WARREN, NJ- The artistic output of more than 500 students, freshmen through seniors and from every artistic medium offered as classes and programs at Watchung Hills Regional High School, will be on display during the Spring Arts Festival, Tuesday, May 13, to Saturday, May 17, at the school.
The public is invited to attend a meet-the-artists reception and art exhibit starting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, in the atrium of the school’s main entrance, Stirling Road. That same night, there will an orchestral and choral music concert performed by instrumental and vocal music students, starting at 7 p.m., in the school’s Performing Arts Center, according to Brad Commerford, Director of the Arts and World Languages. “All are invited to attend the opening reception, as well as all the performances and exhibits all week at the festival, right up until the closing dance performance on Saturday night,” said Commerford.
All the artwork that will be on display, including the Spring Arts Festival poster, will have been generated or contributed to by students as part of their assignments in arts classes. The festival is an opportunity for the public to see student achievement on display, Commerford said.
The school’s main entrance atrium, as well as the corridors leading off the atrium, will be filled with student artwork, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, photography, writings, and more.
Other venues, including the performing arts center off the atrium, and the South Auditorium, will be used throughout the week to offer performances by actors, singers, musicians, and dancers, and to display the writings and creations of choreographers, film and TV directors, and more, Commerford said.
Much of the artwork that will be displayed on the walls in the atrium at the opening reception will remain throughout the week for the benefit of guests who come to attend the film, theater, and dance performances later in the week.
On the second night of the festival, Wednesday, May 14, the film festival will begin at 7 p.m. in the South Auditorium. The Theater Arts performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 94, which will be set up as a mini-theater.
The film festival will showcase the work of student filmmakers, writers and directors from various levels of video production classes. The student skills vary from beginner to advanced. The following awards will be given out at the end of the festival: Best Cinematography; Best Editing; Best Screenplay; Best Director; Best Overall Movie; and Best Student Actor.
Students in the Script and Cue Theater Arts Program will perform original monologues written by students based on paintings. Each student will perform original work in a kind of "living artwork" experience in room 94. Audience members will enter, view the artwork then experience a monologue based on the piece of art.
“Students have worked hard on writing, staging and producing this extraordinary evening,” Commerford said. “Participating students will include seniors Rob Martin, Taylor Giamundo, Matt Fiacco, and Taylor Lyons, along with many other Script and Cue members. It promises to be a great evening.”
On the next three nights, Thursday, May 15, to Saturday, May 17, the Dance Ensemble, which is the student dance company of the school, will begin the first of three nights of performances, each starting at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.“In addition to works created by faculty and guest artists, the bulk of work in the show is choreographed by the students,” Commerford said. “Audience members will be treated to solos, duets, and group pieces in a variety of dance styles.”
Tickets for the Dance Ensemble performance are $10, and can be purchased in advance at www.whpac.org, or at the door on each of the three nights of performances.
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