In our performing arts program, we do not teach performance; instead, guided by skilled and experienced mentors, we create a forum in which students can experience the creation of performance.
Drama, music, and circus are created by the students. Every year, every student participates and collaborates with others in performance productions as part of the curriculum. Students are involved in every aspect of performances. Students climb ladders to adjust stage lighting and operate the lights during a performance. They design and alter costumes that they will wear in a show. They create circus acts. They play and sing in ensembles and provide musical accompaniment for a play.
Our experienced performing arts faculty work with interested students between classes, on weekends, and in conversations in the hallway, helping and encouraging them in whatever way they need. The relationships outside the classroom make the difference between just having classes and having a forum conducive to the creation of a quality performance.