By Alex LaBella ’17

As far back as I can remember, the Academy’s senior-class production of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been a signal for the start of Winter Break.  Though I can’t really remember, I can only imagine that I was terrified (and then amused) by the seniors looking and acting crazy.  It has been a tradition that I look forward to every year.  It is always fun the see the slight variations that come along with each different senior class performing “The Grinch.”  I can hardly believe that it is my grade’s turn!

The set for “The Grinch” is passed down from year to year, and with this comes a lot of wear and tear.  The last chimney we had was now too decrepit and needed to be replaced.  I volunteered to help make the new chimney because I really enjoy set design and any artistic element that can be put into a production is fair game for me!  “The Grinch” is one of my favorite traditions at the Academy, and I am glad that I have been able to experience it over the past 14 years.

Creating a design for the chimney was fun.  In my experience, the chimney has never had a mantle, so I decided we should give it one.  With support from Mr. Bowie, a group of friends and I spent a couple of art classes and an after-school session working on painting the chimney.  I decided to add the final personal touch of a portrait of my dog over the fire place.

As the Whos sing in their ending song: “Fah who foraze! Dah who doraze! — Welcome Christmas! Bring your cheer!”