At the Murray Arts Center of Mount Paran Christian School, students grades five through 12 learn performance skills in band, chorus, dance, drama, and orchestra. In addition to these disciplines, students also participate in chapel band, technical theater, and audio engineering classes in the LeFevre SoundLab.

Throughout the year the students perform musical theater productions, dramatic plays, orchestra and band concerts, choral concerts, dance concerts, and more. For a complete list of this year's productions just click here!


"Beauty and the Beast" garners 10 Shuler nominations!

The 2017 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Shuler Hensley Awards nominations were announced March 28, with MPCS receiving 10 nominations for the recent production of “Beauty and the Beast,” plus an honorable mention for overall production. The Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards-Shuler Hensley Awards celebrate excellence in high school musical theater each year. This year 75 schools (both public and private) participated in the program. Only six out of the 75 participating schools receive nominations for each category.
 
Lynne Brague received her fourth consecutive nomination for choreography, and has won the category the past two years for her work on Peter Pan and Crazy For You. Recognized for a third consecutive year is Jenn Fitzpatrick for costuming. Fitzpatrick worked with a team of committed sewing moms and technical theater students to provide over 150 costumes for the elaborate production.
 
In the acting categories, Natalee Castro (sophomore) received a nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress, and Emma Perry (junior) was nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Performer. MPCS also received nominations for Best Ensemble and Best Showstopper.
 
MPCS made a strong showing in the technical and design areas, receiving nominations in every tech and design category; the only school to do so. A Best Technical Execution nomination went to Abby Yake (senior). Catherine Pyle (senior) received a nomination for Best Lighting Design. David Morgan, MPCS Technical Director, received a nomination recognizing Best Scenic Design. Jered Schuerman received his third nomination in the category of Best Sound.
 
Part of the Shuler Awards features an ensemble comprised of performers from each of the participating schools. Representing MPCS this year will be seniors Cassady Stewart and Natalie Hammonds. These two will take part in many hours of rehearsal time with their peers as they prepare to perform with Mr. Shuler Hensley at the awards ceremony. Representing MPCS as part of the Shuler Awards tech crew will be Catherine Pyle.
 
The Ninth Annual Shuler Awards will be held Thursday, April 20, at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The red carpet festivities begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the awards show at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting. 
 
MPCS 2017 Shuler Hensley Award Nominations:
Best Choreography – Lynne Brague
Best Ensemble
Best Technical Execution – Abby Yake
Best Lighting Design – Catherine Pyle
Best Sound – Jered Schuerman
Best Scenic Design – David Morgan
Best Costumes – Jenn Fitzpatrick
Best Performance by a Leading Actress – Natalee Castro
Best Performance by a Featured Performer – Emma Perry
Best Showstopper
Honorable mention for Overall Production

To read more about our 2017 Shuler Nominations click here.
 
 

Additional Opportunities

In addition to traditional arts training, students receive experiences in the Murray Arts Center SoundLab (recording studio), and technical theater training in the Kristi Lynn Theatre. An example of the recording experience is the opportunities afforded our chapel band students. The B1 chapel band (one of three chapel bands) recently recorded a beautiful cover of "Only King Forever," which is featured below.

For students who wish to pursue a more intensive experience in the performing arts, the Murray Arts Center at Mount Paran Christian School is home to a unique performing arts magnet program of study, the Dozier School of the Arts. After school arts education programming is offered through the Murray Arts Academy in music, dance, and drama. These classes and private lessons are open to the public in addition to the school community.

Want to learn more about performing arts at MPCS?

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  • Band

    The MPCS band program, under the leadership of Billy Flood, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains year-round performance and competitive ensembles after school. Curricular band offerings include: fifth grade band, middle school bands (6-8), and high school band.
     
    These curricular band classes culminate in four on-campus performances per year. In addition, middle and high school bands participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations each spring.

    Extracurricular band activities include:
    • Competition marching band (The Soaring Eagle Marching Band)
    • Competition indoor drum line (Genesis)
    • Competition winter guard (Uplift)
    • Blues ensemble
    • Basketball drum line (Knockmen)
    • District and All State Bands
    • Solo and ensemble festivals
    • University of Georgia Honor Band Nominations ("MidFest and JanFest")
    • Educational performance trips (off campus)
  • Chorus

    The MPCS chorus program, under the leadership of Julie Duncan, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains extracurricular year-round performance opportunities. Curricular chorus offerings include: fifth grade chorus, middle school choruses (6-8), and high school chorus.
     
    These curricular chorus classes culminate in three on-campus performances per year. In addition, middle and high school choruses participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations each spring.

    Extracurricular chorus activities include:
    • Lower school boys choir
    • Middle school show choir (Rhapsody in Blue)
    • High school vocal jazz ensemble
    • High school honors chorus
    • District and All State Honor Chorus
  • Dance

    The MPCS dance program, under the leadership of Mrs. Lynne Brague, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains year-round extracurricular learning opportunities. Curricular dance offerings include middle school dance classes (6-8), high school dance classes (four sections leveled by ability), and high school dance/health.

    These curricular dance classes culminate in two major on-campus performances per year. Curricular classes focus on ballet training: modern and jazz. The dance/health class serves to suffice for the high school PE/health credit requirement.

    Extracurricular dance activities include:
    • Murray Arts Academy - ballet, pointe, contemporary
    • Collaborative participation in dramatic and show choir productions
  • Drama

    The MPCS drama program, under the leadership of  Jennifer Fitzpatrick and Meagan Williams, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains year-round extracurricular learning opportunities. Curricular drama offerings include:
    fifth grade drama classes, middle school drama classes (6-8), and high school drama classes.

    These curricular drama classes culminate in on-campus performances such as international thespian night and improv nights. Curricular classes focus on acting technique, history, and theory.

    Extracurricular drama activities include:
    • Dramatic and musical productions for lower, middle, and high school
      High school one-actHigh school show choir (mpFX)
  • Orchestra

    The MPCS orchestra program, under the leadership of Jennifer Laminack, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains year-round performance and competitive ensembles after school. Curricular orchestra offerings include: fifth grade orchestra, middle school orchestras (6-8), and high school orchestras.
     
    These curricular orchestra classes culminate in four on-campus performances per year.

    Extracurricular orchestra activities include: Honors orchestra, and district and All State orchestras.

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