by Andrew Krus, director of performing and visual arts
Last year was a remarkable one for the arts: Lakeside students (along with artists all over the world) used digital tools and methods to share their artworks — visual, musical, and theatrical — with their friends and families. It has been 20 months since students have performed live for an audience or guests to campus have been able to stroll through our galleries to view student art.
So I am thrilled to announce that in-person arts events are back in 2021! There are many details still being finalized but in-person art shows, plays, and concerts will indeed return this fall for most students in grades 7-12. As with all things, we will need to remain flexible and responsive to guidance from the Washington State Department of Health.
It will be necessary to limit audience capacity for in-person events and we will be using a sign-up process to reserve seats in advance. Fully vaccinated parents/guardians and siblings are welcome to attend and, if additional space is available, we will have a sign-up process for Lakeside faculty, staff, and students. We are also expanding livestreaming and on-demand options to make the experience as accessible as possible for the community. Detailed information about each event will be shared by faculty members as we get closer to the performance.
Students in 5th and 6th grade music ensembles will perform for their peers during community meeting time at the Middle School. We want to take extra precautions to help keep our youngest students, who are not yet eligible for vaccination, safe. Recordings of these performances will be available to all families. Dates for these performances are being scheduled and we will publish them as soon as they are confirmed.
It has been far too long since we’ve gathered to enjoy a play, listen to a concerto, or marvel at the artwork in a senior showcase. Lakeside just doesn’t feel complete to me without these events and the sense of community that they engender. So here’s what’s on tap for the fall — be well and see you at the shows!
The Upper School fall play will be “The It,” a powerful work about mental health and how a young woman manages, or not, the things around her that add to her stress and anxiety. The show offers a funny, moving, and poignant look at how our health is impacted by the world around us. Performances will be Thursday, Oct. 28; Friday, Oct. 29; and Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in St. Nicholas Hall at the Upper School.
Drama 6 performs “Seattle Stories,” an evening of original theater pieces inspired by stories from the students’ lives, in the Evans Theater on the Middle School campus on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. You’ll hear tales of sibling rivalry, obstacles overcome, and beloved pets lost and found — all linked by our shared home in the greater Seattle(ish) area.
The bands of Lakeside join forces for a dynamic combo of Jazz and Concert Band music on Monday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. The Middle School 7/8 band, Upper School Concert Band, and Jazz Band will perform in St. Nicholas Hall at the Upper School. Highlights will include “Isfahan” by Duke Ellington, “Autumn Soliloquy” by James Barnes, “Back to the Future,” and a combined Jazz/Concert Band performance of “A Little Tango Music.”
Join us for a night of celebration and song, as the Lakeside Choirs take the stage for their first live concert since 2019! The performance is on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. and feature the combined 7/8 grade choir and the Upper School Concert Choir in St. Nicholas Hall at the Upper School.
The orchestras are back and ready to bring the house down on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The Middle School 7th and 8th grade orchestras join with the Upper School string orchestra to present an evening of classical string repertoire in St. Nicholas Hall at the Upper School.
Drama 8 and Drama IV present the New Works Festival on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Students will share excerpts of their original work — an important step in their progression as playwrights and theater artists, and a great way to connect the experience of students in each division.
The visual arts faculty showcase their work at the Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition opening reception in Pigott Family Arts Center on the Upper School campus. The reception kicks off on Friday, Jan. 7, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Registration is open for Lakeside School's online music program. Members of the broader Lakeside community — including parents, guardians, and siblings of current students — can choose from a variety of lesson packages with instruction in string, wind, percussion, piano, and vocal. Meet the instructors and register here.
Andrew Krus is director of performing and visual arts. You can reach him at 206-440-2915.