Performing Arts Department

Mr. Thomas O'Toole, Director   508-841-8826

The performing arts have a far-reaching impact on all of our lives with real world connections.  The teaching of music and drama enhances critical thinking skills while developing self-discipline, focus, and the ability to accomplish goals.  The objective of our department is to have students develop an appreciation for the beauty of music and drama as well as providing a creative outlet for their expression of talent and emotions.

Students participating in Shrewsbury High School performance groups will enjoy singing and playing for concerts, assemblies and musical theater productions.  Music of various styles and time periods is explored.  Additionally, the opportunity exists to prepare and perform advanced works for district and state competitions as well as solo and ensemble festivals.

Music is a field of study that everyone can enjoy.  Non-performance courses focus on building musical skills, theoretical knowledge and sound recording experience.  Students can utilize technology to gain an understanding of composition and improvisation as well as exploring sound texture and reproduction.  Additionally, they will develop a working knowledge of appropriate vocabulary.

Students may also choose to participate in courses advancing their skills and knowledge of theater.  Movement for theater is a fulfilling outlet where students will conceptualize the evolution of choreography throughout the history of Broadway.  Focus of the course will also include exploring and developing skills of dance styles.  Lighting, set design, costuming and set construction are additional components of the drama program explored through stagecraft.