"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.
While our Meadows lay blanketed with snow, theater, music, and dance students shone brightly and golden on the NEO stage with their toe-tapping, thigh-slapping production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Loomis Chaffee's Norris Ely Orchard Theater stage has been transformed into a magical and metaphysical world in a spirited interpretation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, this year's selection for the fall theater production.
The Spring Dance Revue, a culmination of the year's work for Dance Companies I and II,various dance classes, and choreography class last week highlighted the talents of the school's hip-hop, modern, jazz, tap, and classical ballet dancers.