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Artistic excellence through self-discovery, creative expression, and collaboration.
Creative Arts offerings enhance the skills taught in every classroom at Derryfield. Theatre productions and drama electives encourage students to explore the human experience by examining the world around them. By stepping outside of their comfort zones, students discover that creativity knows no bounds.

Students can participate in each aspect of every theatre production, from performing on stage ​or in the orchestra pit ​to working ​on the various technical aspects of a show.​ ​In theatre electives, students are exposed to different facets of performance, such as theatre history, acting technique, script study, improvisation, and character development. Students learn first-hand how theatre mirrors real life and can be used as a tool to effectively communicate new ideas.

Mamma Mia Slideshow

The Magic of the Stage

Performing Arts Gallery


The creative arts department is thrilled to announce the mainstage productions for the Derryfield Players 2022-2023 season:
Upper School Play: The Outsiders - November 3-4, 2022
Upper School Musical: The Wedding Singer - February 2-4, 2023
Middle School Musical: Seussical - May 5-6, 2023.

Theatre Electives

Public Speaking
Composition of Film
American Comedy: A History in Film, Radio, and Television 
War in Film
Musical Theater: Performance Brought to Life

Creative Arts Course Descriptions

Performance Opportunities

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  • Middle School Musical

    The middle school musical is open to all seventh and eighth graders each fall. Every student who auditions is cast. This ensemble experience helps to create an inclusive environment for students to experiment and learn from their peers.​ Recent productions include Bye Bye, Birdie, Frozen Jr., and Shrek Jr.
  • Upper School Musical

    The upper school musical, which is performed each winter, is a production open to ninth through twelfth graders. Past productions have included The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, and Mamma Mia.
  • Upper School Play

    The upper school play is an opportunity for ninth through twelfth-grade actors to perform in a non-musical. Recent productions have included All in the Timing, Our Town, and Twelve Angry Jurors

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