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8th Grade Musical

There is a storied tradition at Presbyterian School that the 8th grade’s final class project is the production of a Broadway musical. This project is a culmination of the fine arts curriculum, where students have learned to persevere through difficulties with sewing machine bobbins, to apply their art technique to large scale scenery or digital backdrops, to rehearse dances until they are second nature, to design publications, to challenge themselves to be courageous in acting and singing, and to work as a whole to reach their goal. Every 8th grade student participates in the musical whether it's backstage or on center stage.

A large team of fine arts teachers guides them through this process leading props, set building, staging, choreography, musical direction, costumes, and publicity. First Presbyterian Church media staff provides the professional sound and lighting. The entire PS community, including alumni, fill the 880 seat auditorium and share in the joy of live performance. 

Presbyterian's 8th grade classes have performed the following musicals:

Annie, JR. (Class of 2002)
Music Man (Class of 2003)

5th Grade Musical

At the end of Lower School, the 5th grade experiences a smaller scale musical experience. They audition for speaking roles and solos, prepare group songs and choreographed movement and learn about staging and characterization. Those who like to work behind the scenes can assist with costume or set crews.

Presbyterian's 5th grade classes have performed the following musicals:

Dear Abby
Elephant's Child
Go West!
No Strings Attached