Performing Arts

Upper School  

The Upper School theater program mounts two productions a year, a drama and a musical. Our students are taught by teachers who are professionals within the areas of music, drama, dance and design.

All students are encouraged to participate in the productions. We develop the talents of students as actors, singers, dancers and stage designers in a small repertory company, in which students advance from supporting roles to leads in the course of their high school years. Our choice of repertoire is determined by the talent of this company, and by our desire to find material for our actors that they, as well as our audiences, will learn from and enjoy.

Middle School
The Middle School embraces the, “ If you want to be in it, you’re in! ” philosophy. The Middle School runs a student-driven One-Act Play Festival in the fall season. Student directors run rehearsals under the guidance of the drama instructor, and any student who desires to participate in capacities other than acting or directing may work on stage crew, lighting, sound, set design, and costuming. Each play also has an Upper School student advisor who has volunteered to give back to the Middle School Drama Department and works with the actors and directors. In the spring, the Middle School offers a musical theater production where all students who wish to participate are welcome. Students also have the opportunity to be trained in costume, set design, lighting, and stage crew.

Elementary School
The Elementary School performing arts program is designed to explore creative movement and the tools of the actor: the voice, the body, and the imagination. The curriculum promotes individual expression, imagination, critical thinking, problem solving, and cooperation within a group setting. Students learn how to improve their listening skills, self-confidence, and social skills.

As students explore the power of performing on stage, they find new ways to express themselves and to interact with classmates in a positive and joyful environment. Older students also focus on the fundamentals of theater, such as working on a stage, basic acting techniques and theater terminology, in addition to using the principles of Laban and View Points: Relationship, Space, Shape, Effort, Pace, Tempo and Time when developing movement pieces.

Students in the Elementary School perform in at least two productions a year in the Community School Theatre, and also present shorter performances, skits, and presentations at Community Meetings.