The Performing Arts program enriches the students’ experiences outside of the classroom as it enables to students to hone specific skills. Whether performing on stage or working behind the scenes, students are engaging the creative side of their brains while:
- learning effective ways to give and receive constructive feedback
- building confidence and public speaking skills
- practicing teamwork, patience, communication and cooperation
- learning to improvise and creatively “think on their feet”
- accessing previously undiscovered talents for personal expression, effective problem solving, and leadership which can be life altering especially for otherwise introverted or reserved students.
The Pardes Theater Department is continuously growing and evolving as we expand our facilities, explore different types of productions, and seek to provide maximum opportunities and the best experiences possible.
The Chanukah Show
The annual Chanukah Show is our biggest school-wide Performing Arts event of the year. For many years now, students, families and community have gathered at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for this crowd favorite. Annual show themes range from musicals to revues, with our many talented faculty members and staff enthusiastically writing lyrics, practicing songs and choreography with students, and helping create a true sense of community as we celebrate Chanukah.
In addition to performing in the annual Chanukah show, fifth through eighth graders can audition for the Middle School spring musical. This production takes different forms each year, from musicals like Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. to musical revues featuring Jewish composers. The spring musical is a full scale production that invites students with interests from performance to tech to be involved in a very professional and highly rewarding experience.
“Music and Theater education is an important means of stimulating creativity in problem solving. It can challenge students’ perceptions about their world and about themselves and at the center of all drama is communication. Like all the arts, musical theater allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways. Students will learn empathy, relieve stress, and learn to work together for a common goal while reaping the rewards from their hard work, practice, and discipline.”-Jennifer Adams, Musical Theater Teacher