The Drama program at Calvary Day School is as varied as the students who participate in it. Productions each year include musicals, one act plays, various skits, and special performances for students. The students are at the core of the Drama program, and the teachers and directors are dedicated to developing the abilities of students by offering challenging roles and compelling productions.
The annual Spring Musical is easily the largest production of the year. For this culminating dramatic event, the director gathers talent from the entire school. A Lower School student may share his/her talent by acting or dancing alongside Upper School students who star in lead roles, wowing audiences with superior singing and acting. Beloved classics like Fiddler On The Roof; Bye, Bye Birdie; and Annie have been performed, as well as contemporary hits like High School Musical.
During the fall semester, young thespians can hone their acting skills by participating in the One Act Play. The GHSA hosts regional and state One Act Play competitions each fall. In recent years Calvary’s One Act cast has enjoyed a Best Actor win, and the school has been among the top three in the regional competition multiple times. The One Act cast and crew are responsible for the entire production from curtain-rise to the final scene, and judging is based on ensemble, characterization, set design, and overall performance.
In the spring, the GHSA hosts the annual Literary Events Competition. The Literary Events Competition consists of a number of solo and group competitions, and drama students select a dramatic monologue of no more than ten minutes to perform for the judges. The actors have no costumes, props, or sets of any kind; they must amaze the judges with sheer ability. Calvary’s literary team continues to be a Region 3-A championship team. At the state level, the literary team has enjoyed several strong showings and rankings in the top five schools overall.