by Andrew Krus, director of performing and visual arts
We are excited to invite you to our online spring arts events: an opportunity to come together and celebrate what our students have been able to accomplish this year.
Each year, our drama, music, and visual arts programs join forces to bring Arts Fest to the community. This year, the celebration will start on May 12, when we will highlight the extraordinary work of our senior visual artists on the Lakeside School Instagram account. Between May 12 and 21, we’ll spotlight each senior’s work in daily posts. Even if you don’t have an Instagram account, you’ll be able to view the amazing work of these young artists. On May 24, all Arts Fest 2021 virtual galleries will go live. These websites will feature over 800 pieces of student work including photography exhibits, digital music, plays, drawing, painting, sculpture, recitals, symphonic music, and much more! This year we are adding a series of synchronous performing arts experiences.
Arts Fest isn’t the only special performance in store this spring. Here are other ways to take in student work during the next few months. All synchronous events listed below start at 6 p.m. and teachers will email links to performances to parents and guardians as we get closer to the performances. Make sure to save the dates!
Tuesday, April 6: Upper School Jazz Band Spring Showcase. The virtual lobby will open at 5:45 p.m. This event will feature virtual full-band performances that the jazz band put together using cloud-based video and audio recording platforms. The jazz band will perform and celebrate the work we have done since in-person rehearsals began earlier this year. We will also hear from students about their experience making music in remote and blended environments.
Monday, April 26: And the Band Played On, Part II: An exhibition of chamber music, and pre-recorded performances by the Bands of Lakeside (grades 6-12). Works will include “The Mandalorian” by Ludwig Goransson, “The Thunderer” by John Philip Sousa, and much more!
Tuesday, April 27: Middle School orchestras, grades 5 and 6. Students will present large ensemble and small group performances.
Wednesday, April 28: Middle School orchestras, grades 7 and 8. Students will present large ensemble and small chamber group performances.
Thursday, May 6: Sixth grade drama and choir. Drama 6 and Choir 6 students will perform work from the spring semester in a fully virtual event. Drama students will be presenting 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, Venezuela, and South Africa.
Friday, May 7 – Sunday, May 9: The Upper School drama program presents the musical, “Mary Poppins.” Please join us to see the Upper School students perform in the pre-recorded musical event featuring 40 cast members and seven students on crew.
Tuesday, May 18, Wednesday, May 19, and Friday, May 21: The Upper School drama program presents a virtual edition of “Circus!”, one-act plays performed, directed, and written by Lakeside students. A selection of the plays will be performed each evening; each play will be performed twice.
Thursday, May 20: Join the cast and crew of “Annie” for a celebration of their work on this year’s radio drama Middle School musical. We’ll hear from the cast about their experience, share our costumed photo shoot stills and the music video we created to the iconic song, “Hard Knock Life.” Finally, the audience will be invited to enjoy the episodes of our radio drama at their leisure!
Monday, May 24: Arts Fest! See above for more information about this special annual event at Lakeside.
Tuesday, May 25: The Middle School 7/8 Choir presents a virtual showcase of their work from the spring semester. The evening will feature recorded performances from the full ensemble with a preview of the May 26 Upper School Choir performance. The audience will also get a behind-the-scenes look at what choir has looked, felt, and sounded like this year.
Wednesday, May 26: Upper School music virtual showcase, featuring the choir, concert band, jazz band, and string orchestra. Each ensemble will share up to 30 minutes of content featuring a wide variety of repertoire, student compositions, solos, small ensembles, and more. You are invited to join us for the entire event or come to see a specific ensemble. Join us to celebrate the remarkable work our students have done this year.
Thursday, May 27: The Drama 7 class will present Ian McWethy and Carrie McCrossen’s “This Is Your Brain on Social Media,” a hilarious send-up of the pitfalls of internet culture and the educational videos adults make to address them.
Wednesday, June 2: Upper School Drama IV students will perform scenes and short plays to showcase their Lakeside drama experience.
Thank you for your continued support of the arts and we will see you at the shows!
Andrew Krus is director of performing and visual arts. You can reach him at 206-440-2915.