Students in the Upper School put on two productions a year - a fall play and a winter musical. Rehearsals are after school, but we work together with sports coaches/clubs to ensure students can do theater and other after-curricular activities. Past productions include: Addams Family (2023), Legally Blonde (2022), Jekyll and Hyde (2022), Big Fish (2021), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (2020), and Little Women (2019).
Upper School Theater Classes
Upper School Acting (a series of semester-long courses taken individually or yearlong)
A trimester long course meeting three periods per week. Students register for as many or as few trimesters as they wish. The class is project-based, with a live or recorded performance given each trimester to demonstrate the work of the trimester. Trimester 1 covers the fundamentals of acting including exposure to and practice of different techniques and schools of acting. Trimester 2 is split between: 1. The exploration of the difference between tragedy and comedy and the specific techniques used therein. 2. Improvisation in both pure “improv” groups and within traditional stage and film acting. Trimester 3 is devoted to musical theater. The students learn the history of American Musical Theater as it evolved from earlier popular art forms, and explore the various fundamental techniques of stage acting and dancing that are the essential building blocks of musical theater performance.
The theater program for the Middle School is open to all students in Grades 5-8. Students put on one musical each spring with multi-night opening in early May. Rehearsal occur after school and students can also participate in sports and other after-school activities.
Middle School Theater Classes
7th and 8th Grade Theater Arts
Seventh and Eighth Grade students may register for Theater Arts. In this course, the students study the many elements of a theater production, including set design and building, lighting design and operation, stage management, as well as acting and directing. This class can fulfill an eighth grade student’s performing arts requirement. The class meets once per week.
The theater program for the Lower School is open to all students in Grades 1-4. Students put on one musical each spring with multi-night opening in late May. Rehearsals occur after school and students can also participate in sports and other after-school activities. Past productions include The Wizard of Oz Jr. (2023) and The Lion King Jr. (2022).