Emmaus

 

Emmaus is an auditioned performing arts troupe that was discontinued after 2017-18 school year.

The class is designed to provide an additional opportunity for promising fine arts students to be stretched in new ways and to blossom into well-rounded artists. In some cases, this means that students who previously concentrated on musicianship will learn about acting and dancing and how to perform and interact with others on stage. Other students who have excelled in learning music and choreography will be introduced to arranging, teaching, and staging music.

This versatile performance group also provides exposure to the arts in the community, while promoting goodwill for the school. Emmaus will perform at a wide variety of venues, from public elementary schools, to Sunday morning worship services, to a casual performance at the Electric Brew. The challenge is developing material that appeals to every age group, to be adapted for both secular and religious settings, and to have elements of both performance and interaction.

In the fall students participate in workshops in Orff (a philosophy of music), group and stylistic singing, playing musical instruments (from the ukulele to found objects), story-telling, improvisational theater, tap, ballet, clogging, STOMP-style dance, and musical theater history. However, the class is designed to draw upon and cultivate the gifts of the students. This is very student-led and student-directed with the teacher facilitating the process. Students will write, direct, and choreograph their shows that they perform in the community.

The 2017-18 program is Metamorphosis, is a show about change. The performers lead the audience through stages of change, from freaking out, to reaching out for help, to acceptance, to living into the change. Metamorphis is lively, entertaining, and insightsful incorporating songs like "We Don't Know" (The Strumbellas), "One Call Away" (Charlie Puth), and "Changes" (Ziggy Marley), and stories like "The House in the Hole in the Side of the Tree" and "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons."