Theatre & Dance
As a member of The Hill School theatre program, I have had the opportunity to do something I absolutely love every day after school. After playing multiple parts (in four shows), I have learned that there are no small roles - only ones as big as you decide to make them. We are a close-knit cast that is as intense as any athletics team, and I enjoy the camaraderie I have with my closest friends. More than anything else, Hill theatre is my family. Gus '19
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.
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, which are performed in the main CFTA theatre or the new Burton A. Merriam Black Box Theatre.
- Speech 1 (term course)
- Theatre Workshop (term course)
- Introduction to Musical Theatre (year-long, project-based course)
- Acting for TV and Film (term course)
*New for the 2018-19 academic year*
Introduction to Dance: This course explores components of rhythm, dance movement, and technique of fundamental dance styles. Techniques include ballet, modern, tap, and jazz-funk with two rotating styles being studied each term. Students will gain skills in coordination, flexibility, movement memory and vocabulary, and stage directions. Dancers have the opportunity to explore their own choreography. Each term concludes with a recital. Open to dancers of all levels and abilities.