The Mount de Sales Choral program consists of three performing ensembles for upper school students. The Concert Choir is a compilation of all choral students, beginning and advanced; the Women’s Choir/Show Choir is an advanced girls ensemble; and the Cavalier Chorale is an auditioned mixed ensemble. We also offer Introduction to Choral Music, a freshman based ensemble that is offered for students who may have little choral experience. This ensemble does perform as part of The Concert Choir. 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 Peace Day Assembly, Veterans Day Assembly, 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 perform a program called Candlelight Carol Service at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Second semester performances for Chorus students include The Cherry Blossom Festival, 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.
One Act Play, theatre design and puppetry, speech and acting, and theatre tech 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. Theatre design and puppetry, allows students to look at many aspects of design in theatre, including the creation of costumes, props and sets, and the incorporation of puppetry arts. Students will combine these skills to stage a performance of a poem or similar short piece. In the Spring, Speech and Acting blends together aspects of a traditional Speech class with an in depth study of the techniques used in public speaking, along with acting techniques and exploring a variety of characters. Students are challenged to overcome the common fear of “speaking/performing in public” and investigate the number of forums in which this is and also delve into character development through pantomime, improvisation, monologue, and scene study. In this class students will also have the opportunity to write and perform/direct their own short pieces. The theatre tech class is geared to teach the “behind the scenes” work of the theatre, such as building sets and developing lighting plots, which help the students gain a better appreciation of the theatre. This class will focus on the production of the Spring Musical.
In the middle school, eighth graders have the option of taking an Introduction to Theatre Arts class which serves as a survey of different facets of acting. This class covers the basics of performance. 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. Middle school students are encouraged to audition for the schoolwide Spring Musical, where they will have the opportunity to work together with high school students on this production.
We offer two productions each year:
- One Act Play competition for Upper School students enrolled in the class
- Spring Musical, which is open to 6th-12th graders