Hill arts students return for a stellar H-term season 


The cast of “The Fantasticks” rehearse for their HTerm production. Photo courtesy of Kelly Grable ’23

As we get further into the holiday season, H-term presents an opportunity for artistic events to ramp up at The Hill School. The Ellis Theater Guild envisions an H-term musical with the pick of “The Fantasticks” by Tom Jones. Students, challenged to put on a musical in only 10 days, were cast in the open-call auditions for this year’s Ellis Theater Guild productions. Director Bobby Goodrich says that “The Fantasticks” is, “…driven by poetry—a lot of the dialogue and lyrics are just beautiful poetry,” and that the students will each bring “an organic energy” to the show. The production is set to be performed from January 6-8 at 7:45 p.m. in the Blackbox Theater and is open to anyone in the Pottstown community.

Choral instructor Yoon Soo Lim’s H-term course, “Concert Choir: Collaborative Concert Experience,” will hold a joint showcase with Princeton GirlChoir on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel. The choirs will be singing a mixture of classic Christmas songs along with more seasonal pieces. The “Rise, Shine!” unity concert has no entrance fee, but audience members are encouraged to donate to Hobart’s Run’s non-perishable food and moisture wicking sock drive.

The cast of “The Fantasticks” rehearse for their HTerm production. Photo courtesy of Kelly Grable ’23

The H-term short play festival will be returning for its third year. Students will write, cast, direct, costume, and light a ten-minute play on a topic of their choice. “This is their voice; this is their issues, what they’re concerned about,” Director of the Center for the Arts Christopher McGriff said. After a crash course in theater, the students will showcase their creations to the Hill community. A winner of the short play festival will be crowned based on the plays’ artistic and technical aspects. The H-term Short Play Festival took place on December 13 at 8:30 p.m. in the black box.