Seacrest Students begin speaking on stage in Preschool and their first musical production is in Kindergarten.
Our choral and theatre departments work closely together to give our students many chances to sing, act, dance, and perform. From school musicals to our monthly Friday Fling, our students develop confidence on stage from an early age.
On Fridays, our performing arts students help lead our Friday Flag ceremonies. From the Star Spangled Banner, to original songs, Seacrest shines with talented students.
Seacrest Prepared me to be a leader in general. Whether at work, in the recording studio, or anywhere I go, I've noticed my leadership qualities coming through since I left Seacrest."
Sydney Richards '15 Recording Artist
Monthly Friday Fling
Spring All School Musical
Middle School Musical
K-5th Grade Musicals
Friday Flag Ceremony
There are limitless opportunities for students to discover their musical talent throughout their Lower, Middle and Upper School experience. Singers in every grade level are featured at Seacrest’s annual Holiday Concert and Spring Recital, but the Seacrest vocal education expands far beyond two yearly performances.
Seacrest’s choral program begins in the Lower School. Our youngest students engage in ensemble and solo work, study basic music theory, follow musical instruction, and learn to read music. Our Lower School singers perform annually in grade-level plays of their own creation. They are featured in the Lower School Holiday Program and at special events.
With a strong background in the basics, Seacrest’s Middle School students focus on hone their vocal and performance skills. Classes focus on advanced sight-reading and ear-training skills. The choir performs both on campus and in the Naples community, gracing the stages of various churches and concert halls. Their repertoire ranges from classical music to today’s Top 40 hits, and includes music written in foreign languages.
Alumni of the Seacrest choral program have gone on to study opera, musical theatre, vocal technique, music production, and music composition.
The Seacrest theatre program provides a comprehensive education in the art of performing, the history of the stage and technical aspects of theatre. Seacrest thespians showcase their abilities at several events throughout the year, which are highly anticipated by students, faculty and members of the Southwest Florida community.
While formal theatre education does not begin until Middle School, Seacrest’s Lower School students receive classroom training in several performance skills including public speaking. Throughout the year, the students deliver speeches and give presentations in front of the entire school during Seacrest’s weekly Flag Ceremony. Lower School students perform annually in grade-level plays of their own creation.
Students continue their exposure to theatre in Middle School, where they are able to take theatre classes. Middle School students perform an annual musical, complete with formal rehearsals, lighting and sound design, scenery, and costumes. This hands-on approach to theatre cultivates a love for the performing arts that many students carry with them for the rest of their lives.
The Upper School Theatre department offers an intense program for students who are serious about theatre education. Theatre classes move beyond performance skills and delve into theatre history, acting theories, set design techniques, lighting and sound technology, directing skills, and playwriting. The Upper School theatre students annually create a completely student-produced play and a spring musical that involves students (and faculty) of all ages.
Seacrest theatre students regularly perform in the local community in locations such as Artis–Naples, the Sugden Theater, and Opera Naples. Alumni of the Seacrest theatre program have gone on to study theatre at prestigious programs including Elon University, Columbia College Chicago, and Florida State University.
Through Seacrest's music and band program, our students develop a strong foundation in instrumental performance. They gain an appreciation for the beauty of composition and the discipline needed to achieve success in music. Seacrest's band members play at various times during the year all over Southwest Florida. From the Sugden Community Theatre to internal performances to regional and state competitions, our students gain valuable experience participating in musical ensembles.
The Lower School music program aims to excite students about the joy of music. Seacrest's Holiday Instrumental Concert and the Spring Instrumental Concert are yearly opportunities for our Lower School students to perform for parents. In the fifth grade, students are required to participate in band.
In the Middle and Upper School, band students learn:
- proper care and maintenance of their instruments
- fundamental tone production
- to develop listening skills
- fundamental musical notation
- appropriate phrasing
- responsible ensemble performance
- appropriate musical style
- an understanding of how music relates to our culture and to other cultures around the world