Theatre is offered at the curricular level beginning in 5th grade and through Parish EXTEND for students as young as 4 years old. In addition, each academic year, PARISHarts holds open auditions for Middle and Upper School Musicals, and a wide variety of plays.
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The Parish Rosettes Drill Team is just one example of the extracurricular arts programs offered at Parish. These girls support Panther Athletics as well as put on a full length dance show in the Winter.
Dance at Parish begins as young as 18 months and permeates all the way through 12th grade. It is offered both as a curricular and extracurricular option as well as in the summer and afterschool ParishEXTEND program. At Parish, we believe the skills and knowledge learned in dance help students develop meaningful concepts of self, human relationships and their physical environments.
With over 100 students in the Middle School Band program, PARISHarts continues to enhance the educational experience of our students through music.
16 Upper School students are among the newest members of the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honor society for theatre students. To become a member, students must complete more than one hundred hours of acting or production work and be recognized for their academic excellence. Parish students in ITS Troupe 7292 were inducted during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 9. (Photo Gallery by Wiley Williams)
Contributions to the theatre department are measured in thespian “points” with each point representing 10 hours of work in the theatre department. The honorees include four new Honor Thespians (600 hours), one National Honor Thespian (1200 hours) and one International Honor Thespian (1800 hours).
Additionally, ITS honors a student’s academic achievements. Junior and senior thespians who have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher during their first three years of Upper School earn the distinction of a Scholar Pin. If they maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher they earn a Vice President’s Scholar Pin and if they maintain a 4.0 or greater GPA they earn a President’s Scholar Pin.
Wallis Dean 1310 hours National Honor Thespian – President’s List Scholar
Natalie Andrews 520 hours
Osbaldo Meza 420 hours
Elizabeth McIlyar 260 hours
Michael Griffin 160 hours
Other seniors making significant contributions, but not inducted, include: Kiyah Willis and Audrey Legate, both of whom contributed over 100 hours to the theatre program; and Mason Chen and JC Lyon performed in major productions.
Much of the hard work that keeps the thespian society going is done by the officers. Not only do they run each monthly meeting, but they organize the various activities and programs that the Thespian Society is in charge of during the year.
President: Emma Román
Vice President: Wallis Dean
Secretary: Rachel Wilson
Scribe: Sarah Wang
Treasurer: Samantha Yates
Congratulations to Thespian Troupe No: 7292 and the newest members.
Jordan Busch 100 hours
Lauren Chappell 100 hours
Kerra Markham 120 hours Vice President’s List Scholar
Nicole Gillette 160 hours President’s List Scholar
Julia Griffin 160 hours
Kate Kelly 160 hours
Sarah Siddons 160 hours
Taylor Payton 178 hours
Marley Evans 180 hours
Sela Grays 200 hours Vice President’s List Scholar
Alex Pechersky 260 hours
Josephine Zucker 260 hours
Claire Williams 330 hours
Lainey Brown 335 hours
Vivienne Verges 390 hours
Osbaldo Meza 420 hours
In a given year, PARISHarts produces more than 70 student performances!
Through the Independent Study Program students are given opportunities to further their knowledge and experiences in a particular discipline. The teacher in the discipline develops a curriculum for the study personalized to the passions of that particular student.