Providence High Arts
Providence's Performing Arts department engages students in a rigorous curriculum, focusing on both theory and practical application, and as a part of the larger Providence High School community which was founded on the principal of educating the whole human being, benefitting from a rich and robust academic and spiritual environment. Led by a team of highly qualified educators who are working professional artists themselves, Providence High Artists enjoy a vast network of resources widening their opportunity for success at every stage… high school, college and beyond.
In the landscape of remote learning, the department is engaging in a wide variety of resources and opportunities to nurture the development of our artists. All music courses will be utilizing digital music software along with creating virtual ensemble video and audio recordings. Soundtrap, Noteflight, and Smart Music allow our students to read, write, and create original content along with being able to collaborate in the music making process.
Drama courses will be strengthening student performers in technique, theatre history and application to further individual artistry in the digital landscape. Classes will incorporate writing, casting, and producing original and published work on platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo, and continue to train actors in a rigorous vocal and movement practice. Students will gain confidence and skill in both the digitized and live theatrical landscape.
Challenging times call for innovative approaches. The 2020 - 2021 performing arts season, produced for over a decade by DiscoveryOnstage From the Imagination Up, has been reimagined in response to the ever-changing landscape that surrounds us. Art matters, perhaps now more than ever, and therefore our themed season of productions will carry on, albeit looking quite different than in years past. Shows this year include: the launch of a hosted, episodic web-series featuring classwork highlights and individual pursuits from Choral Music, Drama, Dance, Instrumental Music and Visual Arts students; a Fall Choral and Instrumental Music concert filmed and edited entirely from the safety of home; an interactive new play workshop and Q&A, bringing students and playwrights together and presented as a live-stream event; a special Christmas episode of the aforementioned series; a Shakespearean crossover collaboration between students of Performance Extension and Instrumental Music; a socially-distanced, live-camera spring musical event (subject to CDC guidelines); the return of our successful Virtual High Arts Finale and Awards. As always, student artists will remain connected to the designing, building, branding and marketing of the season.
With artists studying at top tier colleges and universities including, USC, Chapman University, The New School, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Boston Conservatory and Philadelphia’s UArts, and making an impact on the world as professionals, the lessons learned while engaged at Providence High Arts provide a lifetime of return.
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