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Performing Arts celebration set for March 22

Sophomore Jenna LaPlante practices during Dance II. Photo by Morgan Ham

Bear River’s Performing Arts are very appreciated by the students on campus. Many are grateful for having the opportunity to be able to participate in the variety of Performing Arts classes and in our theater.

To honor the Performing Arts, there will be a showcase called “Made in South County” on Thursday, March 22 at 6-8 p.m. in the M.P.R.

Freshman Connor McGehee talked about the benefits of a performance.

“It’s something special,” McGehee said.  “It’s a lot of fun getting up there and bonding with people and learning to do new things in front of people.”

Theater Arts teacher Sara Noah talked about being able to observe students that do performances.

“I like watching students develop confidence, and feeling more comfortable about being in front of people, and being creative,” she said.

There are tons of opportunities at Bear River for students to perform and express themselves including Theater Arts, Band and Choir.

Sophomore Ben Overmire explained how he has become so fond of Band, and how its become important to him.

“I really enjoy the class, when some kids just don’t care in the class and it pisses me off,” Overmire said. “It’s special, it’s something I use to get away.”

David Ahrens, the Band and Choir teacher, explained how students really can develop through Performing Arts.

“It’s great and really fun,” Ahrens said. “Getting to work with students to develop exploration and artistic creativity and all that kind of stuff is fantastic, and it’s great to see them develop.”

Freshman Shane Preis, who is newer to the Theater Arts environment, is eager to do something different.

“I think it’s different, but it’s also new and exciting,” Preis said. “For me, it has the potential to be something pretty special.”

Senior Alexas Kaldenbach, who has been in Dance since sixth grade, explained how Dance is a helpful way to keep in shape throughout the year.

“I don’t think it’s hard to perform but you definitely get butterflies,” Kaldenbach said. “I feel like it’s a great way to keep up on exercising throughout the year and I’ve been in dance since sixth or seventh grade. I feel like the class is a great way to experience being able to dance and learning new techniques and how to fix your posture and it is overall an amazing program to be a part of.”

Freshman Hailee Vineyard, who is new to Dance, talked about her experience as a first time performer and how it’s nerve-racking at first.

“I get super nervous while performing, but you just have to pull through,” Vineyard said.

“It definitely is a little harsh sometimes but it’s special to me because it lets you express who you are,” she said. “I took this class because I have never taken a dance class before. I’ve performed in one show, ‘Future Bruins Night.’”  

Bear River Dance Teacher Joyce Gouveia talked about how Bruins are lucky to have different art programs and how they affect us in a positive way.

“I think it’s what keeps the students in school,” she said. “They come to school so they can actually do what they love because not everyone is academic and not necessarily involved in sports, so the Arts grabs the people that love to perform, or to create visual art. It makes them want to be here. The Arts programs at this school are good. We’re lucky since we’re such a small school to have what we have, so we’re lucky to have Band, Choir, Clay and Painting and Photography and Video Production.”

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Performing Arts celebration set for March 22