Lynn University hosted its fifth annual Celebration of the Arts event on April 25, 2016. The spring festival welcomed local residents and the Lynn community, and featured music, theatrical performances and an art exhibition.
"Celebration of the Arts began as a small talent showcase and has grown tremendously throughout the years," said Carrie Simpson, associate professor in Lynn's College of Arts and Sciences and the event's creative director. "This year's uniquely crafted and elaborate set designs helped bring the show to a new level, capturing the vibrancy and energy of our university."
Celebration Circle served as a prelude to the main stage event. Guests enjoyed live bands, henna artistry and tastes from local vendors, including Tucker Duke's Lunchbox, Corner Bakery, Meatball Joe food truck and Hoffman's Chocolate. The Wold Performing Arts Center lobby exhibited student and faculty art, while students played the piano.
"I grew up surrounded by art, but truly found my creative voice at Lynn— it's great to share what I've created with the people in the community that inspired me," shared Sydney Putnam, Lynn alumna and employee. "This year I displayed nearly 20 pieces, including photographs, acrylic prints and digital paintings."
Celebration Unplugged featured pre-selected students' talents through music, poetry and comedy inside the Schmidt Family Center. Following, the main production took center stage in the Wold theatre.
"From rehearsals to show time, it has been amazing to be a part of Celebration the past two years," said Calvin Jordan, '17. "I'm not a conservatory musician, but I am a musical performer, which people don't always know. It's a great feeling to show my professors that I've got more up my sleeve than the ability to compose a communications plan."
The evening's highlights included choreographed numbers from "The Night They Invented Champagne," "Sweet Charity" and "Hit the Road, Jack." In addition, Lynn's Conservatory of Music played classical selections. The performances stirred the audience to their feet for a standing ovation.
"Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible, from the performers and artists to crew and vendors," Simpson added. "I'd especially like to acknowledge our staff for their continued support and passion for Celebration of the Arts."