Senior School students were all about expressing their artistic talents this week. Last Sunday, the Grade 12 Writing class held a poetry reading at the Black Stilt Café. Then on Wednesday night, several students participated in Drama Night, presenting various performance pieces to their peers.
Poetry Night is an annual event for the Grade 12 Writing class, where students read some of the poems they have been working on throughout the year. Parents, staff and community members showed up in force last weekend to enjoy the work of the young poets.
Mr. Terence Young, Head of English, says that “holding the event at a coffee house gives the students a sense of legitimacy, because it is real venue that hosts music and poetry all the time.”
The atmosphere of the evening was mellow and although the room was filled with students who were nervous about sharing their intimate work, “they were very appreciative of their peers and supported one another,” says Mr. Young. The class will hold a final poetry reading in the spring, where the students will launch a chapbook of their poems.
Drama Night proved that SMUS thespians had no fear of performing. The vibe of the Copeland Lecture Theatre was lively and energetic. The students were dressed in basic costumes, and used minimal set pieces and props, relying on their talent to set the scene. The student-run event was organized by Grade 12 student Jayne Hammond along with the Arts Council. Performances included short dramatic scenes, modern monologues, comedy sketches and improvisation games.