Creative Arts

Preparing for Adulthood: Expanding the Traditional Home Economics Focus

Teacher Sara Sobkoviak’s new Mount Madonna School (MMS) course for senior students, Adulting 101, is focused on bringing every-day life experiences into the classroom. The class is an expansion of last year’s Culinary Studies course, with additional topics, including sustainable gardening, healthy…

Growing Up in Santa Cruz. Behind the Teacher’s Desk, “Lighting the Fire,” by Lisa Catterall

Growing Up in Santa Cruz, October 2019, Behind the Teacher’s Desk, “Lighting the Fire,” by Lisa Catterall. Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel — Socrates “I have to do what? Talk about how a living…

Glimpses of the 41st annual Ramayana! from Sitaarre TV

Thank you to our friends at SITAARRE TV for the time and care that went into the interviews with cast and Director Sampad Kachuck, Sadanand Mailliard and Head of School Supriya McDonald at  Mount Madonna School’s 41st annual Ramayana!. Click on each photo to view a…

Preston Merchant’s 2019 Commemorative Ramayana! Photobook Available

Many of you in the Mount Madonna School and Mount Madonna Center community may have had a chance to connect with photographer Preston Merchant at Ramayana! recently. This is Preston’s sixth year documenting the Ramayana! through behind the scenes images! We are…

India West: Mount Madonna School’s 41st Modern Take on Indian Epic Ramayana! Set for June 6-9

India West, 5/17/2019, “Mount Madonna School’s 41st Modern Take on Indian Epic ‘Ramayana!’ Set for June 6-9.” “Ramayana!,” the Mount Madonna School’s annual musical theater production, which is now in its 41styear, will have performances June 6-9 at the Mexican Heritage Theater…

Personal Reflection and Embracing the Journey: Character Projects

To truly embody a character asks the actor to see and experience the world from that character’s perspective. Discovering our connection to character takes detective work, personal reflection and mainly, an embracing of the journey. Aside from the spontaneous discoveries within rehearsal,…

41st Annual Children’s Musical Ramayana! Onstage in San Jose

Join Hanuman, the monkeys, and princes Ram and Lakshman, as they journey to Lanka in their quest to rescue the Princess Sita in Ramayana!, Mount Madonna School’s (MMS) 41st annual musical theater production adapted for modern audiences and replete with lively action,…