The Theatre Arts Department provides an inclusive environment and a toolbox of skills from which to explore the creative process, build characters, collaborate with fellow students, and forge a relationship with the audience. The courses and faculty foster creativity and self-expression and consistent performance opportunities offer students an outlet to share their craft.
In the Lower School, the study of Theatre Arts is wrapped into the overarching Orff Schulwerk approach to building musicianship in every learner through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama. The harmonious blending of these components contributes to a child's physical, social, musical, and artistic development. Additionally, as part of their MiniTerm studies, 4th and 5th graders have the hands-on experience of staging a musical performance each winter.
Within the Middle & Upper School, stand-alone Theatre Arts courses include drama, lighting and sound, and theatre production. The program strives to educate each student for creative freedom and artistic excellence. Middle School students stage an annual play, the crowning event for their MiniTerm study. In addition to performing, students choose between classes in costume design and styling, light and sound, pit band, and set design and props. Recent plays have included Bugsy Malone, The Music Man, and Willy Wonka. In Upper School, students produce two plays each year, a musical in the fall and a dramatic production in the spring. Recent productions have included Cabaret, Our Country’s Good, and The Drowsy Chaperone.