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Theatrical

10 musical theater productions are performed on the campus of King’s Ridge Christian School each year. Beginning in Lower School, every student has their moment(s) in onstage. Students learn to develop their imagination and creativity through performances. A major goal in Lower school is to help students learn to appreciate theatre as an art form.

Middle School has two major theatrical productions in the spring on the main stage. Middle School has competed in the Georgia Theater Conference to receive superior ratings. They play to over 1,500 audience members and are recognized for their excellence in production, acting, singing and dancing. 90% of the rehearsal time is accomplished during class time allowing students to pursue other areas of interests or further their training after-school in acting, dance and/or singing on campus through the Fine Arts Academy.

Musical Theater within the Upper School at King’s Ridge Christian School has gained state recognition and awards. With over 5 Shuler nominations in 3 years to include Best Overall Production, Best Performance by a Leading Actress, Best Performance by a Supporting Actress, Best Direction, Best Lighting Design and an additional 5 Honorable Mentions in Musical Direction, Best Performance by a Leading Actress, Best Performance by a Supporting Actor, Lighting Design and Set Design, KRCS is known throughout the state. The musical theater students have the opportunity to compete in Individual Evaluations at the Georgia Thespian Conference each February where KRCS features a production every two years. Other competitions are the GHSA One-Act Play each October where KRCS holds the 2017 Region Championship title.

Under the stage direction of Kathy Winchell, musical direction of Jenny Piacente, choreography by Annie Dietz and Scenic design by Patty Zeitz, King’s Ridge Christian School rivals the largest of programs with excellence in content, execution and entertainment. 

Clubs: National Honors Thespian Society

Dance

At the core of the Dance program formed in 2017 is the intensive study of technique in addition to foundational classes in ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Conditioning is a key component of development as a dancer and artist. Health along with nutrition are included in the curriculum. 

The department has performance opportunities depending on age and level of expertise. These include Christmas at the Ridge, Musical Theatre Productions, Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting, and Spring Recital. Co-curricular opportunities are Dance Teams that are the spirit squad for basketball and make appearances during football season and pep rallies.

The Fine Arts Academy offers after-school technique classes in ballet, jazz and musical theatre for Pre-K - 12th grade students. The Academy dance program does not have a studio competition schedule or costume fees. Upper School Dance course offerings include Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Conditioning, and Musical Theater.

Instrumental

The King’s Ridge Christian School Instrumental music program is an important part the students experience beginning in Pre-K. The Lower School has weekly general music classes that lay the foundation for musicianship and artistic expression.

Beginning in 5th grade, Middle School students can explore and discover their interests through two studio labs. One features 14 pianos and the second 20 guitars. Not only do they gain skills on instrument of choice, they continue to build their music theory skills and sight reading. Class recitals and showcases are presented at the culmination of each quarter.

Upper School students continue to build their skills as musicians through piano lab offered during the curricular day with lessons and music theory. AP Music Theory is offered based on recommendation. Juries are held at the end of each semester for students to perform for a panel of Music Faculty. Juries are meant to replicate college auditions.

Co-curricular programs are through Worship Arts with the Chapel Worship Band that meets weekly. This group is led by Alex Young and leads in over 60 chapels during the school year. The band features vocals, keyboard, piano, guitar, cajon and drums. Planning Centered is utilized which is a valuable tool used by professionals in the planning and execution of programs.

Clubs: Tri-M, Honors Music Society

Vocal Arts

The Lower School program includes a talented group of 3rd and 4th grade students who rehearse once a week after school. Throughout the school year they perform at a variety of events including Christmas at the Ridge. Music is offered to each Lower School grade once a week and does a grade level musical performance. 

The Middle School program, under the direction of Jenny Piacente (founder and conductor of the Greater Atlanta Girls' Choir), includes a 5th/6th grade chorus and 7th/8th grade chorus. Students continue to build on the foundational skills taught in general music and develop theory, sight-reading, and ear training skills that will carry them through Upper School and beyond. Performances include a fall concert, Christmas at the Ridge and spring concert. Students are eligible to audition for GMEA All-State Chorus. All Middle School students have the opportunity to audition for the Middle School Musicals.

In Upper School, the King’s Ridge Voices continue to improve their performance and vocal techniques through genres of music to expand their exposure and knowledge. Music theory continues to be the foundation of the program with AP Music Theory offered by recommendation. Students will work on note reading skills, intonation, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, and balance. Performances include Christmas at the Ridge, Large Group Performance Evaluation, Black & White Gala and Commencement. All Upper School students have the opportunity to audition for the Upper School musical.
 
Clubs: Tri-M, Honors Music Society