Monday and Tuesday, the Highland Elementary school gymnasium was transformed into “Highland Manor,” a grand banquet hall, where fourth- and fifth-grade students showcased sights and sounds of the Renaissance period through dance performances, percussion ensembles, choir and instrumental selections.
The 2015 event was the FINAL performance of the Renaissance Faire, which began in 1995 and has featured hundreds of students who have participated in this unique learning experience.
“The beauty of a program like the Renaissance Faire is that it allows children to participate in an arts program that offers multiple levels of experience,” said HES Principal Leslie Peveler. “Students have the opportunity to dance, play instruments, sing and understand stage direction. Introducing the arts at a young age fosters an early love for music and dance and helps students engage in an outlet they love. Participating in the Renaissance Faire is something our children remember forever, no matter what parts they held during their time at Highland. From the kings and queens who had the opportunity to speak in front of large crowds, to our harp players who appreciate the technical art of playing a musical instrument, this program has created special moments for Highland fourth- and fifth-graders since 1995.”
This year’s program is being directed once again by music teacher Pam Howell, who has served in that role all 20 years of the Faire’s tradition.