Rarely do sequels live up to the original. The Second Annual Gala of the Arts (GOTA) proved an exception, with the 2015 edition of GOTA (held on March 25) creatively showcasing the artistic talents of MHS students.
Hosted by the Expressive Arts Department and GOTA Planning Committee, this year’s 90-minute event, featured a futuristic theme and highlighted the year in music, photography, drama, ceramics, dance, and studio art. After kicking off with a red carpet entrance and interviews, the evening featured slideshows of student artwork and live performances in dance, drama, and music. The night wrapped up with awards for best-dressed categories and a special dessert.
For Ryn Nason ’15, a member of the GOTA Planning Committee, the highlight of the evening was the show itself. “My favorite part was seeing everything come together,” says Ryn. “You spend six months planning and don’t know how it will go until the actual show, so it is great to see the final product.” And, Ryn thinks this year’s show was every bit as good as the inaugural event. GOTA Committee colleague Jasmin Guzman ’15, like Ryn, a member of last year’s GOTA Committee, agrees. “We knew this year’s event had to be as amazing—even more amazing—than last year’s,” says Jasmin, who most enjoyed the new committee membership and the group’s collaboration. “Just like last year, after the event, everyone was really excited.”
This year’s event, emceed by Mr. Smith, kicked off with a red carpet entrance, and Lisa Kravchenko ’15 conducted interviews in the atrium of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center. Once the crowd settled into the Woods Theater, they were treated to the MHS Chamber Ensemble performing Celtic Canon. The ensemble was followed by highlights from the year in Studio Art, and a special Drama Class performance, “The History of Art in Approximately Ten Minutes.”
After a slideshow of highlights in ceramics, the MHS Vocal Ensemble performed “Dark Side,” by Kelly Clarkson, and attendees viewed a slideshow of photography highlights. A dance performance by Emma Whittum ’15 and Savannah Fairbank ’17 was followed by GOTA Committee members presenting the Best Dressed Awards and a performance by the MHS Step Club. GOTA Committee member Molly Almeida ’15, Art Club President Slade West ’15, and Fiona Keane ’15, the editor of SoL, the student literary magazine, then unveiled the newly published “’zines” (handmade, small magazines), which were a collaborative venture involving the GOTA Committee, the leaders of SoL(the student literary magazine), the Art Club, and student contributors. The evening wrapped up with the Grace Notes, the School’s a cappella singing group, and the Neon Flamingoes—Natalie Shindler ’15, lead guitar; Astrid Montagano ’15, bass guitar; Lisa Kravchenko ’15, keyboards; and Music Instructor Rob Sanzone, drums—performed Queen’s “Bohemian Rapsody.”
Expressive Arts Department Chair Sophie Lee ’96 closed the night by thanking the GOTA Committee, gala participants, and attendees. “It has been a pleasure celebrating our creative community with you this evening,” Ms. Lee said. “Thank you all for coming and keep on expressing your wonderful, creative selves.”
Ryn and Jasmin both believe that GOTA can become an MHS institution.“If the girls continue with it, and the faculty continue to be as supportive as they have, I think it’ll continue and grow and get stronger and better,” says Jasmin. Ryn notes that a second successful show makes that more likely. “From the beginning, GOTA was always supposed to be a yearly event,” she notes. “Having two really successful shows means that it could be a tradition for years to come.”
We’re already looking forward to next year’s GOTA!