Students create club to be cheerleaders for the arts
Many high schools have longstanding traditions supporting their sports teams. Mountain View High School in Orem is no different. In fact, a group of students called the Bruin Crazies support, cheer on and lead student sections at the games. Now, a similar group will do the same for student performances and displays in the arts. The Bruin Classies, a new club at the school this year, has just begun and already has 90 members.
“The Bruin Crazies are essentially our student cheering department, said Caleb Stay, senior at Mountain View High School. “We figured, ‘Why not create something for all of the arts, whether it be choir, band, orchestra, jewelry showcase, photography and art galleries — to give them some publicity and cheer them on?'”
According to Stay, the idea of a club that would support the arts has been talked about at the school for a long time, but this is the first year that it has been done. As soon as the club became official, students began signing up.
The Bruin Classies, named because they aim to bring a sense of “class” to the performances that they attend, have a uniform of sorts. They wear bowties, and in the days leading up to performances, members of the club wear signs around the school to advertise upcoming shows.
“The students deserve to be celebrated by the student body. This is stuff that they have poured their time into and it deserves to be admired,” Stay said. “If you worked really hard on something and no one showed up, it would be a bummer. We just want to make sure that no one feels that way. We’ll get a bunch of kids to come and we want to be there to support the students.”
As performances, shows and displays come up at the school, the Bruin Classies will make sure that students are there, cheering on their classmates. This past weekend, the Classies had their first chance to do their job.
Mountain View High School’s drama department presented the famous Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods,” last weekend. The musical includes plots from several different Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
Members of the Bruin Classies advertised the play around school and encouraged people to attend. They also went to the show and supported the drama department.
Stay is president of the Bruin Classies and vice-president of the school choir — and he knows how important it is to feel supported.
“We want people to feel pride in the product that they produced. A lot of people are interested in the club, especially those in the arts,” he said.
The final performance of “Into the Woods” at Mountain View High School will be held Monday at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at http://mountainviewbruins.org.