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MCDS Theatre Program

The Art of Performance

The theatre program is a creative space for students to explore their passion and to complete pre-professional training that prepares students for success in college and careers.
The structured training program is for talented beginners and advanced students with an emphasis on:
  • Individual growth
  • Discovery of personal strengths
  • Process-oriented work
  • The ensemble approach to theater
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Rising Stars

The program is for young artists who are serious about their craft.
Through challenging coursework and guidance from our faculty, students develop their skills in all aspects of theatre.
Students are immersed in theatre whether at school, attending masterclasses with Broadway Professionals or traveling on our annual New York City intensive.

Opportunities Abound

Our talented and dedicated students find a safe and supportive atmosphere of collaboration within the Center for the Arts.
There are numerous opportunities to perform in plays, musicals and other forms of storytelling where students gain confidence in themselves and make lifelong friends.

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Thespians Master the Craft

To become masters in the techniques of believable and creative acting, students learn to use their body and voices effectively on stage and interact naturally without self–consciousness through:
  • Improvisation exercises
  • Theatre games
  • Scene work
  • Monologue study
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The Ones Behind the Curtain

Students in Middle and Upper School can attend an official stagecraft class where they have the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of theater, such as lighting design and stage management from talented professionals in the field.

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  • Venues that Facilitate Excellence

    Our carefully designed curriculum and a wealth of artistic experiences come to life in our 636-seat John Davies Theater with state-of-the-art equipment for sound and lighting, as well as our 200-spectator black box theater and outdoor Nathan Hurst 89’ amphitheater.  
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MCDS Theatre
Brings Home Trophies

All students will have performance opportunities ranging from in-school productions to competitions, to events in the community. The students in our recognized program have won numerous awards at local, state and national levels.

Upper School 2019-2020

  • 19 SUPERIORs and 6 EXCELLENTs awarded at the Florida Thespian District 8 competition
  • Over 12 other awards from various conferences and competitions

Middle School 2019-2020

  • More than 15 awards earned by students
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      Drama Comes to Life 

Drama Comes to Life 

Our Thespian Troupe 4043 puts on two “main stage” productions a year: a comedy showcase written by students and faculty and a major musical production. Through collaboration, students explore and create a variety of theatrical events, developing a deeper appreciation for the arts.

Our students get involved as:

  • Actors
  • Stage managers
  • Directors
  • Make-up artists
  • Playwrights

Curtain Call 

In their senior year, our students have the chance to be coached on auditioning and prepared to apply competitively to fine arts college programs.
Past students have been accepted into top higher education programs in the performing arts nationally, including:
  • Emerson College, BFA Musical Theatre Program
  • Florida A&M
  • LIU Post, BFA Musical Theatre Program
  • MDS Fashion Institute
  • Nazareth, BFA Musical Theatre Program
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Tufts University
  • University of Michigan, Film
  • University of Miami
  • University of Colorado Boulder
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