Setting the stage for our performing arts department is the Coville Theater. Each year, more than two dozen performing groups and events grace its stage. It is a magnet for MPH students, not only for the aspiring Broadway star (recent graduates have appeared in the Broadway in productions of Mama Mia, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Little house on the Prairie, and The Addams Family), but also for the quiet scholar who feels comfortable enough in his or her surroundings to take a chance.
Students’ passion and talent is shaped through classes and activities that range from string quartets and jazz ensembles to orchestra and band, and include concert chorale large ensembles, plays, and full-scale Broadway-style musical productions.
MPH also has a strong dance program, offering one of the only full-credit, high school level dance courses in the Central New York area. One of the beauties of the performing arts program at MPH is this: when presented with a talented student, from whatever walk of life, MPH has the faculty, the resources, and the passion to allow that student to fully inhabit his or her own talent.
The strength of the MPH performing arts program is evidenced by the extent to which its students excel in outside theater, dance, and musical organizations. Among them are musical organizations, which include the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) the Onondaga County Music Educators Association (OCMEA), All-County, Area All-State, Conference All-State, Syracuse Children's Chorus, Syracuse Youth Orchestra, and Syracuse Stage. We are very proud that nearly 90% of Upper School students are also performing artists. To play an instrument, dance, or sing provides the creative heart of MPH.
There are a variety of performing arts groups available for students of all ages.For additional information, please contact Michele Koziara, Chair of the Performing Arts Department.
- This year's Upper School play is, "All in the Timing," a collection of short comedic vignettes by David Ives. Director Louis DiNolfi urges all Upper Schoolers to audition, regardless of past theater experience. Audition information and a signup sheet are posted on the bulletin board outside Mrs. Gregory's office. Auditions will be held Monday, Sept. 23, with call-backs on Tuesday, Sept. 24, both in the Coville Theater from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. The first read-through of the play will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 3:15 p.m. Rehearsals will begin Thursday, Sept. 26.
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