Members of McDonogh School’s faculty perform in the 2011 edition of "Faculty Follies" on January 19, 2011 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre to raise funds for KIPP Baltimore Schools, which provide college preparatory education for students in underserved areas.
Teachers have discovered the perfect antidote for the winter blahs: the Faculty Follies II benefit show!
Musicians, rappers, steppers, dancers, actors, and, yes, five faceless pillow people performed for a sell-out crowd in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on January 19.
Introduced by gifted master of ceremonies Kevin Costa, some of the acts included:
The house really rocked during the final act, the School of Rock Band. The extraordinary combo featured riding teacher Holly Gizzi, Katie Pearl, LS math teacher Regina Karwacki, psychologist Marie Allee, Kevin Costa, Steve Martel, and Liam Pearl.
Proceeds from Follies totaled more than $2,500, which will be donated to KIPP Baltimore Schools, public schools with a mission similar to McDonogh's. KIPP schools aim to provide a challenging, college prep education to excellent Baltimore City students.
Organized by wellness teacher Michelle Kriebel, Faculty Follies II featured more than 30 teachers, staff, and administrators from the three divisions. The original cast was even larger, before the show had to be postponed twice in 2010.
Faculty Follies I in 2006 was a fundraiser for McDonogh's sister school in hurricane-battered New Orleans. The effort was so entertaining and successful that teachers elected to stage it again, for a different cause.
So who were those weird Pillow People, anyway? You're right if you guessed class deans Alex Gardner, Nancy Love, Libet Ottinger, and Andy Hilgartner, along with Head of Upper School Kirsten Adams.
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