Theater at Rowland Hall
Rowland Hall’s theater program offers classes for ardent performers and dabblers alike. Introductory theater classes encourage newcomers to tap into their imagination and creativity. Students who are more heavily invested in theater can grow their talents through the program's production-driven nature: each trimester offers courses that include in-class and after-school rehearsals leading up to performances. Students enrolled in a theater class may audition for lead roles. Our classes offer everything from musical theater to drama and comedy, as well as stage crew.
If singing, acting, and dancing are your passion, the school musical is for you! Even if you’ve never been on stage, the musical provides a fun way to get your feet wet. We hold performances in our 500-seat Larimer Center for the Performing Arts. Past productions have included Cinderella, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Pippin, Godspell, Annie, Oliver, and a Broadway Musical Review. Our entire community supports the school musical—with its delightful combined cast of middle- and upper-school actors—and patrons are annually awed by the technical and directorial creativity of teacher-director Gary Lindemann and his students.
We encourage our sixth- through twelfth-grade entertainers to sign up for Rag and Bone Theater, a company for beginning, intermediate, and advanced actors. Rag and Bone undertakes plays designed for a young (elementary-age) audience. We also offer a physical theater, called SALT, open to all acting levels. It's a movement-based acting company that tells stories through motion rather than words. SALT lies at the intersection of theater, dance, and sound.
Stage crew introduces students to the intricacies of working backstage in a theatrical, musical, or dance production. Students receive hands-on learning in lighting and sound, deck (stage) crew, and stage management.
In Middle School, seventh and eighth graders may participate in Theater Ensemble, an elective course that occurs outside of the seven-period rotation and meets three times per week. Ensemble members can expect to perform selections of smaller works throughout the school year at assemblies and other opportunities, as well as one major production.
Rowland Hall’s theater classes and productions often call for after-school rehearsals for upper schoolers who are committed to the theatrical process. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the artistic fruits of these thespians’ labors in the resulting productions throughout the school year.