News Archive


  • August

    Fall Play Auditions Aug 31 (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    The Theatre Department will hold auditions Tuesday, August 31, at 4 p.m. for the fall theatre production. This year, our fall production is "Our Place" by Terry Gabbard. Roles are available for 14 students (7M &7W). This will also be St. Michael's entry for the fall TAPPS One-Act Play Contest. 
    Auditions will take place in the theatre and will consist of readings of scenes and/or monologues and those materials will be provided. Interested students do not need to prepare any materials prior to the audition. The audition materials will be shared digitally, so students will be able to use their phones or tablets to audition. If you have any questions, contact me
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  • June

    2021 Erin Literary Magazine (By Alyssa Garlepp '21)

    Thank you to everyone for contributing this year to the annual Erin literary magazine. It took a while to put together and there's some really amazing work in here, even if meeting on Zoom wasn't ideal. The magazine is such a neat outlet for student creativity with over 50 pages of art, photography, poetry and prose.
    Here's the link to the completed, digital issue! It's unlisted, so only those with the link can view it. I've attached the pdf version but the online version is a little more user-friendly. Please share it with your friends and family!
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  • May

    Pearl District Documentary by Sophomore Film Student Ellie Lashbrook (By James Dziedzic, Film Instructor)

    Film student Ellie Lashbrook's documentary on the transformation of San Antonio's Pearl district from brewery to community space took five months to create and produce. This is an advanced product for a sophomore - from researching historical data about the brewery to bringing on someone with expertise about the site's transformation and editing the final film, she portrays how the area has evolved and how it served, and continues to serve, the community. Well done, Ellie!
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  • TAPPS Academic Championship Results & Academic Awards (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    The Academic Awards ceremony was held virtually via Zoom on Monday, April 26, 2021. For the full roster of awards, please use this link.

    Results of the TAPPS state academic contest, which were finalized on April 29, are listed below. 

    Many congratulations to those students who stepped up to the TAPPS challenge!
    TAPPS State 5A Academic Championship Results  
    • Caverlee Dahill: 7th Place Poetry Interpretation
    • Alyssa Garlepp: 6th Place in Ready Writing
    • Jeremy McMahan: 5th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
    • Daniel Pinzon: 5th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
    • Jaeyeon Won: 4th in Advanced Math
    • Kate Brady: 3rd in Original Oratory
    • Caverlee Dahill: State Runner-up in Solo Acting
    • Sam Queralt: State Runner-up in Advanced Math
    • Jaeyeon Won: State Runner-up in Science
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  • TONIGHT! Spring Music Concert (By Steve Moreland, Director of Fine Arts)

    St. Michael's music students present...
    MIXTAPE: Thursday, May 6  | 

    Two unique nights of music at 7 p.m. in the campus courtyard! 
    "Mixtape" will feature a mixed bag of songs and genres selected by students, while "All My Favorite Colors" will feature songs centered on an assortment of colors. Each night of music will be different from the other, so make it fun and attend both nights under the stars!

    The entire concert will be outdoors and socially distanced. Bring your blanket or lawn chair! We can't wait to see you there!
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  • April

    St. Michael's Musical Theatre: Beauty & the Beast Showing This Weekend (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    Welcome to the Show!

    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is an exciting collaboration between the Theatre and Film Departments. Our students and the school community have repeatedly shown the ability to adapt to challenges and turn them into learning opportunities! This is another great example of how we've been able to stay on track with this year's pursuits.
    The musical is set to broadcast via ShowTix4U at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 30, Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2. Order your free tickets from this link - attend one or all shows!
    A few things to note:
    • Scheduled Content is a “Watch Party,” that streams only at the specified event date and time. This is not an On-Demand event and cannot be viewed at any other time. Everyone will be watching together!
    • You will not be able to pause or rewind.
    • You can watch on a computer or mobile device.
    • You will receive an email with a link following your purchase. Only one device can use the link at a time.
    Enjoy, and congratulations to the cast, crew and film students!
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  • Virtual Art Gallery - Come on In! (By Brooke Mackenzie, Visual Art Instructor)

    Welcome to the first annual St. Michael's Virtual Art Gallery. It contains 133 pieces of work from students of all grades. The Visual Art classes have compiled works ranging from photography, drawing, painting, and digital design. Congratulations to all the students who have contributed their work and time to make this show possible.  Also, special thanks to Ryan Young, Bining Yang, and Bennet Eichorst for constructing this amazing COVID-safe virtual gallery. 

