New Members Inducted into NHSDA!

posted Nov 8, 2016, 6:02 AM by Briarcliff Friends of the Arts

Briarcliff High School's National Honor Society for Dance Arts chapter inducted 13 new members on Tuesday, October 18th. Congratulations to Emma Calame-Pennington, Madeline Elkes, Nina Fraietta, Olivia Fullerton, Sarah Kaul, Komal Keerthy, Rebecca Leon, Kelly Marchese, Calista Sheehan, Emily Silvershein, Oyinkansola Tukuru, and Jenna Whalen! The event was run by Ms. Guida and the NHSDA officers Hayley Kutcher (president), Ava Goldwyn (vice president), Lauren Ballini (secretary), and Kelly Hooper (treasurer). 

Tri-M Inducts 17 New Members

posted Nov 8, 2016, 5:43 AM by Briarcliff Friends of the Arts   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 6:04 AM ]

On Tuesday, October 25th, the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Briarcliff High School inducted 17 new members. This year's inductees are Declan Ahearn, Julianna Brown, Lauren Burnette, Emma Diller, Paige Ellis, James Flanagan, Juliet Freedman, Jonathan Gold, Komal Keerthy, Joshua Kupka, Tyler Leitman, Keshav Rao, Helaina Ross, Ethan Ruoff, Matthew Tu and Jenna Whalen. Special thanks to Dr. Banks and the Tri-M officers Kelly Hooper (president), Lin Xie (vice president), Sam Driver (Treasurer), Henry Ross (secretary), and Ben Freedman (historian), who hosted the event.

Fall Drama News!

posted Nov 6, 2016, 4:16 PM by Briarcliff Friends of the Arts   [ updated Nov 6, 2016, 4:17 PM ]

Travel Around the World without Leaving the BHS Auditorium!


-- Briarcliff High School to perform a hilarious adaption of Around the World in 80 Days --


Briarcliff, Nov 1, 2016 – Students from Briarcliff High School are preparing for a lively performance of Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Vernes’ exciting and hilarious adventure story, adapted by Mark Brown. The plot’s many unexpected twists and turns will keep audience members of all ages entertained, amused, and mesmerized.


Join Phileas Fogg and his trusty manservant and they try to win an audacious bet – that they can circumvent the globe in 80 days. His adventures take him from London to India to Hong Kong to San Francisco and back to London, pursued by a wily and determined Scotland Yard detective, making friends and enemies, and even finding love along the way.


Around the World in 80 Days will be performed in BHS’s black box theater setting, where the audience is actually seated on the stage, closely surrounding the actors on three sides.


Students have been creatively challenged to recreate global settings in the small space – they have found ways to ride elephants, survive raging typhoons, ride on runaway trains, serve high tea, and travel all seven continents and back again without leaving the stage, with cast members transforming into multiple characters along the way.


“Phileas Fogg carefully planned his journey because he wanted to be sure he would win his wager, but unexpected obstacles keep popping up as he travels,” said director Ian Driver. “Fogg has to continually adapt to reach his destination on time, just as we, as a theatre company, have had to improvise to create our production – and just as the students have to do each day in school.”


The performances will take place in the Frances G. Wills Auditorium at Briarcliff High School on November 18, 19, and 20 (times below).


Friday, November 18 at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 19 at 2:30 and 7:30pm

Sunday, November 20 at 2:30pm


This is one adventure you definitely don’t want to miss!


All tickets are $15 online at  For questions about tickets, contact

The Holiday Spirit in Briarcliff Manor

posted Dec 13, 2015, 6:29 PM by Briarcliff Friends of the Arts   [ updated Dec 13, 2015, 6:32 PM ]

On December 12th, residents of the Atria were entertained with a holiday performance by Briarcliff High School's B-Clef Bellatones. The all-female a cappella group delighted the seniors with renditions of "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" amongst others.
The B-Clef Bellatones were co-founded this September by Juniors Jillian Agona and Kelly Hooper. Group members performing were seniors Maddie Albert, Jasmine Bar, Kristen Burnette, Sabine Poux; Juniors Lauren Burnette, Paige Ellis, Kaveri Gowda, Rebecca Leon, Karuna Philip; Freshmen Letitia Chan and Juliet Freedman. Other Bellatones include: Senior Alena Galen, Juniors Komal Keerthy, Haley Kutcher and Sophomores Kala Herh, Sarah Kaul, and Mikayla Kibel.

5th Grade Winter Concert

posted Dec 13, 2015, 6:25 PM by Briarcliff Friends of the Arts

Congratulations to the Fifth Grade Band, the Fifth Grade Orchestra, and the Fifth Grade Chorus on a festive and lovely concert! The students showcased their hard work on several different styles of music, including a German folk song, a power rock song, and a haunting and beautiful song with lyrics from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The music faculty is to be commended on their work teaching the students this wide variety of music and the joy of performing music together. Congratulations to Mrs. Whitman, Ms. Stocker, and Mrs. Messenger, and thanks to Mr. Fraioli for assisting at the concert and to accompanist Maguerite Tillistrand. Bravo!

A Disappearing Number

posted Nov 9, 2015, 6:30 PM by Briarcliff Friends of the Arts   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 7:45 PM ]

A Disappearing Number

BHS Presents- A Disappearing Number

posted Nov 9, 2015, 6:25 PM by Briarcliff Friends of the Arts   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 7:46 PM ]

Tickets are currently on sale for Briarcliff High School’s production of A Disappearing Number, an award-winning play created by Simon McBurney and his theatre company Complicité. Integrating innovative technology, original music, and dance, this powerful play mixes love, humor, creativity … and math.

The story of businessman who falls in love with a professor of mathematics even though he is unable to understand the equations she’s passionate about. The play was inspired by G. H. Hardy’s book The Mathematician’s Apology and his work with the genius mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who left India for Britain as a young man to study at Cambridge University. A Disappearing Number moves between the early 20th century and the present day as it explores human connections, the persistence of true love, and the wonders of infinity.


Performances will take place in the Frances G. Wills Auditorium at Briarcliff High School on November 20, 21 and 22 (times below).

Friday, November 20 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 21 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 22 at 2:30pm

All seats are $15 online

For questions about tickets, contact

Join the BFA for a Mardi Gras Celebration at 105TEN

posted Oct 25, 2015, 7:24 PM by Briarcliff Friends of the Arts

The Briarcliff Friends of the Arts invites you to celebrate Mardi Gras with us on Fat Tuesday, February 9, 2016! 
Enjoy an evening with friends at Briarcliff’s acclaimed 105TEN and support the arts education and experiences in our Briarcliff schools. 105TEN will serve their elevated cuisine with a cajun flair. One drink is also included. Join us and celebrate your love of the arts too! 

105TEN is located at 127 Woodside Avenue Briarcliff Manor

Online ticket purchase coming soon!

Welcome to our new website!

posted Sep 26, 2015, 5:32 PM by Briarcliff Friends of the Arts   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 6:59 PM ]

Just a quick welcome message to viewers of our new website.  Here is where the weekly announcements will be shared, if you would like to subscribe to this page. 
 You can also join our mailing list  to keep current on the happenings around town that the BFA is a part of.

Best wishes for a fabulous new school year!
- Your friends at the BFA

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