Celebrating Students' Artistic
Accomplishments and Performances

Seniors who have made significant contributions to the arts at ASH were honored at a luncheon in the Colton Fine Arts Center. Their commitment to the arts during their years at ASH has enriched our school community in immeasurable ways. Thank you, seniors! We will miss you next year!

Anabelle Adams ’25, Katherine Alford ’25, Cami Rose Curran ’26, Kai Jones ’25, Phoebe Kleehammer ’25, and Fiona May ’25 traveled with Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Schroth to All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas, to represent Sacred Heart at the 2023 ISAS Arts Festival. The festival brings over 3,000 student artists from independent schools together each year to showcase their work, take classes, and receive feedback from experts. The festival was on hiatus for three years due to Covid-19, so it was very exciting for our group to be back together with the arts community.

Congratulations to everyone who made the ASH spring theatre production of Annie so unforgettable! Sold-out audiences thoroughly enjoyed all three performances. The students who showcased their singing, dancing, and acting talents included: MC Mazzanti ‘23, Claire Burton ‘24, Katie Lawton ’24, Elaine Marie Ehrensing ’24, Phoebe Kleehammer ‘25, Bayona Lara ‘25, Katherine Alford ’25, Caroline Boyd ‘26, Caroline Kogos ‘26, Cami Rose Curran ’26, Uliana Dolinna ’26, Rosemary Alexander ‘26, Sophie Uhlig ‘27, Elle Marshall ’27, Keira Marchese ’27, Jillian Grau ’27, Natalie DeGruy ’27, Kate Mogabgab ’27, Marie Alciatore ’28, Londyn Walton ’28, Grace Worthy ’28, and Nicole Saborio ’28. The mighty tech crew consisted of Maia Christina ’24, Caitlyn Eiffert ‘25, Anabella Adams ‘25, Ainsley Leaman ‘25, Sophie Lo ‘26, Jane Farnsworth ’26, Alicia Hewett ‘28, and Evangeline Wendt ’28. Their hard work and dedication made for a wonderful show.
Annie was directed by Ashley Nolan ‘87, with choreography by Carrie Brown and musical direction by Melissa Marshall. Thank you all for an unforgettable performance.

The Class of 2017 did a fantastic job with their production of The Lion King Jr. They performed for parents, the Middle and Lower School, and students from St. Michael Special School. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to bring this beloved story to life at ASH. Great job, everyone!

The ASH community thoroughly enjoyed the annual Gallery Art Show in February at the Colton Fine Arts Center. Impressive visual art created by our talented Upper and Middle school students was on display, and students performed exciting musical and dance numbers on stage, all while family and friends enjoyed refreshments and interesting conversations about art at ASH. Thanks to all who contributed and joined us.

Art from our prekindergarten through fourth grade students was on display at the annual art show, Palette! Throughout the year students studied and were inspired by artists such as Van Gogh, Bataclan, Galler, Pindell, Matisse, Harrison, John’s, Hockney, Picasso, Klee, Román, Silberzweig, Eames and MORE! Students presented their art to students and parents. To celebrate, each homeroom in first through fourth grade enjoyed a special art class with our Artist-in-Residence, Chuck Galey, illustrator of Jazz Cats. Mr. Galey talked about the process of creating a picture book, how it is ok to make mistakes, and the importance of observation as well as revision. On Thursday morning, prekindergarten through fourth grade students enjoyed a virtual visit with artist Bren Bataclan, creator of the Smile Project. It was an inspiring week! Click here to see photos.

The Middle School painted four rain barrels for Green Light New Orleans. Eliza Mae Bendich '30, Lane Connell '30, Ellen Guste '30, and Cindy Smith '27 each created a unique design for a barrel. Ms. Pando's art students painted the beautiful designs onto each rain barrel. Green Light New Orleans will distribute our barrels to lucky homeowners in our area to collect rainwater and reduce street flooding. 
Digital Media students had a great visit to the WWL-TV studio in May. They watched news anchor Eric Paulsen mark 46 years as a news anchor. In addition, Chef Kevin Belton helped them to celebrate national carrot day with carrot cookie treats! Students had a great tour from (former) news director Keith Esparros and were able to pitch news stories in an editorial meeting. They also spoke to news anchor Leslie Spoon and meteorologist Payton Malone about what it’s like to work in broadcast journalism and their early morning hours! They did a great job representing ASH.
Madeline Jeansonne ’30 attended the Artistic Dance Exchange convention in December and was awarded a scholarship to the Prodigy All-Star Program. This includes an invitation to become a member of the Dreamers Performance Company. She also was invited to be in the opening number for nationals next summer in Orlando. Congratulations on these wonderful honors, Madeline!
Several ASH students participated in New Orleans Ballet Theatre Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet on May 13 and 14 at the Orpheum Theatre. Congratulations to Kate Cummings ’26, Emma Clasen ‘28, Gigi Thomas ’29, Claire Maddox ’30, Camille Highsmith ’30, Sophia Lopez ’31, Adelyn Lindley ’31, and Vivian Lorio ‘32 for beautiful performances. We are very proud of you! Bravo!
ASH Dance Team and Afternoons at ASH “Twinkle Toes” came together for a beautiful Spring Dance Concert in the Colton Fine Arts Center. This was the first since 2019, and it was wonderful to bring back this community performance for our talented dancers across divisions to support and learn from each other.  
Middle School Students brought joy to the ASH Community by sharing their gifts of singing at their Spring Concert. They shared a showcase of songs that made everyone in the audience have a lovely day. Great job Middle School!
In March Alex Jackson ’33 auditioned for the annual Ursuline Academy Bach Piano Competition. She performed the piece “Invention No. 8 in F Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach. For the third consecutive year, Alex was awarded first place in her category. She also earned the distinction of Grand Prize Winner among all the entrants. We are so proud of you, Alex, and can’t wait to see where your talent and dedication take you!
In April Connie Meyer ‘32 gave a breathtaking performance at a harp recital at the Jefferson Parish Public Library. Connie’s family and music teacher, Cathy Anderson, have supported her passion for the harp, which began at a young age. Connie’s beautiful performance was a testament to her hard work and dedication. Even more impressive was the joy she brought to the stage! Congratulations, Connie! We are sure that you have a bright future ahead of you in the world of music.
Several ASH students receive piano lessons from former ASH teacher Mary Monstead. Mrs. Monstead holds a piano festival in her home each year to provide her students the opportunity to perform in front of their families and other participants. This spring, Ann Frances Hodnette ’30, Olive Schonekas ‘32, Madison Haydel ‘32, Margaret Maddox ‘32, Adelaide Skelly ’32, and Marielle Schonekas ’33 did a beautiful job playing various selections they have learned during their time with Mrs. Monstead. Congratulations, girls! Thank you for your hard work and for sharing your talents with everyone.
Our Lower School Choir, under the direction of Jodi McWilliams, performed their Spring Concert on April 21. The choir is comprised of 22 third and fourth grade girls. The girls performed several Spirituals and paid tribute to the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, whose works greatly influenced American Musical Theater. 

Want to support the Arts at Sacred Heart? Become a member of the Rosary Arts League. The Rosary Arts League was formed to promote the visual and performing arts at Sacred Heart and to recognize student participation in art-related events and performances in the community. Membership benefits include tickets to ASH theatre performances!
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