AMT classes perform to celebrate the arts at annual festival


The Arts Council of Greater Weston’s annual Celebration of the Arts festival took place at Weston Town Center on Sunday, Jan. 21. from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., where various forms of art ranging from visual to musical and theatre production, were displayed.

All three American Musical Theater (AMT) classes at the Bay took part in the celebration. The AMT I, II and III classes debuted three songs each from their shows, “The Little Mermaid,” “Camp Rock” and “Rent,” respectively.

Stage crew manager Alex Tawid said her job comes with many responsibilities, but seeing the cast put on a show makes the stress worth her dedication.

“Being somewhat in charge of all three shows can be stressful sometimes,” Tawid said. “A lot of work goes into being a part of the backstage crew because we’re trying to make the performance as amazing as it can be, but at the end of the day, I love my job in the AMT class as it gives me an opportunity to bond with the cast members.”

Sophomore Hadley Malbec, who is in the ensemble, performed in the “Rent” musical numbers alongside her castmates. Malbec said she loved being a part of the annual festival because the event gave the program the opportunity to advertise for their shows as well as spend time together.

“We participated to promote our shows to the general public,” Malbec said. “It was an amazing experience and it was so incredible to see all these different kinds of artists come together and experience what we all love together, which is art.”

AMT II student Morganne Land said appearing in the event was a memorable and entertaining experience she will not forget.

“Celebration of the Arts was so fun because I got to perform and see all my friends at the same time,” Land said. “I was a little nervous as it was our first time showcasing the songs in front of an actual audience, but everything turned out great and every musical theater class did awesome.”

AMT teacher Cynthia Lutwin said the effort her students put in is very apparent and is only a glimpse of the success they will strive for in the upcoming shows.

“The kids have been preparing for their performances for months now,” says Lutwin. “I see how hard they work every day and how much effort they have put into making the shows as perfect as possible. We have already started holding practices after school for the fast-approaching shows. The kids take time out of their lives to dedicate their time to the love of theater and I think it really shows how much they care.”

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