Students explore the four areas of Performing
Arts: music, theatre, dance, and public speaking. A variety of activities
include playing instruments, singing, folk music, modern and classical dance,
theatre skills and games, enunciations, and practicing stage presence. These
activities prepare students for a variety of performances throughout the year.
Middle School students experience Instrumental
Music and Vocal Music in 5th and 6th grades; their
performing arts education continues as they select between Art, Band, Vocal
Music, Drama in 7th and 8th grades, where students
explore acting, playwriting and film making. Performance opportunities include
instrumental and choral groups, participation in solo and ensemble
competitions, a Christmas themed talent show called Cocoa and Carols, and an
annual musical theatre production.
Course options in Upper School include drama,
band, choral music, and Theatre Technology. Drama courses focus on the study of
acting, dramatic theory, improvisation, speech and nurture the creation of
original student scripts with projects focused on script writing and film
making.. Theatre technology students obtain practical, hands on experience in
scenic design and construction, lighting design, and sound design through
direct work on two full main stage productions and other school wide
performance events.. Performance opportunities include two full scale
theatrical productions of a Fall Drama and a Spring Musical, two variety based
performing arts showcases, instrumental and vocal ensembles and participation
in solo and ensemble competitions at both the regional and state levels.