The students of Glenholme’s arts program presented “A Celebration of the Arts” to the school community on August 2nd 2012. To the delight of the performers and the audience alike, the program incorporated three distinct performing mediums. Part one of the program featured a genre of theater known as Readers’ Theatre, which was followed by the Dance Ensemble (part two) and a showcase of the Summer Cabaret.
Students become enthusiastic about reading when given the opportunity to take part in Reader’s Theater. In this style of theater, there are no sets, no costumes, no props, and no memorizing of lines! The actors read the words from the paper using their voices to depict the characters in the text in an effort to create pictures in the minds of their audience as they listen. The portrayed works were varied from challenging Shakespearean sonnets and scenes to poems by Maya Angelou and also included an original poem by a Glenholme student, Steven. Other excited participants included Nico, Austin, Ross, Matt, Matt, Michal, Elias, Aaron, and Kate.
The students of the Glenholme Dance Ensemble filled the second portion of the presentation with tremendous energy. Dance Ensemble members Anabel, Rachel, Max, Harper, Ethan, and Kate showcased snippets of larger Hip Hop, Ballet and Modern Dance routines, which they continued to choreograph for the end-of-summer show, “Styles of Summer,” scheduled on August 23rd.
“The Celebration of the Arts” concluded with vocal artists’ performing in the Summer Cabaret! portion of the program. The vocalists presented challenging vocal solos of their choosing. Among the many amazing performances, were Austin, Kate, Will, Matt, and Aaron.
The arts program at The Glenholme School continues to expand and provide a variety of performing mediums to students. By participating in the arts, students expand their skills, liberate their imaginations, increase their self-esteem, and learn positive methods of expression. Active involvement in the arts stimulates Glenholme students’ personal growth, helps them to develop an appreciation for others, and allows them to take healthy risks in a safe and supportive environment.