Mercy Girls take center stage
Our Lady of Mercy’s Performing Arts staff is dedicated to nurturing a positive learning environment that cultivates creativity and offers opportunities to learn about music and theatre. Music and Theatre education will provide our students with the chance to experience art that reflects the world around us. Because of this, Mercy Girls develop a healthy respect, understanding, and appreciation for all of the arts and its unique potential to enrich their lives.
The Performing Arts Department provides ample opportunity for vocalists, instrumentalists and Theatre students to thrive in the classroom, as well as center stage in musical and dramatic productions. The recently renovated Dismas Center for the Performing Arts provides Mercy’s student performers with a state-of-the-art Mainstage, a Black Box Theatre, Music Room, and several Practice Rooms. We carefully prepare our student performers to pursue their artistic dreams at some of the country’s finest colleges and universities, as both majors and non-majors. A graduate of the Mercy Performing Arts program can take on any stage with confidence.
Fall 2021 Musical: The Hello Girls
Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women presented the The Hello Girls in fall 2021. This groundbreaking musical was written and composed by Peter C. Mills and Mercy proudly presented the Regional Premiere of the show on Veterans Day weekend.
From New York to Paris and from ragtime to jazz, The Hello Girls chronicled the story of America’s first women soldiers in a musical inspired by history. These intrepid heroines served as bilingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I. They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recognition, paving the way for future generations.
The Hello Girls starred 25 of Mercy’s finest performers in grades 9-12, along with performers from the Greece Odyssey and Hilton school districts. Mercy was pleased to be able to feature a curated exhibit by the Military History Society of Rochester highlighting WWI veterans of the Rochester area at all performances.