by Andrew Krus, director of performing and visual arts
This fall, Lakeside’s arts program is excited to present a series of performing arts showcases featuring recorded and live student performances. Students in all areas of the arts have been developing new skills in recording and film — valuable skills in this world where virtual connections are more important than ever.
While rehearsal may look a bit different than in the past, our faculty’s focus on teaching the creative process remains unaltered. Students are coming up with original ideas, testing different approaches through digital mediums, creating performances with online tools, and continuing hands-on art making at home. Not surprisingly, building resilience — a huge part of the arts — is an even more notable part of our year.
Public presentation — sharing their work with an audience — is an essential part of learning for arts students. This year, instead of performing in our theater or exhibiting in our gallery, we will be hosting Zoom events that invite you into students’ artistic process. You’ll be able to take a closer look at how students iterate, reflect, and prepare for public presentation.
Parents and guardians: You play an important role! A responsive and engaged audience is key to the learning process. As your student prepares for and performs in the events below, we hope you will engage them in the following ways, with the goal of helping your student develop in their art form:
- Show interest in their work. Ask your student what they did in their arts classes today. Ask what they might do outside of class to get closer to their goals. Ask often. Ask for detail and get them talking about what they are working on. Most importantly, show that you value their effort regardless of the outcome.
- Help them persevere. No matter how talented a person may be, the arts will reveal a student’s limitations long before it reveals their talent. Help them stick with it through the challenges and failures.
- Be a patron. Add Lakeside visual art shows, plays, and concerts to your family calendar. Share the Zoom links with friends and family. If your student is performing, they may not be able to (or want to) be in the room with you while they are performing, but let them know where and how you will be watching the performance.
- Celebrate together. After the performance, celebrate your student’s hard work and achievement. This is an opportunity to continue traditions around performance — like giving your student flowers — or create new ones.
We hope to see you at many of the following events on Zoom! All of the following performances will be live and will be recorded for future watching.
- Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.: The Upper School fall play will be “Love and Information” by Caryl Churchill. There are almost 50 scenes and nearly 100 characters that explore the play’s central themes. This play is especially well-suited to online performance, and it allows students to explore and experiment with the technology we have at our disposal.
- Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.: The Middle School bands (grades 6-8) and the Upper School concert band present “And the Band Played On: An Exhibition of Chamber Music and Pre-Recorded Performances.” Works will include “Semper Fidelis” by John Philip Sousa, “Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon” by Beethoven, the “Flower Duet” by Delibes, and much more!
- Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.: Sixth graders in drama and choir will present their Seattle Stories program, which features vignettes drawn from students’ personal experiences and dramatized with the help of their classmates. Choir students will present music from the United States, Kenya, and Russia.
- Thursday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.: Lakeside’s New Works Festival will feature the results of the 8th-grade drama students playwriting project and the work of Upper School Drama IV students.
- Monday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.: The 5th, 6th, and 7th grade orchestras will join forces to present an evening of music they have rehearsed and recorded online. Each orchestra will present ensemble and solo pieces. Works include “Variations on a Ground” by Marsha Chusmir Shapiro, “Classic Sinfonia” by Elliot Del Borgo, and the classic fiddle tune "Boil ’em Cabbage Down.”
- Tuesday, Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m.: The Upper School jazz band will present a collection of virtual performances, showcasing iconic works from Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as several modern composers. Students will also share personal stories about what this year in jazz has looked like so far.
- Wednesday, Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m.: The 7th and 8th grade choirs and the Upper School concert choir will present music they have rehearsed and recorded online this semester. Selections will include two canons: “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Palestrina and “Musica est Dei Donum Optimi” by Di Lasso. The singers will also present excerpts from two longer pieces, “The Runner” by Joshua Rist, and “The Fox” arranged by Blake Richter and Taylor Shaeffer.
- Wednesday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.: The 8th grade orchestra and the Upper School orchestra will join forces to present an evening of music created completely through online collaboration. The 8th graders will present ensemble and solo works, and the Upper School musicians will feature compositions written by composers as they coped with tragedy and illness. Works include “Assemble the Minions!” by Jefferey S. Bishop, excerpts from Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, better known as the “Death and the Maiden” quartet, and “Lady Radnor’s Suite” by Hubert Parry.
Thank you for your continued support of our arts students!
Andrew Krus is director of performing and visual arts. You can reach him at 206-440-2915.