Drama class experiences start with an Introduction to Theatre for Middle School students. Knowledge and skill are then developed through a series of acting and production classes in the Middle and Upper School, culminating with a Directing class in which a student realizes their own artistic vision for a short show.

Grades 5-6
Introduction to Theatre
Playing Shakespeare
Introduction to Improv

Grades 7-8
Acting: One Acts

Grades 9-12
Acting 1
Acting 2

The after-school theatre productions are audition-based and provide opportunities for students to deepen their experience in the performing arts through acting, set and lighting design and backstage crew. The production calendar typically features a Middle School show in the fall, an Upper School show in the winter, and an All-School Musical in the spring (5-12th grade).

Seven years of past performances include:

Middle School
Agatha Rex
Revenge of the Space Pandas
The Hobbit (radio version)
A Wrinkle in Time
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
The Mouse That Roared
The Diviners

Upper School
She Kills Monsters
The Laramie Project
You Can’t Take it With You
A Midsummer Nights’ Dream
The Foreigner

All School
High School Musical
Community: a Virtual Theatre Showcase
James and the Giant Peach
Wizard of Oz
Man of La Mancha

“My experience with the performing arts at EPS really centered around the tight-knit community of artists that I was able to meet.  When I reflect on the years I spent with my friends in the EPS theatre community, the spirit of playfulness and joy is the first thing that I remember. I was able to foster deep and meaningful connections with students both older and younger than me, and I learned so much about myself as a performer because of those connections. I have countless fond memories of cast traditions and of moments shared between friends; being able to participate in that essential spirit of play in the EPS community was a privilege and an honor.” – Nathan Blinn: EPS Class of 2017

See the arts in action at EPS: