Exploring Artistry and Self-Expression
Students at Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr (SHA) explore their acting and singing talents and strengthen oratory through the SHA Performing Arts program. The SHA Drama Club, which meets throughout the fall semester, focuses on monologues, scene study, character development, and improvisation. Later, students are cast for the grand Spring Performance which alternates annually between a full musical theater production and Revue. Both opportunities are open to all students in Grades 5-12; a role is found for everyone interested including those playing on an interscholastic team. Lead roles are often double-cast to allow an optimal experience for serious thespians and vocal artists. Male students from neighboring schools often complement the musical theater cast. The SHA Performing Arts program - an exuberant part of the SHA Experience - has been directed by Carolyn Curran Slota '82 P'08 since 2011.
Recent productions include The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Into the Gym, Grease, Hello Dolly, Light Up the Dark, and Horray for Hollywood. The performances, over the course of four days, are well attended and highly acclaimed.
In 2023, the SHA Theater Tech was founded to provide additional opportunities in theater, behind the scenes. Students learn skills in props, costumes, lighting and sound, and set design. SHA parents also support the Spring Performance with costumes and props.
Lower School students explore their interests in the Performing Arts during Christmas and Spring Concerts, directed by the Music Department and through the end-of-year SHA's Got Talent Show.
Ten Minutes 'Til Curtain
In March 2023, SHA Players presented this original, humorous revue showcasing "what can happen when no one in the cast remembers what day the show opens! Anything that can go wrong, does." Filled with laughs and thoughtful ballads, the revue was enjoyed by audiences over the course of four performances.
Through his artistic creativity, man appears more than ever in the image of God."
- Pope John Paul II
Carolyn Curran Slota '82 P'08
SHA Performing Arts