Your Stage Awaits
Here at Knox, young artists discover how to harness their performing talents and convert those passions into magnetic performances that thrill and captivate fellow students, teachers, staff, and families. Our students have the opportunity to explore music, dance, and theatre arts, including our specialized program in Stagecraft. Our Performing Arts Program focuses on maximizing student strengths and providing a safe but challenging environment for skill development and personal growth.
Whether you program the light or you step into the light, whether it's The Shoemaker, the Performing Arts Studio, or the stone steps outside the Meeting Room, your stage awaits at Knox.
Whether singing in our Choir or playing guitar in our trimester recital, our students learn the power of music and discover the many occasions when music can entertain, enlighten, and console. They share the beauty of music at our coffeehouses and talent shows, our recitals and productions, our 9/11 Memorial and our commencement in the Elsa Eriksen Rose Garden behind Houghton Hall. Music permeates life at Knox.
Our actors learn the entire process of characterization, from script analysis to gestures, from prop manipulation to make-up application.
Most importantly, they develop a strong understanding of character through a series of playwriting exercises designed to help them read and interpret scripts from the playwright's point of view, providing our young actors with a thoroughly developed set of tools with which to approach auditions, cold readings, rehearsals, and performances.
Our Stagecraft course provides students with the foundational skills in technical theatre through applied learning experiences in set construction, scenic painting, costuming, props construction, and more.
Our scenic painters craft Shakespearean stages reimagined in an Art Deco style. Working with our full-size cyclorama and ETC Source-4s, our lighting students have the opportunity to create shadowy underground worlds where gamblers risk it all for love.
Choir students attend a concert performed by VOCE, a professional choir based in Hartford, Connecticut. The concert, featuring the music of contemporary composer Paul Mealor, was performed at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Click here to learn more about other Arts Adventures.
Students perform at our Coffee House in recognition of World AIDS Day. Click here to learn more about the event.
Sixth graders attach lauan plywood to the sides of a platform. The middle school students created a thrust stage (with audience seating and playing area) on our stage!
Dance students rehearse their interpretation of the song "Glory" from the film Selma. The students presented their moving tribute in our winter trimester recital in February 2016 as part of Black History Month.
Students perform Kiss Me, Kate on the stage of the Wm. Turner Shoemaker Theater. Click here to learn more about our theatre program.