by Andrew Krus, director of performing and visual arts
I love winter in the Pacific Northwest because the grey skies present a perfect excuse to head indoors and explore the tremendous arts scene Seattle has to offer. Over the next few months, Lakeside students will make a significant contribution to the city’s arts landscape both on- and off-campus.
Public presentation – sharing their work with an audience – is an essential part of learning for arts students. Nothing can replace the experience of performing for a full house in a professional theater or presenting work in a packed gallery. Audience is key to the learning process and in a school community, that audience is drawn primarily from students’ family and friends. So, I encourage everyone to invite friends and family and come out for a show!
Here’s what we have lined up for winter 2020:
The Upper School musical, “Mamma Mia,” is a jukebox musical based on the songs of ABBA that explores identity, nostalgia, and the effervescent joy of personal discovery. This contagious celebration reveals how the choices of our past can lead to unintended beauty in our present lives. It asks what role family and friends play in how we identify who we are and where we come from. All performances are free and open to the public. “Mamma Mia” has four performances – Jan. 29, 30, 31, Feb. 1. – and shows start at 7 p.m. in St. Nicholas Hall at the Upper School. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. – come early to ensure you get a seat!
The Upper School Midwinter Arts Show will open on Thursday, Jan. 30 in the Pigott Family Arts Center. The gallery will be open from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, Thursday, Jan. 30 and Friday, Jan. 31 – so you can enjoy the show before watching “Mamma Mia!” You’ll see work from students in all of the visual arts classes, including painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. This is a great opportunity to see how far students have progressed in their creative abilities. Then make sure to come back for Arts Fest on May 27 and see again how much they have grown!
The Upper School jazz band will perform at the Bellevue College Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Bellevue College. This is the premier gathering of high school jazz bands in Western Washington. The exact time slot of the performance has yet to be decided; please contact jazz band teacher Eric Patterson for more information.
The 8th-grade musical, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR” runs Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Evans Theater at the Middle School. This musical adaptation of the beloved children’s classic is about an hour and a half and is suitable for audience members of all ages. You don’t even need a golden ticket to attend—performances are free and open to the public!
Finally, the music program will be presenting the bi-annual Music in the City concert on Monday, March 2 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. All music students in grades 7 through 12 will perform on the main stage at Benaroya – the same place that the Seattle Symphony performs. A pre-event reception is at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. Bring your family and friends and come support Lakeside students as they make another contribution to the Seattle music scene.
We hope to see many of you at one or more of these winter events. Thank you and have a wonderful start to your new year!
Andrew Krus is director of performing and visual arts. You can reach him at 206-440-2915.