Performing Arts

Choral Music

The Mount de Sales Choral program consists of two performing ensembles for upper and middle school students. The Cavalier Chorale is a year-long commitment ensemble for beginning and advanced upper school students. At the middle school level, each grade also has the opportunity of choosing chorus as a semester elective.

The Choral Ensembles of Mount de Sales perform various concerts throughout the year and provide leadership in the music ministry of school masses and prayer services. The first semester performances include the Moving Up Day Mass, Band & Chorale Fall Concert, and the Mercy Day Celebration, as well as an annual Christmas concert that students at St. Joseph’s, St. Peter Claver and Sacred Heart attend. Chorale also performs a program called Candlelight Carol Service at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Second semester performances for Chorus students include the Celebration of the Arts and graduation events such as Baccalaureate Mass. The Mount de Sales choral ensembles are available to perform for civic and church groups in the Middle Georgia Community.

Drama

One Act Play/Theatre Performance, Intro to Technical Theatre, and Advanced Technical Theatre have been incorporated into the upper school’s curriculum. One Act Play class is focused on the preparation and rehearsal of the selected play for the GHSA One Act Play competition in the Fall. Students will learn about performance, characterization and delivery, as well as auditioning for and rehearsing for the show itself. Intro to Technical Theatre will be a survey course for students new to the theatre arts to learn all aspects of what goes on behind the scenes in putting on a production.  The class will work on set and prop build for the One Act Play, and Middle School Christmas Production, as well as learning about lights and sound and other technical aspects. In the Spring, Advanced Technical Theatre will allow students with more experience in theatre arts to delve deep into design and creation of sets, props, costumes, lighting and sound.  This class will focus on the production of the Spring Musical as well as the Middle School Spring Production.

In the middle school, sixth, seventh and eighth graders have the option of taking an Exploring the Theatre class. This is a one semester class that students can take up to three times as they progress through the grades, designed with a 3-year curriculum covering all aspects of theatre arts, both on stage and behind the scenes. This class covers the basics of performance and some technical aspects. Students will gain self-confidence and a greater awareness of their environment through theatre games, pantomime, and improvisation. There will also be opportunities for scene study and character work. Each semester this class will culminate with either a Christmas or spring short production that they will work toward during their class time.

We offer four productions each year:

  • One Act Play competition for Upper School students enrolled in the class
  • Spring Musical, which is open to 9th-12th graders
  • Middle School Christmas Production, for students enrolled in the first semester class
  • Middle School Spring Production, for students enrolled in the second semester class