This past Friday, the arts community showed just what they were made of in a talent-packed, well-organized assembly.
Silencing the audience, a thundering drum line marched across the stage to kick off the performance. Composed of cymbals, drum-kits and bass drums, the audience was either captivated by the act or in shock from its sheer volume. The musical artists made their drumming special with clashing cymbals and at one point, drummers were playing each other’s instruments while looking straight at the audience. “How do they learn to play each other’s drums without looking?” junior Simon Bloch asked during the performance.
The attention-grabbing musicians set a high bar for the acts to follow.
As the show got underway, a video from last year’s assembly was shown, highlighting how valuable the arts program truly is. Even though some students were critical that the same video was used two years in a row, the put-together film hits all the key points about the arts program.
As darkness filled the stage after the video, students, clearly having rehearsed, assembled into formation with no lights. When the lights came on, the band was prepared. Led by an ecstatic conductor, jumping with passion, the band put on a performance that mirrored a movie soundtrack.
Following the band, the child development kids took the stage. Opening with the classic children’s song, “London Bridge,” the preschoolers had the audience oooing and awing. They closed by engaging the crowd in a rendition of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Next came the Acabellas, an all girls singing group. Featuring talented beatboxing and impressive solos, the group showed the audience that girls do indeed run the world.
After a span of exciting performances, Deleo’s Dancers took the stage to give the audience something new. After a calm, graceful performance the dancers left the crowd silent.
Next was perhaps the most interesting and complicated performance of all. A Theatre Two class was actually conveying to the audience why not to be in a play. Sending a strong message that “plays suck,” the performance somehow ended pro-play, suggesting you’ll get addicted to being in them.
After the Theatre Two class, the Supertonics took the stage, hyping up the crowd. Putting on a rendition of “Tonight” by Fun, soloists Myles Frost and Lawrence Jung gave the crowd goosebumps.
Featuring art from students throughout the school, the art slideshow then received praise from students.
Closing the show, the orchestra and the explosive jazz band ended with a bang.
Perhaps the glue of the show, seniors Jimmy Baldwin and Sophia Koval brilliantly hosted, introducing each performance. Baldwin describes the experience simply as “fun” and said he enjoyed talking “in front of the crowd.” Both Baldwin and Koval are a part of the arts program.