QuestFest Community Showcase Gives Students an Opportunity to Shine
Students from Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) performed in the QuestFest Community Showcase on March 13. KDES eighth grader Wendy Brehm played a role in the Imagination Stage Youth Visual Theater company's performance of "The Seeds." The piece explored the growth of friendships from childhood through the teenage years. At the center of the stage, a tree of people spun and cast out "seeds" that started the growth of the friendships depicted by the cast, with scenes of toddler play, schoolyard games of tag, and teen secrets shared. "The Seeds" was created as part of a QuestFest artist-in-residency and co-directed by Fred Beam and Erica Segal.
MSSD senior MeiLi Robbins gave a solo performance in the Community Showcase called "The Life of Flowers." She developed the piece during a QuestFest artist-in-residency. Dressed in traditional black mime clothes with white-face make-up, Robbins evoked the life of a flower. The piece began with the seedling emerging from the ground and growing to its full height. Then in a delightful sequence, Robbins mimed how the flower faced the forces of nature, from rain, to wind, to dry heat-bending, twisting, and even breaking.
Community outreach is an integral part of the Quest: arts for everyone approach. If you are interested in having Quest come to your area, Quest staff members and affiliate artists are available to conduct workshops, classes, and residencies in a variety of arts and arts education-related areas. Quest info.
Photographs from the Community Showcase and other QuestFest performances can be viewed on the QuestFest website.