The Performing Arts program at GHCDS has two concurrent objectives: cultivating and developing students’ creativity, theatrical skills, self expression and sense of self while at the same time helping them to have a rich understanding of other cultures and various social issues and themes. Whether it is through dramatization of the Greek classics of the Iliad and the Odyssey, or the learning and performance of traditional holiday carols from various cultures and languages, or playing steel pan, or studying capoeira, students are exposed to different cultures through their performance arts studies at GHCDS. Students also explore social issues and themes in plays where for instance bullying, being good stewards of the environment, or being kind are addressed.
Students have many opportunities to hone their theatrical skills and express their creativity at GHCDS. All students participate in plays in grades 1-6. Students have the opportunity to take theater electives in 5-12th grade and perform in shows for an island-wide audience. The high school also offers electives in stage craft and produces a comedy/drama every fall and a large-scale musical in the spring. Past shows have included The Addams Family, Cinderella, The Drowsy Chaperone and Little Shop of Horrors. The Performing Arts department is committed to both giving every student an opportunity to be involved in the creative process of performing and in helping them to learn about themselves and their world in a safe, supportive, and dynamic environment.