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Performing Arts

School Productions

CDS elementary, middle school, and high school students have the opportunity to participate in full theatrical productions each year. Most recent productions were “Once Upon a Mattress” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

2016-2017 Productions

    • The all-school musical production is Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
      Performances will be January 27 – 29 and February 4 and 5, 2017  
    • The middle school/high school musical will be The Addams Family
      Performances will be April 21 - 23, 2017

Early Childhood

Early Childhood: Performing Arts is integrated into daily activities

ECC Dress upAt the Early Childhood Campus, "the world is our stage."  Puppets, dress up clothes, and themed play areas encourage children to engage in dramatic play. Teachers support this free and creative play and, when appropriate, may redirect the activity in order to further the children's learning. Teachers also orchestrate more structured drama activities with their small groups to act out a story or engage in a role-play.  

Elementary School

Elementary: Performing Arts is integrated into Music instructional time and classroom activities

2nd Grade Performance

The arts are integral to our academic program and curricular units are often complemented with a musical or dramatic presentation.  In addition, all students perform in Fall Festival and Spring Fling, school-wide events that are held each year.  Students may also participate in the chorus and are encouraged to share their individual interests and skills in our annual Talent Showcases. Chorus members are invited to be in the cast of the middle school musical theater production staged each spring. 

Middle School 

Shakespeare FestivalDramatic presentations and role-playing are incorporated at many levels in the middle school. Students are encouraged to showcase their individual interests and talents.

Each year the middle school presents a Shakespeare Festival as a culmination of their study of Shakespeare's literature and his times. Middle school students and teachers dress in costumes and relive the Elizabethan times with play performances, a royal court, a royal ball and a student planned Elizabethan carnival. The focus of the festival is the MYP area of interaction, human ingenuity, which explores the act of creation and its consequences. 

The middle school also sponsors a championship Forensics Team. Forensics is a competition where students read from a variety of genres. CDS competes in a league with other Bay area private schools. There are seven categories in which our league competes: Declamation, Prose, Poetry, Individual and Duo Drama, Original Oratory and Impromptu Speaking.

Middle School Performing Arts Elective

Students may choose Performing Arts as an elective class where they will explore the process and practice the skills needed to create a successful performance. Theatre history, musical theatre and drama and theatre etiquette are studied as students explore the skills needed to create a character and communicate with an audience.  Students will experience how the different aspects of theatre all work together.

The highlight of the class is the Middle School Spring Showcase.  Students work in class groupings to create a performance that is presented in a variety show format at the end of the third quarter.  

High School

High School: Drama is offered as an elective.

Bye Bye Birdie - Spring 2014High school students can elect to participate in the drama program. Eleventh and twelfth grade students participating in the IB Diploma Programme can elect to take IB DP Theatre SL or IB DP Theatre HL.

In the spring of 2008, CDS was granted a charter to establish a thespian troupe through the International Thespian Society.  Members of the new thespian troupe will compete with other Hillsborough public and private high schools.

Click here to read more about drama and theater arts courses offered at the high school.



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