Last Friday and Saturday night the Gull Lake fine arts team provided its fifth annual Festival of the Senses weekend of entertainment for the community. The Festival showcased young artists and featured a 2D & 3D art gallery, instrumental music, voice ensembles, eight one-act plays, as well as dance and creative writing performances.
“It was really exhilarating because I would get off the stage and have to change into a dress to go sing across the hall,” said sophomore Grace Reid, who participated in the one-act play Writers Block and sang her piano version of Valerie by Amy Winehouse.
Taking place in the cafeteria, drama room, and choir room, students show all spectators the pieces that they have been working on.
“This is an event that provides an avenue of expression for a large population of kids in the school system,” said Drama teacher Robin Nott. “There is great benefit for both the young artists and the spectators.
The Festival of the Senses also turned a profit. Many of the paintings were for sale. They even had miniature paintings made completely from clay for sale.
“The plays were amazing… most amazing,” said freshmen Jared Black. “The artwork, especially the portraits of people, are really cool.”
The arts education staff Randy Walbridge (visual arts), Floy Latham (instrumental/vocal music), Matt Hawkins (creative writing), Robin Nott (theater arts), and Patricia Plasko (EFA dance) coordinated the events and helped make the festival an established event in our school community.
By Makala Ferguson and Nic Smith