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ANC Awarded at Cappies Gala

The 2013 Greater Philadelphia Cappies held their annual Gala on Sunday, May 5th at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. The Gala is held to honor all High School Theatre Participants and to announce the Cappies Award winners as chosen by the Critics. The Cappies Gala is a fancy event modeled after the Tony Awards, with students dressing up in gowns and tuxes to walk the red carpet. Fellow students serve as "paparazzi" taking photos of their entrances. This year ANC students Kristin K and Cheyanne A were chosen to be paparazzi.

ANC was nominated in five catagories for the fall show White Christmas, and won in two: Set (done by the Fall StageCraft class and represented at the Gala by Dustin S and Grace C) and Special Effects (snowfall effect done by Brae F and Glenn P.) Grace C was honored by earning a Spirit Award for her support of the Performing Arts at ANC. Winners gave a short speech on stage and were given a trophy. ANC student Ashley S served as a "Vanna" giving out trophies and holding the mic for winners' speeches.

ANC had six Cappies Critics this year: Leanna Z (head critic), Kristin K, Zack O, Rachael R, Freya K and Sarah J. Critics from each member school attend at least five shows and write short reviews. The Cappies Mentors (teachers from member schools) read each review and choose the top 4-5 for publication in the Philadelphia Inquirer and regional newspapers. Zack and Rachael each had one review published, Leanna had two reviews published and Kristin had four out of her five reviews published. Students interested in serving as Cappie Critics next year should contact Mrs. Waelchli (



General Nelson Honored

Major General Ronald K. Nelson was among eight honorees to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2013 for a "Lifetime [of] Service to Wrestling."

General Nelson was accompanied not only by his family; approximately 75 friends and former students attended the ceremony in Lancaster, Pa., some of them traveling quite a distance to witness the event.

Ron was a career teacher at the Academy of the New Church, and coached wrestling for 35 years. He is fondly remembered by former students and wrestlers because in all endeavors he looked to the well-being and character development of his charges.



Speak Your Mind

The 2013 ANC Oratorical Event has come and gone, but it's not too late to hear this annual favorite produced by the teachers and students of the ANC English Department. Experience the full range of emotions as these speakers employ humor, insight and pathos to Speak Their Minds: Caroline B., That Sophomore Oratorical Speaker; Schuyler W., Millstones and Sippy Cups; Charlie C., A Long Mile; Aaliya M., A Letter to My Absent Father; Cody S., W.W.C.C.C.D?; Hannah D., The Seven-Year Old Baby; Kristin K.; Three Schools One School; Liam T., All You Need is (Something That You) Love; Brenna S.; Angels on Earth; Daniel S., I'm ALL Right.



A Night of One Act Plays


Three short comedic plays were presented on March 22 & 23 at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Portfolio class, under the direction of Sarah Gladish and Chris Waelchli, presented The Actor's Nightmare. This play by Christopher Durang, depicts an accountant named George (played by Grace C) who is mistaken for an actor's understudy and forced to perform in a play for which he doesn't know any of the lines. Switching scenery and plays, George relies on the Stage Manager (Jody C) to whisper lines in his ear. In the dramatic ending, George is playing Sir Thomas Moore and ends up on the chopping block! The audience thoroughly enjoyed the literary humor and well-acted play. 

Sure Thing, by David Ives, was directed by Baird Kistner and Ivan Maddock. It features a chance meeting of two characters, Betty (Ashley S) and Bill (Schuyler W), whose conversation is continually reset by the use of a ringing bell, starting over when one of them responds negatively to the other.  Schuyler and Ashley did very well with these intense and complicated roles, believably playing off of each other as their relationship evolved. 



Remembering Mary Beth

From Vice Chancellor Carswell: "With Mary Beth Bergman's passing ... the Academy lost a person who had served it faithfully for many years. While we can be grateful that she had a mercifully short battle with cancer, it is sad to think that she had so little time to experience retirement before her natural life ended.

"Mary Beth (then Cronlund) attended the Girls School for her Junior and Senior years as a dorm girl. She graduated in 1963 and earned her undergraduate degree at University of Colorado in 1967. In 1968 she joined the Girls School faculty teaching French and Home Economics and assisting in the dormitory. Some of her other roles included serving as AKM advisor, and study hall supervisor. She took a single year off of teaching to continue her studies and returned to the faculty for the 1973-74 year with a new focus: Counseling."

Mr. Carswell also noted, "Part of Mary Beth's success was the upbeat attitude she brought to much that she did. It was easy for her to characterize the students she worked with as "terrific." What a blessing for adolescents to have this affirmation. She was beloved by many of the students."

The picture above is of Mary Beth awaiting an early French trip.

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