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.