Knight of Arts

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When it comes to sports, any number of teams take videos of games and races to allow students to tweak their techniques. The McNary High School Fine Arts Department is hoping to do the same with performances using proceeds from Knight of Arts Saturday, March 7. The department hopes to install up to five closed circuit cameras in the Ken Collins Theatre. “If we had those cameras we can get almost instant feedback where students can see what they are doing and come back to class the next day with a critique of their work,” said Jim Taylor, choir director. “Their feedback now is all based on what instructors see and what we say.” Knight of Arts, which features student performances alongside silent and oral auctions, is the department’s largest annual fundraiser. Silent auctions begin at 5:30 p.m. The oral auctions will be part of the main show beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets, which include a bidding paddle, are $10. After spending the past several years of building up McNary’s Studio M, where students can record and produce music and videos onsite, the theatre cameras will help create additional synergy. “A lot of the programs are still isolated right now. The closed circuit cameras can make us more collaborative,” said Todd Layton, digital arts instructor at the school. A lower-end three-camera system...

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