The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce “Savannah Songs,” a unique program of performing arts events that embraces the city’s remarkable historical legacy. The event is timed to Georgia Day. A celebration of different eras from the city’s storied history, “Savannah Songs” will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in various SCAD buildings, each featuring an interactive and immersive performance by SCAD students.
SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace states, “History sings through every street and square of this remarkable city. Savannah Songs is SCAD’s unique way of sharing that history with neighbors and visitors. Delightful musical tableaux, written and performed by brilliant SCAD students, are a gift to the city, to all of Georgia. And watch out: a few of these numbers may get your feet moving!”
Attendees of “Savannah Songs” will travel through time as the program unfolds in four different SCAD spaces: Morris Hall, Poetter Hall, Art’s Café, and the Gryphon. Morris Hall, built in 1853 and originally the private residence of Alexander Smets, will focus on the Antebellum and Civil War era. Poetter Hall, the former Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory dating to 1892, will be transformed into a 1940s USO dance. The Gryphon and Art’s Café, in the ornate 1926 Scottish Rite building, will feature a 1920s-era high tea. A 1980s theme will infuse Art’s Café next door, also in the Scottish Rite building.
Musical renditions specific to each era will anchor the performance at the different locations, with original arrangements and bespoke adaptations of songs from U.S. history performed by costumed SCAD students. Giveaways, including food and time period tokens, will be offered as guests are guided by SCAD students from the School of Building Arts, who will share information about the architecture and design of each SCAD space.
“Savannah Songs” will highlight the remarkable breadth of SCAD’s degree programs as more than 50 students come together from a range of departments including production design, performing arts, dramatic writing, preservation design, interior design and architecture to bring the event to life. The celebration will offer local residents and visitors to Savannah a fresh perspective on the culture and history of the city, and a unique opportunity to tour four distinctive venues that comprise SCAD’s preservation footprint in the historic seaport.
Admission is free for SCAD Card holders and children age 12 and under, and $10 for the general public. Purchase tickets online at scad.edu/savannahsongs.