News from the Arts

January 2023 • Princeton Public Schools

Welcome to News from the Arts

The Princeton Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts department is pleased to share an electronic newsletter with information about recent and upcoming events. We are grateful for the tremendous community support for our programs and invite you to attend our many events so that you may experience the incredible and inspiring work of our students. If the cost of admission would present a financial hardship for your family, please contact us at patricklenihan@princetonk12.org. For more information, please visit our website at: www.princetonk12.org/TheArts.

Arts Department Philosophy

Active participation in an arts program is a critical component in every child’s education. Arts programs enrich students’ lives and provide a vehicle for them to communicate and express human emotion and ideas. In addition, the study of the arts prepares students to be successful in a twenty-first century world that demands innovative thinking and creativity in an increasingly competitive global society. We believe that all students are capable of growth in the arts and that there are skills and concepts inherent in the arts that cannot be taught in other disciplines. Participation in an arts program allows students to make connections across content areas and cultural boundaries. The arts enable personal, intellectual, social, economic, and human growth by fostering creativity and providing opportunities for expression beyond the limits of language.


We support this mission through our instruction aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and to the National Core Arts Standards. We are a nationally-recognized program, and Princeton High School has been designated a New Jersey Model School in the Arts. Our distinguished faculty members provide sequential instruction in each arts discipline, challenging each student to reach his or her potential.

PHS Drama Department Attends STANJ Competition

The PHS Drama Department had an exciting day at the STANJ Competition at Montclair State University on January 7, 2023. In addition to competing with students from across the state, our PHS students attended workshops in Stage Combat, Musical Theatre, Devising, Movement, and Shakespeare. Congratulations to all of our students who competed and assisted with stage crew. PHS student award winners included:

  • Emma Tully, Finalist, Contrasting Monologues Category
  • Sylven Waldman, Finalist, Dramatic Monologue Category
  • Jamin Nuland, Finalist, Dramatic Monologue Category
  • Gianna Grippo, Finalist, Comedic Monologue Category
  • Jamin Nuland and Zoe Nuland, Finalists, Dramatic Pairs Category
  • Bianca Orostizaga and Graham Beers, Sixth Place, Dramatic Pairs Category
  • Matty Baglio and Isabelle Carter, Third Place, Dramatic Pairs Category
  • Sebastian Bongiovi and Andrew Ferrante, Finalists, Comedic Pairs Category
  • PHS Scene from The Play That Goes Wrong, Sixth Place, Scene Category
  • PHS Musical Theatre Class, First Place, Musical Ensemble Category
  • Matty Baglio and Graham Beers, First Place, Improvisational Pairs Category. Matty and Graham will also be awarded the 2023 Improvisation NJ Governor’s Award.
  • Elliott Becker Peeler, First Place, Best Actor. Elliott will also be awarded the 2023 Best Actor NJ Governor’s Award.

Congratulations to all of the students and their director, Ms. Krawiecki!

PHS Studio II–III–IV Winter Exhibition

This exhibition features recent artwork from the upper-level studio courses from Princeton High School: 2D II, 2D III, 3D II, 3D III, Art of Craft and Studio IV. These emerging artists are beginning to explore advanced conceptual notions of design, identity, place, and more, using a variety of media, including printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture.


Exhibition Reception: Friday, January 20, 2023, 6:00-8:00 PM

Numina Gallery, 151 Moore Street, Princeton, NJ 08540


Poster Artwork Image Credit: Edy DePaz, Yubee Kim, and Zara Seiger

Big Band Dance


Please attend our Big Band Dance featuring the PHS Studio Band and Jazz Ensemble playing music from the 1940s to the current day. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students; tickets are available at the door.


Friday, January 20, 2023

7:00-10:00 PM

PHS Cafeteria

Princeton High School Ensembles Featured on WWFM


The PHS Winter Concert will be broadcast on WWFM, the Classical Network, on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 8:00 PM. We are honored to be one of the few high schools to be featured on this radio network. You may listen live on 89.1 FM or at www.wwfm.org.


