Every year San Lorenzo High School student put on a play.
The Cabaret is a dinner and talent show. Students, faculty and administrators are invited to demonstrate their talents on stage while the audience enjoys dinner. Performances have included singing, dancing, musical ensembles and solos, story-telling, comedy, and the screening of short movies produced by students In the video productions program. Students paint the sets and organize performers back stage, do a live, three camera recording of the performance, set up lights, organize and arrange photography and art displays, design tickets and the program, and play host to the guests as they arrive.
The Dance Department holds an annual Dance Concert in late spring at the Marina Community Center in San Leandro. Parents, teachers, students, staff and community members all attend. The Concert features the students of the Dance Production class, but also includes the Intermediate, Beginning, and Dance Club students. The students choreograph many of their own pieces, along with presenting dances created by the teacher. Every year a different theme is presented, such as the Fiesta de Colores, a multi-cultural dance festival, and A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, with the pieces all being performed to Stevie Wonder music. The concert provides an opportunity for students to learn more about performing, choreographing, working with a stage crew, and producing a show. Every year, students report how their confidence and self-esteem gets boosted by this experience, how they learn to work with other people even under intense pressure, and of course, how much fun they have!
The video program at San Lorenzo High School is offered through the Bay Area Digital Arts Academy. Students can take three levels of video instruction including Basic Video Production, Advanced Video Production, and Studio Management. Students learn all aspects of production from broadcast media to motion picture production. Students engage in a rigorous and fun program in which they produce music videos, photo documentaries, commercials, public service announcements, news broadcasts and short narrative films. A variety of industry-related field trips help students learn what goes on behind the scenes in the world of film and television production. Students are encouraged to enter their work in a variety of Bay Area youth video festivals. The video program produces weekly school-wide news broadcasts.
The photography department at San Lorenzo High School offers classes in both beginning and advanced photography. Facilities include equipment for both traditional black and white darkroom printing and a computer lab for digital imaging. There is also a lighting studio as well as digital cameras to aid and enhance photographic instruction and projects. Emphasis is on photography as an art form, and students are encouraged to enter exhibits as well as participate in a show during the yearly Art Week.
San Lorenzo offers a variety of art classes, including Begining, Intermediate and Advanced. These classes explore the traditional art forms of drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics. Student work is rotated through a series of display cases on campus, and is also featured during the annual Art Week.
Music at SLZ
The music department at San Lorenzo High offers both Band and Digital Music classes. In the Digital Music class, students produce their own CD. Band students perform in both Winter and Spring music concerts.