Our stage is a platform for creative theatre education
The Theatre Conservatory offers a pre-professional experience in theatre arts. Ensemble members audition at the start of the year for placement and work together to present a full season of plays.
With a focus on classical training, students perform masterpieces of theatre from Ancient Greece, Shakespeare, Molière and Chekhov as well as contemporary classics and musical theatre standards. As an annual showcase of their talents, senior students also create and produce a project and direct their peers in a performance.
Instruction covers the areas of vocal and physical training to improve range and flexibility. Through performance on selected scripts, students will focus on the critical analysis of text and in-depth interpretation of scenes. In-class evaluations and field trips to local theatres will enable students to learn to critique this art form.
Their peers at schools and colleges across the country were lamenting cancelled productions and the shows they’d never get to share with an audience. But Head of School Kate Morin was adamant that the student artists in Mayfield’s spring production of Oliver! would still take the stage in March.
It takes a village to bring the beloved musical Oliver! to life in Pike Auditorium. This year’s all-school musical draws from Mayfield’s vast community of talent, from alumnae siblings and faculty spouses, to athletes who are making their Pike stage debuts.
On the eve of Cornelia Connelly’s Jan. 15 birthday, the students in Maryanne Householder’s freshman theatre class are in for a surprise—an unannounced guest speaker is in their midst. As the girls huddle, cross-legged, in a circle on the stage of Pike Auditorium, accomplished Broadway costume designer Michael Krass joins them for a candid conversation about his craft and his career.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.