Congratulations to all of our students and directors Robert Loughran, Vincent Metallo, and Sarah Pelletier.

JP Winter Band Concert

The Johnson Park Band Program will present their winter concert on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 6:30 PM in the JP Gymnasium. Free admission.

JP Winter Choral Concert

The Johnson Park Fifth Grade Choir will present their winter concert on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 6:30 PM in the JP Gymnasium. Free admission.

CP Winter Band Concert

The Community Park Band Program will present their winter concert on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 6:30 PM in the CP All-Purpose Room. Free admission.

PHS Student Artwork in AANJ Emerging Artists Exhibition

A self-portrait by PHS senior, Sarah Kaputa, will be featured in the 2023 Emerging Artists Exhibition, sponsored by the Art Administrators of New Jersey. The artwork is oil on canvas and can be seen in the James Howe Gallery on the campus of Kean University through January 29. Sarah and other artists from across the state will be recognized at a closing reception at the gallery on January 29 from 1:00-3:00 PM. Congratulations to Sarah and her visual art teacher, Mr. Matthew Pembleton.

PPS District Collaborative Art Show

Princeton High School’s Numina Gallery will host a district-wide collaborative exhibition by students from all six of the Princeton Public Schools. The opening night of the show is Friday, February 24, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM; all are invited to attend. This year’s theme is “Color.” The show will include hundreds of pieces from the elementary schools, Princeton Middle School, and Princeton High School. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The exhibition will also be open to the public by appointment through March 17.


February 24, 2023

6:00-8:00 PM

Numina Gallery at Princeton High School

Please enter through the PAC Lobby.

Princeton High School Emerging Artist Showcase 2023

This exhibition features recent artwork from the upper-level studio courses from Princeton High School: 2D II, 2D III, 3D II, 3D III, Art of Craft and Studio IV. These emerging artists are beginning to explore advanced conceptual notions of design, identity, place, and more, using a variety of media, including printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. Exhibition Dates: February 1 through February 26, 2023 Closing Reception: Sunday, February 26, 1:00-3:00 PM Gourgaud Gallery, Cranbury Town Hall 23A North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512


The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


Image Credit: “Etching” by Scarlett Cai

Princeton Middle School Spring Musical

Princeton Middle School proudly presents

Willy Wonka, Jr. on March 9-12, 2023


Based on the classic book by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka, Jr., tells the story of the famous candy inventor, Willy Wonka, and the chaos that ensues when he decides to open his factory gates to five lucky kids and their parents for a tour. The story follows a young boy named Charlie Bucket and his journey from poverty to winning the ultimate prize, and it is much greater than a lifetime supply of chocolate. Willy Wonka, Jr., touches on the troubles that are brought about when kids are left to be spoiled and bossy, and it also shows how you can make beautiful things with a touch of “pure imagination.”


Thursday, March 9, 2023, 7:30 PM

Friday, March 10, 2023, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 11, 2023, 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 1:00 PM


Princeton Middle School Auditorium

217 Walnut Lane

Princeton, NJ 08540


Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on February 21. For tickets and more information, please email PMSDrama@princetonk12.org.

Princeton High School Spring Musical

PHS Spectacle Theatre proudly presents

Disney’s NEWSIES on March 23-25, 2023


“Stop the presses! This Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit inspires everyone to fight for what's right and seize the day. Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right! Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.” (MTI)


Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 7:30 PM

Friday, March 24, 2023, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 1:00 PM

Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 7:30 PM


PHS Performing Arts Center

Corner of Walnut Lane and Franklin Avenue

Princeton, NJ 08540


Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. All tickets are general admission seating. Doors will open 30 minutes before curtain time. Tickets are available at https://princetondrama.ludus.com. All principal roles and some supporting roles are double-cast. Each cast performs two shows.

Upcoming Art Show in Numina Gallery

Art Exhibition (to be determined)

Friday, March 24, 2023, 6:00-8:00 PM

Numina Gallery, Princeton High School

Contact Us

Patrick Lenihan, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts

Princeton Public Schools

Our next electronic arts newsletter will be distributed in April and will include additional details about our upcoming events.