Cultural Arts Programs
The Cultural Arts Committee sponsors programs that enhance students experiences with the arts and literature through live performances. Programs are selected with input from students, parents, faculty, and staff to compliment and enrich the school curriculum and provide exposure to a range of artistic expression through a child's years at WES.
We welcome all members of the WES community and provide opportunities for all levels of participation. Parents are invited to attend any of the performances.
Cello Fury (www.cellofury.com)
A cello rock powerhouse featuring three cellist and a drummer. Cello Fury’s original music combines the symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats. The band’s cinematic, progressive rock sound appeals to a diverse audience throughout the United States and abroad. Cello Fury’s multi-faceted approach to performing, which combines high energy live shows, music education, workshops, and tours, has allowed the band to perform over 100 concerts yearly in venues ranging from classical music halls and rock clubs to schools and music festival. This event is organized by DELTA, a collaborative group of area PTOs that brings top performers to the region’s schools.
Carol Spacht – Performance Actor (Grade K)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes – Mother Goose visits our kindergartners to share stories that will capture children’s attention and lead them through an interactive collection of rhymes. The students will participate in story and action rhymes, and Mother Goose always brings along her stuffed goose for the children to pet.
Marian & Friends Puppet Show (Grades 1 & 3)
Puppetry is a visual form of storytelling that requires audiences to actively engage with performers to make meaning of stories. Seasoned ventriloquist and former elementary school teacher Marian Gehman performs interactive shows for 1st and 3rd grade students featuring Marian and her cast of memorable puppet characters.
All Kids Belong – (Grade 1) Marian and friends help students recognize and celebrate their differences, notably physical features such as hair, skin, eye color; talents, abilities, skills. She also reminds them to recognize their similarities such as their needs to belong, have friends, and be a part of a community.
The Keys to Succeed – (Grade 3) Four components to success are addressed in this educational and informative assembly: responsibility, respect, risk-taking, and responding appropriately. Student interaction and visual aids weave with laughter and learning to create an effective, encouraging program.
Each year, the Cultural Arts Committee works closely with Sue Dahlstrom, our school librarian, to welcome a highly regarded author and/or illustrator to Wayne Elementary School. Guests are selected based on their range of publications, the quality and themes of work, and their reputation as a presenter. All students will attend assemblies led by the author/illustrator. Students also are invited to enter a contest to have lunch with and to have books signed by the visiting author/illustrator.
Jan. 27 – 31
International Week – India
The spirit of India comes to WES this year! Students will enjoy week-long celebrations including food tastings, culture, and a family potluck dinner. This always-popular event is coordinated by the WES PTO Multicultural Committee.
Dr. Daisy Century – Performance Actor (Grades 4 & 5)
Dr. Daisy Century defines her role as a Historical Interpreter because she becomes that character. She dresses like the character from that particular time period and brings their stories to life for the audience.
Harriet Tubman – (Grade 4) She lived as a slave on a Maryland plantation. Frequently threatened, beaten, whipped, and starved, Ms. Tubman’s indomitable spirit could not be broken. She overcame many daunting obstacles to free herself and many others from slavery. A Union spy during the Civil War as well as a nurse, Ms. Tubman directed her considerable energies towards humanitarian causes that included women’s suffrage after the war.
Bessie Coleman – (Grade 5) The first African American woman to become a licensed airplane pilot and the first American to hold an international pilot license. Ms. Coleman’s desire to be a pilot could not be thwarted and she overcame significant challenges to earn her pilot license, including going to Europe for flight school when she learned Black women were not allowed to be licensed pilots in the USA.
Carol Spacht and John Lopes – Performance Actors (Grade 2)
Martha & George Washington – Two acclaimed character actors will take the students back in time for a visit with Martha and George Washington. This interactive theater program shares Martha’s remarkable, and mostly untold, story highlighting the unique role women played in the building of our nation as well as the impressive accomplishments and leadership of our first President.
Feb 24 -28
Hip Hop Fundamentals - Assembly and Dance Residency (www.hiphopfundamentals.com)
The Principles of Hip-Hop: Peace, Love, Unity and Having fun. Inspire positive change in young people through an exploration of the roots of hip hop culture. This ensemble of dynamic and energetic dancers uses breakdancing and abundant audience participation to explore hip hop’s rich cultural history and how underserved inner-city youth changed the world. The performance focuses on youth empowerment, diversity, creativity, and working together, embodied by hip hop’s four principles: Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun! Since 2010, they’ve performed thousands of shows for schools, libraries, and youth organizations. Hip Hop Fundamentals will be in residence at WES for 5 days, conducting workshops with individual classes as well as performing in a school-wide assembly.
American Historical Theatre (Grades 2 - 5) (ahtheatre.org)
The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted on August 18, 1920. This amendment guaranteed Women the right to vote. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, Kim Hanley from the American Historical Theatre will portray Lucretia Mott for our students. Lucretia Mott was one of the first American voices for Women’s Suffrage. Together with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott established the convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, NY, to publicly address the issue of Women's rights and they published the Declaration of Sentiments, modeled after the Declaration of Independence where they stated that "All Men AND WOMEN are created equal..."
The art classroom is converted to a "mini museum" filled with 20 fine art reproductions. Students participate in discussions including stories about the history of the artwork, their significance, the artists’ intentions, and how form and function contribute to the success of each piece. This interactive session may include a project for students and a supplementary display in the library. The program is run by parent volunteers from the Radnor Chapter of Art Goes to School.