After School Programs

Mission: After School Arts provides a supplemental and in-depth experience that builds on skills learned in the classroom, fosters a love for the arts, and expands artistic expression. Through visual and performing arts, students have the opportunity to continue studies in a small group class.

Students: 6-12th grade students

Currently in the hybrid and virtual learning models, we are only offering these virtual programs -

Middle School:

  • Instrumental Music, Piano Lab

Upper School

  • Drama Club, Piano Lab, Musical Theatre Club

ABOUT THE PROGRAMS

Musical Theatre Club (US)
The musical theatre club provides opportunities for those upper school students with a passion for musical theatre.  The club strives to be an inclusive community that provides its members with opportunities to perform, design, direct, and produce musical theatre productions and cabarets.  During the first semester, the club will produce a series of virtual cabarets and fall showcase. The fall showcase will be a creative collaborative show that will demonstrate each students’ individual talents. (maximum amount of students = 15 students)

Piano Lab (MS/US)
Calling all piano people!  Students with special interest in developing their piano skills can meet one-on-one with Ms. Dillard and with similar level peer groups to share songs, discuss techniques, and get answers to all their piano-related questions.  You can be an absolute beginner to join, or have taken some piano lessons, or are looking to expand your repertoire with improvisation, composition, or add a new genre to the mix.  You just need practice. 

Instrumental Music (MS Band)
The instrumental music program provides an opportunity for students who have a background in instrumental music to continue to develop their playing ability through participation in small ensembles.  Students will learn exercises to improve their tone production, tone quality, and technique.  Through rehearsal, students will improve their sight-reading skills and acquire the confidence to present a successful performance. Students will discover a wide variety of repertoire through both performing and listening.  Students learning an instrument for the first time may enroll with the permission/recommendation of teachers.

Drama Club (US)
Are you ready to take your acting to the next level?  Would you like to make your mark designing sets, costumes, lights, and sound? There is a role for everyone in Drama club? Together we will create a theatre ensemble where everyone has a part to play from the auditions to the final bow. Using theatre games and improv we will continue to hone the skills that great theatre artists use to create strong characters and tell compelling stories. Throughout the semester we will be exploring improv, theme theatre, monologues, and one act plays. So, whether you are preparing monologues for auditions, or just want to come have fun onstage don’t throw away your shot! Come join us for a great year of theatre in a great team building experience.

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Please contact Ms. Elsbeth Fager (efager@holychild.org), Director of Visual and Performing Arts, if you have any questions about the visual and performing arts program.

 

Faculty

Elsbeth Fager

Director of Visual and Performing Arts
MS and US Music
301.365.0955

Sonya Payne

Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair
US Arts Teacher
301.365.0955

Cynthia Dillard

MS and US Music
301.365.0955

Justine Verheul

Dance and Musical Theatre
301.265.0955

James Carpenter

Theatre Instructor
MS and US Theatre Technical Director
301.365.0955

Kasey OBoyle

MS and US Art Teacher
301.365.0955