Performing Arts - At Hillbrook, performing arts are key to developing and maintaining a sense of community. From Jk to 8th grade, we celebrate risk-taking, creative expression and student choice through shared experiences of performances. We start by encouraging students from their first day of school to stand up and tell a joke at our weekly flag-raising gathering, and from there build a culture of trust and joy. Students enjoy opportunities to perform throughout the school year singing, dancing, acting, giving speeches, etc. in both formal and informal settings. From play-acting in kindergarten to a colonial debate in 5th grade, or skits in Mandarin and Spanish, performances are part of everyday life at Hillbrook. In Hillbrook’s inclusive and joyful community, performances are an opportunity to build confidence, develop communication skills and even problem-solving skills. Our students feel safe performing in front of the classroom or on-stage without fear of failure and develop into confident and compelling speakers.
Throughout the school year our community gathers for larger performances, such as the Greek Play in 3rd grade, the Spring Concert in our Lower School and the Middle School Winter Concert. These beloved community events provide individualized opportunities to perform song, poetry, dance and other art forms both as part of an ensemble and as soloists. Students also enjoy a wide variety of public speaking venues across the grades culminating in speeches that each 8th grader delivers to the entire student school community reflecting on their time at Hillbrook. Also in 8th grade, the entire class comes together to produce a full-length musical, including vocal training, acting coaching, choreography, set design, production, and stage management. Under the gentle guidance of expert mentor teachers, students enjoy fun and rich experiences in teamwork, communications, and time management. Students run the lights, build the sets, help make costumes and take responsibility for the musical. The process is celebrated by our school community as a favorite annual event and an example of student growth and understanding of the performing arts.