Opportunities for students interested in the performing arts are available both inside and outside the classroom. From electives in Music Theory and Musical Theater, to drama performances, to an array of choral and instrumental ensembles, there are a variety of ways for students to fulfill and develop their creative talents.
Ursuline Academy presents three performances a year: one musical and two plays. The past few years have featured performances of Beauty and the Beast, Little Women, The Sound of Music, Twelve Angry Women, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. Partnerships with local boys schools provide opportunities for coed performances.
Ursuline has three choral ensembles to suit the skill level and musical interests of a range of students.
- Glee Club - The Glee Club meets throughout the year in preparation for two performances: the Christmas Gathering and the Spring Festival of the Arts. Any student in grades 7-12 who enjoys singing is encouraged to join.
- Choral Group - This group is an important part of the monthly religious services and performs at numerous events throughout the year. It is open by audition to students in grades 9-12.
- Bearitones - The Bearitones are a student-run a cappella group. They perform several times a year, and in 2016 organized their first a cappella festival with surrounding schools.
The Chamber Ensemble welcomes intermediate and advanced musicians (string, woodwind, brass, or percussion) in grades 7 through 12 . The ensemble practices in the evening and performs at the Christmas Gathering, the Spring Festival of the Arts and at other special events.
The Liturgical/Lyrical Dance group is composed of students with some ballet training and/or who are currently studying ballet. In addition to sharing their talents at Mass in liturgical dance, these young women perform lyrical dance at the Christmas Gathering and Spring Festival of the Arts.
The speech team is an eclectic, talented and enthusiastic group of young women who practice weekly and compete in regional speech and debate events. Experienced students on the team act as coaches for the newer students.
In addition to these opportunities, new clubs are formed each year based on student interest. A sampling of recent offerings include Pop Culture Club and Stagecraft.
Ursuline Speech Team:
December, 2019: Speech Team places 5th overall at Natick’s Holly Speech Tournament, with Kendra Miller ‘20 placing 1st in Pentathlon, Impromptu Speaking, and Informative Speaking; Bella Coe ‘21 placing 1st in Drama Audition; Mary Kate McDonald ‘20 placing 1st in Programmed Oral Interpretation; Hamsa Shanmugam placing 1st in Original Poetry; and Mia McDonald ‘20, Allee O’Neil ‘21, and Mae O’Neill ‘21 placing 1st in TV News Team.
December, 2019: At the Lincoln-Sudbury Warrior Showdown, Kendra Miller ‘20 wins 1st place in Informative Speaking and Impromptu Speaking; Maggie Folwell ‘20 wins 1st place in Poetry, and Hamsa Shanmugam ‘20 wins 2nd place in Informative Speaking.
November, 2019: At the Villiger Speech & Debate Tournament at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Hamsa Shanmugam ‘20 wins 1st place in Informative Speaking, Kendra Miller ‘20 wins 2nd place in Informative Speaking, and Maggie Folwell ‘20 semi-finals in Oral Interpretation.
November, 2019: At the Gracia Burkhill Memorial Speech Tournament in Natick, Hamsa Shanmugam placed 1st in Informative Speaking; Maggie Folwell ‘20 placed 1st in Prose; and Bella Coe ‘21 and Allee O’Neil ‘21 placed 2nd in Duo Interpretation.
October, 2019: The Ursuline speech team placed first in the Small School Sweepstakes in Revere, including a 1st place in Programmed Oral Interpretation by Mary Kate McDonald ‘20; a 2nd place in Children’s Literature by Olivia Spalla ‘21, and a 2nd place win by Bella Coe ‘21 and Allee O’Neil ‘21 in Duo Interpretation.
Ursuline Performing Arts
January, 2020: Congratulations to Maria Cecilia Viana '20 and Nina Polansky '23 for being invited to participate in the MMEA Eastern District Senior Choral Festival at Boston Latin.
March, 2019: Sabrina Nedder '19 and Faith Banach '20 receive Actor Recognition Awards for their outstanding performances in Dark Road at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild's High School Drama Festival.