Concert Choir rehearsing in Lincoln Academy’s new Performing Arts Pavilion, which was recently installed on the Stanley Waltz Track Field. The LA performing arts programs will host two concerts and two One Act Play performances the week of May 24. All performances are free and open to the public.

Lincoln Academy will host end-of-year performances in the new outdoor Pavilion on the Stanley Waltz Track Field this spring. The public is invited to attend these concerts and plays, following a few guidelines. Concert-goers should plan to bring their own blanket or chair to sit on, and masks are required on the LA campus when spectators cannot maintain a six-foot distance.

On Tuesday May 25 at 6 pm the LA Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Bands, directed by Liz Matta, will perform.

On Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 pm the LA Concert Choir, Lincolnaires, and Combined Choirs, directed by Emily Anderson, will perform.

On Thursday, May 27 and Friday, May 28 the LA theater, directed by Griff Braley, will perform the One Act comedy Scapino! At 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The two performances reflect double casting of the same show.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to performers on every level. This will be students’ first opportunity to perform in more than a year. “The kids have been resilient throughout this entire process,” said band director Liz Matta, “from practicing outdoors 14-feet apart with road construction on the other side of the sidewalk, to a rhythm-only curriculum through the winter – some loved it and some didn’t but they stuck with it!

“This performance will be about the students,” Matta continued, “celebrating all they have musically accomplished despite the odds being against us this year, I get emotional just thinking about how special it will be because we didn’t know if this would be at all possible this year.”

“This year has been about getting from one week to the next being creative with whatever cards we were dealt at that particular moment,” said Choir Director Emily Anderson, “so this time of preparing for an in-person performance is bringing back all of the normal wonderful challenges and feelings. I am so happy for the students to get to have this culminating experience next to other humans on the stage and in the audience! It’s definitely going to be emotional.”

“We owe a huge thank you to Heartwood Regional Theater and Lincoln Academy for sponsoring the new Pavilion,” said Matt. “I don’t have any band director colleagues who were given a large tent for fall rehearsals and a Pavilion for Spring performances. The support we’ve received this year for our programs has been amazing.”

LA’s end-of-year performances are free. Parking will be available in the student lot across from the LA gym. The rain dates for the Choir and Band concerts are May 27 or May 28. The rain date for the theater performance is Saturday, May 29. Updates about any changes due to weather will be posted on the Lincoln Academy website and Facebook pages.

Below: Images from the first choir rehearsals in Lincoln Academy’s Performing Arts Pavilion, which will host performances starting May 25.