校友的艺术家

The arts have always had a place at 劳伦斯 学院, though it was only in 1963, with the hiring of William Ross Searle (1936-2017) that a full-fledged art curriculum was established. Bill Searle was young, 有才华的, and eager to help Headmaster Arthur Ferguson, himself a musician and an art lover, to realize his long-held dream of a “real” art program at the 学院.

艺术 classroom circa 1970s.
先生. Searle wrote in a 1991 letter to LA’s historian, 道格·弗兰克68年, “[Ferguson’s] love of art and a long-held dream to have an art center built and named after himself, 占了上风.” 
Students in the Black Box dance studio circa 1990s.
The first art department occupied two basement rooms in Sheedy Hall, the dorm once located where Ansin now stands. Within a few years, 然而, Arthur Ferguson’s dream became a reality with the construction of the Ferguson Building, which opened in the fall of 1967. The facility gave LA its first dedicated fine arts wing, complete with a photography lab, a music rehearsal room, 和一个剧院. Writing about his first year at 劳伦斯, Mr. Searle continued in his letter: “Something new that also happened in 1963 was the formation of a theatre program. It had been non-existent. There was a stage in the gym with a curtain and some lights, but no evidence of theatrical productions … I asked for someone to help me put on a play. 艾伦·惠普尔, [also new to LA that year,] volunteered enthusiastically, and 劳伦斯’s theatre program was begun.” 
音乐 classroom circa 1970s.

Mr. Whipple ran a strong, strictly extracurricular theatre program for several years, until the arrival of Brian Smiar, LA’s first full-time theatre teacher, in 1972. Mr. Smiar three productions per year, one each term. shows were the first to run for several successive nights, Wednesday through Saturday.)  

Though Brian Smiar professed to hate musicals, his arrival heralded — or at least coincided with — the start of the big Broadway musical era at LA. Fall productions were usually plays, and talent shows and the like occupied the winter, but the spring was reserved for the musical.  

The musicals also gave a boost to the music program, which in those days consisted only of a chorus and a band. The band members, supplemented by three or four outside professionals, started practicing the score in the fall, and the hard work showed in the fine quality of the 15- to 20-piece orchestras that accompanied the plays.

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"劳伦斯, in my mind, was very much about ‘The Work,’ you know? I think that to do well at LA, you just had to do ‘The Work.’ ‘The Work’ was celebrated, whether that was the poetry competition, the play, or athletics."
 
克里斯正义前锋, Class of 2003

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Adèle Borden '08

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Amanda Champagne Meadows '01

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Paramount Pictures

Lynne Hartwell ‘08

Lynne Hartwell '08

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克里斯正义前锋
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