Festival of the Arts Present South Huntington Creativity

Walt Whitman dancers performed an interpretive piece to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” thumbnail162542
Walt Whitman dancers performed an interpretive piece to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Spectators were serenaded by Walt Whitman’s orchestra as they perused the South Gym full of student artwork. thumbnail162543
Spectators were serenaded by Walt Whitman’s orchestra as they perused the South Gym full of student artwork.
Sophomore artist Bianca Santaromana stands next to her impressively ‘eye-catching’ drawing. thumbnail162544
Sophomore artist Bianca Santaromana stands next to her impressively ‘eye-catching’ drawing.
Middle School students give the crowd a sneak preview of their upcoming musical ‘The Addams Family” to be performed late this March.  thumbnail162545
Middle School students give the crowd a sneak preview of their upcoming musical ‘The Addams Family” to be performed late this March.
The Stimson Dance Team had a routine full of high kicks and graceful leaps.  thumbnail162546
The Stimson Dance Team had a routine full of high kicks and graceful leaps.
The Stimson Middle School Jazz Band performed under Walt Whitman’s Band Director Matthew Hoffman, giving them a taste of what to expect as high school musicians.  thumbnail162547
The Stimson Middle School Jazz Band performed under Walt Whitman’s Band Director Matthew Hoffman, giving them a taste of what to expect as high school musicians.
The Latino Heritage Club impressed spectators with a number of dances that were perfectly memorized.  thumbnail162548
The Latino Heritage Club impressed spectators with a number of dances that were perfectly memorized.
The Step Team was full of energy during their performance. thumbnail162549
The Step Team was full of energy during their performance.
The Teen Tones sang beautifully accompanied by Chorus teacher Mr. Steven Altinel on the piano.  thumbnail162550
The Teen Tones sang beautifully accompanied by Chorus teacher Mr. Steven Altinel on the piano.
Janna Garden and Brendan Kispert took the stage for their solo theatre performances.  thumbnail162551
Janna Garden and Brendan Kispert took the stage for their solo theatre performances.
The Collective, consisting of Logan Slansky on the piano, John Andreoni on the cajón, and Kate Jenkins on vocals, closed out the night’s performances in the PAC.  thumbnail162552
The Collective, consisting of Logan Slansky on the piano, John Andreoni on the cajón, and Kate Jenkins on vocals, closed out the night’s performances in the PAC.
Flags were flying high in Whitman’s North Gym as the Winter Color Guard was the perfect conclusion to the creative evening.  thumbnail162553
Flags were flying high in Whitman’s North Gym as the Winter Color Guard was the perfect conclusion to the creative evening.

The menu of talent at the annual 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 Chamber Orchestra, directed by Frank Yolango, serenaded the art viewers in Whitman’s South Gymnasium.

The Center Stage portion of the evening began in the Whitman Performing Arts Center where spectators were welcomed in with a slideshow of our elementary student artwork. Live performances commenced with Stimson Dance taking the stage before the Middle School Jazz Band took the floor. The Whitman Dance Program showcased their Varsity routine that followed an energetic performance from the Walt Whitman High School Step Team. The Teen Tones, Adams Family show preview, and Stimson and Silas’ Intramural Band performances followed just before Whitman Choral took the stage under director Steven Altinel. The Walt Whitman Jazz Band under director Matt Hoffman was up next before Whitman theatre performances from Janna Garden and Brendan Kispert. The Latino Heritage Club performed a series of dances that captivated the crowd before The Collective took the floor to end the performances in the PAC with singer Kate Jenkins, pianist Logan Slansky, and drummer John Andreoni. Thereafter, spectators headed to the North Gym to watch the Winter Guard performance that was a true grand finale for the evening. It is certain that the arts are alive and flourishing here in South Huntington!

A special thank you to our stage crew for running a seamless performance schedule. We also thank the Lamplighters who assisted during the course of the performances under Advisor David Rickmers. District Arts Facilitator Ms. Jackie Tartaro sends congratulations to all who participated in the Festival of the Arts especially to all of our Teachers and Advisors who, along with their students, presented their very best.
This was the sixth annual Festival of the Arts, and there was no doubt that South Huntington’s ongoing commitment to excellence in the arts is stronger than ever before.

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