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Performing Arts

All the world's a stage

Thornton Academy's performing arts program is among the most robust in New England. We offer full programs in dance, theater, vocal music, and instrumental music. Our performing artists go on to become professional musicians, actors, dancers, movie directors, and stage crew.  

Garland Auditorium hosts most of the performing arts productions performed at Thornton Academy. This 500-seat theater is outfitted with modern technical equipment, a marley dance floor, and space to house the elaborate sets that define our theater productions. 

Annual performances include choral shows, band and orchestra concerts, the fall play, the one-act play, a Broadway-style musical, Jazz à la mode concert, dance shows, and more. 

featured class: dance company

Gain performance and choreographic experience. Students refine kinesthetic and spatial awareness working toward greater musicality and expressiveness with a variety of choreographers. The company performs at Thornton Academy as well as other schools and venues. Students learn about approaches to building a repertory as well as the many technical aspects of performance and company management. 

a student plays the violin during a concert

I am thankful for the wonderful arts programs here at TA. I love that I am able to express myself in my own way every day, whether that’s through Dance Company, Chamber Singers or TA Players, I’m never bored or stagnant.  The arts teachers push me to be the best I can be and to use my peers as inspiration. 

aislinn travis '19

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