Fine and Visual Arts
Depending on their interests, students may join the Drama Club, practice and audition for All-State Honor Band or Choir, spread school spirit at athletic events as part of the Pep Band, take a yearly trip as a member of the Concert Choir, or prepare for local art competitions using skills gleaned from classes and teachers’ guidance. From creating and designing to collaborating and praising, see how the fine arts come to life at Westminster.
At Westminster, we believe that we are made in the image of God. Therefore, by nature we are drawn to discover, invent, and create. Each year, Westminster produces several plays and musicals in one of our two venues – our flexible Black Box Theatre or our state-of-the-art, 600-seat main Theatre. Our productions are an important part of our creative process and a chance to share the skills that we have learned. From the building of sets, to costumes, lighting, dancing, acting, and singing, our productions seek to develop a collaborative spirit with all of the fine art’s disciplines.2016-17 Production Schedule
Middle School Play: Perkin and the Pastrycook
October 6-8, 2016, 7 p.m.
This delightful comedy of errors follows the fortunes of Perkin and Wat. Perkin is a royal odd-job man to the court of Emperor Sigismund XIV of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” His friend, Wat, has recently been demoted from court pastrycook following a disastrous batch of cakes. Wat is the comic focus – well-meaning but repeatedly foiled by the two protagonists of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” who also contrive much mischief for the hopeless emperor and his bungling courtiers.
The Importance of Being Earnest
November 17- 19, 2016, 7 p.m.
The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise, and misadventure.
Waiting to be Invited
January 12-14, 2017, 7 p.m.
Waiting to be Invited is a touching play underscoring the goodness of ordinary people at their best. In the summer of 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia, three middle-aged black women, co-workers from a local doll factory, travel by bus to a “whites only” eating establishment inside a downtown Atlanta department store. They are joined there by their local pastor’s wife to “test” their newly acquired civil rights handed down by the Supreme Court outlawing segregation in eating establishments.
Fiddler on the Roof
April 20-22, 2017, 7 p.m.
Fiddler on the Roof is a classic musical about family, change, and preserving a way of life. It is both comical and tragic, just like life often is, and is filled with endearing characters that will delight the whole family.
Over the past two decades, the way we consume our news has dramatically changed. In a world of mass media, Westminster students are keeping pace with professional journalism under the guidance of journalism teacher Scott VonderBruegge and A/V Coordinator Han Kim. Beginning in 2015 – 16, the journalism program’s newspaper class will expand to include a broadcast journalism facet, which will allow students more opportunities to explore video production of the news story.Read More
“I know of few areas that have been more disrupted by innovation and technology than journalism,” says Mr. VonderBruegge. “The lines have blurred between writing, photojournalism, broadcasting, and other forms, yet one thing has not changed: the influence that the media has on our society. Journalism is still about telling the stories of the world around us, and I believe the sooner kids learn how to tell those stories using all the tools of today’s media, the better. The journalism classes at Westminster are, at their core, about kids learning to find their voice and say something significant with it. The ways to say it never stop changing.”
Middle School students improve technique, learn theory, and gain experience in performance, while upper school students demonstrate proficiency in basic musicianship, musical technique, and understanding of their instruments.
Concert Choir is an auditioned SATB group, the members of which learn a variety of diverse music over the course of the year. This music includes hymns, folk songs from all over the world, gospel pieces and spirituals, Broadway repertoire, and various accompanied and a cappella choral works. This choir generally takes a concert tour in the spring and sings at a number of school events throughout the year.Learn more
Chamber Choir is an auditioned SATB small ensemble made up of members of Concert Choir. They sing jazz, chamber music, and contemporary a cappella and take advantage of many opportunities for solo work and development of musical style. This choir practices before school.
Mixed Chorus is a non-auditioned group for those who aren’t yet able to take Concert Choir or who are new to choral singing. This choir performs in main concerts with the Concert and Chamber Choirs but focuses on the development of choral tone, development of music reading skills, and part-singing.
They become familiar with a live audience, radio theatre, stage makeup, and improvisation. Public performances are expected each semester as a ministry, particularly in children’s theatre, while comedic or dramatic monologues are practiced in class performances.
Throughout the semester, students participate in four performances, always eagerly anticipated by the Westminster community.
The Media and Broadcasting Center was established with the help of a $15,000 grant from the Innovative Technology Education Fund (ITEF), a St. Louis based charitable foundation that promotes innovative education through technology integration. Although a media center is not new to academia, the creation of a partnership between a teacher of a specific course and A.V. professionals brings an innovative concept and cutting-edge element to Westminster’s academics.Learn more about the Media & Broadcasting Center
Media Coordinator Han Kim says, “Functioning much like a production studio environment, the space allows students and teachers to utilize the available tools and resources – along with our guidance, knowledge, and collaboration – to create and produce a variety of media genres.” Coursework is, in turn, enhanced and teachers are supported by utilization of the space. “The studio is designed to support and extend our curriculum, giving students an opportunity for authentic learning experiences,” says Mr. Kim.
Art classes regularly use the backdrops and lights for photography projects; drama classes create old-time radio shows; and Bible teachers plan to have their students practice their presentation skills using a teleprompter while in front of a microphone and camera. Students’ learning experiences are propelled as projects are recorded, reviewed, and analyzed. Although the equipment is still in its testing phase, it is the school’s intent to offer a Broadcast Journalism class. With this class will come a regular student-led production that will give students valuable broadcasting experience and an opportunity to keep classmates updated on current events. To better prepare students for college and careers, this state-of-the-art media center exposes students to technology that will be available to them in college and the professional world.
The media and broadcasting center is already helping to foster the school’s goal to continually build community. In addition to enhancing coursework, the center is used by the Audio-Visual Club, which serves as a supporting agency for many campus activities, including weekly chapel services and theatre productions. The center also provides the ability to live-stream campus activities, such as the annual Spirit Week, to the St. Louis community and world. Westminster desires to impact the community and other Christian ministries by sharing this center with others and plans to make this technology available to groups outside of the school in the future.
Students in this class are expected to go on the spring tour. Students will:
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Piano Lab is a mixed-level class for all those who play or desire to play piano. Its students include beginner, intermediate, and advanced pianists. Students work both on their own and in groups to improve their knowledge of the piano and music theory, as well as their piano-playing skills.
The Westminster Christian Academy Jazz Band applied for and was accepted to perform in the Missouri History Museum’s “History To Our Ears” recital. From classical to jazz, the evening’s performances reflected the diversity of Missouri and the strength of its young musicians.
The choral performance program offers students a range of performance opportunities, both in-school and off-campus. Watch as members of Westminster’s Concert Choir spread Christmas cheer, caroling for family, friends, and guests gathered in the Grand Entry.