LAURINBURG — Hundreds came out to Scotland High School to celebrate the second spring “Evening with the Arts.”
The event featured artwork from students in the different schools, choir performances, jazz performances, theatrical performances, and culinary creations.
Works from more than 300 students from elementary schools, middle schools, high school, as well as the SEarCH program, were on display.
School board Chair Dr. Summer Gainey Woodside called the night one of her favorite events of the year.
“We get to see the many talents that our students have and process,” Woodside said. “I’m grateful that we as a board are able to support our arts program so that we can help our students grow their creativity.”
The major event of the night were the performances that were held in the school’s auditorium. The auditorium that seats more than 800 people and there were few seats left. Many stood at the back of the auditorium.
Attendees were treated to a scene from Spring Hill Middle School’s “Annie Junior.” The play is based on “Annie” the award-winning musical and book but is shortened and made for middle school performers. The play will be performed on May 10 at Scotland High School.
There were 10 students from the high school’s theatre class performed three short skits from larger excepts that they will be performing at the “Night of Skits” will be held April 19 at 6 p.m. at the high school.
Ana Huesa, who plays Annie in the play, is proud to be able to perform in a community that appreciates the arts
“Not only do I enjoy theatre but I also love the visual arts, I think drawing is so therapeutic and fun,” Huesa said. “I am so thankful that we get to showcase these talents because most of the time they go unnoticed.”
There were 181 students in total that performed with the All-County Chorus’.
The middle school and high school chorus performed “Dona Nobis Pacem”, “Swing Low, Sing Low”, “Africa”, and “Defying Gravity.”
The elementary school performed the “Crawdad Song”, “Three Quotes by Mark Twain”, “I Ask for One Day”, and “Sing, Grassi, Hoying, Olusola.”
Sean McDonald, who teaches chorus at Wagram Elementary, helped organized the elementary chorus.
“I think these events show how much talent there is in the community and how easy it is to find the talent you just have to organize it and support it,” said McDonald.
Before the performances parents and students filled the cafeteria to admire the student-made artwork, listen to the high school’s jazz band while enjoying meatballs and desserts made by the high school’s culinary students.
While many schools are cutting arts program, Superintendent Ron Hargrave is thankful that Scotland is not one of them.
“I think first and foremost I look it from the perspective of the arts give children a voice. Not every child is an athlete, not every child is gifted in academics, I’m not saying these children aren’t but it expands opportunities for children to have a voice,” Hargrave said. “We know that all the research suggest that children who are part of the arts perform better in school and ultimately perform better in life and so we are proud to be a part of a community that supports the arts and we’re thankful to our board for making sure our art programs are funded.”
There will also be an audience based performs called “A Wing and a Prayer” being held on May 3 at the high school.
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