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The theater program at Calhoun focuses on developing student voice and self-expression in a collaborative environment. We stage multiple productions each year, giving budding thespians the opportunity to explore a wide range of theatrical styles, develop new skills, and see the result of their efforts realized in front of an audience. In performing arts classes, students are asked to connect with who they are and expand their empathy towards others.

Through training in practical performance tools – from improv, movement, acting and vocal technique, to directing, writing for performance and filmmaking  – students learn various mediums in order to express their ideas and establish their voice. Theater teachers provide ample opportunities for student-written and directed work, and encourage an atmosphere of experimentation. A production might include collaboration with a professional playwright, veer into the territory of film, or become a platform for activism – the only limit is our imagination!

Middle School play

Student Performances

Students in preschool through 12th grade have the opportunity to showcase their talents to the community in a range of theater productions held throughout the school year.

Lower School Theater

The Lower School theater program begins with improvisation and storytelling activities that teach children to feel comfortable with self-expression. 

5th Grade Play

5th graders work together to write and perform an original production.

Middle School Play — The Trojan Women

Middle Schoolers staged The Trojan Woman, one of the most powerful dramas in all of Western literature.

Upper School Theater — The Laramie Project

Upper School thespians performed The Laramie Project, a documentary-style play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

Upper School Theater — Grease

The Upper School theater department presented five performances of the fan favorite Grease.

81st Street Performing Arts Theater

Calhoun's Mary Lea Johnson Performing Arts Center has multiple floors dedicated to the performing arts. We have two theaters, and dedicated rehearsal spaces for our student musicians and actors. Our performing arts program is for all students, preschool through 12th grade.