Festival of the Arts Showcases a Cornucopia of Talent

Backed by the Whitman Jazz Band, senior Ifedayo Balogun impresses the audience with her range and power.
Backed by the Whitman Jazz Band, senior Ifedayo Balogun impresses the audience with her range and power.
Our Middle School Dance program, coached by Ms. Nicole Willis, is taking off and gaining in popularity.
Our Middle School Dance program, coached by Ms. Nicole Willis, is taking off and gaining in popularity.
With an impressive sampling of high school and middle school art on display is easy to see that our teachers provide the right environment for artistic creativity. Here, 8th grader Rena Shapiro proudly shows off one of her art pieces.
With an impressive sampling of high school and middle school art on display is easy to see that our teachers provide the right environment for artistic creativity. Here, 8th grader Rena Shapiro proudly shows off one of her art pieces.
Our middle school theater program is about to present the musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ with the curtain opening Friday, March 17th at 7:30PM.
Our middle school theater program is about to present the musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ with the curtain opening Friday, March 17th at 7:30PM.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson, put on a commanding performance.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson, put on a commanding performance.
It’s great to see our Latino Dancers keeping their traditions alive for all to appreciate.
It’s great to see our Latino Dancers keeping their traditions alive for all to appreciate.
The Whitman Center Stage Theater captured the audience with their talent as they prepare to present the musical ‘Aida.’
The Whitman Center Stage Theater captured the audience with their talent as they prepare to present the musical ‘Aida.’
Our Varsity Dance Competition Team brought such energy to the stage.
Our Varsity Dance Competition Team brought such energy to the stage.
The dance program at Whitman is unlike any other public high school on Long Island. Sue Turner-Radin’s dance groups always perform at their highest level.
The dance program at Whitman is unlike any other public high school on Long Island. Sue Turner-Radin’s dance groups always perform at their highest level.
Whitman’s Winter Guard closed out the evening with an impressive performance.
Whitman’s Winter Guard closed out the evening with an impressive performance.
The incredible Whitman Jazz Band is a delight for the senses and can always be counted on to anchor a great evening.
The incredible Whitman Jazz Band is a delight for the senses and can always be counted on to anchor a great evening.
Stimson Jazzcats are performing at an amazing level.
Stimson Jazzcats are performing at an amazing level.

The menu of talent at Wednesday night’s Festival of the Arts really put the District’s Arts program on center stage. Parents and community members, with children leading the way, enjoyed a gallery-like setting while the talented members of the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Frank Yolango, serenaded the art viewers in Whitman’s South Gymnasium. Thank you to our amazing Walt Whitman Art Teachers: Mr. Rickmers, Ms. Raji, Ms. Guido, and Ms. Tinucci.

As you entered the Whitman PAC entrance, music and art vendors, and our PTA greeted our guests with handouts, a friendly smile, and information about their services, of course the evening would not be complete if we didn’t thank Mathnasium Learning Center for underwriting the event.

The evening began in the Whitman Performing Arts Center where the performing arts took center stage beginning with the incredible Middle School Dance Team coached by Ms. Nicole Willis, shortly followed by the Stimson Jazzcats, directed by Mr. Modelewski.  Next up was our very own Whitman Latino Dance troupe. It’s great to see these wonderful youngsters keeping their traditions alive for all to appreciate. 

The Whitman Jazzcats were up next, directed by Mr. Matthew Hoffman, these musicians all perform at an extremely high level, and to accentuate their performance, they were joined by singer Ifedayo Balogun who’s powerful talent had the audience in awe. Our Varsity Dance Competition Team took center stage next and brought such energy to the stage it appeared as if they would take off.

Stimson’s new Music Theater Program, directed by Mr. Adam Slawitsky was featured next as they ready to perform By By Birdie beginning Friday March, 17th. Their four performances over that weekend are not to be missed.

Leading the Whitman Tour Choir to the center stage was director Steven Altinel. These students never cease to fail, and left the audience wanting more.  Sue Turner-Radin’s Modern Dance groups were up next, and their interpretive dance to a thoughtful prose made you stop and think, while the dancers gave their all.

The Whitman Center Stage Theater look like their incredible performance of ‘Aida,” is sure to capture audience.  They are fine-tuning and working hard for their opening on Friday March 31st at 7:30PM

Our Whitman TSOP Step Team delighted the audience with passion and precision, and the performance portion concluded with Whitman Winter Guard performance in the North Gymnasium. Guest attending the evening were treated to a wonderful spread of goodies, compliments of May’s Gourmet Deli.

At the third annual Festival of the Arts, there was no doubt that South Huntington’s ongoing commitment to excellence in the arts is stronger than ever before.

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