Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Program at Woodlands provides opportunities for students at various ability and experience levels to discover their potential and develop their talents in vocal and instrumental music, and theater production.

Drama

Woodlands’ Drama program strives to develop the total person. "Theater as Education" is our program’s philosophy. Each year, Woodlands stages a play and a musical that offer students a choice of venues to showcase their talents in acting and musical theater. Recent productions include Our Town, Guys & Dolls, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Much Ado About Nothing; West Side Story, Alice in Wonderland, and Anne Frank and Me.

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Vocal

Woodlands provides a number of curricular and extracurricular opportunities that allow students to pursue their interests and develop their skills in vocal music. Our voice students are able to share their accomplishments with peers and the community through performances, competitions, and theater productions.

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Offered as a curriculum elective, the Performing Arts Chorus provides students the opportunity to develop their voices and to perform a varied musical repertoire. Sight-reading and ear-training activities are emphasized. The chorus meets four times a week and is open to all students and grade levels. Performances include three different scheduled concerts and numerous independent requests. One year of Performing Arts Chorus experience is strongly recommended for students who wish to audition for Kaleidoscope. All members have the opportunity to compete in the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) District Festival, as well as the Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) Solo and Ensemble Contests.

Intrumental

Woodlands’ curricular and extracurricular opportunities in instrumental music allow our students to pursue their wide range of interests, abilities, and experience. Our musicians regularly compete and earn awards in district and state Annual competitions, including the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) District Festival, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the North Shore/Northwestern University Solo and Ensemble Contests. Instrumental students are also encouraged to give performances and recitals, and to perform in theater productions and school liturgies.

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The Performing Arts Orchestra is open to string and wind players at the intermediate and advanced levels. (Beginners can sign up for private lessons through our instructor.) Auditions for new members are held the first Friday of each school year. We meet daily from 7:30am to 8:10am in the Orchestra Room in Hilltop, with additional rehearsal times scheduled as needed. Orchestra is a curricular offering and grades are issued.

Woodlands’ Orchestra performs a variety of small and large ensemble works from the entire Classical genre and from more popular styles, including works for strings, winds, and combined groups. Opportunities also exist for percussionists, pianists, and guitarists. Original compositions and arrangements are introduced yearly to meet the Orchestra Ensemble’s instrumentation needs.

All Orchestra members have the opportunity to compete in the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) District Festival. Members also have the opportunity to compete in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the North Shore/Northwestern University Solo and Ensemble Contests, both held in March. Woodlands’ participation in solo and ensemble events has earned us numerous superior ratings. We perform in major school concerts in December and May, as well as at various liturgies and special occasions.