Archive of Jill Kasser

Jill has written 8 article(s) for InMenlo.

Menlo Upper School’s drama department presents Spamalot as its annual Outdoor Spring Musical this year. Performances are scheduled for May 3, May 4, May 5, May 10 and May 11, all starting at 8:00 pm — students $8, adults $10. Dress warmly, bring blankets, picnics and low lawn chairs.

More than50 Upper School Menlo students comprise the cast and crew for this hilarious Broadway hit musical, “lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Come see live and onstage the killer rabbit, the flying cow, the Knights of Ni and the antics of King Arthur, Guinevere and The Knights of the Round Table.

“This is purely comical insanity!” said Elizabeth Orr, Menlo’s Drama teacher and the Director of the show.  “We’ve been having a lot of fun rehearsing it, even though the audience will never know how much work the cast and crew put in to learn all of the songs and dances, set up the stage and lights, gather the props and costumes.”

Senior Ryan Bowman who plays Arthur said, “We’ve been waiting to do Spamalot since before we were in High School!”

Photo by Paul Gralen; pictured  JB Horsely (bottom), John Welch (with crown), Manny Walton (finger in mouth), Sydney Boal (white cap); Peter Osborne (pink robe); Maxwell Coleman (sitting), Ahladini Veerina

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Menlo Invitational Orchestra Festival features free concert on March 9

Menlo School sophomore Shea Ketsdever, the Upper School’s Orchestra Assistant Conductor, directs the first-ever Menlo Invitational Orchestra Festival on Saturday, March 9. School orchestras from around the Peninsula —five visiting ensembles including Menlo’s Orchestra and over 100 musicians —vwill rehearse, receive instrumental coaching from area professionals and perform together in a free concert to be […]

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Menlo School classmates create public service video on water conservation that’s screened at film festival

The Public Service Announcement (PSA) on water conservation that Menlo School seniors Alec Oswald and Jeremy Stern produced and directed  last summer was selected to be screened at the 2nd Annual Social Change Film Festival & Institute (SCFFI) held recently in New Orleans. The students, both Woodside residents, worked on the project for their Senior Community […]

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Menlo School selects new Head of School

Nathaniel (Than) Healy has been appointed Head of School at Menlo School in Atherton, effective July 1, 2013. Healy comes to Menlo from the Lakeside School in Seattle where he currently serves as Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director. Healy will succeed Norman Colb, who last spring announced his plans to leave at […]

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New Creative Arts and Design Center opens at Menlo School

Menlo School has opened a new, two-story 40,000 square foot facility for art, music, drama, photography and movie-making. The Creative Arts and Design Center, previously housed in the oldest buildings on campus, now features 14 creative arts teaching spaces. The circulation spaces are designed to act as a showcase/gallery space for the work of students […]

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The Taming of the Shrew on outdoor stage at Menlo School for two May weekends

Menlo School presents The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare on two May weekends — May 4, 5, and 6 and May 10, 11 and 12. Men and women battle it out to become best friends in this Monty Python-inspired production of one of Shakespeare’s funniest comedies. Everything that could happen does happen, including Bollywood […]

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Menlo School stages Broadway hit Spring Awakening

Menlo School is presenting Spring Awakening, a hard-hitting, cutting-edge rock/pop show, on November 17-20, 2011. Based on an 1891 story of a repressed, rural German community and the sorrows, joys and exhilaration of its teenagers, Spring Awakening explores teen discovery, and the angst that accompanies it, in a way that unites the present with the […]

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Menlo School wins San Mateo Country Mock Trial Championship

Menlo School won the final round of the San Mateo County Mock Trial Championship against state champion Hillsdale High School.  For the first time ever, Menlo’s Mock Trial swept all eight juror score cards at the San Mateo County finals, a clear win over Hillsdale and their third win in the past four years. The […]

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