An Artistic Breakout

 

EMMA KLIETHERMES
Photo Credit: Pat Kirby & Emma Kliethermes

Prospective students from all over visited Westminster College on March 7 to interview for scholarships.  In an effort to put an artistic foot forward, the Churchill Singers and the Performing Arts Club put together an informal performance to showcase to those hopeful future Blue Jays what artistic outlets there are on campus.  The breakout session included a couple of songs from the Churchill Singers and a scene from the spring production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.


Dr. Natasia Sexton conducted the Churchill singers as they sang in Saturday’s performance.  It was important to sound beautiful so that the visiting students and families will enjoy the performance.  It will also help attract new singers.

Dr. Natasia Sexton conducted the Churchill singers as they sang in Saturday’s performance. It was important to sound beautiful so that the visiting students and families will enjoy the performance. It will also help attract new singers.

“The Dream Keeper” was one of the songs performed Saturday morning.  This song, based on the poem by  Langston Hughes, is simple in that it repeats the same phrases over and over throughout the song; but the dynamics sung in this song give it power and make it beautiful.

“The Dream Keeper” was one of the songs performed Saturday morning. This song, based on the poem by Langston Hughes, is simple in that it repeats the same phrases over and over throughout the song; but the dynamics sung in this song give it power and make it beautiful.

“Music Down in My Soul” is an African-American Spiritual and showed the prospective students that the Churchill Singers perform a diverse range of music.  This fast paced song also contains powerful messages and left the students with a sense of awe at the work that goes into performing a more complicated piece like this.

“Music Down in My Soul” is an African-American Spiritual and showed the prospective students that the Churchill Singers perform a diverse range of music. This fast paced song also contains powerful messages and left the students with a sense of awe at the work that goes into performing a more complicated piece like this.

For those students who may not have been interested in singing, but in acting or helping out in any way with a play; there was something for them too.  This semester , Dr. Nate Leonard is directing the popular comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  This play pokes fun at how ridiculous aristocratic British society can be and the prospective students were treated to a scene from it.

For those students who may not have been interested in singing, but in acting or helping out in any way with a play; there was something for them too. This semester , Dr. Nate Leonard is directing the popular comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. This play pokes fun at how ridiculous aristocratic British society can be and the prospective students were treated to a scene from it.

The hilarious scene contains the main character Jack, played by Tim Aldred, ’15, and the mother of the woman he wishes to marry - Lady Bracknell, played by Emma Kliethermes, ’16.  The two characters delivered witty dialogue and gut-busting one-line reactions which produced giggles from all who watched.  At the end of the showcase, prospective students wishing to be involved in the arts on campus (if they choose to come to Westminster) now know suitable sources for the performing arts through either Churchill Singers or the Performing Arts Club and theater classes.

The hilarious scene contains the main character Jack, played by Tim Aldred, ’15, and the mother of the woman he wishes to marry – Lady Bracknell, played by Emma Kliethermes, ’16. The two characters delivered witty dialogue and gut-busting one-line reactions which produced giggles from all who watched. At the end of the showcase, prospective students wishing to be involved in the arts on campus (if they choose to come to Westminster) now know suitable sources for the performing arts through either Churchill Singers or the Performing Arts Club and theater classes.

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