The eighth grade play signals the culmination of our students’ lower school experience, and, as such, is a major undertaking of the class. Students combine their refined acting and speaking skills, previous experience in theater production including set design, costumes, hair and makeup, props, backstage management, choreography, and music to present a sophisticated, classic play of their class teacher's choosing. Past choices have included Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, to Fiddler on the Roof, a work that epitomizes personal growth and transitions and features an incredible score.
The seventh and eighth grade boys' and girls' choruses generally meet separately to develop sight-reading abilities and performance skills. They come together to sing for the Thanksgiving Assembly and their graduation ceremonies. Pieces performed in the past include Somewhere Over the Rainbow and For Good.
Students immerse themselves in arrangements of “The March of the Meistersänger” by R. Wagner and the “Pavanne” by G. Faure, both of which develop ensemble skills and sensitivity to music.