Monday, March 13, our community unites to demonstrate this excellence via the Marshall Fine Arts Showcase. This annual show has been a tradition for many years, and students beautifully reveal the heart of Marshall through their pieces. Done in partnership with Zeitgeist Arts, the event is a celebration of Youth Art Month. "We try to pick work that really showcases what we've been learning," Burns said, "or maybe a student really pushed their own boundaries and we're really proud of them."
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Imagine how muddled you would feel if you stumbled onto a stage, were mistaken as an understudy, and forced to perform a play in which you knew none of the lines. This 'play-ception ' is the premise of Marshall's One Act play of 2017—The Actor's Nightmare. Written by Christopher Durang, this fun, entertaining comedy will keep you interested as you witness the struggles of the main character, George, as he is thrust into several plays he knows nothing about and begins to even doubt his own identity as he confuses all the actors around him who don't understand why he doesn't know any of his lines.
Walk into an auditorium where everyone on stage is wielding bows and cradling violins between their chin and shoulder, and you'll likely be able to guess you are at strings concert. But walk into a gym where one man is wearing a felt crown, another is wearing antlers, and yet another has donned a floppy Dr. Seuss top hat, and kids are gathered around tables laughing and exclaiming, and now guess where you are. Perhaps you guessed some sort of theater activity? Get ready for a surprise ... it's the First Regional Lego Robotics Competition.
Rosin dust floats up from bows dancing in the bright stage lighting, students swathed in black dress focus intensely on the sheet music in front of them, and the warm wooden oranges, reds, and browns of their instruments vibrate with each pluck of a string from calloused fingers.
These were the sights and sounds of the Upper School Band and Strings Winter Concert last Tuesday, December 6. The concert for the Upper School Choir and Small Ensembles including Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, and the Hilltop Harmonics was last Monday night.
The concert series, as with other Marshall music holiday traditions such as the band's participation in the Christmas City of the North Parade and the choir's caroling tour through Marshall's halls, was consistent with previous years' winter concerts, but with one exception
A shimmery mechanical pencil drops to the ground. Tink. Everyone looks. A blush-faced teen retrieves it. The bright blue and green chairs in Dr. Susan Nygaard's English classroom are turned toward the front of the room where Anna Thickens, relieved at the diversion, breathes out deeply and begins reciting Stephen Dunn's poem "Sweetness" for the Poetry Out Loud competition.
"I think it's a good way to express ourselves," Thickens said. "I relate to ["Sweetness"]. I think, 'What was the author thinking and feeling when they wrote that, and is that something I've felt?' So I only ever pick poems that I feel like I personally understand."
Poetry Out Loud is an annual competition in which nearly 400,000 students participate each year. Founded in 2005, Poetry Out Loud has had a total of 2.7 million students from 9,500 schools participate since the contest's onset. This is Marshall's fifth year participating in the nationwide contest.