Volume 24 November 2023

Welcome to the fall edition of our monthly newsletter, where you'll find updates on everything related to the arts in the KLSD!

JJHS Players Selected

for All-State Ensembles

Several John Jay High School students were invited to join the area's All-State ensembles, a prestigious honor awarded to the top honors music students from across the region. 

"I am so proud of our JJHS musicians for being invited into the prestigious Area All-State ensembles, " said Elissa Leventhal, conductor of the John Jay middle and high school orchestras. "These groups are very competitive and only accept the highest NYSSMA scores from music students across the county."

"Sophie, Will, Fenton, and Alex have represented our school beautifully at rehearsals by putting their best foot forward and coming prepared," Ms. Leventhal continued. " We are eagerly looking forward to their concert on Saturday, November 4th at New Rochelle HS!”

These four students are also members of John Jay High School’s chapter of TriM, a national music honors society.


Pictured left to right:

Alex Bond - violin; Fenton Lio - cello; Will Fenton - trumpet;

and Sophie Hunsberger (co-President of TriM) - violin

This comedy tells the fictional story of the real-life artist Jean-Francois Millet. A struggling artist in 19th century France, Twain's tale imagines Millet faked his own death to increase the value of his paintings. Then, he disguises himself as his sister in an attempt to control his artwork after his "death." 

There are 14 cast members and countless crew members participating in the 2023 fall drama. 

KLSD ArtsAlive will be selling our popular

"Love Notes" and "Kisses for the Cast & Crew"

at each of these performances!

#Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, is #GivingTuesday, a day that has inspired people worldwide to take collective action to improve their communities and give back to charitable organizations.

This year, KLSD ArtsAlive is thrilled to participate in #GivingTuesday again.

Please consider getting involved on this day of giving by donating any amount to this worthy cause!

John Jay Middle School Drama Club


The Twilight Zone:

The Monsters are Due on Maple St

Kick the Can

In the Nick of Time


David Fritsch


Marcia Daley-Salvo


Gloria Miller

Presented by a cast & crew of over 50 students!

Thursday, November 30th at 7 PM

Friday, December 1st at 7 PM

Saturday, December 2nd at 1PM

Saturday, December 2nd at 7 PM

Tickets are $10 at the door

KLSD ArtsAlive will be selling flowers at all performances!!

Break a leg JJMS!

Calling all freshman actors!

A parody of the classic "12 Angry Men," this play focuses on a jury of 12 comically inept individuals who are tasked with deliberating a murder case. The play promises an evening of absurdity and laughter. 

It will be directed by JJHS Seniors

Samantha Donnelly, Maddy Galgano,

Jack Pryor & Alec Schwartz.  

Auditions will take place in mid-November.  

Encore X

Put January 6, 2024 in your planner-

We've opened the "audition doors"

for the Encore X Cast.

It is a special night of nostalgia as current JJHS students & alumni share the JJHS stage together, creating Broadway magic as they perform musical theatre acts from then and now.  

Stay tuned for more information

on how to purchase tickets

but in the meantime...

See Encore 2023 on our YouTube Channel

As a KLSD ArtsAlive member, you join a community of people dedicated to keeping music, culture and the arts a vital part of the KLSD experience. 

Membership levels range from $25 up to $100,

and all donations are tax-deductible.

Learn more, join or renew your membership today.

Our Mission Statement:

Promote and enhance the arts education for our students and show appreciation for the outstanding work being done in all areas of the arts in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.

Who We Are:

KLSD ArtsAlive is a 501C(3) not-for-profit organization that includes students, parents, patrons, faculty and staff who donate their time and resources to enhance the fine arts programs offered by the Katonah-Lewisboro schools.  

Our Core Belief:

We believe that promoting the arts in our schools unifies our entire community. By supporting arts-related events and programming, we give everyone the opportunity to celebrate our talented students and teachers.

What We Do:

Through fundraising efforts (and thanks to your support), KLSD ArtsAlive has contributed funds in recent years for: 

  • A stage spotlight at IMES 
  • A sound booth and bandshells at JJHS
  • An art gallery and pottery wheels at JJHS
  • Microphones and an art gallery at JJMS
  • “Music and Mood” art program at JJMS
  • Arts in education programming for KLSD student workshops and field trips, including the recent opportunity for the JJHS Orchestra to participate in the inaugural 2023 Music in the Parks competition where they won a superior rating for their performance and the Esprit de Corps award for their grace.

How Can You Help?

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