MIDDLEBURY — Five Westover School students have been recognized for their accomplishments in the school’s performing arts programs in theater and dance during the winter term.
Marla Truini, director of Westover’s drama program, presented “Most Valuable Player” drama awards for the winter term to three seniors — Emily Benoit of Monroe, Cammie Hussey of Sharon and Artemis Li of Beijing, China — who had lead roles in “Antigone,” the winter term’s theater production.
“These students worked diligently to master the complexities of their characters and delivered memorable performances,” Ms. Truini said.
In Westover’s production of Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy, Emily Benoit portrayed Antigone, a princess sentenced to death by her uncle, King Creon, for defying his orders and burying the body of her brother, Polynices, after he was slain in battle. Cammie Hussey portrayed Creon, while Artemis Li took on the role of Teiresias, the blind prophet of Thebes.
The production featured a “promenade” approach to the storytelling, Ms. Truini noted, taking the audience on a journey to different “stations” in the school’s Performing Arts Center as they experienced the many layers of Antigone’s emotional transformation.
“These students went above and beyond in their commitment to the project,” Ms. Truini said. “I could not be more proud of all that they have accomplished, and I am glad to celebrate their work.”
Meghan Buchanan, director of Westover’s dance program, presented awards to two of the program’s dancers, senior Mickey Shi of Beijing, China, and junior McKenna Rook of Morris, for their work during the winter term.
Mickey Shi received the “Most Valuable Dancer” award. “Mickey is an incredibly versatile and talented dancer,” Ms. Buchanan said. “From hip-hop to ballet, there is no style of movement she has not mastered.
“These last few years, Mickey has been a staple of the dance department, and while we are sad to see her go, we know she will continue to inspire others with her dancing.”
McKenna Rook received the “Most Improved Dancer” award. “McKenna has a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and a willingness to embrace new and challenging things,” Ms. Buchanan said. “She gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and confidence last term, and always tried her very best each and every class.
“We are incredibly proud of McKenna, and we could think of no one more deserving of this award.”