Students work “behind the scenes” of stage productions of both Middle & Upper School Drama classes, as well as the annual spring musical. Theater Production is a class for students who might enjoy creating costumes, designing sets, building lighting designs, creating sound f/x, gathering/creating props, and organizing productions through stage management. We begin the course with team building. Using communication, cooperation, and critical thinking activities gives them skills to work well together. Students take on leadership roles as stage managing and leading a design team. Our student-led performances represent our school at both the GHSA Region and invitational events.
Through these courses, Upper and Middle School students study various acting techniques used in the theater, such as Stanislavski, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, and Chekhov, and how to adapt them to the stage. Students participate in various exercises to develop skills in vocal projection, pantomime, improvisation, auditioning, public speaking, & scene building. The history of theater, as well as stage direction, are covered. Students learn how to deliver monologues and audition for and perform in a variety of productions throughout the year, such as the GHSA Region One-Act Play Competition. The Region Literary Oral Interpretation candidates in comedic, dramatic, and duo are selected from this class to compete based on scores from monologue presentations.
Schoolwide Spring Musical
Since the spring of 2004, Savannah Christian Preparatory School has been producing classic Broadway musical productions with cast members composed of 3rd through 12th grade students. From Bye Bye Birdie and Pirates of Penzance, to Seussical, Beauty & the Beast, and Newsies, our students have had the opportunity to star in some of the top musicals of our time.
One of our primary goals is to provide students with opportunities to develop and showcase their God-given talents. Students will experience the full range of a professional quality theater production. Auditions, casting, staging, use of props, and costuming are all part of the process. Rehearsals filled with direction in acting, singing and dancing. Then it’s lights! Music! Live audiences! Action! Making memories that will last a lifetime.
Our musicals have also been a part of the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Shuler Awards. These are the equivalent to the Tony Awards for high schools. Being a part of this program has helped to raise the bar on the quality of our performances. We have received multiple Shuler Award nominations in the categories of Best Costumes, Best Scenic Design, Choreography, Best Supporting Actor and Best Featured Performer.