Episcopal Collegiate School’s Theatre program exposes students to the varied and multi-faceted world of theatre. Students who actively engage in the theatre program throughout their tenure at Episcopal Collegiate School will be well prepared for the rigors of top-tier college theatre programs and will have developed valuable life skills including collaboration, theatrical technology, and public performance.
Middle and Upper School Theatre Courses
All middle school theatre courses and most upper school theatre courses are open to any student in the appropriate grade who wishes to take them without pre-requisites. Students who take all of the classes, however, have the benefit of a broad theatre education on the following trajectory:
In 6th grade, students may take Creative Drama, which focuses on the creative theatrical process. Through a series of improvisation games and group performance assignments, 6th grade theatre students will unlock and hone their creative, theatrical impulses. In 7th grade, students many take Theatre 7, which focuses on script reading and acting. In 8th grade, students may take Theatre 8, which takes a broad and multi-faceted view of theatre. In this course, students continue to study acting, but they are also introduced to technical theatre, playwriting, and directing while maintain a spirit of dramatic creativity. Middle School students who take all three classes will enter Upper School with a strong theatrical knowledge base, prepared to further focus their knowledge on either acting or technical theatre.
Upper School students have the opportunity to take Acting or Technical Theatre. A student who takes Acting will learn the basic skills necessary for stage performance and practice their skills in a series of scene performances. Acting students will also prepare acting pieces for participation in at least one forensics tournament. A student who takes Technical Theatre I will learn to use the basic scenery construction techniques, how to use basic lighting and sound equipment, and learn basic design. A student who has completed the Acting or Technical Theatre course may sign up for Theatre Practicum, which allows students to work on self-guided theatre projects of the student’s own design. Such projects might include preparing an audition sequence, designing a set for a play, preparing a forensics tournament piece, building costumes for a theatre production, writing a play, etc.
Middle and Upper School Productions
Episcopal Collegiate School produces two main-stage productions each year. All middle and upper school students are encouraged to audition and/or assist with the technical aspects. Interested students may also apply to participate in leadership roles such as stage manager or props master for each production. Productions have ranged from Shakespeare to musicals and from well-known classics to obscure gems. Each year, Episcopal Collegiate School strives to choose two plays that balance each other’s aesthetic sensibilities and showcase different segments of the student population. Audition and performance dates are listed on the school calendar.
Once Upon A Mattress
Little Women the Musical
A Midsummer Night's Dream
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
Strike Up The Band
The Curious Savage
The Glass Menagerie
And Then There Were None
Anatomy of Gray
Romeo and Juliet
You Can't Take it With You
The Little Prince