Marc Garneau’s Music, Art, Drama and Dance Night took place on 14 December 2017 and featured performances from multiple classes and extracurricular groups. The performances took place from around 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the cafeteria.

Artwork from students were showcased in the galleria. Photo: Eric Zhao

Students were encouraged to invite their friends and family to watch the show. Tickets were sold at the door for three dollars each. Over half of the cafeteria was filled with enthusiastic audience members and throughout the show, many of the performances were met with loud cheering and shouting.

The night featured performances by the guitar, keyboard and band classes, as well as choir, concert band, a piano soloist, K-Dance Club, an ESL drama class, and the teacher band. The visual arts program also showcased their work from this semester. Displays were set up in the galleria with artwork from each of the various classes.

The Grade 10 keyboard class performing. Photo: Eric Zhao

Unfortunately, there were some technical issues with the microphones, making it difficult to hear some of the performers. When asked what they thought of the show, one parent said, “They did an excellent job, other than the technical difficulties. Even though there were a few problems they didn’t lose their spirit and just continued. That was really the highlight for me.”

During intermission, the school offered free baked goods. Volunteers from the Art Council of MGCI sold hand-drawn holiday cards for a dollar each and pop for fifty cents a can. The Art Council also held a speed sketching competition, in which participants had three minutes to try to draw Vice-Principals Ms. O’Flynn Wheeler and Mr. Sharp. They posed in front of the group of contestants who were each only given paper and pencils for the contest.

“I think all the performers did really well and had a lot of fun. It’s great for first-time players to perform with a group,” said Mr. Rakonjac, a music teacher. “Ultimately it’s a learning experience. About half of my students had never done a concert before. Grade 9 and Grade 10 students that take music learn the importance of practice and discipline. This helps them understand the challenges and joys of playing music.”

Another Music, Art, Drama and Dance Night will take place second semester.