Middle School Art Club Collaborates with SLS Theater
Samantha Mongardi, Middle School Art Department Chair
Director of Theater Arts John Conners reached out to the Middle School Art Club to see if we would be interested in collaborating to develop elements of the set for the upcoming Middle School fall play, Brief Interviews with Internet Cats. We loved the idea and were thrilled to partner with SLS Theater over the last several weeks, utilizing our artistic talents to support the MS Drama team, as they prepare for opening night on Friday, Nov. 4.
We had the opportunity to sit in on the actors' first read-through of the script. Afterward, we returned to the art studio to brainstorm ideas. Sixth grade student Valerie Reyes shared an initial sketch of how she pictured the set, which included framed portraits of cat characters and an image of the world spinning behind a window. After feedback and approval from the MS Drama team, Valerie's concepts became focal points for the overall set design.
Over the next several weeks, Middle School Art Club students created portraits of their chosen characters in a variety of media. Creating art that serves a specific purpose within our community was a new experience for our artists. Students showed perseverance and flexibility throughout the process, adapting their work to the evolving needs of the show. We are excited to see the students' creativity and hard work shine on stage during this week’s performances!
St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving over 30 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.