The Arts

Sister Act - Belmont Ridge Middle School by Todd Henson

This year I had the immense pleasure of supporting the arts in our schools by donating a couple of my photographs of Washington National Cathedral’s stained glass windows for use in a Summer Musical. The students of Belmont Ridge Middle School, in Leesburg, Virginia, are presenting their performance of Sister Act, a musical based on the motion picture. The show dates are Thursday, August 8th, through Saturday, August 10th, 2019.

The Musical’s production team printed the stained glass window photographs on clear vinyl and then backlit them to help give a true stained glass look. The set pieces were 10 to 12 feet high and stood in the background to help create the look and feel of a church, inside which the students put on their performance.

Below are some photographs created by their set designer during a dress rehearsal showing the students performing with the windows in the background. I was so pleased to see how well the finished set pieces turned out, and I really hope they help draw the audience into the performance.

Belmont Ridge Middle School performing  Sister Act

Belmont Ridge Middle School performing Sister Act

Belmont Ridge Middle School performing  Sister Act

Belmont Ridge Middle School performing Sister Act

Belmont Ridge Middle School performing  Sister Act

Belmont Ridge Middle School performing Sister Act

Belmont Ridge Middle School performing  Sister Act

Belmont Ridge Middle School performing Sister Act

I created the original photographs many years back during a tour of Washington National Cathedral. The photos are below, and depict the Labor Window and the YWCA Window.

Labor Window, a stained glass window at Washington National Cathedral

YWCA Window, a stained glass window at Washington National Cathedral

If you read this in time and have the opportunity consider purchasing tickets for Sister Act at Belmont Ridge Middle School.

And consider stopping by from time to time to see what new musicals they’ve put together.

A special thanks to Krista Salmon and Steve Rice. It was a real pleasure working with you.