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.”
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.2017-18 Production Schedule
A Collection of One Acts
September 29, 7 p.m.
September 30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
This year’s one acts, two serious and one comedic, have the common theme of how we deal with what life throws at us. In Trifles, we encounter two friends as they stumble upon the truth and must decide whether to reveal or hide it. In The Freeway, two ladies must deal with the state taking away their homes and all they’ve built their lives upon. And in The Actor’s Nightmare, we see an absurdist attempt to deal with the same problem, though in a nightmarish situation–how to handle a situation when nothing makes sense.
The Diary of Anne Frank
November 16-18, 7 p.m.
An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”
The Music Man, Jr.
January 12-13, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Music Man, Jr. follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize–this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. Don’t miss this engaging and classic musical.
April 12-14, 2018, 7 p.m.
In The Wiz, Dorothy finds herself in a magical world called Oz and makes some fantastical friends while looking for a way back home. This beloved musical won seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Score) and sets Frank Baum’s story to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music. It’s fun and heartwarming and not to be missed!
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.
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.
7th Grade Art
8th Grade Art
Intro to Art
Advanced Studio Art
AP Studio Art
AP Art History
Throughout the semester, students participate in four performances, always eagerly anticipated by the Westminster community.
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.
Students in this class are expected to go on the spring tour. Students will: