Over the course of five months, students and faculty from across campus have come together to extend their love and dedication for the arts through the preparation of a show that consists of more than 300 moving parts and a world of music, dance and artistic exploration.
Tonight, members of the Lynn community and beyond have the opportunity to immerse themselves into a night of entertainment as Lynn hosts its sixth annual presentation of Celebration of the Arts in the Wold Performing Arts Center.
Led by the dynamic duo of creative and technical directors Adam and Carrie Simpson, the show highlights the talents of students, faculty and staff of Lynn. President Kevin M. Ross and band Wolfhawk will also take part in the show with a Celebration After Dark performance following the main stage acts.
“This is the largest show we have ever produced, with more numbers, more people and more challenging music,” said Carrie Simpson, creative director.
There are about 23 different performances in the main show. There is also art, poetry, photography and various artistic talents that will be showcased during the Celebration Circle, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Celebration Unplugged, will be hosted directly before the showcase.
“I love working with the students,” said Simpson. “It is nice to see the challenging work come together and pay off at the end of a performance.”
Among the 30 listed performers are students who balance a challenging academic schedule in addition to attending rehearsals three times a week. “I worked the show last year as a stage hand,” said Joy Dodd, senior. “Watching it all come together, I knew I had to play a part in the performances [again] this year.”
Among the performers are veterans of Celebration who have participated in the show all four years of their performing arts careers at Lynn. Also taking to the stage are newcomers experiencing the production and atmosphere of a show as large as this one for the first time.
“Being a senior, I wanted to end off my four years at Lynn on a high note,” said Zenas Jones, senior. “I knew being a part of this show would bring just the right memories to close on this chapter of my time here.”
A majority of the performers are first time celebration members who bring new life, talent and ideas to the show. Apart from the performers, it is also important to acknowledge the people who work behind the scenes to make the production of the show run smoothly.
“I am extremely grateful for any chance to learn and better myself,” said Angelica Capote, assistant stage manager. “I’m thankful for being a part of this showcase and all the things it has taught me along the way.”
“This show embodies everything that I love about the arts,” said Sydney Belabin, freshman performer.
With each year that Celebration is met with success, the arts and talents embodied by the individuals at Lynn have an opportunity to grace the hearts of those watching and performing alike.
Many anticipate that the long-awaited event should meet all expectations.