|Stephanie W. Smith, Theater Artistic Director|
|Rebecca Mattson, Assistant/Music Director|
|Eric Rice, Scenic Artist|
|David Smith, Set Designer, Box Office|
|Lauren Hoover, Publicity|
|Cresset’s Theatrical Season
Each season begins with a fall straight play, chosen for the numbers and diversity of our upper school students in grades 6-12. The straight plays are held off-campus in an equity black box theater and allow the students to stretch their wings in their creation of a character and presentation to an audience in an intimate playing space. We’ve been excited to produce shows such as Charlotte’s Web, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Alice@Wonderland.
In the spring we produce an all-school musical, encouraging all students K-12 to participate in this challenging medium of dance, song, and acting. Most of our productions are Broadway’s finest musical hits especially chosen for their themes and classic dramatic moral messages. Cresset’s productions have ranged the gamut from the exciting and technically challenging Peter Pan, to the deep themes of Beauty and the Beast, to the operetta Les Miserables. Other outstanding productions have included The King and I, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Shrek.
We are proud to boast of student tech crews: painters, designers, engineers, and stage management. Opportunities abound in all areas!
Cresset’s Theater Arts Foundational Concepts
Though we do not currently have elective courses in theater arts, our students are coached in Uta Hagen’s methods of substitution, realism, and truth, while being exposed to best practices in theater arts methodology.
Theater is an important building block in education. It not only exposes our children to culture, but also instills a sense of confidence and empathy. Our ultimate goal is to teach that all fine arts, being inherently creative, ultimately point toward and glorify our Creator.