Arts at Mayfield: The Scary, the Exciting, and Everything in Between

Arts at Mayfield: The Scary, the Exciting, and Everything in Between

Ella DesHotel, Staff Reporter

Head of School, Kate Morin called for the 2019-2020 school year to be “The Year of Taking Risks” by encouraging each Mayfield student and faculty member to try something new everyday. And while Mayfield’s Conservatories are often thought of in high, whether it be a captivating photograph on the wall of Common,s or a stunning vocal arrangement, they actually serve as backdrops for some of the biggest risk-taking and innovation on campus. “Performing can be a really scary and emotional experience, said dancer, Carrie Cuenca ‘20 on how she pushes her boundaries on stage. She said she takes risks as an artist by “expressing [her] feelings when [she] dances.” Senior Rory Burke feels a similar sense of vulnerability as a member of Theatre Conservatory, saying that “putting [her] entire self into theatre” and “going out of [her] comfort zone to see out of the eyes of another character” are the scariest aspects of being an actress. However, almost every artist will agree that these risks pay off. Melanie Ahn, member of Technical Theatre Conservatory, says that when taking a leap in her art form, that leap helps her to “become a technician [who] is more considerate of other areas of technical theatre” and “who can incorporate those considerations in [her] work.” So, to all of Mayfield: take a cue from Mrs. Morin, as well as our talented artists, and take a risk! It is guaranteed to be worthwhile!