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.
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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.
- Fundamentals of the Arts
- Intermediate Performing Arts: Acting 1
- Intermediate Performing Arts: Choir
- Intermediate Performing Arts: Instrumental Ensemble
- Intermediate Performing Arts: Musical Theater
- Advanced Performing Arts: Acting II
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.
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.
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.