A vibrant performance and education based program, theater at St. Peter’s has opportunity for all ages to perform on stage, or help with “behind the curtain” tech activities. Each fall, separate plays for elementary, junior high and high school students are staged. Parishwide musicals are produced in the spring. Recent shows include: The Music Man, Annie, The Sound of Music, and Oklahoma! Actors have ample opportunity to sing and dance whether cast in a speaking or chorus role. Combined with the “live” orchestra, patrons are treated to a performance of St. Peter’s talent in the full musical tradition. High school students can also participate in the annual Variety Show, which showcases a wide variety of student talent including: funny skits, individual songs, group performances, black lightdances, original short plays, and – really, anything creative and tastefully artistic!
Educationally, high school students can take up to three years of theater/drama class where improvisation is performed weekly, theater productions are viewed and critiqued, theater methods are practiced and theater history is studied. Special studio programs are offered, focally coalescing several art forms from which students learn and then perform – such as Commedia Dell’Arte: a form of theater from 16th century Italy through which masks and character types are used to improvise in certain sketches or scenarios.
Whether a student participates in staged productions, travels on theater tours (such as recent trips to Memphis, NYC and Chicago), directs a production, helps with sound and light wiring and operation, or designs a playbill, something exciting through the St. Peter’s Department of Theater & Performing Arts is available for students and parishioners alike. Our Motto? “Have Fun and Tell the Story!”