Written by Publisher, Wakulla.com Friday, 04 May 2007 07:31
Wakulla County Celebration of the Arts Showcased Student Talent
The 2007 Celebration of the Arts was held on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at the Wakulla High School auditorium. The celebration, hosted by the Wakulla Art Coalition, featured students from all grade levels performing a variety of musical and dramatic acts. Sean Reynolds, a drama student at Wakulla High School (WHS), served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
The evening began with a Silent Art Auction featuring works created by Wakulla County art students from all grade levels. The auction took place in the auditorium lobby.
The Wakulla County Honors Orff Band, under the direction of Walter Cooper of Crawfordville Elementary School (CES), Sally Chandler of Medart Elementary School (MES), and Connie Cooper of Shadeville Elementary School (CES) was the first act of the evening. They performed "Sandy McNabb" and "Canon Exercise".
The next performance of the evening was given by the Wakulla County Elementary Honor Choir, also under the direction of Walter Cooper, Sally Chandler, and Connie Cooper. The children sang "Kindness" and "We are in This World Together".
Wakulla High's Sean Reynolds next performed a stirring monologue that grabbed and held the attention of the audience members throughout.
The COAST Stingray Irish Step Dancers, under the direction of Sarah Brown, were the next performers to take the stage. They were followed by the COAST Stingray Recorder Ensemble, who performed "Scarborough Fair" and "This Land is Your Land". The ensemble was under the direction of Dan Cantwell.
The Wakulla Middle School (WMS) Cats Chorus, directed by Michelle Snow, sang "A Whole New World", followed by the combined Riversprings Middle School (RMS) and Wakulla Middle School (WMS) Jazz Bands, under the direction of Kristin Dow and Laura Hudson. The Jazz Bands gave an excellent performance of "Ben's Blues" and the "James Bond Theme".
Lauren Garcia and Kodi Green, both members of the WHS Dramatis Personae theatre troupe, performed an outstanding dramatic duet scene, followed by an excellent performance by the WHS Combined Choirs. Susan Solburg is director of the WHS Dramatis Personae, while the WHS Choirs are under the direction of Michelle Snow.
The WMS Drama troupe performed "The Telephone", an excellent sketch with a twisty ending. Jen Stoff is their director.
The Wakulla High Jazz Band, under the direction of Becky Carlan, then gave a wonderful performance which included "Come Fly with Me" and "Maria, Maria". The WHS Advanced Drama troupe, directed by Susan Solburg, performed the sketch "The Sun and the Stars", and the evening concluded with the WHS Symphonic Band, under the direction of Becky Carlan, performing "Allgator Alley."
The Coalition would like to give special thanks to Ben Davis, who was in charge of lighting; Joey Eye, who handled all the sound for the evening; and Kyle Brown, Phillip Keith, and Drew Vice for serving as Backstage Managers.
The Coalition would also like to thank the following sponsors of this year's event:
MicroType - Publication, Design, Editorial & Marketing
Arte Mexico, Importer of Mexican Arts and Crafts
Michelle Snow's School of Music
The Book & Art TeaRoom in Sopchoppy
All monies raised from the celebration will go towards arts scholarships for Wakulla High School students. The Coalition would like to thank all those who came out to support the arts in Wakulla County; we appreciate you!
Wakulla Art Coalition Members: Diane Perez (Arts Coordinator), Kristin Dow (Treasurer), Carol Belancsik, Jennifer Brooks, Sarah Brown, Dan Canwell, Becky Carlan, Sally Chandler, Connie Cooper, Walter Cooper, Laura Hudson, Sue Hutchins, Mike Smith, Michelle Snow, Susan Solburg, Mina Sutton, Jen Stoff, Jennifer Thaxton, Kelley Tidwell, and Cassie Tucker.
This article originally published on May 4, 2007.
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