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Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” brought to Lowe stage

Mia Hong, Lillian Poag, and Yasmin Stein April 7, 2021
"Into the Woods" seemed like the perfect musical to perform amid a pandemic: small cast and minimal choreography. Little did Director Jamie Stires-Hardin know how complicated staging a musical during a pandemic would turn out to be.

“Into the Woods” changes production schedule due to winter storm, moves to Lowe Theater

Dawson Chang, Staff Writer March 2, 2021
"Into the Woods" will be performed on March 3-6 in the Lowe Theater.
With Winter Break approaching, students and faculty reflect on the importance of wearing masks properly.

Students, faculty reflect on proper mask etiquette

James Li, Staff Writer December 16, 2020
With Winter Break approaching, students and faculty reflect on the importance of wearing masks properly.
The annual Candlelight service includes a procession of choirs, seasonal hymns, spiritual readings and performances by the St. John’s choirs and orchestras.Though the pandemic prevented an audience from attending both the fall concert and Candlelight this year, students and teachers created virtual programs in lieu of in-person services.

Candlelight video replaces annual in-person service

Afraaz Malick, Annie Jones, and Mia Hong December 15, 2020
The annual Candlelight service includes a procession of choirs, seasonal hymns, spiritual readings and performances by the St. John’s choirs and orchestras. Though the pandemic prevented an audience from attending both the fall concert and Candlelight this year, students and teachers created virtual programs in lieu of in-person services.
Kantorei carols under the archway between the Great Lawn and Plaza after last year's Candlelight service.

Kantorei plans to uphold annual caroling tradition on campus

Gabrielle Solymosy, Copy Editor December 14, 2020
On Tuesday, Dec. 15, Kantorei members will carol on the Upper School campus.
Video: Houston's holiday lights (2020)

Video: Houston’s holiday lights (2020)

Fareen Dhuka, Laney Chang, Ashley Yen, and Megan Chang December 14, 2020
The Review Online takes you through the holiday lights set up around Houston.
To produce some of the plays, actors filmed their individual performances from home, and the videos will be arranged on the screen, similar to a Zoom call.

Johnnycake hosts first-ever Student Playwriting Festival

Abigail Hindman and Ella Piper Claffy November 18, 2020
Johnnycake and fine arts directors decided to hold the first-ever Student Playwriting Festival this year.
Despite the pandemic, students continue to take online driver's ed courses.

Students take online driver’s ed courses, follow COVID-19 guidelines

James Li, Staff Writer November 5, 2020
Despite the pandemic, students continue to take driver's ed courses.
Lower School administrators pose together in their Dr. Seuss-themed outfits.

Students prepare for Halloween with safety precautions, inventive ideas

Ellie Monday, Staff Writer October 31, 2020
This year, Halloween falls on the Saturday of Daylight Savings Time for an extra hour of festivities, and it's the first Halloween with a blue moon since 1944. Yet only 22% of St. John's students are celebrating, according to poll data from the Review Online.
Last year's musical,

Johnnycake transitions to online auditions, creates new Student Playwriting Festival

Gabrielle Solymosy, Copy Editor October 1, 2020
With the virtual start to the school year, Upper School theater directors met with Johnnycake officers over the summer to adapt and revamp their production plans. 
My Choral Coach allows directors to share sheet music and sound files with choir students.

Performing ensembles adapt to Low Density Campus Plan with virtual music platforms

Lydia Gafford and Chloe Zhao September 23, 2020
As students return back to school under the Low Density Campus Plan, performing ensemble directors are continuing their use of online music programs to accommodate the new schedule.
Quarantine measures and limited social interaction has left people around the world struggling with mental health.

COVID state of mind: mental health in quarantine

Fareen Dhuka, Indrani Maitra, and Julia Smith June 3, 2020
A loss of support systems, from friendships to daily routines, can result in a significant decline in mental health during COVID-19.
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