Matching God Given Talents with Extraordinary Opportunities

The Theatre Arts program is designed for young Christian artists who are serious about their craft. Circle is dedicated to arts education. We offer many opportunities for students to explore their God-given talents. Our goal is to expose students to the arts at an early age, cultivating a lifetime of appreciation and enjoyment. Every year, Circle’s theatre program presents a full schedule of high-quality, family-friendly productions. Circle’s reputation for excellence is well known in the community. We’ve twice been voted “Best Theatre Group” by the Orlando A-List. Through challenging coursework and guidance from a faculty of Christian artist-educators, students develop their skills in all aspects of theatre. Each year, the program presents up to six productions, giving students a chance to explore a wide variety of repertoire and roles.

First Stage Players (K-3)

First Stage Players celebrates the incredible imaginations of young students through artistic play, music, dance, and acting exercises. The program culminates in a final open class presentation where the actors can show off their new theatrical skills!

Circle Theatre Kids (4-6)

Circle Theatre Kids will learn about the onstage and backstage theatre process while rehearsing for up to two fully staged productions per year. Students will gain valuable life skills including voice projection, public speaking, and collaborating with others through acting, singing, and dancing. Additional rehearsals outside of class time are required. This class is designed as an introduction and/or continuation of training to prepare students to enter into Circle Studio Players and Circle Theatre Company.

Arts Electives (7-12)

Circle offers Art Class Electives to all Upper School students at both the middle school and high school levels.  Together, these programs encourage creative thinking, self-expression, originality, emotional release, questioning, problem-solving, and a richer appreciation of the world, past and present.

Classes are offered in:

  • Actors Lab (7th-8th graders)
  • Studio 2-D Art (7th-12th graders)
  • Acting 1, 2, 3, 4 (9th-12th graders)
  • Dance Repertory 1-4 (9th-12th graders)
  • Music Theory 1 (9th-12th)

Circle Studio Players (7-12)

Circle Studio Players is open to any student in 7th-10th grade, and does not require an audition for entrance. Students will use the acting techniques developed through a core acting class (Actor’s Lab, Acting 1-2) through participation in at least one show per year. Students will gain valuable life skills including voice projection, public speaking, and collaborating with others through acting, singing, and dancing. Additional rehearsals outside of class time are required. This class meets once a week.

Circle Theatre Company (9-12)

Circle Theatre Company is the production class for all CSA theatre students to demonstrate their acting skills through participation in shows. This class is only open to Circle School of the Arts students. In addition to participation in shows, all students work on an IP (Independent Project) of their choosing each semester. These individual monologues and songs are juried in the second semester. Extra rehearsals, outside of class times, are required. Weekly use of Circle’s eLearning Campus (an online classroom component) is required. This class meets once a week.

Venue

The Foundry Center –is a multi-use facility that houses our theatre program, including classroom and rehearsal space. It houses both the smaller 50-180 seat theatre The Commons; and the 350-seat Main Stage Theatre.

About Theatre Arts

Circle’s Arts program offers classes in multiple disciplines including acting, music, dance, and visual arts. Training includes acting techniques, dance technique and styles, vocal coaching, music skills and much more.

Students who participate in our program will gain skills including public speaking, confidence, communication, collaborating with others, and creative problem-solving. Training provides students with the tools to explore the full potential of their own unique, God-given talents. When students leave Circle, they have a broad range of experiences and are prepared for success in university and conservatory programs. As a Christ-centered institution, it is also our goal to challenge and inspire students to approach their studies, their craft, their art, indeed their entire lives, in a manner that fully integrates their personal faith in Jesus Christ.

There are two tracks offered within our program: stand-alone classes through arts electives, or for the more serious theatre student, Circle School of the Arts.

Circle School of The Arts

Circle School of the Arts is the specialized arts high school within Circle Christian School. The vision of Circle School of the Arts is to serve and equip students to fulfill their God-given calling in the theatrical arts. This vision includes providing students with a firm academic grounding in the field, as well as providing hands-on instruction for the purpose of artistic development through skills training and performance/ production opportunities. Students may apply for this program any year while in high school.

Students who successfully complete all four years are eligible to receive an Arts Honors Diploma. This diploma gives students an advantage as they apply, audition, and compete for placement in universities and conservatories with other seniors graduating from public and private performing arts high schools.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Admission for Circle School of the Arts is as easy as 1-2-3.

STEP 1: Attend Information Meeting

  • Circle School of the Arts information meetings take place at the Winter Springs campus at The Foundry on scheduled dates during the year. Have questions? Email Erin Theriault.

STEP 2: Complete Application

STEP 3: Audition

Frequently Asked Questions

How do students turn in their CSA application?

Applications can be scanned and emailed directly to the Arts Director, or turned in to Karen Stella at either campus or turned in at the administration office.

Does the application need to be turned in before they audition?

Yes. Applications need to be turned in no less than one week prior to the audition date the student is trying for. As long as they turn in the first 3 pages of the application, this will secure them an audition slot. Then recommendations and test scores can be turned in later, but they won’t receive a decision until their application is complete.

Can students register for Circle Theatre Company without applying for CSA?

No. You must apply and audition prior to registering for Circle Theatre Company.

Arts Honor Diploma

Students who successfully complete a four year track will be eligible to receive an ARTS HONOR DIPLOMA distinguishing them and their time in high school as dedicated to a specific arts discipline. Having successfully completed four years of intensive study in a discipline and receiving an ARTS HONOR DIPLOMA will give the student a stronger advantage as they apply, audition, and compete for placement in universities and conservatories with other seniors graduating from public and private performing arts high schools.

College Matriculation

Experience in the Circle School of the Arts theatre program prepares students for successful auditions at leading theatre programs at the college and conservatory level. Recent graduates have been accepted and/or are attending the following schools:

  • Asbury University
  • CAP21
  • Denison University
  • Elon University
  • Florida State University
  • Hope College
  • North Carolina Wesleyan
  • NYU Steinhardt
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Point Park University
  • Seminole State College
  • Southeastern University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Valencia State College
  • Wheaton University

Student Honors and Awards

  • Circle Theatre Company has been recognized as the BEST THEATRE GROUP by the Orlando A-List.
  • CSA students have been recognized as National Merit Finalists.
  • CSA students have received thousands in scholarship funds for their academic and artistic achievements. Sidney McCall (’14) was awarded The John and Charles Wesley Heritage Scholarship at North Carolina Wesleyan College. The 4-year scholarship included the complete cost of tuition, room, board, and books; and was valued at over $145,000,
  • CSA 2013 graduate named Florida’s 2013 Distinguished Young Woman (formerly America’s Junior Miss) and placed 2nd runner up in the 2013 National Distinguished Young Women program displaying her musical theatre talent.
  • CSA 2014 graduate named 1st runner up in Florida’s 2014 Distinguished Young Woman program.
  • CSA graduates have been accepted into world-renowned music programs, visual art programs, honor colleges, film programs, and WinShape Foundation leadership programs.
  • Circle School of the Arts has been featured on the national television’s PBS Artisodes.