Fine Arts Performs and Competes at Top Level – A Recap of 2012-2013

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Band celebrates back-to-back state championships

Each year, Liberty’s fine arts department hits the ground running and doesn’t look back.

The first theatre production of the year saw students travelling “Around the World in 80 Days.” As a travelling band of actors, Liberty’s advanced theatre class, Encore, transported audiences from London to Suez, from Bombay to Calcutta, from Hong Kong to Yokohama, from San Francisco to New York, and then back to London in one show.

“It was a weekend full of wonderful performances and joyful audience members,” said Misty Baptiste, fine arts department chair. “One Liberty parent said, ‘The creativity and talent of our students are amazing! We will never miss another production at Liberty!’”

Allie Martin’s drawing titled “Three Graces”

No sooner had Encore students returned from their travels, than they jumped into preparing for their One Act Play, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and made history by winning state in Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ first year of One Act Play competition.

Baptiste said, “I am so proud of our students and their hard work, dedication, and perseverance that have made winning first place at these state competitions a reality.”

In December, Spotlight, the Middle School advanced theatre class, performed “Home for Christmas,” and in April “The Dancers” for the PSIA One Act Play competition, placing first in the area, moving on to state in May.

Academic and Speech team wins first place at state!

Late February offered a thought-provoking “Dance-ical” for the spring production of “RIPHS,” an original script by Liberty theatre teacher Kirk Holland. The show addressed the hot topic issue of bullying and focused on one of Christ’s greatest commandments asking, “What happened to the love?”

April and May brought rousing success in the TAPPS competitions, where Upper School students won state championships in art, band, and academic and speech meets.

Vocal music students almost tripled their points from last year in the state meet, earning seven “ones” in solos and a “one” for a nostalgic barbershop double quartet number. New Chorale Director Daniel Montgomery was extremely proud that his singers placed fourth in state.

The crown of the fine arts year is the grand finale in late April, Liberty’s 19th annual Artist’s Garden, titled, “From the Small Screen to the Silver Screen!”

In the first weekend of May, six girls in Encore will present a very special performance of “Steel Magnolias” in the new black box theatre.

“Liberty’s fine arts students work constantly to share their God-given talent as much as they can,” Baptiste said. “These students find incredible ways to appreciate the life that God has given them and enhance the world around them.”

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