Everyone has a story to tell. Stories define who we are, who we want to be, where we’ve come from—stories give life to alternative places, visions, and dreams. St. Stephen’s Fine Arts Program is built around magnifying the voices of our young storytellers. Through music, drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, and theatre, St. Stephen’s students are provided an opportunity to create and re-present their visions. Our Fine Arts Program is fully integrated with the core curriculum and our students are provided creative outlets to express what they are learning in history, math, literature, and science.
FINE ARTS CLASS OFFERINGS
From Kindergarten on, St Stephens students are offered a full range of creative studio art opportunities from drawing and painting to multi-media and sculpture projects. They study art history in the art room and experience it first hand through visits to museums and visits with guest artists. Our students are offered opportunities to compete at the local, state and national levels.
From the earliest levels, the music program at St. Stephen’s strives to support a lifelong love of creating, performing, and listening to music. The youngest students focus on developing pitch and rhythm through seasonal songs, games, stories, and playing instruments. Starting in Kindergarten, students continue to develop their aural training and begin their journey into music notation, utilizing Kodaly-influenced materials. In the upper levels, the students gain a deeper understanding of music history in their classes and in our outstanding choral program.
Students will have the opportunity work with professional filmmaker and producer Stefan Blozinski and Anita Long. The film courses cover storyboarding, production, editing, acting, sound, location scouting, and casting. Students will study the history of filmmaking. They will enter into film festivals on local and statewide levels. View Film Videos Here!
This all-encompassing introduction to theatre arts will serve new young artists as they take their first steps toward understanding "the basics" of theatre. Students will gain a better understanding the inner workings of theatre concepts, principales, and practices, as well as an expanded knowledge of theatre history. This course will provide the strong foundation to continue a pursuit of the arts, while enhancing other non-arts skills such as public speaking, the ability to collaborate with others, and the constructive feedback.
This school year we have two companies, junior and senior, who will perform musicals. Our Junior Company consists of students in Kindergarten through Lower Elementary, while our Senior Company consists of students in grades 4-8.
The 2019-20 season features:
JR. Company ( Kidergarten through Lower Elementary) performing BUGZ! A musical for young voices by John Jacobson and John Higgins
There’s going to be a picnic, and everyone is pitchin’in…the Lady Bugs are in charge of proper etiquette, the Army Ants will handle security, the Fireflies are in charge of lightning, and entertainment will be provided by the Bumble Bees. Looks like everything is set! But what’s this.! ?! the stinky bug wants to come too! Buzz on over to the country-style hoedown and help the critters rescue the party! This musical features original songs and clever rhyming dialogue. We will be casting all sorts of critters!
Mandatory parent meeting will be August 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in Pecore Hall. Audition sign up will take place at this meeting and yes, children are welcome!
Rehearsals will be held on Wednesday’s after school and some Saturdays.
Show dates: November 20 and 21, 2019.
Please see audio tracks below.
SR. Company (Grades 4 through 8) performing Glee! Experimental musical revue!
The Fox Television show “Glee” brought thousands of kids into the world of singing! It sparked in interest in performing that we had never seen before. We will be singing and performing great musical arrangements from the show, interspersed with monologues and scenes that are relative to today’s generation.
Mandatory parent meeting to audition September 30, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in Pecore Hall. Students must attend.
Audition date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 form 9:00 a.m. to noon in 10 minute-slots given at parent meeting.
Auditions: Two contrasting songs memorized with accompaniment link, two 30-second contrasting monologues memorized and character driven.
There will be no call backs for this show as it is an ensemble show. Solos, duets, and monologues will be chosen as we develop the show. First impressions for soloists and monologues will be at the audition so please be prepared as your audition just maybe picked for the show!
Rehearsal will be held on Wednesdays and some Saturdays.
Show dates: March 5 and 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Nave
Note: During the 2020-21 season, we will revert back to what we call the St. Stephens Company. These musicals, performed by students in grades 1-8, are held in Rice University’s Hamman Hall at full-scale musical production.