The opening of the new Visual and Performing Arts Center gave Forman headmaster Adam K. Man an idea: let's have more cultural events on campus.
"I wanted to make an effort to expose our students to more opportunities to experience and engage with the arts," says Man. "The role of the arts in education is very powerful. Seeing or hearing various artistic expressions can encourage students to think in new ways. So we will have a regular slate of performances on campus this year including music, theater, dance, and improvisation."
Upcoming on campus events at the Jake Cloobeck '16 Theater include:
- The Magnet Theater - Performance
- Troker (instrumental music) - Master Class, Performance
- Michael Fowlin - Psychologist, Performer, Poet
- The Neo-Futurists - Improvisational theater
- Etienne Charles - Trumpet and steel drum player; jazz fusion of many styles
- Kaki King - Guitar Player
All performances are scheduled for Sundays, Tuesdays, or Fridays so as not to interfere with homework and other academic efforts.
Mr. Man will also be offering free tickets to interested students for all productions at the Hartford Stage Company and the theatrical offerings at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center. The initial offering is five tickets but if more students sign up, as was the case last week with A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mr. Man will find a way for all interested students to attend any show.
The inaugural event in this new series was held on Tuesday, September 19, when The Campbell Brothers band met with students in the afternoon and put on a show that night. "The Campbell Brothers master class was a great event for our students," says music teacher Jerrod Cattey. "The students were completely engaged and had plenty of questions for the guys about all aspects of being in a band and playing live music. It was great to see the students' curiosity matched by the musicians' generosity. I can't wait for the next one."
The show went over well too, with students strutting home as they sang the Campbell Brothers' tune "Rally Time."