Theatrical pursuits such as movement, storytelling, and literature brought-to-life abound as teaching tools throughout preschool and lower school. Twice a year, students grow in performance and self confidence through Christmas and spring events.
Students in the sixth grade begin formalized study within the Performing Arts class and move on in the seventh and eighth grades to a focused study of Theatre Arts through improvisation, monologues, scene work, design and historicity.
Upper school students choose between an introductory performance class exploring stage movement, monologues, scene work and design, or a introductory technical theatre class exploring design and implementation of sound, lights, set design and stage management. From the launching pad of one of theses foundational classes students may pursue advanced technical theatre, and/or audition for a performance class in a children’s theatre, one-act, or main-stage production. Alternate years an elective is offered in stage combat with integration to history, culture, and choreography. Focus throughout all courses delves into why “all the world’s a stage” and how the stages of the world both reflect and influence culture and worldview.
2018-19 Awards and Accolades
- Main Stage production Singin' in the Rain selected as top 10 Tennessee production and invited to perform at TPAC
- 7 Spotlight Awards for the CPA Arts Program
- 7 individual students were Spotlight Awards finalists