The Elmwood Local Schools will be hosting their annual Spring Arts Festival on Sunday, May 17th from 1:00-5:30pm. This event will showcase Artwork from students in grades 5-12 and include such media as drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and 3-D. The Art portion of the show is under the direction of Mrs. Christina Meyer and Mrs. Meagan Benner.
In addition, the Music Department will be showcasing each of its ensembles throughout the afternoon. Performances will take place in the high school gymnasium as follows:
1:00 – Fifth Grade Choir
1:15 – Fifth Grade Band
1:30 – Sixth Grade Choir
1:45 – Sixth Grade Band
2:00 – Troubadours
2:20 – Seventh Grade Band
2:50 – Seventh & Eighth Grade Choir
3:40 – High School Concert Choir
4:15 – High School Concert Band
In conjunction with the Arts Festival, the Music Department is hosting a Troubadour Reunion which will bring back approximately 80 former singers from the select Show Choir from 1975-2014 to put on their own performance. The singers will be rehearsing all day Saturday and then do their portion of the concert beginning at 4:45pm. The Troubadour Alumni will be performing:
Elmwood Alma Mater
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Two very special numbers are also planned for the Arts Festival. The first is a piece commissioned for Mr. Dean Bell’s final concert at Elmwood. The song, Master of Music, was written for the event by notable composer Joel Raney, and will receive its world premiere on Sunday with the combined Troubadours, Troubadour Alumni and Concert Choir. The song is a festival piece written for 8 part Choir with piano, brass quintet and tympani, based on the poem Master of Music by Henry VanDyke, and will be performed as part of the Troubadour Alumni concert.
At the conclusion of the entire Festival, the same combined voices will join with the High School Concert Band to conclude the day with a rendition of John Williams’ America…The Dream Goes On. The musical portion of the day are under the direction of Ms. Christine Rohrs, Vocal Director, Mr. Justin Brinkman, Instrumental Director, and Mr. Dean Bell, Troubadour Alumni Director.
A very special event is also being held as a portion of the Arts Festival. “Cancer Take A Seat” is a celebrity auction event designed to raise money for the Wood County American Cancer Society. Chairs uniquely decorated by the students and staff of the Elmwood Schools will be on display in the auditeria throughout the day and will be auctioned off by guest auctioneer Dale David beginning at 3:00pm. We are very excited about this unique opportunity to make our Festival a philanthropic effort as well. This portion of the day is under the direction of Ms. Michele Story.
The Elmwood Music Boosters will also be offering a Chicken Barbecue dinner from 12:30-3:00pm in the cafeteria. The dinner consists of: Chicken, Applesauce, Corn or Baked Beans, Roll, and Beverage. The cost of the meal is $10 and the proceeds will go toward the Band and Choir trips next school year. Additionally the Flag Corps will have desserts for sale during the meal for an additional cost.
This year’s Spring Arts Festival promises to be an exciting community event. The public is welcome, and other than dinner or the auction, all events are free.