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.
In the Lower School, the study of Theatre Arts is woven into the overarching Orff Schulwerk approach to building musicianship through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama. Additionally, as part of their MiniTerm studies, 4th and 5th graders have the hands-on experience of staging a musical performance each winter. Recent productions have included The Little Mermaid and Seussical the Musical.
Within the Middle Upper School, 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 musical, the crowning event of 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 High School Musical and Mary Poppins. In Upper School, students produce two plays each year—a dramatic production in the fall and a musical in the spring. Recent productions have included Chicago, Romeo & Juliet, Godspell, and The Secret in the Wings.