Audition Sign-ups for Student Showcases 2019!

Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more!

The Lower School Performing Arts Department is looking for talented Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases from June 4-6 in the Forum.

The showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their amazing talents in front of an audience of their peers. Auditions will be held after school in the Forum on May 9 and 10. If your child is interested, sign them up using the forum below.

The last day to sign up for auditions is Tuesday, April 30. If you have any questions, email Ms. Benusa!

Getting Ready for the G3 Spotlight!

The Grade 3 How We Express Ourselves Spotlight is coming soon in the first week of March! Students will present their work learning about world dance and music cultures in two shows on Friday, March 8 at 8:15 and 1:15pm in the LLAC Theatre. Parents mark your calendars as you are welcome to attend either performance!

Below are some resources that students can use over the Chinese New Year holiday to keep their performance repertoire fresh!

1. Everyone – Memorize the lyrics to “Love Train” and “Miaweozo”

2. Emcees – Memorize or be super familiar with your lines!

You can find the script for the G3 Spotlight here.

3. Team Ghana – Know your drum/bell/rattle pattern or your dance moves!

You can see a video of a performance similar to the one we’re planning here.

4. Team Indonesia – Know your drum/xylophone/gong pattern. Dancers, start thinking up dance moves.Team Indonesia will add a mini-performance of a folk song “Gunduul” which will involve some mime and singing. If you want to learn the song ahead of time you can learn more here.

If you are a dancer in Indonesia, you will need a long shawl to tie around your waist (for girls) or keep around your shoulders (for boys) for the Spotlight. Even better if the fabric is from Indonesia!! Ms. Benusa has a couple pieces of fabric from Indonesia to loan out to students, but not enough for everyone!

5. Team Canada – Think about how you want to decorate your ugly stick and be familiar with your pattern, jig and song!

Have a great break! See you in the year of the pig!

What’s Happening in LLAC 816!

Happy New Year! It’s great to be back to school after a refreshing holiday. There is a lot of really wonderful learning going on all over the school. Here’s an update on what’s going on in LLAC 816!

Grade 1: Traditional Chinese Instruments

In the weeks leading up to Chinese New Year, grade 1 students will learn about the different instruments of the Chinese orchestra. Students will have an opportunity to explore the instruments, their materials and the sounds that they make. Using Chinese percussion instruments, students will study basic rhythmic notation and create repeated patterns to accompany the well-known folk song for Chinese New Year “Gongxi Gongxi.”

Take a look at this video from the After School Chinese Orchestra that explains some of the instruments that we are learning about:

Grade 2: Mime

Our students in Grade 2 are in for a special treat this semester as we host an artist-in-residence, Bill Bowers to our school for two days in February. Bowers is a professional mime and will work with Grade 2 students on how actor’s express an idea, story, or emotion using only one’s body, face, or gesture. Students have really enjoyed a variety of drama games in “sharpening their tools in their actor’s toolbox” in preparation for Bower’s visit.

They’ve also been inspired by this fun look at what mime’s do:

Grade 3: How We Express Ourselves Spotlight

Grade 3 students have been traveling the world and looking at how different cultures express themselves through the arts. They have learned that a country can be different than a culture as some places contain many different types of people and ways of doing things. Students have explored the Ewe culture of Ghana, Javanese culture of Indonesia and the Newfoundland culture of Canada. In their work they have learned that the arts often serves a greater purpose.

Students will present their work in their G3 Spotlight on March 8 in the LLAC Theatre. More details to come soon on their work! For now, take a look at the song that student will use to close their Spotlight:

Getting Ready for Grade 2 Spotlights!

Grade 2 is hard at work preparing for their Spotlights in a little over a month!

Students will tell the story of “the Noisy Paintbox” inspired by the book by Barb Rosenstock. The story talks about Vasily Kandinsky and his “superpower” synesthesia. Through this story they will perform a selection of works that they have learned so far this year. Each works explores the PYP concept of “connection”.

Students have been examining how we can make connections to the arts. How can we see what we hear? How can we hear what we see? How can we help an audience experience the same superpower as Kandinsky?

In Visual Arts, students have been exploring creating Kandinsky inspired works to music. In Dance, students have been interpreting Kandinsky’s work into their own shapes, direction and pathways. In Performing Arts, students have been creating “soundscapes” interpreting Kandinsky’s paintbox in a variety of ways. This has resulted in some very interesting creations that we hope to share with you at our performance!

In preparation for the Spotlight, all students will have a unique special job in the performance. Ask your child, what is their job for the Spotlight? For some students this might mean doing a dance, others might be introducing a performance, others might be playing an instrument! If a student has a line to say it will be sent home with them to practice over the October break.

For now, how can you help your student prepare for their performance?

Watch a reading of the “Noisy Paintbox” here. Talk about their favorite part of the story? How do they imagine re-telling it on stage?

All students will sing a couple of songs and do one folk dance together. Feel free to practice some of these over the break:


Color My World

Try a Little Kindness

Sign-Up to Perform in a Grade Level Assembly

Each year, students in the Lower School are invited to audition to perform in grade level assemblies. Students may prepare a short solo or small ensemble piece of no more than 3 minutes. This opportunity is optional and is a great chance for young musicians to exhibit the music making that they do outside of school!

To sign-up for students in Grade 1-Grade 3, please fill in the information on this form. Sign-ups are first come, first serve (please use a CDNIS email address to sign up)! Students may only sign-up to perform in an assembly for their current grade level. Please only sign-up for one date to give more students an opportunity to perform! Also note that Grade 3 students may only sign up for the assembly that their class is hosting.

All assemblies are hosted in the Alan Dick Forum. Grade 1 and 2 assemblies start at 9:30. Grade 3 assemblies start at 1:40.

Once the form is completed you will receive an email from a Performing Arts teacher regarding an audition time and location. If you have any questions please contact Ashley Benusa at