Drama teacher Laura Bowling is always looking for ways to connect The Lexington School family with the greater Lexington creative arts community. In this first of her quarterly blog, she gives us some great suggestions on tapping into creative fun for the whole family over holiday break. Enjoy!
Are you looking for a way to shake up your Holiday Break and spend some quality time with family out and about in Lexington? I know I always try to spend September and October soaking up the last warm days at the park with my little ones, and then the temperature drops and the prospect of layering sweaters, coats, hats, gloves, and boots and getting out of the house with three still-smiling children becomes daunting. That’s why winter is such a wonderful time to explore the Fine Arts in our Lexington community, since there are so many opportunities to get out of the cold and heat up the imagination.
If you are anticipating some restless little ones this holiday, consider signing up for Winter Break classes at the Living Arts and Science Center in downtown Lexington. LASC offers a wide variety of classes for students in Preschool through High School, and they are sure to spark an interest in your child. In addition to students-centered classes, LASC also hosts Discovery Nights that are family friendly, fun, and fuel the imagination. If you would like to try one out, consider Discovery Night: Dogs on Patrol where you can meet members of Lexington’s canine division and learn about how these amazing dogs serve on the police force.
If checking out local performances is more to your liking, there are lots of musical and theatrical productions taking place around town. In addition to the traditional holiday fare, be sure to catch Lexington Children’s Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland. I love adapted works, because it is a great way to teach children about perspective and imagination. Just because you see things one way and I see things another doesn’t make either of us wrong or right…..just different! Reading the book, watching the Disney film, and seeing this play onstage provide three very different perspectives on this classic tale. “Which one do you like best and why?” makes for excellent conversation, even with little ones. Another fresh take on a classic is The Wizard of Oz–A Contemporary Circus Production by Bella Forza. This production is being staged at the Downtown Arts Center across from the Lexington Public Library. The performance space is a very intimate one, and the circus spin may be just what the “wizard” ordered for a blustery winter’s eve.
Who is your James Bond? I grew up with Roger Moore, and I vividly remember going to see Bond premieres with my father (and all of the Indiana Jones movies). If you have some Bond lovers in your house, head on down to UK’s Singletary Center for Casino Royale: The Music of James Bond. Hearing the music apart from the movie helps you realize what an incredible impact a movie’s score can have on the quality of the film. Bond films are known for their fantastic scores, and Casino Royale is no exception.
Happy holidays from TLS! Make memories, y’all!