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.
Last night, Mayfield’s Choreographers’ Ball opened to an enthusiastic audience. This annual performance highlights the talents of the Dance and Technical Theatre Conservatories, with student choreography and student lighting design. This year featured choreography by Dance Conservatory’s nine upperclasswomen. And the pithy title “hello. goodbye.” brings to mind all of the in-between spaces associated at the beginning and end of things. And these choreographers have a lot to reflect on during their high school years: from the retirement of their longtime dance teacher (Denise Leitner) to the hiring of their energetic new teacher (Sarah Alaways), from the COVID lockdowns to the anxious/exciting deliberations of imagining their lives beyond the Bellefontaine campus—and much, much more. We had a chance to sit down for a round-table discussion with several of the choreographers and their Dance Teacher, Ms. Alaways, as they opened up about parts of their creation, the bitter and the sweet…
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 28 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.