On the evening of Friday, April 7th, students from Grade 4 through 12 from Prairie Christian Academy joined together to showcase and celebrate the school’s arts programs at its annual Fine Arts Gala. This year the event was titled “Encore.” Parents, teachers, community members and dignitaries gathered at Maxwell Centre to visit, eat, and enjoy performances ranging from an accordion ensemble to a scene from the school’s upcoming High School dramatic production.
Floyd Cotton was host for the evening, dressed fittingly for the late 1800’s theme, introducing the acts, encouraging guests to chat between breaks and drawing names for several door prizes donated by local businesses. Guests wandered through the Visual Arts and Photography exhibits and assembled in the atrium to take in the different performances. There was piano music played by students between each group and trays of hors d’oeuvres passed around by members of the choir.
The program began with the Grade 4/5 Accordion ensemble, led by Ray Olson, and the group’s rendition of Oh Canada. The evening then proceeded with selections played by the Grade 7, Jr. High and Sr. High bands, directed by Barry Sommer. Next the audience was treated to a scene from Little Women, directed by Drama 30 student, Shone Williams. The evening ended with three pieces sung by the High School choral group, His Singers, directed by Andi Miller.
This is an exciting year for PCA’s Arts Programs. Their High School visual arts class, taught by Anne Enns, ran a month long exhibit at Three Hills Library and received very positive feedback. The photography class, taught by Michael Robertson, organized a silent auction for the gala, selling some of their pieces to raise funds for photography equipment. The High School band heads off to a festival in Disneyland from April 19th to 23rd and His Singers will do an extension in Castor on June 11th. His Singers also ran a fundraiser over Valentine’s for Singing Grams, which was student led and organized. The Jr. High Drama class staged a production of “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” in early January and the High School drama class will present Marisha Chamberlain’s version of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” June 7th to 9th at Parable Place. This is a student led production, managed fully by the Drama 30 students. They are responsible for choosing the script, casting, directing, costuming, building the set and organizing publicity. Drama 10 and 20 students will also present their One Acts as precursors to each of the “Little Women” shows.
As the school year draws to a close, Prairie Christian Academy invites the community to take part in its year end music concert on June 13th and also to pick up tickets for “Little Women.” They will be available at the school office and at the door. I would encourage you to support the arts at our local schools and take them in whenever you are able. For now, bravo to the students, teachers and volunteers from PCA for investing in the arts and making it an integral part of what is offered at the school.