Musical theater offers a course in the study of musical theater history, technical production and performance in the Creative Arts division for the middle school students.
Instruction is given in vocalization, voice projection, stage presence, the vocabulary of musical theater, acting and improvisation. Students learn the foundational principles of theatrical performances including theater vocabulary and choreography from popular Broadway musicals to enhance their stage skills. These principles and skills are show-cased in a yearly production of a Broadway musical.
Previous musical productions have included “Godspell Jr”, “The Sound Of Music” and “Beauty and the Beast” which included a cast of over 50 students.
All productions include chorus ensembles comprised of young students from the primary grades.
In May 2015 we will present the musical “Alice In Wonderland Jr” in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s children’s book Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.
We offer a non graded choir for students in 1st through 8th grade. Kindergarten students are considered on an individual basis. Students learn choral warm ups and techniques to develop their vocal range through a repertoire of liturgical songs that are presented at Thursday school Masses and school-led Eucharistic Celebrations once monthly during the school year.
Choir students in 1st through 4th grades meet every Wednesday after school for a 40 minute practice and rehearsal. Upper grade students from 5th to 8th grade meet every Tuesday and Friday mornings before school.
Choir students have performed for the annual City of Dunedin Christmas parade, parish and community events, at assisted living and senior centers and are often invited to represent the school at Celebration of the Arts events.
Since 2012 the school music program has included an inter-generational program through a unique partnership with the Hale Senior Center, City of Dunedin. Adult members of the local dulcimer club teach a dulcimer curriculum to middle school students. The students learn about the care, handling and performing on these stringed instruments. Concepts taught in their music program are reinforced through active, hands-on learning. Upon completion of the dulcimer curriculum, middle school students teach the adults to play English hand-bells. This inter-generational program has received recognition from the City of Dunedin and was featured in the local newspaper. Most recently technology and music was added to the program with students demonstrating the music features of iPads and other communications devices.