Students showcase their talent

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— Christian Heritage School students from first grade through high school seniors came together Thursday to show off their talents during the Evening of the Arts.

"It's a nice time for the whole school to get together and do something," said Rebecca Malick, a drama, math and science teacher at Christian Heritage School.

The evening included performances by the choir, Heart Song, the play, "Much Ado About Nothing," and various student spotlights on short story writing, art, video-making and poetry.

The night gave students the opportunity to perform and demonstrate their strengths in the arts to their parents and also the community.

"It was a lot better this year than ever," said Malick. She said she was nervous a week prior to the show that the students performing in the play wouldn't have their lines and stage cues down. The performance went off without a hitch and Malick said she was proud of her students' achievement. She said the play went a lot better since a drama class was formed and the creation of the play didn't lie solely on the work of the English classes.

The play was designed for junior and seniors, but younger class members were encouraged to help with the process and participate in other areas of the performance.

Katie Bartlett, a sophomore, said she has learned a lot and gotten to know many students through the project. She helped paint the set and was a costume designer for the play.

"Once the younger kids see how everything is coming together it inspires them," said Mallory Messinger, a sophomore and cast member in the play. She said she not only participated in the play, but also painted the vineyard mural that served as the background for the performance. She said her mom helped paint the sun in the scene and was instrumental in putting on the show. Messinger also helped with costumes, make-up and music.

"I enjoy it," she said.

Getting to participate in many different areas for the event is common to both students and staff.

Malick said the smaller overall size of the school gives students more opportunities to experience a variety of things. She said many students in the elementary grades performed in the choir and featured one of their artistic talents. The large-scale performances of all grades, gives younger students an idea of what they can participate in when they get older. Malick said the parents provided many materials and support to make the evening possible.

"With the whole value system of Christian parents, they are super supportive of the kids," she said. She said the school likes to be an outlet for the community to experience the natural talent of many of their students.

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