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The Show Must Go On! ​​​​​​​The Arts at TVS

The Show Must Go On!
The Arts at TVS
Guest Blog Post - by Debbie Martin

Take a walk down the halls of The Village School. You can’t help but smile as you hear the melody of instruments accompanying the sweet sound of children singing. As you continue, you stroll by the theater department and peek through the window to see Middle School students giggling as they perfect the ability to authentically laugh on cue. Passing by the visual arts department, you are captivated by the photographs, drawings, sculptures and paintings created by the next generation of budding artists. Suddenly, you are drawn to the Caribbean when you hear the tropical Calypso music created by the Upper School’s Steel Drum players. Meanwhile, the orchestra director is hard at work with student musicians preparing for an upcoming concert. All this activity makes you hungry, and you are happy to be greeted by culinary arts students who are passing out samples of freshly made pasta and pastries. This is The Village School of Naples Arts Department.

At TVS, the arts program supports each and every student’s creative journey. Students have a variety of opportunities to explore their areas of interest. Children can and should experience performing arts, visual arts, music and culinary arts throughout their elementary and secondary education. Many of the strongest musicians are often those who both sing and play instruments. The more children participate in the arts, the more they excel in other academic areas. Many people are under the impression that acting roles in theater productions are set aside for a talented few. At TVS, we are inclusive, and our performing arts program welcomes students of all abilities and backgrounds in a variety of audition and non-audition roles. Even the public is welcome to try out and participate in drama productions and enroll in after-school music, theater and art lessons. Much goes on behind the scenes, opening up another avenue to Broadway.

The Arts Department at TVS supports the development of well-rounded students. As a STEAM certified school, the arts are integrated into all aspects of our rigorous curriculum to ensure that students are fostering their creativity. I may be a bit biased, but I am amazed by the vision and dedication of our students. This year has been a busy one, and I could not be more proud of all our students have accomplished. I am grateful, too, for the support  families and students have shown for our Knights! As with nearly every performance or event, there are surprises along the way that may alter our best laid plans, but as we say in the business…the show must go on! This year, our diverse shows, events and artistic activities have been a smashing success!

Take a look at some of the highlights in the various arts departments:

DRAMA

Every year, TVS puts on two broadway-style shows in addition to our drama classes, which are open to the public. In the past we’ve done classics like, The Sound of Music, Charlie Brown and Little Women. Last fall, 22 young artists kicked off the school year singing, dancing and acting in our elaborate Broadway Revue. The two sold-out performances received rave reviews by our community! Our second show, entitled Always a Bridesmaid, just premiered in April. The all-girl cast worked tirelessly to make it a stellar performance, and it showed. I am proud that all of our productions are first rate, and that is largely due to our instructors. We have a team of high quality, theater professionals who are extremely seasoned and actively involved in local performances. The students love working with inspiring and successful teachers - it is a wonderful example of what is possible with dedication. Looking ahead to next year, TVS welcomes students grades 6-12 to audition for our upcoming shows. Both shows will be announced shortly; one musical November 14 and 15, 2019 and one play April 30 and May 1, 2020. As always, professional drama classes are available to TVS students and the public.  

MUSIC

The music department also has much to promote. Aside from our many community performances at venues like Grey Oaks and Venetian Village, the music department at TVS holds two annual concerts which showcase our choral, band and orchestra programs. Our steel drum program recently performed at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and their soothing sounds are in high demand at on- and off-campus events. Coming up in May, our Kindergarten through 4th graders with perform their spring musical, “ Under the Big Top” on May 2  and Grades 5-11 will present their Spring Concert on May 16 in the sanctuary. Also that month our private lesson recitals for piano, voice, strings, guitar and a variety of instruments will take place. The quality of our program is second to none and we encourage our students and all area children to participate in music lessons throughout the year. Visit our website for more information at https://www.villageschoolnaples.org/arts/music/private-lessons. You can reach me, Debbie Martin, Director of Performing Arts at (239) 593-7686 x208 or via email dmartin@tvsnaples.org.

What really energizes me every time I approach Room 209 is the cacophony of sounds emitting from behind the door. In our three private studios, and main area, I can enjoy the strings of a violin, the strum of a guitar, the melody of a voice, or the run across the piano keys. We are proud to offer to both our students and the outer community a variety of private lessons tutored by the most renowned musicians in our region. If you have a long-long love for an instrument or want to take on a new challenge, please contact me.

VISUAL ARTS

In the visual arts arena we have many achievements. Thanks to our yearbook staff, a new theme called “Jersey Gold” has been created for the public through Treering, our yearbook company. TVS is the only school to participate the incredible Scene to be Seen event for the second year in a row. Our students are working to create three dresses for next year’s show.  Artwork is not only displayed all over our beautiful campus, but also in community art shows like Artis-Naples Annual Student Exhibit. TVS has also recently added a new kiln. We are thrilled to include ceramics into next year’s curriculum! Email Arlen Ruiz, our talented Upper School art teacher at aruiz@tvsnaples.org with questions or just to say thank for heading up our diverse art department.

CULINARY ARTS  

Our new chef Steven Amos has revolutionized the lunch program on campus with nutritious and delicious salads, entrees, sides and soups. He also shares his expertise with culinary students who learn everything from nutrition to preparation to sanitation. I think all the staff, faculty and students will agree that when the culinary department is passing out samples of their latest creations, you don’t want to miss a taste! Did you know that Chef’s fabulous assortment of scratch-made soups are available for purchase - $8 for a 32 ounce container? Contact samos@tvsnaples.org with your order!

Everyone is welcome to be an artistic Knight at The Village School of Naples! See you soon either on or off stage!