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.
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
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
Two Blumey Awards
In 2022, Anastasia won two Blumeys for Best Choreography and Best Direction. Overall, the production garnered eight nominations:
Best Supporting Actress (Grace Tingen '23)
Best Actress TOP 6 (Sophie Davis '22)
Best Actor TOP 6 (Lance Toppin '23)
Best Stage Manager TOP 6 (Emma Taylor '22)