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Theatre

At home on the stage.

The Theatre program at Holland Hall is collaborative in form and multifaceted by nature, utilizing and developing the individual’s senses to promote self-awareness and self-confidence through tolerance, teamwork, and empathy.

Primary School

At Holland Hall, exposure to theatre and imaginative play begins at an early age. From pre-school to 3rd Grade, teachers incorporate dramatic play and storytelling into their curriculum through puppetry, role-playing, story re-enactments, pretend centers and classroom productions.

Middle School

In Middle School, the theatre arts curriculum lays foundational work in theatre production, etiquette, acting and improvisation skills as well as exposing students to arts management and design disciplines. Students have the opportunity to participate in a theatre production each year of Middle School, either onstage as a performer or offstage as crew.

  • Play or musical productions each year
  • Offstage crewing/technical opportunities

Upper School

Students in the upper school have many opportunities to expand their interest and curiosity in theatre. Whether it’s following a path to become a performer, or wanting to gain more confidence and awareness in themselves or others, through acting techniques, exploration of movement and voice, and the appreciation of all elements of theatre, the Upper School Theatre Arts curriculum will help foster the self expression of both the individual child and ensemble.

Students can experience this art form in the Upper School through:

  • Four Levels of Acting class
  • Independent studies in technical theatre and acting
  • Two productions a year, including musicals
  • Offstage crewing/technical opportunities
  • Showcase performances at Theatre Night
  • Showcase performances (monologues, scenes, and One-Acts) at ISAS
  • Experiential learning/performing in off-campus opportunities
  • Improv Club
  • Company 21 Volunteer

 

 

Middle School Winter Performance
“The Audition” & “The Rehearsal” by Don Zolidis
Walter Arts Center, Branch Theatre
January 17 and 18 at 7pm

 

 

Upper School Spring Play
“Our Town” by Thornton Wilder
Walter Arts Center, Newman Theatre
March 5, 6, 7 at 7pm

Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer prize for drama and described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. This play about human relationships, connections and living in the moment was once described by Thornton Wilder as, ” an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life”.