Christ Presbyterian Academy

Theatre

Story through Stage

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.

Program Highlights

Coffeehouse Theatre

This student-run production is dynamic and high-energy. Performances from singers, songwriters, and dancers are bound with a comedic through line of live and/or film performances. With performers from every aspect of school life, this is a night of community and coffee for all.

Main Stage Play

With a foundation of classic and contemporary dramatic literature, students delve into stories of humor, drama, substance, and truth as they advance their acting skills in rigorous (and thrilling!) work.

Combined with student production teams, the cast brings scripts to life to the delight of the audience and the glory of God.

Main Stage Musicals

Vocals, choreography, and character development all meld into stage performance skills undergirded by student production teams to fill up the stage with sparkle and insight. 

The annual main stage musical production in the middle school takes place in February, followed by the upper school musical in April.

One Acts

These succinct productions give students the opportunity to practice performance skills in an actor-centered style with a more intimate audience setting.

Progressing acting and technical work, in both comedic and dramatic veins, one-acts happen each fall in the upper school, and each spring in the middle school.

Children's Theatre

Furthering creative gifts and connecting with the audience, upper school students perform in a production each year geared towards young children.

Drawn from classic and contemporary literature favorites, these playful stories feature fairytales, fables, or beloved childhood characters.

Crew

All CPA students have the opportunity to learn the inner workings of a theatrical production. A true team effort, the many crew members for every show run lights, sound, backstage, costumes, props, and hair/make-up. 

Learning the importance of collaboration, responsibility, leadership, and servanthood, crew is a place of community for many students every year.

Travel Study

Venture to The City that Never Sleeps
Theatre students participate in an annual travel study to New York City.

NYC tour highlights includes 3 Broadway shows, a performance workshop, tours of NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Empire State Building, along with excursions to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Chelsea Market, Central Park, and a Dinner Cruise of the NYC Harbor.

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