Performing arts are an important part of The Hudson School’s heritage. Theater and music are integrated into the curriculum, and are offered as supplemental activities beyond the school day for both upper and middle schools.
Theater, like teaching, is about the journey not a finish line.
Vivian Hasbrouk, Performing Arts Chair
Each year, THS offers upper school students a broad selection of electives, which run based on student interest. The following courses are part of our curriculum, but are not necessarily offered every year: AP Music Theory, Country and Conscience Drama, Lighting and Sound, Modern and World Dance, Music Composition, Musical Theater, Movement for Actors, Perception and Presentation, Playwriting, Shakespeare Page & Stage, Metamorphosis: Putting on Your Stage Face.
Stage and film acting techniques are taught using sources ranging from classical to contemporary plays; and focusing on script analysis, character construction, vocal production, movement and production. A short film or stage production is presented as a showcase in the spring.
Intermediate acting techniques for stage and film is a continuation of the Acting I class, focusing on scene work, character development and performance techniques. Open to all upper school students who have either taken the Acting I class or any other acting class.
Open to all upper school students interested in learning and experiencing all aspects of the film industry: aspiring writers, directors, visual artists, sound designers, song writers and composers, producers, lighting designers, wardrobe and costume, set designers, and more! Just about every “angle” in the film and video industry is covered here through hands-on experience. Working in close collaboration with the acting class and other departments, the students will create several original projects from start to finish and present them at a special screening in the spring.
This class will introduce students to the technical side of theater. Students will learn the basics of lighting, set construction, sound and properties through hands on experience and classroom lectures. Students will also be exposed to the design process through class lectures. The class will also provide practical experience by working with the school theatrical productions and local theater companies.
With two full productions a year open to all upper school students, The Hudson School provides ample opportunity for dramatic work and play. Directors focus on process rather than product, making the stage a safe place for students to explore and grow.
National Shakespeare Competition is an after school activity available to students to meet twice a month to prepare for the national competition in March.