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Theatre at Kent DenverDive into roles that transport actors and audiences alike. Through our acting classes and extracurricular theatre activities, students learn to take the stage and transform the set while putting on high-caliber productions. 

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Students interested in the dramatic arts have a wide array of classes and extracurricular offerings to choose from each year. In middle school, students in 6th grade are exposed to the basics of theatre as part of their arts rotation. In 7th and 8th grade, students practice communication skills and gain confidence on stage through Theatre 1 and 2.

In the two-year, conservatory-style Acting I and II sequence in the Upper School, students are introduced to and explore basic techniques in acting through movement, physical and vocal exercises, improvisation, script analysis, scene work, monologues and short plays.

In Guerilla Rep Honors, students work together to devise and stage original theatrical pieces for performance. Ensemble members are responsible for all creative and technical elements of production, discovering all that our theatre program has to offer.

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Technical Theatre

In our Technical Theatre Workshop, starting in 6th grade, students get their first hands-on application into the art of technical theatre as part of their arts rotation. By 7th and 8th grade, students are supporting the Middle School Fall Play or Spring Musical through set builds, lights and sound, all while learning the technical elements required to produce a play or musical.

As part of the Upper School Technical Theatre Workshop, students work year-round to maintain the theatrical spaces, make general improvements to the arts facilities and support both the Upper School Fall Play and Winter Musical while also providing technical support for all events happening in the Student Center for the Arts.

Advanced technical theatre students have the opportunity to participate in an asynchronous program that supports all assemblies, programs and after school theatrical events as part of Practicum in Advanced Technical Theatre. Students enrolled in this program not only gain credit for their time, but they are paid to support Kent Denver programs in the arts facilities that occur outside of normal school hours.

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Extracurricular Offerings

Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular theatre opportunities throughout the year, including the Fall Play, Winter Musical and spring One-Act Play Festival.

  • Past Upper School Productions:
    • Little Women
    • Fiddler On the Roof
    • The House of Bernarda Alba
    • The Wizard of Oz

In the Middle School, students can participate in Winter One-Acts as an extracurricular or the Fall Play and Spring Musical for class credit.

  • Past Middle School Productions:
    • Matilda Jr.
    • The Still Life of Iris
    • Willy Wonka Jr.
    • The Many Disguises of Robin Hood
    • Newsies Jr.

Kent Denver Theatre Productions

Enjoy these photo galleries from Kent Denver's recent theatre productions!

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