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Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in the Cabell Center Theater this weekend!

The action begins in February 44 BC. Julius Caesar has just reentered Rome in triumph after a victory in Spain over the sons of his old enemy, Pompey the Great. A spontaneous celebration has interrupted and been broken up by Flavius and Marullus, two political enemies of Caesar. It soon becomes apparent from their words that powerful and secret forces are working against Caesar.

Caesar appears, attended by a train of friends and supporters, and is warned by a soothsayer to "beware the ides of March," but he ignores the warning and leaves for the games and races marking the celebration of the feast of Lupercal...

When: November 13-14 at 7:30 pm, and November 15 at 2:00 pm

Where: Cabell Center Theater

Price: 5$ for Student & Seniors, $7 for Adults

Cast List:

Anaga -  Cinna/Titinius/Citizen 3

Hannah -  Caesar/Portia/Pindarus/Citizen 1

Sahil  - Brutus

Seth - Antony

Annie - Cassius

Gus - Metellus Cimber/Lucilius/Citizen 2

Rachel - Casca/Octavius

Sarah  - Calpurnia/ Lucius/Citizen 4

Y Lai  - Soothsayer/Lepidus/Messala

Photos from Opening Night


Posted by Brendan Gill on Saturday November 14, 2015
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Photos from The Magic Rainforest!

On Friday, October 23rd, Catlin Gabel Middle School Drama's performance of The Magic Rainforest: An Amazon Journey by José Cruz González debuted in our Black Box Theater!

Enjoy this slideshow of photos from the closing performance on 10/25:


Posted by Brendan Gill on Monday November 2, 2015
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Get Your Tickets: The Magic Rainforest (A Catlin Gabel Middle School Drama Production)

Catlin Gabel Middle School Drama presents The Magic Rainforest: an Amazon Journey by José Cruz González. This is the vibrant coming-of-age story of Aki, a young man striving to save the rainforest from the ravages of the fire demons. Shamans, toucans, turtles, sloths, enchanted dolphins, sassy vegetables and a star maiden come together in desperate times to face irrevocable change. In line with the environmental theme of this story, our middle school students have created a dynamic theatrical design using recycled materials. Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited, so please reserve your tickets below:
Click on the date below to reserve tickets to one of our three performances at Catlin Gabel School in the Creative Art Center's Black Box Theater (8825 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, Oregon 97225):
Posted by Brendan Gill on Wednesday October 7, 2015
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Employee Art Show

Employees of Catlin Gabel School submitted works of art to fill the Cabell Center foyer to kick off the 2015-16 school year. View photos of the artwork in the slideshow below, and come visit the Cabell Center to see the exhibition!


Posted by Brendan Gill on Thursday September 3, 2015
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8th Grade Musical: The (Sci-Fi) Mikado

The 8th grade class of 2019 have just returned from their tour of the San Juan Islands, performing their production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado at community centers to local residents and students on the islands of Shaw, Orcas and San Juan.

Tonight, at 7pm, is closing night - come to the Cabell Center to catch their final performance!


Posted by Brendan Gill on Friday June 5, 2015
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Structural Engineering & Design Show: Creative Arts Center Gallery 1/9 - 1/29

On now through January 29th, this exhibition includes examples of the major projects leading up to the final that were completed during the fall:

1) Newspaper Tower

2) Cardboard Chair

3) Balance Project

4) The Arch

5) Trusses

6) Bridges

The Structural Design and Engineering course is a collaboration between Becky Wynne (Science) and Chris Mateer (Art). The course combines the basics of engineering statics with project design and construction.

Structural Design & Engineering requires the teachers, along with the students, to work together and for everyone in the studio to step out of our mutual comfort zones and discover new ways of teaching and learning.

The Structural Design & Engineering curriculum offers students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional art-making materials, various approaches to building structures, and introduces a number of processes in order to practice a number of engineering and design principles and concepts.

Areas of Study include: compression, tension, arches, beams, cantilevers, trusses, as well as free-body diagrams, force vectors, calculation of rotational moments, and static equilibrium.

Posted by Brendan Gill on Thursday January 8, 2015 at 05:58PM
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Now Showing in the Creative Arts Center Gallery

TBA Show… open now through December 3rd

On view daily between 8 am and 4 pm.

Time-Based Arts (TBA for short) refers to art that exists within a specific time / space context. Work can be sculptural, performative, or interactive (or all three!) The materials used to create such work might include: traditional art materials, sound, light, video, computer code and more.
-Nance Leonhardt

Posted by Brendan Gill on Tuesday November 4, 2014
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A Dream of Three Oranges - Performing October 24th / 25th

Announcing this Fall's middle school play, 

A Dream of Three Oranges

Watch the promo video below!

Performances in the Black Box Theater on the following dates:

Friday, October 24th 7pm SOLD OUT - Limited tickets available at door

Saturday, October 25th 7pm Click here for free tickets

Posted by Brendan Gill on Monday October 20, 2014
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Upper School Band Performances: Save These Dates!

November 5th with be a Musicians Assembly featuring performances on piano, duets with band and choir and Consta Monsta creating beats.

The Rock Band will be playing the music for the fall production of Big Love Nov. 14-16th

November 18th is the Fall Music Concert at 7pm
Posted by Brendan Gill on Monday October 13, 2014 at 12:06PM
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Artist Residency at Catlin Gabel

  • Thanks to Vic Frey and PICA, our students attended the TBA festival to experience the installation / performance of work by Jennifer West. We are offering a TBA class this year, directly inspired by this festival and the work of PICA.

  • NW Children's Theatre is beginning to host summer workshops here in exchange for our students being able to access guest faculty from NW children's theatre throughout the year.

  • OCAC Visiting Fellow, artist/ photographer Evan Baden, is conducting a collaboration with Catlin Gabel Upper School photography students. The project explores the blurred lines between teens' portrayal of themselves online versus in their actual day-to-day lives. The project will culminate in a faux-yearbook produced by student collaborators. Email Nance for more details on Baden's residency and work with our students.

  • Kristin Becker, a professor in the interdisciplinary Digital Technology and Culture program at WSU in Pullman, will be collaborating with several arts classes across divisions on November 20/21.

  • Jen Lawrence of Letterpress PDX will be collaborating with Catlin Gabel Printmaking and Illustration classes on the art of letterpress printmaking in October and November.

  • Dale Rawls and Virginia King are once again in partnership with students and faculty at Wilsonville High School for the Word / Hand exchange.
Posted by Brendan Gill on Monday October 13, 2014
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