BROOKSVILLE — As the end of the school year inches closer, grades tend to take center stage and the arts are often overlooked.
But at Hernando High School, the drama department is ready to showcase a spectrum of talent, including drama, song, dance and human video when more than more than 35 students participate in Star Performers Night on Thursday at the Hernando Performing Arts Center.
"The arts are not exempt from creating highly effective students," said Susanna Rosario, the drama teacher at Hernando High.
The evening will include several skits, dance numbers and singing — all of which will be judged by the audience. A ballot is included with each admission ticket, but the audience can purchase additional votes for $1 each.
"It's not really just a talent show," Rosario said.
Also in the mix will be human video, which are dramatic performances, set to music, that tell a story through a combination of interpretive dance, lip-syncing and pantomime techniques.
This portion of the show will be judged by former competitors and teachers of video.
In a world where people can seem desensitized to emotions, Rosario said, these productions can give students a lesson in sensitivity.
"They have to create," Rosario said, explaining that the students have to select and support what they're doing, and use analyzing skills to determine what will work.
"They must use a lot of skills that go under 'highly effective,' " she said.