The Hill School theatre program offers classroom instruction coupled with co-curricular opportunities in play production to provide a well-rounded theatre experience. Classes develop skills in acting, oral communications, and public speaking. Students enter the class with diverse levels of experience; therefore, grading must be highly individualized with each student being assessed on his or her individual development in the class.
Productions are open to all Hill students and are rehearsed in lieu of athletics on a term by term basis. Third formers are limited to one term of theatre while fourth through sixth formers may participate in two terms of theatre in lieu of athletics.In addition to the benefits normally associated with play production, Hill theatre productions help develop personal communication and leadership skills while providing participants with experiences in creative problem solving and group interaction.
Theatre Courses | Speech 1 (term course); Theatre Workshop (term course); Introduction to Musical Theater (year-long, project-based course); and Acting for TV and Film (term course)
Introduction to Dance | This new course will explore components of rhythm, dance movement, and technique of fundamental dance styles. Techniques will include ballet, modern, jazz, musical theater and tap with two rotating styles being studied each term. Students will gain skills in coordination, flexibility, movement memory and vocabulary, choreography and stage directions. Each term will conclude with a performance. Open to dancers of all levels and abilities.
The Ellis Theatre Guild |
The Ellis Theatre Guild presents three major productions each year: a musical in the fall and winter, and a play in the spring. Under the direction of Chris McGriff, The Hill's new Director of the Center For The Arts, The Hill School will present the following shows for the 2018-19 academic year:
Songs For A New World (Fall Musical)
Shrek The Musical (Winter Musical)
Peter and the Star Catcher (Spring Play)
The Ellis Theatre Guild was created in 1979 by the establishment of the Ellis Dramatics Fund through the pledge of an annual donation from Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ellis. Since its inception, the Guild has produced two to three plays each year, first in Memorial Hall, which occupied the main floor of the library until it was razed in 1989 to make way for extensive renovations to the Library. Upon completion of the Center For The Arts in that same year, the Guild relocated to the Center Theatre where its plays now are produced.