Atlanta Jewish Academy performers in grades 1 - 12 eagerly cultivate their talents in acting, singing, dancing, and technical theater arts. Experiences throughout our theater season enhance skills, build self-confidence, and spark new interests.
Our youngest elementary school stars get in on the act in a Junior Musical and learn about musical theater. They experience the process of building a show, and dazzle their families and friends on our stage. Shows have included “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “101 Dalmatians.” For many kids, this is a first glimpse behind the curtain!
The Middle School Spring Musical has been a highlight of our school tradition for more than a decade. Past favorite plays have been: “The Wizard of Oz,” “Annie,” “My Son Pinocchio,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Music Man,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” With coaching and live musical accompaniment from professional directors, choreographers, and musicians, students gain valuable training, honing their performance skills to stage top-quality productions. Additionally, in recent years, students have formed the Technical Crew. The Tech Crew builds and manages sets, designs computerized stage lighting, and coordinates sound and special effects for shows in our state-of-the-art, 700-seat auditorium.
High school students participate in two annual shows. One is a co-educational production, often in an intimate black-box-theater setting, in which students deliver creative works. Recently, the show took the form of a series of dramatic and comedic monologues and short pieces crafted by the participants. Another year the students performed an original one-act play. Teens also serve as the Technical Crew, orchestrating sets, lights, and sound effects.
The Performing Arts Department takes tremendous pride in Chagiga (festivity). Our Upper School girls write, direct, produce, and act in this full-scale musical show. They base the drama on well-known Broadway musicals and infuse the script with Jewish conflicts, themes, and humor. Past show titles included “Ima Mia,” “A Tsuris Line,” and “Cut Loose.” This production forms a much-anticipated landmark of our spring theater calendar.