Frank Wojciechowski
Margaret McNamara ’13, left, and Alexis Branagan ’11 performed in the premiere of the dance piece “The Toy Box,” based on Claude Debussy’s 1913 homage to childhood as a magical, creative age, at McCarter Theatre Center’s Berlind Theatre April 8–10. The piece, in which a boy and girl encounter toys that come to life, was directed and choreographed by Rebecca Lazier, senior lecturer in dance; set to music by conductor Anthony D.J. Branker ’80, head of Princeton’s jazz program; and performed by student dancers and musicians. Debussy’s music for “The Toy Box” was left partially unorchestrated at the time of his death in 1918, but music professor Simon Morrison *97 discovered an unknown version of the score that includes a “jazz overture” at the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art.