Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Music, dance and mimicry are seen not as performing arts disciplines but as comparatively loose expressions of spirits and attitudes in "America's Spirit," which the Hyde School of Bath, Maine, is performing in the Washington area this week.
Wednesday's first performance in the Kennedy Center Musical Theater Lab will be repeated there tonight at 8. Excerpts also will be given today at noon at the Smithsonian Institution and Saturday evening at 8 in Arlington's Thomas Jefferson Community Theater.
A private high school of roughly 170 girls and boys, founded 11 years ago by Joseph W. Gauld, Hyde is rooted in a philosophy of character education to combat impersonality and over-specialization. The aim is not to prepare these chance performers for professional careers, but to illustrate how the arts and humanities are vital enrichments for the entire individual.
Last year's Bicentennial was the inspiration for this two-horu reveu which has mushroomed into two summer tours totalling 350 performances. The themes trace from "Equality: The Melting Pot" through the Civil War, the Wester frontier, the Jazz movement, the 1960s and Vietnam. Dissidence yields, inevitably, to faith and determination in the script by the faculty's Edward P. Legg and Buzz Heinrich under Summer Hawley's direction.