Arts

Performing Arts

Welcome to the Performing Arts Department of the Priory School. We offer a wide range of training in all aspects of the Performing Arts including Acting, Improvisation, Directing, Playwriting, Shakespeare, Stage Tech and Design, Stage Combat, Musical Theater, Choir, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Handbell Choir, as well as Guitar, Percussion, Music Theory, Composition, Music History, and more.

The Performing Arts are an integral part of life at Priory. At any given moment of the year, in both middle and high school, at least one-quarter of our student body is enrolled in a performing arts class, preparing to perform or run a production, or participating in an arts related club.

In Priory Performing Arts, all students are welcome to find and explore whatever art form may be their passion and hopefully try and discover new ones. We offer a professional, supportive and trusting environment where students are given skills to unlock their talents and encouraged to stretch themselves.

In the Fall of 2007 we opened our new Performing Arts Center consisting of:
  • The Rothrock Performance Hall, a 400 seat proscenium theater with a large stage and state of the art lighting, sound and audience seating.
  • The Verhalen Family "Black Box" theater classroom for classes and rehearsal space with full theatrical light and sound system.
  • The Marquart Family Set Shop, which allows us to construct sets on a grand scale.
  • The Barbara Crouse Choir Classroom and new Orchestra Classroom which are rehearsal rooms for our large Choirs and Orchestras, The Tamara and Dan Turner Family Midi Lab and Workroom which consists of eight computer stations with keyboards and composing software for music composition and analysis.
  • A complete stock of school owned instruments, instrument storage, two practice rooms with pianos, and recording equipment for instant playback and critique of rehearsals.
These facilities have allowed us to take already strong and growing programs and expand them even more. Our students are receiving training and producing productions and concerts at a collegiate or professional level and now they are putting that work up in world class facilities.

Current Productions

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  • All School Play: "PUFFS, or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic"

    For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs... who just happened to be there too, and played an unsuspecting vital role in EVERYTHING that occurred.  Come see these treasured books for children and adults come alive in unexpected and hilarious ways as the wildly unique student wizards of the Puff House take on every challenge thrown at them, and that certain boy wizard, at the most magical and dangerous school for children ever envisioned.  Appropriate for all ages, smart, funny and not to be missed!

    TIckets may be Purchased online at https://priory.ticketleap.com/puffs or at the door.  Performances are 11/10-11/12 (Thurs-Saturday) @ 7:00 and 11/13 (Sunday) @ 2:00.
  • Upper School Play: "The Oresteia" by Ellen McLaughlin

     
  • Middle School Play: "The Werewolf's Curse, or, Hair Today Gone Tomorrow" by Billy Wayne St. John

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