This Friday evening, we will have the pleasure of hosting the seventh-annual Coffeehouse – a unique event that represents the confluence of the performing and fine arts at Lawrence School – from 6-9:30 p.m. at our Upper School campus.
The much-anticipated night will feature a wide variety of performances – ranging in nature from theatrical monologues and scenes (both comedic and dramatic); to rock and pop music sung by the high school choir and select soloists; and instrumental solos ranging from classical to rock and beginner to advanced.
The Coffeehouse has gained momentum each year since its inception in 2008.
“The idea of the Coffeehouse was first conceived to highlight the developing skills of our students in the fine and performing arts as the performing arts program itself was growing,” said Lawrence School music teacher Greg Donnellan. “Our initial event was held on the very first year that music and theater courses were offered at the Upper School and this year’s performances will reflect the remarkable growth our performing arts program has experienced since then.”
The night will begin with an art gallery hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by live performances in the Garfield Theatre from 7-8 p.m. and again from 8:30-9:30 p.m. For the first time this year, the Coffeehouse will feature performances and artwork from Lawrence School students AND alumni. Tickets are $5 at the door.
“As our performing and fine arts programs have grown, many of our alumni have continued to keep art and music as a central part of their lives,” Donnellan said. “Having these alumni participate in our program sends a wonderful message to our current students that what you learn and love while in school can be incorporated into your adult life. Our alumni are very excited to be involved this year and (Upper School fine arts teacher) Mrs. Hall and I look forward to expanding this component in the future.”
Additionally, the event highlights the importance of having a wide variety of extracurricular activities – from athletics, to our diverse offering of clubs, and the arts – for our students to explore their distinct talents and learn about themselves. This access is particularly helpful to children who learn differently.
“Because many of our students have had struggles with academics in traditional, general education, it is particularly important – even necessary – that they have an opportunity to develop and grow talents and skills in the arts and athletics, and develop communication and relational skills in clubs and extracurricular activities,” said Head of School Lou Salza. “We have known – and the research has supported the reality that – participation in plays, on teams, and in clubs, galvanizes the self confidence of our students and even predicts civic engagement later in their lives.”
As the Coffeehouse has grown, so has Mr. Donnellan’s pride in our many talented students and alumni, who have taken the stage or displayed a piece of art at Lawrence.
“Plainly put, I love seeing the students blow us away with their talents and have a good time doing it!” he said. “I’m also very proud of the fine and performing arts programs we have today. Our beginnings, in both areas, were very modest; but now it’s safe to say that the Coffeehouse represents a strong, robust and thriving program!”
To reserve your ticket for the seventh-annual Coffeehouse, click here.