Drama and its appreciation are important parts of the enrichment program. Participation encourages cooperation and teamwork and helps to develop confidence and poise. The Upper School fall play and spring musical provide stages for student actors, enlist the assistance of student technicians and stagehands, and encourage the participation of parent volunteers.
Upper School theater involves active experimentation, fostering creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving. Courses include experiential acting classes for students interested in learning about the acting process, as well as for students who are experienced performers. Courses are also available for students who wish to learn more about aspects of theater production, including direction and stagecraft.
The award-winning GSB Players stage two productions each year, a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. In addition, students taking coursework in directing showcase their craft by staging one-act plays each spring. The "S'PACCtacular" or "Joe Show", a student-led talent show, provides further opportunities to perform. Recent performances include The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Pippin.
The Upper School offers choral music coursework and performance opportunities for a range of abilities and interests. Students enrolled in Concert Choir are invited to audition for extracurricular choirs, including the Knightingales and Blue in the Face. These groups meet evenings during the week and focus on more sophisticated musical works.
Music theory courses provide a deep understanding of how music works and the elements of construction. Students in music theory can arrange pieces for the choral concerts, giving them a chance to debut their work.