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At Country Day, every student has the chance to shine as they begin performing in front of peers, parents, and faculty as young as junior kindergarten. Performances are often curriculum-based and help build confidence and develop communication and public speaking skills.

The progression of performance skills continues through Middle School and culminates in Upper School with 10 theater arts courses and participation in award-winning productions. 

Lion King

Middle School Musical, The Lion King, Jr.

Jenny GoodfellowDirector of Upper School Theater Arts

Success is not achieved without the full synergy of the school. Whether you are sewing on a button for a costume, buying a ticket to a production, cheering on your Lower School child’s stage debut, an administrator considering a new idea, or an alumni returning for performances, it all creates the community of engagement and ultimately, a successful program.”

Drama in all Divisions

At a Glance

Across all divisions, the theater arts program involves:

  • 878 cast members and 40 crew members
  • 53 performances per year
  • 275 parent and faculty volunteers
  • 530+ hours of rehearsal

Notable Achievements

Our student thespians participate and regularly receive awards for direction, acting, production design, and choreography in state, regional, and international competitions.

  • The Blumey Awards
  • The Fringe Festival, Scotland
  • NC Theater Association
  • NC Theatre Conference Regional High School Play Festival