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March with the Arts showcases Saugus students’ talents

The artistic, musical and acting skills of Saugus Public Schools students were on full display at the third annual March with the Arts. Student artwork from grades K-12 was exhibited throughout the cafeteria and all along hallway walls for the community to see.
Rows of colorful paintings, drawings, pottery, photographs and other creations stretched in all directions.The Lemoine-Mitchell Performing Arts Center hosted a wide range of student acts.

The Saugus High School Drama Club performed its award-winning comedic play Noises Off, which has advanced to the finals of the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival.Earlier in the night the Saugus Sachimes a cappella group offered a selection of songs such as Heads Will Roll and Trouble.Other performances included the Waybright Elementary School fifth-grade chorus, senior trombonist Gabriel Rivera and the Saugus High School percussion ensemble.In another room Saugus High School freshmen conducted an interactive improv acting workshop, playing games that involved students acting out skits using words and sounds from the audience.

Belmonte Middle School seventh-graders also displayed their pantomime skills while performing fables and an original skit titled Gravity Toothbrush.This marked the third consecutive year the Saugus Public Schools Fine Arts Department presented March with the Arts.
Adam Oliver, an art teacher at Belmonte Middle School, said this was the biggest turnout he has seen for March with the Arts.Its nice that the community comes out to support the students, Oliver said.This is a great day for the district because it showcases the artistic talents of students in all of the grades.March with the Arts abounded with interactive activities for visitors.Children could pin the paint on the palette, create their own artwork or color/write a phrase on a banner explaining why art is important to them.At different stations the public could learn how to play the ukulele and mold clay.Artist Craftsman also set up a live demonstration.A community art project that encouraged the public to weave fabric together over a wire base served as a new addition to this years March with the Arts.

The cloth came from costumes and props used in Belmonte Middle School Drama Club productions. Art teacher Erika DeFeo said the goal is to display the finished piece in the new Saugus High School/Middle School that is scheduled to open in 2020.School Committee Chairman Jeannie Meredith and School Committee member Linda Gaieski both contributed to the community art project.Gaieski was clearly impressed by the talent of students in the Saugus Public Schools.This is one of my favorite events to attend, Gaieski said, crediting the fine arts teachers for their role in mentoring the young artists, musicians and actors.Meredith marveled at the quality of the artwork and performances on display at March with the Arts.We have a lot of talented students and they should be very proud of themselves, Meredith said. You dont have to go into Boston to see great art you can just come to Saugus High School.

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