Ludus Spotlight

Shining a spotlight on the performing arts community.

McAuliffe Middle School: A Voice for All
“I was a HUGE fan of ‘The Sing Off,’” admitted Shannon Wallace, “but I never really thought I could have a group like that at the middle-school level. Then,” she added with a smile, “we started adding a capella songs into our show choir sets, and I realized that with the proper arranging our students could actually do it.”
Holland High: Spirit of 86
In 1986, two high school students yearned for Holland High School to have a fully fledged theater program. “Sophomore Kurt[...]
Omaha Area Youth Orchestras: Love at First Hear
Aviva Segall has always been passionate about music. Hearing the cello for the first time as a little girl, she remembered that “I got up and started screaming, ‘I want to play that one, mommy!’ It was love at first hear.”
Hermantown High School: Life Needs Drama
Theater has always been an important part of the Hermantown High School student experience. “There has been a Drama Club at Hermantown since the school was formed in 1942,”
GhostLight Productions: Shine a Light
One characteristic of a great idea is its persistence. “My wife and I had always wanted to do ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’” reminisced Mark Lorentzen, co-founder and artistic director of Ghostlight Productions.
Concord: Making a Joyful Noise
Few marching bands have had a book written about them, and few of those books have been as eloquent as the one written about Elkhart, Indiana’s Concord High School Marching Minutemen.
MacTheatre: Schooled to Be the Best
In Texas, one community has stepped up time and again, first to launch McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin, TX, and then to nurture it, with epic results. Here is their story.

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