Marie Murphy Actors Wow in ‘Earnest’!

The Marie Murphy Spring Play this year showcased Oscar Wilde’s, “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Armed with Victorian-era costumes, British accents, and wealth of experience and dedication, Marie Murphy’s young actors delivered a superb performance! With shows on Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, the play was seen by scores of students and parents alike. Highlights of the performance can be seen in the video below.

8th Graders Explore Romeo & Juliet in Theatre Arts

The Marie Murphy 8th graders closed out their first-semester Theatre Arts experience by putting on a classroom performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Involving all students in the class, these abbreviated performances represented the culmination of three years of theatre study! Highlights of each class’ performance are linked below.

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Congratulations to outstanding young actors & actresses!


8th Graders Learn Stage Combat in Theatre Arts!

On Friday, November 13th, New Trier High School theatre students, led by theatre teacher and director, Mrs. Hilerre Kirsch, traveled to Marie Murphy to lead the 8th grade Theatre Arts students in a workshop demonstrating stage combat techniques and performing highlights from their stage combat show, Fight Night, which will take place on December 2 at the Winnetka campus.  MMS students learned about simple hand-to-hand combat, sword fighting, and staging techniques that add reality and drama to the performance, all while staying safe.  It was engaging, thrilling, and intense!  Unforgettable opportunity!5qv_9FDjh51EgLogJ-xtnZR6ODOuHqLEcB_An30Jit4 BxluuIQkDBIvnq1FX4zRms5NuBctTIk58A99N22Rwyg D-3dt2cea_L9dN7lPQyEQytXB9Lej3IkGWxJ5DkDYnY IMG_2262 Pv4YlHfWrk3zPCGkn3_nxsrNjXCI-CJOpjM7gSt0blo


Marie Murphy Artists Recognized Nationally!

Marie Murphy artists earned state and national attention recently. Artwork from the 2014-2015 school year was submitted by art teacher Kelly Sabatini to Competing against artists from across the country, Marie Murphy was recognized as the 7th highest contributing school nationally and was the top ranked school in Illinois!

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Pétanque, Anyone?

Learning French at Marie Murphy open doors to French games!  All students who take French played “la pétanque” on September 16.  “Pétanque” is a popular  game which originated in the south of France.  It is similar to bocce ball.  The objective of the game is to place “la boule” (made out of metal, usually steel) as close as possible to “le cochonnet” (made out of wood).  There are two teams for each game, the first team to reach 13 points wins!  The students had a blast playing “la pétanque”.  It has become an annual tradition to play “pétanque” at Marie Murphy!

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~Namaste 7th Graders~

On Friday, September 18th, as an extension of their yoga training for a warm-up sequence in Theatre class, 7th grade Theatre students were treated to a full yoga class taught by guest yoga instructor, Paul Weitz.  Mr. Weitz has taught yoga for over 20 years throughout Los Angeles and Chicago, and specifically here on the North Shore. He led the students through a series of breath-based flow postures, and challenged them to some fun and tricky standing poses.  He expressed the value of yoga training in bringing a sense of strength and confidence to the work the students are doing in Theatre class, as well as the relaxation and concentration skills that can benefit them for life. The students really enjoyed his class and hope to have him back again very soon!

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Marie Murphy Art Club Reaches New Heights!

Marie Murphy’s Art Club, sponsored by art teacher Ms. Kelly Sabatini, is reaching new heights as they look for different mediums to showcase their talents. Initiated last year, student works are now proudly being created not on paper or canvas, but rather on ceiling tiles. Recreating masterpieces, members of Art Club are having their works displayed in the most logical place – the ceiling! The effect is an art studio that is maximizing all available space to showcase the growing talents of Marie Murphy’s young artists! Samples from the ceiling gallery are below.

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Marie Murphy Spring Play is Almost Here!

cropped-DSC_8721.jpgThe Marie Murphy Spring 2015 Play, Brighton Beach Memoirs, is coming! An all-school performance will take place Thursday, April 23 at 1:00. Additional evening performances will take place Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Come out and see our young actors and actresses shine!

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New Trier Township Art Show


This Wednesday, April 15, the New Trier Township Art Show will kick off with an Opening Reception from 4:00-6:00 at the The Ann Brierly Gallery, New Trier High School, 2nd floor, Southwest corner of the building, 385 Winnetka Ave.


The New Trier Township Art Show highlights student work from all sender schools, and this year includes 111 Marie Murphy artists! The work of 40 6th grade students, 34 7th grade students, and 37 8th grade students will be displayed. Contributing Marie Murphy Artists include:


6th graders: Charlie B., Celeste P., Izzy H. (2)*, Jackson M. Eric L., Emerson V. (4)*, Davina S. (2)*, Dean J., Vivian V., Tricia Y. (2)*, Mahin L., Dahee L. (2)*, Johnny Y. (2)*, Viktoriya K. (2)*, Carmen C., Josephine Y. (2)*, Simone S., Demitra D., Julia S., Daniel M., Max D., Paul L., Dorothy A., Stephanie L. (2)*, Sarah T., Emma T., Juliana G., Victoria C., Violet C., Charlie F., Emilia M., Kate W., Brian S., Jonathan W., Margaret H. (2)*, Chelsea L., Brian Y., Christopher B., Zarine G., Divya M.


7th Graders: Alexandra A. (3), Sophia A. (3), Carol K. (5), Sabrina D. (2), Jakob Q., Robin P. (2), Oliveira N. (2), Petra P., Youngwon K., Frank Z., Charlie A., Jonna I. (2) Jonathan Y. (3), Jordan B. (3), Matthew F., Harrison B., Cate P., Jules B., Tyler A., Jason Y. (2), Mina S., Valentine M., Julia M., Josh S., Caitlin M., Sarosh P., Bridget B., Katie G., Renee Z., Danny P., Amber S., Claire D., Henry K., Natasha C.


8th Graders: Ben G., Brian C., Charlotte S. (2), Esther P., Lilly D., Isba K., Marion M. (3), Michelle S., Reilly C., Ian R., Yetong L. (2), Angela S. (2), Jewoo L., Celeste C. (2), Griffen L. (2), Michael B., Hannah K., Valentina d., Julia S., Leo K., Jack J., Meici Y., Andrea L., Ana P., Lilly ME, Oscar M., Skye K., Madeleine S. (2), Anthony C., Lief R., Sarah Y. (2), Keara B. (2), Ali M., Eileen W., Ceola H., Grace L., Stephanie K.


Please consider visiting the gallery over the next few weeks as there is exceptional, distinguished art pieces created by our developing artists! The exhibition closes on May 1st.