Students in various grade levels have opportunities to be part of musical events like Lessons and Carols Service, Spring Musical, and Thanksgiving Chapel. Lower school students participate in special events where they sing or act out motions while older students have more responsibilities during all-school chapel with duties like acolytes, readers, banners, and bulletin distribution. Students are encouraged to conquer their fears of performing in front of audiences, and they are given more exposure as they process through the program. Sixth grade students play roles from the Nativity story during the annual Lessons and Carols service. During the Spring Musical, all grade levels perform age-appropriate songs through song, instruments, and/or motions. In their sixth grade year, students share their gifts through a beloved Talent Show, and they perform a special song for their class during the Graduation Ceremony. Each grade level is responsible for a homily about a character trait during one all-school chapel. Teachers help students come with ideas as to how best present the trait through either acting, song, dance, or readings.
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Pre-K 3 classes welcome spring with an adorable Easter performance, and Pre-K 4 children delight with their annual Nativity play in December. Kindergarten students thrill audiences with a traditional Thanksgiving musical each fall. First, second, and third graders present a Christmas musical each December. Children in 4th- 6th grades lead a beautiful Lessons and Carols service each December, in addition to presenting a spectacular musical every spring filled with drama, singing and dancing!
Beginning in sixth grade, Middle School students study the different elements of drama, including movement, improvisation, storytelling, adaptation, characterization, and stage production. They also examine their personal skills and relationships with others as part of the acting process and are provided with multiple opportunities to invent original works and analyze in-class performances.
In Upper School, students can take Theatre 1 which introduces various plays from theatre history and teach the craft of acting. Theatre 2: Acting is for the student who desires to continue growing as a performer and Theatre 2: Directing allows students to use the skills they learn to direct scene work and to write original material. Honors Theatre 3 and Honors Theatre 4 are for advanced students interested in pursuing theatre beyond the high school level. These classes, also known as the Touring Company, represent Episcopal at various competitions, festivals, and other events.
In addition to classes, any student is eligible to audition for theatre productions which cover the spectrum of theatre genres. One-act and full-length musicals, comedies, dramas, farces, and historical plays are all a part of the school’s rich extracurricular performance experience. Episcopal’s chapter of The International Thespian Society participates at district and state thespian festivals. Students may also take part in the wide variety of technical theatre positions supporting these productions. In addition, the Drama Club is an after-school program which performs throughout the year in school productions and other settings.