The 28th annual ArtQuest showcase

RETURN TO THE STAGE. ArtQuest levels 2 and 3 perform Theatre in Motion, their take on the Suzuki method created by avant-garde director Tadashi Suzuki. Madelaine Williams (12, center) explained the significance of the performance, saying that it “represented the trials that we’ve gone through this past year with illness and separation.” Performing Theatre in Motion is a fall ArtQuest Showcase tradition that students were happy to bring back this year.

Article and Photo by Molly Murphey, website editor

ArtQuest put on their annual fall showcase on Thursday, October 7th with two showings, at 4:30 and 6:30. One of the event’s primary purposes was to show prospective students what the program is like.

The showcase began in the auditorium with the SRHS Orchestra performance of composer Ludwig Göransson’s composition, The Mandalorian. Their teacher and conductor, Tim Decker, wore a sequined suit jacket. 

Next, ArtQuest’s new director, Katie Loomis, introduced this year’s theme for the program: brave enough to be it. Loomis explained the choice, saying “After one and a half years of distance learning, the ArtQuest teachers felt strongly that bravery was something that we would all have to rely on to come together and move forward.”

Following Loomis’ introduction, the beginning and intermediate ArtQuest dance classes performed a routine to “Beautiful” by Ben Rector choreographed by their new teacher, Lea Brown Poisson. Poisson took over the program after the dance teacher of six years, Nzinga Woods took on a new position as vice principal of Costaño School of the Arts. The dance company performed a routine choreographed by senior Mia Broomfield, to “Underwaterfall” by Bearcubs.

The intermediate and advanced theater department, taught by Danielle Cain and Jereme Anglin, carried on the tradition of performing “Theatre in Motion.” Theatre in Motion is an exercise inspired by a technique developed by avant-garde director Tadashi Suzuki, which draws on martial arts and exercises used in ancient Greek theater to build body awareness. The young actors moved across the stage with sticks held in the air and fierce expressions on their faces and performed lines in unison—it was quite an intimidating sight.

For the last performance in the auditorium, choir students performed “Sesere Eeye.” Director Marla Tusa played a djembe, a West African drum, which she had stored under the curtain ringing the stage.

After this, Attendees were invited to browse through exhibits put on by different specialties. Works were on display from the Visual Fine Arts, Photography and AP art classes. 

In the Blackbox theater, students performed monologues for an audience of twenty seated in spaced-out chairs. After watching senior Madelaine Williams perform a monologue from Tennesse Williams’ “Orpheus Descending,” my group was invited on a tour of the blackbox led by senior Alyson Oakley. When I asked about the electric drill batteries hanging on the wall, Oakley pointed out the paint cans and tools, saying, “we’re always building stuff.”

In the Art yard, junior Abby Clinton and senior John Hay manned a booth for the National Art Honors Society selling stickers, t-shirts and tote bags with students’ art on them. Clinton says that NAHS members plan to use the profits to “pay for supplies, field trips, and hopefully having guest artists present.” There will be another booth at the spring showcase and the club plans to do some pop-ups at lunch.

More information about ArtQuest programs and faculty can be found on the ArtQuest website:

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