The Performing Arts program at Morris
Catholic strives to provide students with a foundation of theatre knowledge to
prepare them for college level theatre education. Through a multi-level
course program consisting of elementary and advanced theatre education, the
performing arts programs gives its students the tools they need to study
acting, performance studies, directing, and technical theatre at a college
level. Courses include:
- Introduction to Performing Arts:
Introductory Theatre Education through Acting and Music
-Theatre Studies I: Acting Process and Theatre History
-Theatre Studies 2 and 3: Experiments
in Theatre Arts
addition to several performance opportunities, the theatre department has
developed working relationships with some Broadway production companies.
Theatre students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops at
Broadway theatres, and have talk-backs with the casts of current Broadway
Shows. Students will also have the opportunity to compete in state-wide
performing arts competitions.
Students can also take part in the drama club, which hosts monthly coffee
house fundraisers, where all students can come and perform and participate in
improvisational and theatre games.
Young singers and musicians have the
ability to learn from experienced teachers in the wide variety of academic courses.
The courses are unique because students of all different grade levels and with
all different musical skills can come together and learn together and from each
other. Our faculty has the ability to teach students of all different
skill levels, and help each individual student develop their skills on their
particular instrument. Courses include:
- Concert Band
- MC Singers
- Music Theory
Students in the music department are
invited to participate in the work-shops and field trips that the theatre
students go on, as both programs benefit from the educational experience of
Broadway professionals. Music students may also choose to perform in the pit
band of the spring musical, an exciting and intense experience designed to teach
young musicians how to rehearse and prepare for live performance.
musicians can also take part in music ministry, an organization that prepares
and performs the music for all of the school religious ceremonies. The music
ministry is a wonderful organization that helps to make Morris Catholic's
Masses moving experiences.
All students involved in the music program can perform in our annual
Christmas and Spring Concerts, which are the chief performances for all of the
Talented and dedicated faculty work
to teach students of all different artistic levels how to create and respond to
visual arts. While budding artists can develop their talents through
upper level courses, all students can take part in art classes and gain an
appreciation of the art world. Morris Catholic also possesses the facilities
and the technology required for students to develop skills required for the
field of graphic arts. Some of our courses include:
Students have the opportunity to
display their work at our Winter and Spring Art Shows, two events that feature
a wide array of paintings, drawings, graphic designs, and sculpture. Our Art
Shows are sophisticated events that coincide with the Winter and Spring Music
Concerts, providing two rich evenings of different artistic genres.
also have the opportunity to paint and design sets for the annual fall dramas
and spring musicals. These volunteer student artists help make the
productions possible, and have the opportunity to see their work function for
the performing artists in an active context. Students may also
participate in the Art Club, and after-school organization that allows student
artists to continue exploring their passions after the school day ends.