Drama Classes & Musicals

Middle School Musical

This is one of the biggest shows of the year, often comprised of 60 - 100 cast members, 8 - 10 student technicians and crew members, and an army of volunteers! The 2022 Middle School Musical, Frozen Jr. was a spectacular performance. For many participating students it is the first time they have participated in a full production process and a great way for them to learn about teamwork and responsibility. These productions are usually condensed student versions of larger well-known musicals.

Upper School

Upper School Musical, Fall Play, and IB Spring Play

The longest-standing tradition in the arts at CCES is the winter musical, which usually involves about 40-50 students in the cast and crew.  Theatre teacher, Reed Halvorson, is thrilled to carry the torch and brings his extensive professional and educational experience as a technician and director to create shows that rival most college and community theatres.  Previous performances include: Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie!, Oklahoma, Once Upon a Mattress, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Hello Dolly, Legally Blonde, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and many more.

The Fall Play, a non-musical performance, takes place in the Rooke Theatre either late October or early November.  Engaging the students and audiences in a variety of dramatic or comedic works from various genres, these plays develop the raw theatrical talents of students.  Recent productions have also attended the South Carolina Theatre Associations State HS One Act Competition, winning "Best Set Design" in 2016 for Epic Proportions.  Past productions include: Our Town, A Christmas Carol, Godspell, The Visitors, Letters to Sala, We're All Right, Epic Proportions, The Kitchen, The Government Inspector, Reckless, Black Comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Visit, Rhinoceros, Rough Crossing, Museum, Ubu Roi, and many decades more!

The IB Spring Play is a student-produced non-musical play, presented each April.  As part of the IB Collaborative Play Project, these students create, direct, act, design, and produce an original production, gathering inspiration from an existing theatre company's process and style.  This process is traditionally reserved for college theatre programs, but in the Upper School we believe that our students gain immeasurable experience about artistic collaboration and the full production process from page to stage.
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