Arts Festival celebrates student performers, musicians, visual artists


Photo courtesy Yumo Wang

Sophomore LIz Phillips and freshman Yumo Wang perform at the arts festival on May 25 in room 130.

At the art festival, students and parents swarmed through portraits, photographs, uniquely sculpted pots, shoes and vibrant clothes in the main gym. Outside of the gym, sponsors of the Patron of Art hosted tables covered with pottery made by students, while the orchestra played music from the ”Phantom of the Opera” surrounded by parents recording.

The art festival is an event each year to acknowledge and celebrate the forms of the arts at school. “It’s a chance to show what the talents of the art show are and bring attention to Wootton art because we actually have very good art programs and students,” sophomore Noora Shyr said.

The art festival lasted from May 24 to May 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Wednesday, May 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 there was the art gallery in the main gym and the choral concert at 7:30. Thursday, May 25, at 6:30 the orchestra played two pieces of music, one from the ”Phantom of the Opera” and one from ”Les Miserables.”

Junior Carma Ghorab, who participated in the orchestra performance as a flute player, said that they had begun to prepare in April. However, they started to focus the performance seriously in late May after their spring concert. “It was fun, it’s all music I really like. I like playing in the orchestra so that was really fun. I felt like our sound was really good,” Ghorab said.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, there were also theater performances in drama director Dr. Julian Lazarus’ room, 130. One group did a performance based on the novel “Pride and Prejudice.”

Other art students, such as those in painting and studio, were required to come to the art festival to take pictures of one of their favorite pieces of art. Though it was required, students expressed admiration for going. “I thought it was fun and I really liked Dr. Lazarus’ show,” junior Abigail Perry said.

Art teacher Unsil Kim said that the art festival was lively and had a lot of happy people.