At Holderness, students explore their own identities and culture – and those of others – through theater, music, and dance.
The philosophy of our program is one of inclusion, not only with student participation but also in the representation of different social and ethnic backgrounds through dramatic works, music, and genres of dance. Our programs are open not only to seasoned performing arts students, but also to students who are new to performing and want to see what they can do. Throughout our program, more experienced students become leaders as they develop their craft and shepherd those who have not had the same opportunities.
Visit our Curriculum Guide for a full list of academic requirements and course descriptions.
Everyone has a story; what’s yours? This class explores all the components in finding your voice to tell a story through various styles and methods of articulation, including a Moth Radio Hour inspired approach to storytelling, spoken word poetry, and the more metered and energetic genre of slam. Students are trained in all of these styles and will have the opportunity to perform in one area of choice by the end of the semester.
All students are welcome and encouraged to try out for the annual fall play and spring musical. In recent years, students have staged well-known productions such as Blood Brothers and Mama Mia, as well as fun and original dramatic works.
Students in band play as an ensemble, practice solo and improvisational work, and perform throughout the year at many school events. Band musicians also have regular access to our in-house recording studio.