Our students feel like stars because they have a chance to shine!
While children’s theater and musical performance can be a frightening world of auditions and traumatizing experiences for young people, our performing arts teachers create a safe, happy environment for our students without the pressures of auditioning or competing for a role.
At ACS, every child in elementary school has a speaking (and singing) role in a full-length musical theater production, at every grade level, in every performance.
We watch ACS singers and actors experience “success in every production” through teamwork, fun and learning. The result is children who create close bonds with classmates, feel like stars and wish the show would never end.
The drama program has been an ACS showcase since the school’s founding in 1982. Every elementary student participates in a musical theater performance to a live audience each year. With daytime and evening shows, that’s 20 performances on our stage annually, not counting productions by our middle school drama electives.
And what’s more, our shows are fantastic! Parent volunteers provide costumes and our middle school students assist with set design, lighting and sound. Considering the age of the performers, ACS plays are remarkably advanced. But our drama faculty — consisting of three teachers — is committed to the principle that no performance is more important than a child. The teachers put the children first, making them believers in themselves through the confidence-building and joy that are the most important outcomes of our performing arts program.
In addition to the exciting, fun and welcoming exposure to the stage, regularly performing in front of an audience translates to the poise and excellent public speaking skills that characterize ACS graduates.
Contact ACS for this year’s performance schedule, and we’ll see you at the show!