Theatre is a reflection of life, of all that we experience together in our world. Students discover how great is the responsibility to hold the mirror up to their audiences and in so doing, look within their own hearts. LCA's theatre program invites students to recognize in their own theatrical contributions, both as individuals and as members of a collaborative artistic company, the transformative power of storytelling.
Knowledge of theatre history, acting, directing, playwriting, improvisation, technical directing, and stage management provide a basis for future work in theatre. Furthermore, the study of theatre enriches the curriculum of many other subjects, including language arts, visual arts, music, and social studies. Theatre instructors at LCA call upon students to offer up their art as loving service to God and the community, compassionately obeying the scriptural exhortation to laugh with those who laugh and mourn with those who mourn.
LCA Theatre presents three major productions per year. Typically, Grades 7 and 8 present one production and the Upper School presents two. Students in Grade 6 study theatre year round in a class that meets once per rotation; their work culminates in a performance piece at ArtsFest, an annual all-school gallery and performance event. Many students in the Upper School theatre classes perform at ArtsFest as well. LCA Theatre produces a wide variety of material, always looking to both entertain and challenge the community. Rather than merely put up “paint-by-numbers” productions, the faculty director and designers collaborate with student actors, directors, and designers to take both familiar and unfamiliar scripts and imagine shows that are fresh, vibrant, and relevant, stimulating the audience to enter into a new and rich experience with each production. Last years' productions included Metamorphoses, Rhinoceros, and The Rebel Alliance.