Providing educational excellence at Second Baptist School is partly achieved through high quality programming in the arts. The arts department at SBS provides students with creative opportunities to think critically, live biblically and lead courageously outside the classroom. Since the beginning of distance learning, the dedicated arts faculty and students have collaborated to adapt to this new normal. Because their spring season came to a close on campus, several arts-related events had to be creatively reassessed and adjusted to a virtual setting.
One way in which the arts department adapted an event to fit the distance learning plan was this year’s fifth and sixth grade musical, 101 Dalmatians. Mrs. Liza Brown and Mr. Sam Brown had prepared for much of the year to provide a new opportunity for fifth and sixth grade students to showcase their talents by performing a musical on stage. The students were eager to become part of a long-standing SBS tradition of outstanding musical performances. Because of the required quarantine, the team came up with an alternative plan for a radio play version.
“Mrs. Liza Brown and Mr. Sam Brown diligently worked to make the radio play version of 101 Dalmatians possible,” said Director of Arts Cindy Blades. “The students worked with Mrs. Brown on their vocals and Mr. Brown on the line delivery. They submitted the recordings of their various parts and solos and Mr. Brown used Garage Band to layer the voices of the students for the larger numbers. The students and parents were so pleased to have this recording of a portion of the show.” Click here to listen to the radio play of 101 Dalmatians.
Another creative way the arts department adapted to distance learning was by making social media videos for SBS students and families. Whether singing “We’re All in This Together” or “Ain’t No Virus Big Enough,” the arts team shared their talents through humor and song to give the #SBSfamily encouragement and laughter during the challenges of distance learning. Check out their most recent video here.
Instead of the annual spring choir concert that the #SBSfamily looks forward to each year, the arts department came up with a virtual Senior Showcase. “The vision for the virtual showcase was to create an opportunity for our talented arts students to perform one last time for students and parents,” said Mrs. Blades. The arts faculty and staff invite you and your family to watch senior instrumental music students (under the direction of Kendel Hickenbottom), musical theatre students (under the direction of Claire Westmoreland and Cindy Blades), choral students (under the direction of Becky Martin) and visual art students (under the direction of Nora Ripple ‘02) perform a medley of music one last time.”
Tune in to the Senior Showcase virtual presentation tonight, Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Find the link on our Facebook page, Instagram profile and under Announcements on Class of… pages. Look for an email with the showcase link at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. The arts department and students are excited to share this special event with you! They hope you will watch it together with your family.
For a grand finale, the arts department is celebrating these remarkable seniors with a unique video presentation. Choral Director Becky Martin has been working alongside the SBC audio team to layer pre-recorded student voices together for a one-of-a-kind choral performance. This type of presentation could not happen without a talented and forward-thinking team of educators and students creatively seeking solutions as they work around social-distancing and safe health practices. Stay tuned for the premiere of this virtual presentation at the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony via Facebook Live on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m.
SBS is proud of our students, faculty and staff who have committed their energies to arts education throughout distance learning and shared their remarkable talents with the #SBSfamily.