Most people have attended a sporting event at the school, but what about supporting those students whose talents don’t necessarily involve athletics? You will have the opportunity to do so on Tuesday, Jan. 28 when Shelby High School hosts its annual Fine Arts Night. The event will be held in the high school auditorium and begins at 5:30 p.m. Those attending will be treated to performances by the Honor Choir and Jazz Band, as well as performances by the speech, drama and debate students. Artwork by SHS students will also be on display.
“We encourage everyone to come out and see what our high school students are doing,” said Fine Arts director Pru Lybeck. “They are a great group of kids that put in a ton of work and effort.”
Fine Arts coach Ron Gruber praised the students who manage to balance their time to not only participate in athletic endeavors, but to dedicate themselves to their more artistic talents as well. This also presents one of the greatest challenges of the Fine Arts program though, scheduling around other events so students can participate.
“The greatest challenge of doing anything with students at Shelby is finding a time and date that does not interfere with other activities,” said Gruber. “So many of our Fine Arts students are also active in other groups or sports, it is hard to fit in an extra event. These students have shown great dedication learning how to master their talents and are always striving to be better. The skills they learn to use are ones that carry over to their academic classes and will be with them the rest of their lives.”
Participating in Fine Arts not only benefits students by providing life-long skills, but it can help them with college expenses as well, providing numerous scholarship opportunities.
Gruber’s coaching partners, Brynn Cadigan and Pru Lybeck agree that finding an opening in the schedule to hold events is one of the greatest challenges, but getting people to come to the event has also been a challenge.
“Getting a full audience has been a challenge,” concurred Cadigan and Lybeck. “It is a really fun night with a ton of different Fine Arts, acting, singing, instrumental and visual arts. Everyone is welcome to come and walk through the visual arts set up. There is a schedule of events and we start at 5:30 and will end around 8 p.m. Band, choir and Speech and Drama will take turns performing. There will be a program with the schedule. We hope the audience will sit and enjoy the acting, singing and instrumental performances.”
While SHS students in the Fine Arts program will be showcasing their talents for free, donations, either monetary or supplies, are welcome and appreciated. If you are interested in donating to the program, speak with one of the instructors, especially if you are interested in donating supplies, to ensure what you donate will be usable for the programs.