LAYTON -- Layton High School art teachers want their students to know there is more to a career in the arts than meets the eye.
As part of the third annual Layton High legion activity, students were given the opportunity Wednesday to explore careers in their field of interest.
Students in the artistic legion were given a sneak peek at a Discovery Channel documentary that follows the daily work of Joe Walsh, general stage manager of Cirque du Soleil's "O" at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The show will air sometime in May.
Art teacher Stephanie Johnson said Walsh has close ties to the high school, as he spent many years working on the technology aspects of Layton High's productions.
"(We wanted) to get something that was artistic, but would be interesting to people who maybe weren't really good at music or visual arts," Johnson said. "This is an area where you can go and actually make money and be productive."
The documentary detailed the mechanical and technical aspects behind the scenes of the elaborate aerial acrobatics show. It followed the daily regimen of crew members who ensure the pulleys, lifts and winches that move performers through the air are functioning properly.
Sophomore Kaetlyn Kelly, 16, came to the event hoping to learn about a way to use her artistic talents in a future career.
"I'm in the artistic legion because I can express myself better through art and music, instead of just through English," she said. "I'm hoping to learn something that will give me insight for the future -- so I know what I am going into and what opportunities are out there for me."
Layton High has five legions, or areas of study: artistic, business, social/humanitarian, scientific and technical.
Each legion sponsored activities to address the interests of its students. Other activities included a science symposium, a journalism presentation and computer, carpentry and auto exhibits.
"We try and make (the legion activity) different every year, and capture all kinds of careers in different fields," said teacher Angie Taylor, who helped coordinate the event. "We want the students to hear from people actually working in those fields, and learn what they can look forward to."