Performances

Performances at St. Michael’s Country Day School

At St. Michael’s, we offer many performance opportunities throughout the year, across the grade levels and in various aspects of our Arts program. Many of them are recorded and available for online viewing, and will be archived here for the community to watch on their own schedule.

Please enjoy this opportunity to look back on many of our talented students and their past performances!

Scroll down for Drama Performances, click HERE for Chorus Performances.

Holiday Videos 2023

A Christmas Carol

This holiday classic was performed by the Acting Workshop Class, with tech support by the Stagecraft class. Directed by Christina Johnston, scenic design by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman.

December 8 & 9, 2023

Holiday

Extravaganza

An evening of music, poetry, and art to celebrate the season, with musical performances, readings and artwork provided by students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

ArtsFest

May, 2023

The St. Michael’s Acting Workshop Class proudly presents a trio of whimsical plays, directed by Christina Johnston and performed as part of ArtsFest 2023. Please enjoy!

“Replacing Linda” by Kimberly Barger (No one could bake cookies quite liker her…)
“My Name is Leslie” by Larry Blamire (At a very dysfunctional restaurant, not too far from here…)
“Check, Please!” by Jonathan Rand (It’s so hard to find true love these days, or even a reasonable date…)

Robin Hood

March, 2023

The St. Michael’s Theatre Ensemble proudly presents Larry Blamire’s “Robin Hood“, directed by Christina Johnston and designed by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman. The cast of fifth through eighth grade actors transports the audience back in time to Medieval England, and brings to life the exploits of the outlaw folk hero and his band of Merry Men as they seek justice for the residents of Sherwood Forest, complete with exciting fight scenes, a lot of drama and even a little romance. Enjoy!

2022 Holiday Videos

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, this holiday classic was brought to life by a cast of sixth through eighth grade students in the Acting Workshop Class with tech support by the Stagecraft class. Directed by Christina Johnston, scenic design by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman.

Holiday

Extravaganza

An evening of music, poetry, and art to celebrate the season, with musical performances, readings and artwork provided by students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

December 15, 2022

Grinch Sneak Peek

Here’s a look behind the scenes into rehearsal for the 2022 production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Video by Gavin Braman

The Arabian Nights

March, 2022

Adapted from “The Tale of a Thousand Nights and a Night,” this is the fascinating story of Scheherazade, who saves her own life by telling the king a wondrous tale each evening and continuing through until dawn – when she is supposed to be killed, except that the King always allows her to live in order to finish the next story. In this way, she suspends her death sentence for one thousand and one nights, and slowly heals the King’s broken heart in the process. It’s a wonderful example of the power of storytelling, as these re-imaginings of ancient folktales transform hatred into love.

The Acting Workshop and Stagecraft classes are proud to present Arabian Nights, directed by Christina Johnston and designed by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman.

Arabian Nights 2022

It’s a Wonderful Life

December 2021

The beloved cinematic masterpiece comes to life this year as a delightful student film filled with the spirit of the Christmas season. A bumbling wayward angel named Clarence Odbody is selected as the heavenly choice to help George Bailey, a man of unrealized dreams, discover the treasures of family, friends and life itself.

The Acting Workshop and Stagecraft classes are proud to present their adaptation of this holiday classic, directed by Christina Johnston and designed by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman.

Happy Holidays, and enjoy!

It's a Wonderful Life 2021

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

June 2021

Happiness is… great musical theatre! With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. They explore life’s great questions as they fly kites, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes, and celebrate the joy of friendship.

Directed by Mrs. Johnston and designed by Mrs. Hileman, the St. Michael’s grade 8 Drama students are delighted to offer you this heartwarming musical.

You're a Good man, Charlie Brown

The Day The Internet Died

April 2021

On a sunny day in the town of Bloomington, a devastating occurrence happens. No, it’s not famine, or floods, or loss of your basic rights. The internet has gone down! And it will continue to be down! For a week! A whole week! Pandemonium! In a world that is so dependent on the internet for shopping, mailing, and posting pictures of cute babies, how will society function? Not well as it turns out. The Day the Internet Died hilariously explores how inept we are at socializing, research, and basic human interactions when we don’t have a screen to look at.

St. Michael’s 6/7 Drama and Mrs. Johnston are delighted to offer you this hilarious comedy – please enjoy!

2021 - The Day the Internet Died

For a little Halloween-inspired viewing:

Spooky Stories

a trio of 1940’s radio plays by Lucille Fletcher

“Sorry Wrong Number”

“The Hitchhiker”

“The Diary of Sophronia Winters”

directed by Christina Johnston

performed and recorded by the Fall 2020 8th grade Drama Class

 

We are proud to present this series of spine-tinglers, appropriate for middle school and up, just in time for Halloween.

We invite you to imagine being transported to an old-time radio studio, where you have the opportunity to watch three classic radio suspense plays being recorded. The sound effects and actors’ lines combined weave a spell and create a story, as they would have at the time when these radio dramas were popular. In this day and age when we rely on TV, the movies, and video for our images, we invite you to use your imagination instead and allow the actors voices to bring to life these three Spooky Stories.

Spooky Stories 2020

HOLIDAY SHOWS of years past

St. Michael’s Drama and Mrs. Johnston invite you to take a look back at holiday performances past! Even though we can’t be together in the theatre this year, we still want to celebrate the joy of the season (as well as the creative talent of the St. Michael’s actors and techies). Please enjoy a tour down memory lane with these shows put on by the Acting Workshop class in years past, and have a very happy and very safe holiday!

2019 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

2018 A Christmas Carol

2017 - It's a Wonderful Life

Want more??

Click this LINK to access the full online Vimeo Showcase for Theatre at St. Michael’s, including performances from both TASM camp as well as the SMS school year.

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