With eight additional schools and nearly three times as many attendees as last year, the 2017 New England Prep School Dance Festival surpassed Loomis student organizers' expectations for success.
Theater & Dance
Not every future actor or dancer arrives at Loomis Chaffee knowing already that he or she wants to be on stage, but we have a place for everyone. Whether you are new to the performing arts or an advanced performer looking to hone your skills alongside talented and experienced professionals, our extensive curricular and extracurricular offerings will enable you to grow and discover new talents.
From performance to production, from stage management to technical theater, and from ballet to hip hop, there are many options. With an immense amount of support from our community, a packed house is the norm at the numerous productions that take place in the historic NEO Theater, including the fall drama production, the Fall Dance Showcase, the winter musical, the Framed-In Theater Festival (original 10-minute plays written, directed, performed, and produced entirely by students), and the Spring Dance Revue.
The Off-Broadway run of Man From Nebraska, starring Nana Mensah '01, has been extended through March 26 in the 2econd Stage Theater in NYC.
Audiences were tunefully transported to Jazz Age New York City in five sold-out performances of Thoroughly Modern Millie in the NEO Feb. 15 - 18, 2017.
The hit Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie opens in the Norris Ely Orchard Theater on Wednesday, February 15, and runs through Saturday, February 18, 2017.
Dance artist and choreographer Colleen Fitzgerald visited in January, and worked with Loomis Chaffee dance students on contemporary techniques and improvisational choreography.
By their very nature, both theater and dance encourage and foster self-expression, collaboration, exploration, and growth. Through active participation in our classes and the performance opportunities we offer, students hone their art and their craft here in the Norris Ely Orchard Theater. Student actors, dancers, designers, managers, and technicians make discoveries every day that reveal new facets of their individuality.
— CANDICE CHIRGOTIS, HEAD OF THEATER & DANCE DEPARTMENT