Cardinal Gibbons will swell with more than its usual supply of music, art, and drama as four events take place between today and May 11. All this activity highlights the creative, God-given talents our visual and performing student-artists share with the school community and the continued growth of the arts at Gibbons.
Tonight and on Friday, and Saturday (May 3-5) evenings, Gibbons Drama will present a theatrical double bill. It comprises First Act, a series of short plays produced and directed by students; and Second Act, a 60-minute version of Godspell. The musical is the inaugural production by the newest addition to the department – the Freshman Drama Production.
Godspell as well as all seven one-act plays will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater. For tickets go to https://bit.ly/2w4M2WK
“Ten years ago, we began our successful summer conservatory series with a production of this same show,” said Kevin Ferguson, Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Drama Artistic Director. “We’re excited to introduce our Freshman Drama Production and eager to share the talent, enthusiasm, and commitment of our Gibbons Drama freshmen with this high energy production of Godspell.”
On Sunday, May 6, the Instrumental Music Department will present its annual Sisters of Notre Dame Spring Music Festival. It will feature 225 instrumental music students performing traditional and modern music from the 1600s through the 2000s. The festival, which is free, will take place in the main lobby and the MainStage and Studio theaters from 1 to 5 p.m. with performances by Concert Bands, and Guitar, Percussion, and Strings ensembles.
“We have the largest enrollment of strings and band musicians in our school’s history, one of the largest high school guitar programs, and the only multiple level high school percussion program in the state,” said Director of Bands Mark Cashin.
Also on May 6, an art exhibit, held in conjunction with the music festival, will be on display in the main lobby from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Presented by the Art Department, the free exhibit will showcase students’ works of art.
“I feel extremely blessed to be able to work in an environment that celebrates creativity and supports new ideas,” Chorus Director Martha Zaldivar said.
And on Friday, May 11, the Chorus Department will present, Under the Big Top, Chorus Circus Night, its spring concert at 7:00 p.m. in the main lobby. Now in its fifth year the concert, which is free, will showcase 50 chorus and ten percussion students performing music from the movie, The Greatest Showman.
“I feel extremely blessed to be able to work in an environment that celebrates creativity and supports new ideas,” Chorus Director Martha Zaldivar said. “Each year, the program has become more integrated with the mission of the school.”