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PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM

The Performing Arts Department is dedicated to providing all students the opportunity to experience, explore and learn through formal and informal instruction in theater, dance, and music - both vocal and instrumental.

Theater

While at Kents Hill students can take classes in acting, playwriting, theater history, stagecraft, drama as literature and production. In addition, the theater program stages two shows each trimester. This includes the opportunity for student-directed and produced shows. Performances vary in style, length and genre, ranging from monologues to one-acts, to full-length Broadway shows.

A special tradition, The Young People's Holiday Show is performed for local elementary schools during the third week in December and includes a performance by the Kents Hill Singers. Other traditions include a musical in the spring and a theater exchange with Kents Hill's sister school, Kent College Pembury, located just south of London, England.

Recent shows include:  Picasso at the Lapin Agile, How to Succeed in Business without Even Trying, Guys and Dolls, Waiting for Godot, Into the Woods, The Breakfast Club, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, Lucky Stiff, Mullen's Alley, Actor's Nightmare, and Pippin. 

Vocal Music

The Kents Hill Singers continue a century-old tradition of choral music at Kents Hill. The class meets outside the academic schedule in order to enable any interested student to participate. The Kents Hill Singers is a year-long program; students may participate on an extra-curricular basis or for academic credit. The Singers perform at numerous school occasions over the course of the year, including Family Weekend, Awards Assembly, and the annual Vespers service in December. Singers of all levels are encouraged to join.

Students may also audition for the District III Honors Chorus and the Maine All-State Chorus; Kents Hill usually sends one or more students to these festivals each year.

 

Instrumental Music
Kents Hill supports five different bands. The Kents Hill Jazz Ensemble is the largest of the four bands, supporting up to 25 members, and plays a range of music from traditional jazz and swing to rock, blues, reggae, funk, and ballads. Each song is arranged by the instructor and tailored to the ensemble. All instruments are welcome and improvisation is highly encouraged. Rock Band focuses on classic and modern rock performances and is broken up into two sections. The Heavy Rock Band plays more metal and hard rock pieces and the Light Rock Band focuses on classic rock and alternative rock pieces. Acoustic Band is a performance group which works exclusively with acoustic instruments. The group is supported by a spring elective class which encourages students to broaden their acoustic experience beyond guitars to playing mandolins, banjos and other more traditional string instruments. Fusion Band is Kents Hill’s advanced level performance group. Fusion focuses on creating original compositions and practicing improvisational skills.

 

The Music Program also offers several trimester electives in the study of music and music production:
Studio Recording
Fundamental Music Theory
Advanced Music Theory
Acoustic Band

 

Performing Arts Schedule 2015-16

Thursday, Oct. 8th 8:10 PM 
Fall Family Weekend Show

Thursday, Nov. 12th 7:30 PM
Studio Performance

Thursday, Dec. 10th
Holiday Reception Choral Performance 

Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec. 15th & 16th (Time TBD)
Young People's Holiday Show

Thursday, Dec. 17th 7 PM
Holiday Music Assembly

Thursday, Jan 21st 7 PM
Ensembles Performance

Friday, Feb 12th 7:30 PM
Winter Play

Thursday, Apr. 21st 8:10 PM
Spring Musical

Friday, Apr. 22nd 7 PM
Spring Musical

Thursday, May 12th 7PM
Spring Ensembles Performance

Friday, May 20th 7 PM
Spring Music Assembly

Friday, May 27th 7 PM
Awards Assembly Chorus Performance 

For more informaiton please call the school or contact
Mr. George Dunn- gdunn@kentshill.org

 

Kents Hill Partners with Snow Pond School

Kents Hill School has announced a partnership with the Snow Pond Center for the Arts, Maine’s premier arts education center, and the Snow Pond Community Music School. This relationship will result in the ability of both day and boarding students at the school to study with Snow Pond’s esteemed faculty.

Violin/viola instructor Betsy Kobayashi will be on campus to provide private lessons as well as lead an all-KHS chamber music ensemble. In addition, students will have the ability to study guitar, percussion, piano and voice with other instructors available through the Snow Pond Community Music School.

“We are thrilled to be offering this opportunity to our students,” said Head of School Patrick McInerney. “We have several families with students already studying with Snow Pond faculty and the ability to take lessons with them on the Hill will be a major convenience for them.” 

“I am delighted that we are forming this partnership with Kents Hill School to offer lessons and ensembles for students during the school day.,” said Joanna Nelson, Director of Snow Pond Community Music School. “By sending our faculty to Kents Hill, we will enable many more KHS students with rigorous academic schedules to participate in individual lessons and chamber music and nurture their musical selves.”

As part of the School’s Strategic Plan, the Bodman Center for the Performing Arts has added two practice rooms and expanded the sound and light booth for performances. This work is expected to be completed by the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

Kents Hill families interested in learning more about taking lessons may contact Assistant Head of School Erika Penczer at epenczer@kentshill.org or 207-685-1622.



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