March 5, 2017

I had the opportunity to see “Cinderella,” this year’s Upper School musical, last night in the theater. It has been my good fortune to see every major performance by the program since 2001. In short, it was spectacular.

From the costumes to the sets and the actors; the production was amazing in terms of its quality. This has been the case for years here at Gill and although much credit goes to our students, parent volunteers and staff, the role Paul Canada plays cannot be understated. Paul has served as our Theater Director since 1990 when he was hired to start a formal program here at the School.

Since then, the performing arts have become a tremendous strength at Gill and a genuine source of pride. The success of the program is well known in the local area and the level of commitment demonstrated by our students and parents is superior to what exists at other schools.

In fact, it is this very commitment which makes our shows so good, and so different from the “typical” high school production.

With the construction of the new performing arts center about to commence, “Cinderella” could not have occurred at a more opportune time. Paul’s words to the audience about the importance of the arts and need for the new theater were a wonderful invitation to all in the community to support the capital campaign. I hope you agree.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.