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!

 

Middle School orchestra

 

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.

 

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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)
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Chorus

The MPCS chorus program, under the leadership of Julie Duncan and Sarah Cole, 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. The Lower School choruses are consistently rated as "Superior" through the annual Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations.

Extracurricular chorus activities include:

  • Third and Fourth Grade Honor Chorus
  • Middle school show choir (Rhapsody in Blue)
  • High school vocal jazz ensemble
  • High school honors chorus
  • District and All State Honor Chorus
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Orchestra

The MPCS orchestra program, under the leadership of Jennifer Davenport, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains year-round performances and 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 three on-campus performances per year. In addition, the Eighth Grade and High School Orchestra participates in the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations each spring.

Extracurricular Orchestra activities can include:

  • Solo and Ensemble Performances
  • Music in the Parks Music Festival
  • Bluegrass Ensemble
  • District and All State Orchestras
  • GISA All Select Orchestra

 

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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
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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-act
  • High school show choir (mpFX)
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Technical Theatre

Tech Theatre students are challenged in a number of classes. From lighting and sound design to construction of actual professional sets to sewing cast costumes, students get a hands-on opportunity to be a part of a live performance.

 

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Recording Arts

The LeFevre SoundLab give students the opportunity to train in recording arts using state-of-the-art technology and soundboard mixing. Sound design and overlay of tracks skills are developed in various courses. Chapel Band also meets in the SoundLab for practice and recording of worship music.

Audio engineering courses provide students the opportunity to work in the Murray SoundLab on state-of-the-art equipment, preparing them for careers in the field of audio engineering.

MPC Band
Dance class

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Shuler Award Nominations
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