MORAVIAN ACADEMY NEWS: Spring musical practice begins
T'was the second semester and all through the halls, well, the school just kept going with nary a pause. New schedules, new classes, new scarves, gloves, and jackets, but students went on with their tried-and-true habits.
It's February now at Moravian, and school life continues to advance at full speed; snow and cold weather have not put a damper on the various student activities and accomplishments. (Even those seniors already accepted into college continue their hard work.) Musical practices are now in full swing, as Moravian prepares for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a musical adapted from a Dickens novel. This lively musical offers a unique opportunity: since Charles Dickens unfortunately died before finishing the book, the audience members will get to decide who they believe to be masquerading as the Detective Dick Datchery, who they think is the Murderer, and even which two main characters they wish to end up as lovers. Accordingly, the musical is full of intriguing characters and conflicting motives which render "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" a quite apt title. The show promises to be a jolly good time for all fans of a practiced Victorian accent, the antiquated custom of male impersonation, and dynamic group numbers.
In the athletics, the boys' and girls' basketball teams have been soldiering on, earning 10-10 and 8-10 records respectively despite tough competition. In a highlight of the season, Luke Gutekunst, a junior on the boys' basketball team, made the 1,000th point of his high school career recently against Weatherly. It was a home game, very well attended, and the outbreak of cheering and applause when he reached the magic 1,000 (on a free throw) was truly something special. Luke was mobbed by his teammates, and the game was momentarily paused so his parents could give him flowers and hugs. Energized by this daunting achievement, the Moravian boys displayed a stifling defense and balanced offense and won the game easily, 55-36. Needless to say, the home crowd was delighted.
The basketball teams also participated in a free throw competition, with the boys and girls squaring off to see who could raise more money (by collecting pledges per shot made) in Moravian's third annual Hoops for Hunger. In other fundraising news, Moravian has been holding a photography competition where the student body and faculty can buy "likes" for their favorite student-or-teacher-submitted-picture. All the proceeds go to Studio 678, a non-profit that teaches photography to inner city kids in New York. This competition began soon after the removal of installation art which photography students had placed all around the school, which means that for several months now, empty spaces all around the school have been pleasantly occupied by student-made art.
Even during these cold winter months, which seem made for hunkering down under a blanket with pets or loved ones, Moravian students are keeping themselves busy. It's just a Moravian thing to do.