“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” – Oscar Wilde

Theatre is a crucial art form for teaching students how to relate to the world around them. This art form is highly valued at Ascension Episcopal School, and the benefits of our students being involved in theater are extensive. Students gain confidence, public speaking skills, the ability to work as a team, interview and audition skills, ways to think creatively, and heightened social consciousness.

Theatre training begins at a very early age at Ascension. Students at our River Ranch Campus are given many performance opportunities, as well as ways to express their creativity through theatrical activities. On the Downtown campus, students of every grade have an opportunity to perform in a class musical. This opportunity, presented to them at such a young age, helps many students overcome stage fright and the fear of public speaking.

Our fifth graders have the opportunity to perform a full-length musical as a class, and our sixth and seventh graders have the option to perform a full-length musical as an extra-curricular activity.

Once students arrive at the Sugar Mill Pond campus, theater class is offered as a fine-arts elective. In this class, they have the opportunity to learn skills such as: auditioning, public speaking, film acting, as well as stage performance. All students at the upper school also have the opportunity to perform in a fully staged play and musical every school year.

Our school’s goal is to develop students who are gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave. We truly believe that allowing your child to be involved in theatre will help them gain every one of those qualities. We view theatre as a very important skill to be taught at our school, and we hope that you would consider involving your student in our theatre program.

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