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April 19, 2016 6:00 AM

Sabre Night Live performed a series of skits at the Sabre Arts Showcase on Thursday evening. Pictured are Caleb Studer, Michael Svendsen, Silas Freeman and Aidan McLennan performing Life Raft Election.

E.S. Laird Middle School held its Sabre Art Showcase on Thursday evening, featuring student talent across a variety of mediums including paint, industrial, music and stage.
Art teacher Shaun Donald said the show used to be called Sabre Shine and only included visual pieces, but this year organizers gathered as many types as they could, even bringing in pieces of sewing and treats made by the home economics class.
“We’re starting off tonight with just an open house, looking at the art going around, then the band is going to start to play,” said Donald, speaking on the night’s format at the event.
“So we’ve got the jazz band playing—they’re going to play a couple of sets, then we’ve got the drama production, which is actually three short skits, kind of like a Saturday Night Live sort of thing they’re putting on.”
Donald said events like these are important for a number of reasons, the obvious one being that it shows off the creativity of the school’s students.
The young artists can also use it as a learning tool as they soak in the creativity of the art of their peers and, possibly most important, it gives the students an outlet they may not be able to find otherwise.
Some students are not into athletics, for instance, so the art show gives them an event at which they can come out of their shells and really shine.
“I’m not saying a student who is in sports can’t be an artist because they certainly can — some of our amazing artists here are big into sports as well — but some of our students aren’t involved in other things for different reasons, some of it literally is that they can’t get rides” he said.
“But they can work on art during class time, they can do it at home and they can bring it in and feel apart of the school.”
This works for artists across many mediums like the bands, E.S. Jazz 1 and School of Rock, both of which performed at the event, and the drama students, Sabre Night Live, who put on a series of skits.
Donald has been organizing the show for roughly five years after he took over from the previous art teacher, Dawn Floen, who originally came up with the idea as part of the Lloydminster Walking Tour of Art.
“Dawn had a love of art and certainly still does have a huge love of art in the community,” said Donald.
“She came up with it to showcase the students’ art work, not just to the school and parent community, but being part of that art tour, brought in people just walking down the street, to come into the school and see what the students can do.”
The Sabre Arts Showcase is now a stand alone event, but judging by the volume of people who filled the E.S. Laird School gym Thursday evening to take in the sights, sounds and entertainment, the event is doing fine by itself.

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