The Performing Arts at CVIS offers a multitude of opportunities to practice 21st century skills. In the context of creating and conveying a character on stage in our annual all-school musical or fall middle school play, students learn about public speaking, collaboration, creative problem solving, personal responsibility, meeting deadlines, taking direction, receiving constructive criticism, stretching beyond one’s comfort zone, developing self confidence, goal setting, and polishing and presenting a final product.
Students preschool through middle school participate with increasing expectations and responsibilities as students mature and advance. Students are involved in prop, set, and costume creation as well as each student’s role on stage.
Alumni who chose to continue in the Arts, as well as those who did not, have repeatedly spoken of the value of their theatrical experience and education and the role it played in bolstering their self confidence and nurturing their leadership skills as they prepared class presentations, participated in group projects and extracurricular clubs, excelled in summer jobs and more.
The faculty at CVIS collaborates to incorporate thematic extensions of play themes into the classroom. For example, students make scientific observations and graph bean plants while studying the literary structure of fairy tales as they prepare to perform the musical Jack and the Giant. Students study the cacao growing process from bean to chocolate bar and do an author study of Roald Dahl as they try their hand at creating Roald Dahl-like characters in writing pieces while rehearsing for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- 2001 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- 2002 – OZ
- 2003 – Wonderland
- 2004 – The Pied Piper
- 2005 – The Secret of Platform 13
- 2006 – Cricket in Times Square
- 2007 – Jack and the Giant
- 2008 – Honk! Jr.
- 2009 – The Phantom Tollbooth
- 2010 – Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory