Each fall brings to the Hop a fresh infusion of young talent and dedication to the Hop with the new Hop Fellows for that academic year. The Fellows full vital positions throughout the Hop, helping to shape and run programs while learning about arts administration and arts education from the inside.
Meet three of the 2018-19 Fellows and hear the five fall Hop events most intrigues each of them!
Ava Giglio ’19, from Pacific Palisades, Calif., is majoring in mathematics and theater and is a Fellow in Hop Film. SHe writes, “This year, I am looking forward to working with all the incredible staff and learning from their expertise.”
Ava’s Top 5:
Won’t You Be My Neighbor: While my knowledge of Fred Rogers is hazy, his message is not. Be nice to people. In today’s world I think that’s something we could all stand to hear a little more of. Fred Rogers celebrated radical kindness and I can’t wait to see that on the big screen. Plus, the one and only Francois Clemmons (“Officer Clemmons”) will lead a post-film discussions and I am looking forward to hearing his first-hand accounts from his time on this true American classic.
An American in Paris (HD video): Growing up, I loved watching old time Hollywood musicals and was mesmerized by their flashy costumes, elaborate sets and wonderfully long dance sequences. However, I rarely got the opportunity to watch them on a screen wider than 55 inches and could only imagine what the intended effect would have been like. Enter the stage adaption of the 1951 classic film An American in Paris, showing at the Hop this term, and I am overjoyed to be able to enjoy this timeless work of art in all of its original grandeur.
Frederick Douglass Now: Frederick Douglass’s original text may be over a century old but his story is far from irrelevant. The words of Frederick Douglass are more applicable now than ever and I am excited to see the amazingly talented Roger Guenveur Smith inject his own flavor into it, with slam poetry, music and contemporary performance.
Crazy Rich Asians: I may have already seen this movie twice this summer but it still makes my top five because yes, it’s just that good. Crazy Rich Asians, based on Kevin Kwan’s wonderfully wacky book, is a magnificent feast for the eyes, at times in the most literal sense possible. Constance Wu absolutely shines in this charming romantic comedy and I can’t wait to watch again.
West Side Story: Watching West Side Story is one of the greatest memories of my childhood because it was the first time I experienced such a wide range of emotions in a relatively short slot of time. From the absolute elation of the production numbers (“America” is one of the best scenes in musical history) to the achingly real heartbreak of the final moments, West Side Story is a high-stakes, high-energy ride from start to finish. I believe it’s one of the greatest movies ever made, if not the best, and I know I’ll be one of the first in line to watch it come October 28th.
Morgan Claire McGonagle ’18, a fifth-year student of engineering modified with studio art and environmental engineering, is from Edwards, Colo., and is a Fellow in the Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio. She writes: “I am really looking forward to going to more Hop events! I am also really excited to be able to dedicate time to a project that gives back to the Jewerly Studio, which has really given a lot to me as a student at Dartmouth who is passionate about art, creativity, and exploration.”
Morgan’s Top 5:
Theater productions, particularly musicals: I have really loved the theater productions that I have attended and even one that I performed in (Blue Stockings, Fall 2014), my favorite being In the Next Room (Fall 2014) because of the incredible talent seen in ALL aspects of the production from acting to set and costume design.
Dartmouth College Gospel Choir: the Gospel choir has incomparable energy as a singing and performance group, and is incredibly inspiring both to watch and to listen to.
Telluride at Dartmouth: this film festival has such cool videography as well as a really wide range of topics covered, celebrating diversity and culture all over the world.
Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble: Definitely one of my very favorite ensembles on campus! They are so much fun and are unique in the way that they are constantly exploring and creating through improvisation on stage.
Visiting artists: I think it is pretty cool that Dartmouth brings musicians and artists from all over the world to perform in Spaulding Theater, and these performances are just another wonderful way to experience and appreciate culture, diversity, and passion for the art