End of semester overflowing with performance dates


Jessica Carter

Photo of the GCAA Sun Theatre where the majority of these events will be taking

With the semester coming to an end, the art departments are preparing to showcase their talents in the upcoming winter events. Below is the schedule for the performance dates. 


December 5 – The Winter Dance concert took place in the Sun Theatre on Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. The showcase included different pieces from the high school dance classes as well as auditioned pieces. 

Senior dance student Martese Davis showed excitement to be showing-off all his hard-work. 

“Personally, I train daily and look up ballet videos all the time to get advice from other instructors with a small work out session,” Davis said. “I feel like everyone should come to see our form of expression. Being at an arts school, there are just so many forms of expression. I love watching other arts be themselves and I want people to come and see us be our authentic selves through dance.” 

 Admissions costs are $12 at the door and $10 if gotten before the date of the showcase. For current students with ID’s, the price will be $5 and free for GCAA staff. All children 2 and under attend for free if sharing a seat. 


December 6 – Impraaav Night, a fundraiser for the school’s Thespian Society, took place on Friday in the Black Box on December 6 from 6:30 to 8pm. Impraaav Night is when students from the theatre department and other departments compete in improv games while being judged for the winning team. The name was chosen by the Thespian Society to reflect the horror theme.

 “This is my favorite theater event because as a young creative it allows me to really open up my mind and have me think of characters in situations I wouldn’t normally think about in different circumstances,” senior theatre student, Jermaine Williams said. “Everyone should come because it’s honestly a great time and I’m in it to win!” 

Tickets will be sold at lunch for $5 and $7 at the door. All proceeds go to the Thespian Society of GCAA. 


December 9 – Auditions for the 2020 spring musical ‘Sister Act’ took place Monday in the Black Box from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Callbacks will be the following Wednesday, December 11. Guidelines for auditions include 14 memorized bars of a broadway, choral, or church piece to sing and preparation for a short dance combination. Callbacks will consist of reading lines from the play and possibly singing. Rehearsals begin February 3, Mondays through Thursdays, from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. 


December 11 and 12 – The Winter Music Concert will take place in the Sun Theatre Wednesday (middle school) and Thursday (high school) at 6 p.m. The concert will feature the band, orchestra, jazz band, guitar ensembles, and choirs. With so many headliners, preparations for this concert took a lot of time and patience. 

Guitar teacher, Brian Vaccaro, speaks on the difficulties of organizing this event.

“Hardest part is being sure there is enough time to rehearse with everyone, because you run into interruptions such as field trips, days off, shortened class periods, incentives, etc and it makes it hard to make time for music…but we make it work,” Vaccarro said.

The concerts are free admission.


December 13 – GCAA visual art department will be holding an art show next Friday at 5 p.m. Every year the art department showcases creative pieces made by students. These pieces include forms of photography, paintings drawings, ceramics, and more. The pieces will be displayed in the school, the Sun Theater lobby and the mezzanine in the Sun Theater.  

“I hope to see a lot of people there because the visual art pathway holds a lot of talent and self-expression,” junior visual art president, Jakyah Overton said.

Admissions are free and there will be free refreshments. The department will be selling school-themed Christmas ornaments for $5 each.