MUSIC AND THEATRE
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. View a complete list of this year's productions!
QUALITY ARTS TRAINING
In addition to traditional arts training, students receive training in the LeFevre SoundLab (professional recording studio), and technical theater instruction in the "Fox-calibre" Kristi Lynn Theatre. Chapel band also takes advantage of the studio to record compilations and background tracks.
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 (voice and instrumental), dance, and drama. These classes and private lessons are open to students and everyone in the community.
SHULER HENSLEY AWARDS
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. MPCS has been nominated 51 times. The Fox-style musical theatre productions have garnered several Shulers for staff and students.
Dance coreogrpaher, Lynne Brague received her fifth consecutive nomination for choreography, and has won the category the past two years. Recognized for a third consecutive year, and winning the award last year, is Jenn Fitzpatrick for costuming. Fitzpatrick worked with a team of committed sewing moms and technical theater students to provide more than 150 costumes for MPCS productions. MPCS received nominations in every tech and design category; the only school to do so. A Best Technical Execution Shuler award went to Abby Yake '17 who took her talents to Furman University to begin her career in this area.
MPCS Shuler Hensley Award Nominations:
- Best Choreography
- Best Ensemble
- Best Technical Execution
- Best Lighting Design
- Best Sound
- Best Scenic Design
- Best Costumes
- Best Performance by a Leading Actress
- Best Performance by a Featured Performer
- Best Showstopper
- Honorable Mentions for Overall Production