With his credentials and experience, there are many things Dr. Gary Compton could be doing every day, but Academy at the Lakes is where he chooses to spend his time.
The Academy at the Lakes’ all-school musical is an amazing tradition.
The production of a fully-staged musical involving over 250 students, faculty and staff – with all rehearsals during the regular school day – is not only an incredible example of collaboration on all levels, but a unique and wonderful experience.
This tradition truly incorporates all of Academy’s “6 C’s” and allows our students – the scholars, the athletes, the artists, the musicians, the STEM teams – and faculty and staff to participate and shine.
Shakespeare Plays Instructor: Ms. Aimee Nadow Class: Language Arts Students in Ms. Aimee Nadow’s Language Arts classes have been working cooperatively in small groups to prepare for their acting performances of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. This activity fosters collaboration as a cast, communication as performers, and creativity in costume and prop choices. View the video […]
In December 2014, 50 Academy at the Lakes students in grades 1 through 4 entered the Radiant Peace Art Contest. This contest was sponsored by the Radiant Peace Foundation International in St. Petersburg, Florida, a nonprofit educational organization. The Radiant Peace Foundation’s mission is to inspire, encourage, and promote Radiant Peace throughout the world. […]
Drop the Octave, an all-male a capella group, featuring alumnus Jason Pitcairn ’11, from Gettysburg College visited both campuses on Wednesday, January 14 performing for Middle and Upper Divisions in the Gym and 2nd through 4th Grade on the Reinhart Family Deck. The charismatic group performed a range of songs from Meghan Trainor’s All […]
One 6×6 inch piece of paper plus 20 intricate folds equals one origami paper crane. In Japanese legends, cranes are powerful creatures that are respected for their ability to bring luck and grant wishes. The legend states that when one thousand cranes are created, the crane will grant a wish or eternal luck. Art students in grades 5-12 worked for two weeks to create one thousand paper cranes. Afterward, the students combined the cranes into garlands. Finally, the installation art piece was complete and ready for its theatrical debut.
In February of 2011, Chelsea Wang came to Academy at the Lakes from China. With family residing here in New Tampa and after viewing the video on the school website, she decided this was the right place for her. Chelsea was immediately attracted to the beautiful scenery and the unique architecture of McCormick Hall.
Following her passion, she has taken Studio Art all four years she has been at Academy. “At first, I was not very good,” Chelsea recalls. “In the beginning I drew badly, like a little kid. The next year I was able to work with Becky yu and Daniella Zacarias (former Academy students). They helped me, and I found out I had talent.”
All singers in Boys’ and Girls’ Chorus participate in a very special end of the year event called Cabaret Night in which the Academy gym is transformed into a dinner theatre atmosphere with tables, elegant décor, spotlights and light refreshments.
“Initially, Cabaret Night took the form of a recital where we had audience members in rows and students performed on stage. The last two years, it has finally developed into the concert event I envisioned years ago, a ‘dinner theatre’ type atmosphere.” Katie explained, “I am thankful to Ms. Michele Cozzolino’s (Academy parent) event planning and Ms. Dorie Burnham’s (Academy’s Business Manager) logistical geniuses for helping me achieve this vision!”
Academy’s all school musical, Seussical, premiered last weekend. Over 240 students in grades Senior Kindergarten through 12th Grade were involved in the production of the preshow and musical.
The development took place over several months, with auditions being one of the first steps. The photos below will take you through the process from auditions to rehearsals to opening night.