Students Show Off Musical Talents at Fall Coffeehouse

On Friday, November 15th, PA’s great room was alive with the sound of music, thanks to numerous musicians and singers that performed in this years fall coffeehouse.

Connor Killion '15 sang and played the guitar to a song he wrote. (Photo by: Tone Deinema)
Connor Killion ’15 sang and played the guitar to a song he wrote. (Photo by: Tone Deinema)

Thirteen acts composed of Upper School students were performed for parents, faculty, and students that came to witness the array of talents PA students have to offer. This year, all students performing either played an instrument or sang. In past years, there have been comedy acts and dance routines in addition to singing and instrument playing.

Eva Sullivan '14 and Daniel Tawil '14 during their performance. (Photo by: Tone Deinema)
Eva Sullivan ’14 and Daniel Tawil ’14 during their performance. (Photo by: Tone Deinema)

Coffeehouse was kicked into action by the Jazz Band, followed by the NET team, which has made coffeehouse performances a NET tradition. This year they wrote an original song; a mashup of different songs describing their PA journey thus far, which caused an enthusiastic clap-along and laughs from the audience. There were two bands: an all girls sophomore band called “The Fellowship,” and “The Bored of Education,” an all boys band that wrote the two songs it performed.

Many performances were made up of a singer accompanied by an instrument, usually either a piano or a guitar. Rachel Casey ’15 and Noelle McCarthy ’15 took an unexpected route when they performed the “Sleep Song,” which involved Casey singing while McCarthy played the violin. Connor Killion ’15 as well took the road less traveled when he sang and played his guitar to a song he had written.

Colleen Irwin '14 sang "Jolene" by Dolly Parton. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)
Colleen Irwin ’14 sang “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)

Senior Colleen Irwin, a seven-time coffee house participant, sang “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, dedicating the song to her mom.

When asked what her favorite part of coffeehouse is she stated, “Seeing all the new performers.”

Eva Sullivan ’14, also a coffeehouse veteran, sang “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap alongside Daniel Tawil’s ’14 piano rendition.

She felt that this coffee house was “A good one. We have had more performers in the past and a bigger variety of acts.”

Despite the smaller number of talents than is usually displayed at coffeehouse, Alexis Brown ’15 seemed to enjoy being a spectator.

“I thought it was a spectacular experience full of talent and beautiful people,” Brown stated.

Audio and video recordings of this years fall coffeehouse will be posted on PA’s YouTube channel. Here’s Irwin’s rendition of “Jolene”.



Review: For a Weekend Treat, Fro Yo is a Go!

It’s no secret that frozen yogurt has taken over the PA community. Here are some reviews of three popular places to go for “fro-yo”:

Tutti Frutti


Location: Maple Grove

Tutti Frutti’s frozen yogurt tastes good and doesn’t have the “icy” texture that some other frozen yogurt places have. The toppings are always fresh, and there is a wide variety of them. Unfortunately, Tutti Frutti’s employee’s aren’t very nice to customers, and some of them make it obvious that they do not want to be there.


Location: Maple Grove

Freeziac is small, clean, and it doesn’t have the “childish” vibe that other frozen yogurt places have. Freeziac also offer punch cards that can get you up to five dollars off a purchase of frozen yogurt. The downside to Freeziac is that there are not as many flavors as its competitors.

Cherry Berry

Location: Plymouth

Cherry Berry has a cool set up inside their store that allows for customers to hang out and talk. However, it is rated the worst of the three frozen yogurt places, so if you’re looking for quality frozen yogurt, I recommend checking out either Freeziac or Tutti Frutti instead.


PA Thespians Perform Moliere’s Last Comedy

Stefanie Palmer '14 and Annika White '15 mourn the "death" of Stephen Kopp's '15 character. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)
Stefanie Palmer ’14 and Annika White ’15 mourn the “death” of Stephen Kopp’s ’15 character. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)

If you’re in the mood to watch an amusing, witty, facetious, clever and comical play, then come see The Imaginary Invalid.

The Imaginary Invalid was written by French playwright, Molière, in 1913 as a ballet-comedy. However, since that genre no longer exists, it will be performed by a cast of Providence Academy Upper School students as a comedic-play.

Connor Killion '15 as Cleante. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)
Connor Killion ’15 as Cleante. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)

“The imaginary invalid is about a hypochondriac gentleman who thinks he is all sorts of sick, ” says Mrs. Melissa Simmons. “However, this ‘illness’ is all in his head, as the gentleman enjoys all the attention he gets from his doctors and friends.”

