11 Nardin TodayFall 2022 Nardin Students on the Stage The 2022 Middle School play was Willy Wonka Jr. As a part of the Middle School DaVinci program, students from grades 5-8 showcased their talents performing on stage at Villa Maria College. The Lower School showed their support by attending the performance with their class. The Nardin Academy Upper School Theater department performed two productions in the 2021-22 school year! First up was Disney’s Freaky Friday performed at Shea’s 710 Theatre in December, a comedic musical about a mother and daughter who switch bodies for one freaky day. The Mother, played by Genevieve Downing ‘22, said this about her experience, “Having the opportunity to participate in the musical my senior year was so amazing for me, especially not being able to do one the year prior. Throughout my years at Nardin, I’ve made many close relationships through the theater/music department. It truly provides you with an experience that you’ll never forget.” In the spring, the production of Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias was set in an intimate dinner theater-style with a Southern-themed dinner prepared by Chef Julie Levin ‘88. The Upper School students' performances were hilarious, touching, and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and the bond a group of women share in a small-town Southern community. n classacts