Nurturing creative expression
Lancaster Mennonite provides artistic skills, appreciation and opportunities that nourish creativity and a deeper understanding of God and the world.
At all levels, art is integral to an LM education. Our students exercise their artistic, dramatic, and musical creativity in spaces designed to nurture and facilitate high-quality artistic expression. Lancaster Mennonite High School holds an established reputation for excellence in choral music, features an award-winning drama program and regularly has many students winning local, regional and national art awards.
The Calvin and Janet High Fine Arts Center on the Lancaster Campus physically represents our deep commitment to the role of the arts in a holistic, excellent education. The Fine Arts Center contains a state-of-the art 1,250-seat auditorium, music practice rooms and art studios.
LMH Fall 2020 Production
All I Really Need to Know I, Learned in Kindergarten
Based on Robert Fulghum’s best selling books, the show takes a funny, insightful and heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. This tightly woven stage adaptation is an evening of theatrical storytelling that utilizes a revue format, with monologues, dialogues and multiple voice narration. The many delightful stories feature colorful characters such as: a shy little boy who insists on playing the pig in his class production of Cinderella and steals the show; a man whose dream of flying carries him 11,000 feet over Los Angeles in an aluminum lawn chair lifted by 45 helium filled surplus weather balloons; a mother of the bride who brilliantly orchestrates the perfect wedding until the bowling ball of fate rolls down the aisle; and a modern day Greek philosopher who finds the meaning of life in a piece of broken motorcycle mirror from WWII. These stories and the many others are about all of us and celebrate our very existence, from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of old age.”
Upcoming in Fine Arts
LMH Winter 2020 Production Recap
Beauty and the Beast
The classic Disney tale of Beauty and the Beast has been re-invented for the musical stage. Belle, a strong independent young woman is taken prisoner in an enchanted castle by a hideous beast. While in the castle and with the help of her new enchanted friends, Belle is able to transform the Beast’s heart, but will it happen soon enough to prevent the calamity of permanent enchantment. All your favorite characters are there to assist or hinder Belle, including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and, of course, the arrogant Gaston. This show is filled with Disney classics such as “Be Our Guest”, “Belle”, “Gaston” and, of course, the title song “Beauty and the Beast”.
LMH art courses cultivate reflection and aesthetic sensitivity to cultural expressions worldwide. An awareness and appreciation for all of God’s earth and people leads to constructive creativity.
At the high school, twelve art courses are offered, including sculpture, drawing, painting, ceramics, design, photography and digital photography. Explore all of the options for art classes at our full curriculum guide below.
LMH provides students with on-stage drama/theatre opportunities that cultivate and showcase creativity and self-expression while challenging them to a deeper understanding of people and issues.
LMH students have the opportunity to participate in two dramatic productions each year, one of which is a major musical. LMMS students have the opportunity to participate in some LMH productions and also have their own middle school production.
The LMH drama program is committed to authentic story telling. . . At times, truthful storytelling requires the portrayal of attitudes and actions that are contrary to our understanding of God’s desire for us. Our belief is that the story challenges us to think critically and wrestle with life and human brokenness. Engaging in this challenge strengthens our ability to serve the world as God’s instruments of healing and hope.
Students have the opportunity to participate in several vocal groups and take voice instruction. The school’s auditioned select choir, the Campus Chorale, has an established reputation for excellence, and many Chorale members win local, regional and state awards.
LMH offers performance opportunities with String Orchestra, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. Piano and guitar classes are available as part of the music curriculum. Especially gifted students can participate in the Advanced Music Studio at the Lancaster Campus.
Middle School Music
Sixth grade has a general music class throughout the school year and may also elect to be in one of the performing groups: Concert Band, String Ensemble or Choir ($20 music fee for choir). Seventh-grade students who are not part of the performing ensembles are required to be in a general music class. Eighth-grade students may elect to take music classes.
Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster
A program of Lancaster Mennonite School as a service to the community, MCCL offers auditioned and non-auditioned choral opportunities for children in grades 1 through 12. Singers do not need to attend Lancaster Mennonite School to participate.