    Click here to access the gallery. 

    To Navigate: 
    Once inside, click the black bar to move through the exhibit, or click the white bar for a guided tour. Please be patient with the software - there are many beautiful pieces that require time to load. It is working, we promise. We suggest viewing on a computer, as it is overall easier to navigate, as well as a strong internet connection to diminish the wait. Also, if you prefer to view the artwork in a catalog format click here
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  • Theatre & Film Collaborate to Bring Back the Spring Musical! (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    When the appearance of COVID-19 propelled St. Michael’s into distance learning in March of 2019, no one knew the extent of the changes that lay ahead. Once we all began to realize the seriousness of the pandemic, however, one thing became a stark reality: live, in-person performances would be impossible. For the St. Michael’s Theatre Department, this derailed plans for the spring musical last year, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

    Initially, we hoped we would be back in school in time to finish preparations, but when Dr. Nichols announced we would not be returning to in-person classes for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, sadly, we had to shut down the production. However, in the spirit of “the show must go on” and with the collaboration of the St. Michael's film department, we have “re-booted” the show with a completely different focus. Rather than planning for our normal, in-person theatrical event, we decided to make a movie! With the cooperation of the play’s licensing company, Music Theatre International and their streaming partner, Broadway Media, St. Michael’s has arranged to present three “scheduled content” broadcasts of the show April 30 – May 2.
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  • Summer Film Screenwriting Class (By James Dziedzic, Film Instructor)

    I am offering an online screenwriting class again this summer for two weeks in June. Class will be conducted on  Zoom twice a day on the days listed. Students will receive comprehensive instructor and peer reviews of their work. As they write beyond the camp, I will continue to give notes and feedback. Please email for more information or to sign up. A detailed flyer is available here.
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  • February

    Prestigious TAPPS State Academic & Speech Championship: Apply by Mar 1 (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    We are in the process of selecting students who will represent SMCA in the 2020-2021 TAPPS state Academic & Speech Championship. There are opportunities for students to compete by taking exams in a variety of academic events, including Science, Mathematics, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Spanish.

    Additionally, students have the opportunity to compete in speech events including Original Oratory, Persuasive Speaking, four different Speech Interpretation events, as well as Debate. For each event, three students will be chosen to represent St. Michael's. Since we've been competing as a part of TAPPS, SMCA has earned five team championships and over forty individual student state championships. So, if you have a knack for taking tests, have an interest in a particular subject area, want to be a part of a winning tradition, and compete for an opportunity to win a state championship, contact Mr. Ivan Klousia, TAPPS Academic and Speech Coach:
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  • Celebrating Steve Moreland, Yamaha Award Recipient! (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    Yamaha Corporation recently unveiled its inaugural "40 Under 40 List of Top Music Educators" awards, and  Steve Moreland, St. Michael's Director of Fine Arts, was selected from more than 450 educators from across the country for their positive impact on their students, school, district and wider musical community. 

    "I'm extremely humbled and honored to receive this recognition from Yamaha. It's further proof that what we've created at St. Michael's is special and a viable future for music education. I am grateful for the support of the students, faculty, and administration for allowing me to push boundaries and think outside of the box. This award has given me the confidence and momentum to keep working towards bringing a modern approach to music education to others and start reimagining the possibilities of what music education can be," Moreland said.
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  • January

    Emma Tiedemann, Portland Sea Dogs Announcer

    Film Classes Host Professional Panels (By James Dziedzic, Film Instructor)

    For this year’s Winter Term film classes, I continued the tradition of reaching out to the professional community to provide real-world industry exposure for students.
    In the Documentary class, the students are preparing to shoot their own documentary shorts. Multi award-winning documentary filmmaker Dan Napoli spoke with students about the process to produce a documentary. Dan has produced several films, most notably the baseball documentary 50 Summers, which has won awards worldwide, including several at the Austin Revolution Film Festival. 
    In Baseball in Cinema class, the students are studying the game of baseball and its role in American culture. As host of the baseball show Let's Get Two, I reached out to Emma Tiedeman to join the students. Emma is the play-by-play voice of the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. She talked about how she got her start, her career in sports, and how interested students can start on that path. She also discussed the role of minor league baseball in small communities, especially in the time of COVID. Here is her calling the Lexington Legends winning the championship in 2019. They won in the 13th inning on a Friday the 13th. 
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