Shady Side Academy Middle School Drama Students Acting in a PlayCountry Day School

Throughout the year, every Country Day School class plans a play and performs it on stage in front of a larger school and parent audience. By working together on a common performance project, the students learn the true meaning of community. While having a great time, they develop confidence, self-discipline, coordination and mutual support. Annual tradtions include the Halloween Show, Holiday Show, First Grade Play, Second Grade Play, Grandparents & Special Friends Show, Fourth Grade Puppet Show and Spring Show.

Junior School

Junior School students learn dramatic skills and develop self-confidence through larger grade-level performances and small class skits performed at assembly. Students in grades PK-2 perform annual class plays that are often related to a thematic unit of study. Students in grades 3-5 stage performances as part of the capstone event of grade-level interdisciplinary projects, such as the Third Grade State Fair, the Fourth Grade Greek Museum and the Fifth Grade Wonder Project.

Middle School

In the Middle School, theatre is offered as an option during the daily athletic/activity period in the fall and winter terms, giving any student the chance to be part of the Fall Play or Winter Musical. Through daily rehearsals, students hone performance skills and learn all aspects of a theatre production, both in front of and behind the curtain. These term classes culminate in main-stage productions with three performances for students and family. Nearly 25 percent of the student body participates in the cast and crew of these annual theatre productions.

Senior School

The Senior School Gargoyle Society presents three major theatrical productions each year: the Fall Play, Winter Musical and spring Original Works Theatre Festival, which is a collection of one-act plays written by students in the English Playwriting elective. Students can become involved in the productions as cast members, assistant directors, dramaturgs, stage managers, set designers, technical crew members and more. In some years, student writers have adapted an older play to modern-day language and setting. Every two years, students have the opportunity to travel to Scotland to perform in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Students participating in the Winter Musical receive PE credit. A one-credit Acting course can be taken to count toward the arts requirement.

Senior School Plays and Muscials

  • Little Shop of Horrors, Winter 2019
  • Oedipus Rex, Fall 2018
  • Anything Goes, Winter 2018
  • Almost, Maine, Fall 2017
  • The Addams Family, Winter 2017
  • Macbeth, Fall 2016
  • Curtains!, Winter 2016
  • The Crucible, Fall 2015
  • Into the Woods, Winter 2015
  • The Misanthrope, Fall 2014
  • Grease, Winter 2014
  • An Enemy of the People, Fall 2013
  • West Side Story, Winter 2013
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fall 2012
  • The Music Man, Winter 2012
  • Romeo and Juliet, Fall 2011
  • Kiss Me, Kate, Winter 2011
  • On the Verge, Fall 2010
  • Guys and Dolls, Spring 2010
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Fall 2009
  • Barnum, Spring 2009
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Fall 2008
  • Fiddler on the Roof, Spring 2008
  • Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Fall 2007
  • Footloose, Spring 2007
  • Amadeus, Fall 2006
  • South Pacific, Spring 2006
  • Pygmalion, Fall 2005
  • Oliver!, Spring 2005
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fall 2004
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Spring 2004

Middle School Plays and Musicals

  • All Shook Up, Winter 2019
  • Young Sherlock, Fall 2018
  • Peter Pan Jr., Winter 2018
  • A Midsummer Night's Prom Dream, Fall 2017
  • The Music Man Jr., Winter 2017
  • Attack of the Zombies, Fall 2016
  • Elf, The Musical Jr., Winter 2016
  • The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery, Fall 2015
  • Bye Bye Birdie, Winter 2015
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Fall 2014
  • The Wizard of Oz, Winter 2014
  • Keeper of the Tales, Fall 2013
  • The King and I, Winter 2013
  • Mystery at Shady Acres, Fall 2012
  • Fiddler on the Roof, Winter 2012
  • Crimes and Rhymes, Fall 2011
  • Annie, Winter 2011
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Fall 2010
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie, Winter 2010
  • Scheherazade, Fall 2009