WILMINGTON — The Muse Machine returned to Wilmington Middle School to present The Magic Movies, marking the third in a series of performances funded by a private donor through the Wilmington Schools Foundation.
Sixth-grade students gathered in the gymnasium to enjoy the return of the show that first brought multi-media, Muse, and schools together. Filmmaker and performer David Sherman updated “The Magic of Movies” by illustrating how diverse art forms come together to make motion pictures.
The Magic of Movies uses silent films to current blockbusters along with student participation to convey cinematography, special effects, editing, and how all these things shape one of the most popular art forms of all — the movies.
The performance called upon students to connect the dots between images, sound and story, along with their own bodies and minds to reveal why audiences take a journey when the lights go down and a movie begins.
According to Sherman, we all have favorite movies — that excite us, make us laugh, scare us and trigger our emotions. And the “Magic of Movies” allow students to look behind the screen at how it all comes together
The Muse Machine is a nationally celebrated arts education organization serving more than 70,000 students and their teachers each year throughout western Ohio since 1982.
Previous Muse events this year at Wilmington Middle School included a one-woman performance featuring “Shakespeare’s Death Scenes” and a musical duo of improv performers whose presentation of “Madness Behind the Method” encouraged students to step out of their comfort zones.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.