Dylan Salgado '17 and Annika White '15 conversing. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)
Dylan Salgado ’17 and Annika White ’15 conversing. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)

This year, PA’s theater department has welcomed new faces to the cast.  “We are pleased to have a couple of freshman boys and girls who we’ve seen in middle school shows, but this is their first time in the upper school world,” says Mrs. Simmons.  “We also welcome a couple of traditional theater students who we have not yet seen on stage but they have been involved for years, so it’ll be a fun cast.”

A unique fact about The Imaginary Invalid, is that it is the last play Molière wrote, and shortly after performances started, he died.  To add to the comical aspect of the play, Molière makes fun of himself throughout the play, causing theater critics to get a lot of amusement out of this correlation.

The Providence cast will perform The Imaginary Invalid on Friday, November 8th, and Saturday, November 9th. Tickets are $5 for students.

“Everyone should come, it’ll be a fun time!”, Mrs. Simmons concludes.

Stephen Kopp '15 and Lauren Bakke '17 sharing a father-daughter moment.
Stephen Kopp ’15 and Lauren Bakke ’17 sharing a father-daughter moment.


Annika White '15 during an especially "exhausting" scene. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)
Annika White ’15 during an especially “exhausting” scene. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)
Austin Duncan '16 and Catherine Clark '15 in character. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)
Austin Duncan ’16 and Catherine Clark ’15 in character. (Photo by: Lauren Perinovic)

First Choir Concert of the Year a Success

On a breezy Sunday afternoon, the voices of Providence Academy’s choir could be heard echoing off the large stone arches in Holy Family Catholic Church.

Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church
On November 3, the Academy Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Middle School Choir had their first concert of the year. The performance, named the Sacred Concert, was held at Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park. The date of the Sacred Concert, an annual concert that the Academy Chorale sings, was changed from the last concert the choir sings in the spring, to the first concert of the year in the fall.
But before the Academy Chorale took the stage, the Middle School Chorus, led by PA choir director Mr. Richard Carrillo,  sang Cantate Domini;  Non Nobis, Domine; and Hava Hallelujah.
The Middle School Choir
The Middle School Choir
This year, the Sacred Concert featured songs from Ancient texts. Highlights include Jauchzet dem Herrn by Felix Mendelssohn, which included a soli section sang by members of the Chamber Choir, a small group of students from the Academy Chorale.
The concert was well attended so that the majority of the Church was full of friends and family, including alumni.
DSC01119Faith Bartsch ’15, a senior member of the choir, commented after the concert on how it went from their perspective, “I thought it went fantastic. It is so fun to sing with my choir; everyone sounds so good. Mr. Carrillo has done so much with us this year, and it has definitely  paid off.”
Mr. Carrillo had a similar experience, saying “I was extremely pleased. I thought they did really well.”
The positive  reception extended past the performers as well. Father Joseph Johnson, a spectator and the parish priest, gave a similar testimony: ” I think it went very beautifully. It was obvious the students liked the music that they sung. And it is great that the sacred music program allows them to be exposed to so many great pieces.”
The Academy Chorale
The Academy Chorale


Austin Duncan: sophomore YouTube sensation

A clip from Austin Duncan's Radioactive parody video.
A clip from Austin Duncan’s video parodying the Imagine Dragon song Radioactive.

Austin Duncan ’16 has been filming and writing scripts for random videos to entertain his family since he was a five-year-old. However, he didn’t start his official YouTube channel, [Austin Swim], until he was 14.

Duncan’s cousin has even joined him in some of the videos, adding to the humor. One of Duncan’s videos, featuring his cousin, has over 8000 views.

Duncan says he has always been interested in creating arts and entertainment multimedia, and he is very serious about the future of his YouTube channel.

He has a part onstage of the school play, The Imaginary Invalid, which he will be performing in on November 8 and 9. He is known throughout the PA Sophomore class for his channel, and everyone talks about his videos and anticipates watching the new ones.
How long does it usually take to make a video?
“For the music video parodies, it usually takes a day to record the music and to film the video and usually another full day of editing afterwards. The longer videos can take up to three days to film and even longer to edit.”
Why do you make videos?
“I really like to make people laugh. If I can make someone’s day a little better by one of my videos, then I’m happy.”
How do you come up with ideas?
“I try to look at pop culture from a comedic point of view, and when I come up with something that makes me laugh, I start writing. If I can write something that makes my friends and I laugh, I start filming.”
Which video was the most fun to make? Why? 
“The most fun video I’ve ever made would have to be “Ties to a Killer: The Worst Action Movie Ever” because I had a hilarious time filming it with my cousin. I’ve realized the more fun I have filming, the better the video.”
Here are a few more of Duncan’s creations: