Ware Academy’s 2015 Fine Arts Enrichment Program Open to Community

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Contact Ginger James, Director of Admissions and Special Events, to RSVP and for more information.

Ware Academy is pleased to announce that it will host its annual array of fine arts enrichment programs for students in 2015. This year’s line-up includes the Joffrey Ballet, the New England Conservatory String Quartet, and live productions of The Jungle Book and Treasure Island.

All events are free and open to the public – including homeschool and public school students.

Please contact Ginger James, Ware Academy’s Director of Admissions and Special Events, at gjames(at)wareacademy(dot)org or 804.693.3825, with questions or to express interest to attend.

James can assist in making seating available.

Ramzi & Co.

WHEN: January 29, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHO: All grades

WHERE: Ware Academy Gymnasium

Ware Academy will welcome internationally renowned World Dance artist, Ramzi, to perform dances from cultures throughout the world in this geographical exploration. Ramzi shares dances from Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and many other lands in order to harvest a student appreciation of heritage and history. This percussive and explosive authentic interpretation of dance is meant to be a starting point for discussion and understanding. Students and teachers will enjoy this powerful experience while dancing on stage with him.

Jungle Book, Presented by the William and Mary Theatre Co.
WHEN: February 26, 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHO: All grades

WHERE: Ware Academy Gymnasium
Join young Mowgli as he learns the ‘Laws’ of the jungle in this time-honored adventure. With the help of friends like the black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo the lovable bear, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer as Mowgli faces his fear and foils his nemesis the tiger Shere Khan. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will delight both the young and the young at heart
The Joffery Ballet

WHEN: March 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (stay tuned for specific show start times)

WHO: All grades

WHERE: Ware Academy Gymnasium

The Joffrey Ballet is a professional dance company resident in Chicago, Illinois. The company regularly performs classical ballets, including Romeo & Juliet and The Nutcracker, while balancing those classics with pioneering modern dance pieces. Many prolific choreographers have worked with the Joffrey including Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, and founders Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey. Founded as a touring company in 1956, it was based in New York City until 1995. The company is now headquartered in Joffrey Tower and performs its October-May season at the Auditorium Theatre.

New England Conservatory String Quartet

WHEN: March 20, 1 to 2 p.m.

WHO: All grades

WHERE: Ware Academy Gymnasium

New England Conservatory (NEC) educates and trains musicians of all ages from around the world, drawing on the talent and deep reservoir of experience of those who teach them. NEC String Quartet is dedicated to inculcating the highest standards of excellence and nurturing individual artistic sensibility and creative growth. Understanding that music is one of the transcendent expressions of human civilization, NEC aspires to ensure it a central place in contemporary society.

Treasure Island presented by Theater IV

WHEN: April 7, 1 to 2 p.m.

WHO: Pre K- 5th grade

WHERE: Ware Academy Gymnasium

Set sail with young Jim Hawkins aboard the Hispaniola for the mysterious Treasure Island, a tiny spot in the ocean believed to conceal the greatest of fortunes. On his swashbuckling adventures, Jim encounters the most legendary buccaneers in all of children’s literature: the salty Billy Bones, the blind rogue Pew, the marooned Ben Gunn and the captivating Long John Silver. Generations of children have been thrilled by this rollicking tale of intrigue and piracy, and a young boy who must learn the value of honor and decency from the most unlikely teachers. Our merry musical adaptation leaves out the rum-soaked violence of the book in favor of the fun, the action, and the moral foundation of this timeless classic.

Mosaic Steel

WHEN: May 15, 1 to 2 p.m.

WHO: All grades

WHERE: Ware Academy Gymnasium

This program explores the history of steel drums from its French and English plantation beginnings in Trinidad and Tobago. From its African and Island inventors, came a long and traditional musical richness that developed into idiophones, or non-membrane drums, shaped to create pitches out of 55-gallon oil drums. These instruments have been celebrated and experimented on with musical innovation, call and response, slave insurrection, and modern musical interpretations. Students will gain a rich understanding of the survival of people, the multi-cultural unity, and the need for the arts to rise above all human emotion.


Located one mile from Main Street in Gloucester’s historic Courthouse district on a 19-acre campus, Ware Academy is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. Ware Academy empowers each student to achieve academic excellence, emphasizing the development of mind, body and character. The primary objectives are to educate the whole child to his fullest potential and for students to acquire a respect and a desire for learning in order to develop into independent, life long learners in preparation for productive and fulfilled lives.

Founded in 1949, Ware Academy is a non-profit, non-denominational, non-sectarian school promoting ethnic and racial diversity. Ware Academy selects students on the basis of academic potential and developmental readiness without regard to race, color, creed, or ethnic origin.

Ware Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Ware Academy is also a member of the Virginia Council for Private Education and The National Junior Honor Society.

Keep in touch with Ware Academy online at http://www.wareacademy.org, on Facebook at /WareAcademy and on Twitter @WareAcademy1.

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