that takes aim at corruption, capitalism, politics and corporate greed, “Urinetown: the Musical,” brought PEA audiences to riotous applause during three recent sold-out performances.

“What is wonderfully liberating about this work is that discomfort is valued,” co-directors Rob Richards and Lauren Josef wrote in the program. It’s anyone’s guess if the directors’ intent is literal or tongue-in-cheek — the plot revolves around a firm called Urine Good Company which has banned private toilets and charges everyone to pee — but from the opening scene to the closer, “Urinetown” gripped Exeter audiences with wonderful music, powerful dance and a disturbing message, performed by an ensemble of 35 actors. At the end, just as audiences thought good would triumph over evil, the plot took another turn for the worse, proving that the musical’s title (called the “worst ever” by Little Sally, one of the play’s characters) was apt after all.

“Urinetown” starred the following students: seniors Ruby DiCarlo, Harry Fitzgerald, Ian Johnson, Jasmine Lee, Billy O’Handley, Daisy Tichenor; uppers Gillian Allou, Ingrid Bergill, Gwyneth Crossman, Alayna D’Amico, Kate Denny, Miranda Derossi, Jacob Hunter, Reina Matsumoto, Inumidun Oyebode, Maddy Potter, Emeline Scales, Jack Stewart; lowers Santiago Adams, Beez Dentzer, Aiwen Desai, Lhamo Dixey, Jack Liu, Skye Newhall, Paula Perez-Glassner, Pepper Pieroni, Nick Schwarz, Liam Walsh, Blane Zhu; and preps Julia Dobbins, Yona Kruger, Hannah Lee, Sarah Nicholls and Katie Reid.

Faculty and students Oren Stern ’18, Lucas Stevens ’18 and Dylan Yin ’19 provided orchestral accompaniment.