"By their very nature, both Theater and Dance encourage and foster self-expression, collaboration, exploration, and growth. Through active participation in our classes, and through engaging in the performance opportunities we offer, students hone their art, and their craft, here in The Norris Ely Orchard Theater. We get to witness 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
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, you will discover new talents through our extensive curricular and extracurricular offerings.
From performance to production, from stage management to technical theater, and from ballet to hip hop, there are so many options. With an immense amount of support from our community, you will find a packed house is the norm at the numerous productions that take place in the historic NEO Theater — including the fall drama production, the winter musical, the one-act playwriting festival, and the spring dance revue.
The Fall Dance Showcase, a culmination of the fall term’s work for Dance Companies I and II and various dance classes, will take place in the Norris Ely Orchard Theater on Thursday, November 7. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. The show is free and open to the public.
The audience at this fall's production at the Norris Ely Orchard Theater will step into the shoes of heroine Shen Te in the midst of a struggle to maintain moral standing in a town wrought with economic hardship, poverty, hunger, and greed. The Bertolt Brecht play The Good Person of Setzuan, which opens next week, explores what it means to live a virtuous life in a town often described as the bowels of hell.
The Spring Dance Revue, a culmination of the years' work for Dance Companies I and II and various dance classes, will take place in the Norris Ely Orchard Theater on Thursday, May 23, Friday, May 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 25, at 2 to 3:30 p.m.; the show is free and open to the public.
Loomis Chaffee students, faculty, and staff participated in an Afro-Caribbean dance workshop organized by the Department of Theater and Dance, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and PRISM on Sunday, November 4.