West Sound Academy takes art and science to the stage
June 10, 2008 · Updated 6:57 PM
SUQUAMISH Combine all of West Sound Academys arts-based curriculum together, and one thing you might not expect is a lesson in chaos and complexity theory. But thats exactly what youll get at the schools annual Fine arts night, running this Friday and Saturday at the Bainbridge Playhouse. This years show, entitled, Thing With No Name, is written by West Sounds Director of Art Studies Greg Macdonald and produced by teacher Anne Greenott.
In a nutshell, if you could take a broad enough view of things, theres nothing that would be out of balance, Greenott said, describing how the shows integration of school programs is similar to that of complexity theory.
Chaos theory fits in the play in terms of dealing with the idea of chance, especially, said MacDonald, when individual pieces are put together to complete a puzzle.
As an artist, I find there are things that happen by magic, he said.
Characters reflect names of the sciences as well. Meta and Fore have lead roles, as well as characters 1, 2, and 3.
Ninth grader Corbin Lester, who plays Trok in the play, has enjoyed the opportunity to play such a unique character an aging lizard on a curious search.
Hes a lot like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, Lester said.
For Lester, the play is a coming together for the school.
This is a really cool event because it combines dance, poetry and many different arts, he said. Its more than just the drama class.
Lester said the aspect of the play he enjoys most will not occur until Friday night.
My favorite part of the acting process is right before a show, he said. You become a family and youre 20 times as good as your last rehearsal.
Ninth grader Kate Briggs will play Black and White woman in the upcoming performance. Briggs said she likes Macdonalds script because it requires something more to perform it brain power.
I really like plays that make you think, she said. If you verge off for one moment, youll lose it.
A few of the schools students who are not typically involved on stage are its poets but the play includes them as well.
We decided we wanted to see how poetry and science interact, said West Sound 11th grader Kyra West.
West, 10th grader Emilie Bernis and ninth grader Katie Kubiak are each getting the opportunity to display their poetry skills on stage.
Its only the second time in my life Ive ever read my poetry on stage, Bernis said. Its like pouring my heart out.