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The Ka Makani Players presented Singinʻ in the Rain, "the greatest movie musical of all time." Based on the iconic 1952 movie of the same name, Singinʻ in the Rain ran November 12-15 at the school's Gates Performing Arts Center.


Experience Life Onstage Inspire to Perform Thrive

The Performing Arts track begins in grade 6 to grade 8 where students can take semester-long Beginner classes in Musical Theater, Handbells, 'Ukulele, or Choir. In grade 9 the students are given a yearlong Fundamentals of the Arts class which introduces them to the Davenport Music Building and the main-stage of the Gates Performing Arts Center, lead instructors Barbara Koppra and Mary Ellen Page-Agnew, and foundational skills in dramatic and musical performance.


Students who continue to follow the Performing Arts track from grade 10 to graduation select from intermediate level classes in acting, musical theater, and instrumental ensemble, as well as an afternoon dance program. Advanced students form the core of our Fall musical and Spring drama as lead performers and instrumentalists.

The Performing Arts program features a fully functioning theatre, including a main-stage, costume room, and three soundproof rehearsal rooms.

Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of the Arts

For students in their first year at the HPA Upper School, this yearlong course introduces each student to the facilities, materials, and faculty of the Fine Arts Department at HPA. Students learn key skills and basic knowledge in four of five Fine Arts disciplines, so that they can then pursue more advanced level coursework in an area(s) of their choosing. There is no prerequisite for this course.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Acting 1

Acting I is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students study various acting techniques through acting games, improv, and scene work in both comedy and drama. Students will learn the fundamentals of character building, using video tapings and critiques to explore their own creativity in developing a character. Grading will be based on participation in rehearsals in class, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries, including written reflections and video updates on the progress of their piece. The class will culminate with a performance of their best works on stage at GPAC. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts Class.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Choir

Choir is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught in the Davenport Music Building. Students will learn basic vocal techniques, including breath control, placement and connecting the different registers of their voice, as they study and perform various styles of choral literature. The class will then work as a group to learn to sing in three or four-part harmony as they perform a variety of classic songs. Grading will be based on participation in demonstrations during class, as well as weekly written reflections on Haiku. The class will feature performances in the HPA Chapel, with the end of the semester culminating in a concert presentation of their best works to be performed on the stage at Gates Performing Arts Center (GPAC). The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Instrumental Ensemble

Instrumental Ensemble is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught in the Davenport Music Building. Students work on their individual instrument, using class time to practice, focusing on improving technique and expanding their range on their instrument. The class then works in collaboration to learn several pieces together, based on the instrumentalists taking the class. Students who play the piano are encouraged to take this class to experience the genre of 4-hand/8-hand repertoire. These works help to develop sight-reading skills and improve ensemble performance artistry. Grading will be based on participation in rehearsals in class, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries. The class will culminate with a concert presentation of their best works to be performed on stage at the Gates Performing Arts Center. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class and a working knowledge of a musical instrument.

Intermediate Performing Arts: Musical Theater

Musical Theater is a one-semester intermediate Performing Arts course taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students will learn the history and development of American musical theatre from the 20th Century to the present through viewings of great Broadway shows and performers, as well as singing the best-known material from each show. Grading will be based on participation in class rehearsals, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries reflecting on each pieces’ themes and techniques. The class will culminate with a Broadway revue performance on stage at GPAC. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Performing Arts Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Advanced Performing Arts: Acting II

0.5 credits

Acting II is a one-semester advanced Performing Arts course taught on stage in the Gates Performing Arts Center’s theater (GPAC). Students dive deeper into acting technique through solo and group scene work, moving from monologues to short one act plays. Students begin to explore the intricacies of character analysis, the basic of scene blocking, and working with larger ensembles. Grading will be based on participation in rehearsals in class, as well as weekly Haiku Journal entries, including written reflections and video updates on the progress of their piece. The class will culminate with a performance of their best works on stage at GPAC. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of Acting I.

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