The Annual Musical
The St. Mark’s music department presents one Broadway musical each spring. Professional backdrops, lighting, individual body microphones, costuming, sets, a top-notch dance instructor, and a live pit orchestra give students and parents in the audience the feeling of being part of a real Broadway show.
Four performances and double-casting of lead roles give many students the opportunity to be stars. Students in grades 3-8 may audition for the show. Rehearsals take place after school and on some weekends. All performances take place at St. Mark’s, where the gymnasium is transformed into a theater.
Students can choose to be part of the show crew. They paint and create sets, run lighting, and help backstage and front of house. The student crew members are an essential part of the success of the Annual Musical.
Past musical productions have included Oliver, The Music Man, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and The Sound of Music. The 2016 musical was Shrek The Musical!
The Drama Club, which is part of the St. Mark’s afterschool program, offers students the opportunity to learn and enhance their acting skills through improvisation games. Students write and produce skits that are performed at the end of each semester.
The Summer Musical
Each summer, students can participate in a summer musical through the St. Mark’s Summer Camp. In just two short weeks, campers put together a junior version of a musical. While the show is scaled down from the Annual Musical, costumes, sets and microphones are an essential part of the experience. Campers design and paint sets, as well as playing parts in the show.