Upper School theater courses encourage active experimentation, fostering creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving. Course offerings include experiential acting classes for students interested in learning about the acting process as well as for students who are experienced performers. In addition, courses are available for students who wish to learn more about aspects of theater production, including direction and stagecraft.
The 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 Joe Show, a student-led talent show, provides further opportunities to performance.
The Upper School offers a choral music coursework and performance opportunities
for a range of abilities and interests. Students enrolled in Concert Choir are invited to audition for three extracurricular choirs, The Knight Brigade (boys), The Knightingales (girls) and Knight Voices (mixed). Students are also eligible to audition for an advanced vocal ensemble, The Gillharmonics. These groups meet Wednesday evenings and focus on more sophisticated musical works.
Courses in music theory provide a deep understanding of how music works and the elements of construction. Students in music theory often arrange pieces for the choral concerts, giving them a chance to debut their work.