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Performing Arts

The Arts Open Doors

At Kents Hill School, we see the arts as a door to greater understanding of our fellow human beings and ourselves. We provide a rich program in the visual arts, music, and theater that gives every student the opportunity to practice and perform. Students may choose from a range of arts electives and extracurricular activities. Students are required to take four trimesters of courses in the arts, but most go beyond the requirement with a full two years or more of arts courses.

For students interested in music, on-campus private lessons and instruction are available. Students may perform in chamber music groups and, for advanced musicians, with local orchestral groups such as the Portland Youth Symphony. Other campus music groups include the Contemporary Rock Band and the Kents Hill Singers.

The performing arts program offers such courses as acting, playwriting, theater history, and stagecraft, and stages two drama productions each trimester. Students have the opportunity to direct and produce shows and gain performance experience in a range of productions, from one-acts to large-cast musicals.

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  • Theater

    While at Kents Hill School students can take classes in acting, playwriting, theater history, stagecraft, drama as literature, and production. In addition, the theater program stages two shows each trimester, which includes the opportunity for student-directed and produced shows. Performances vary in style, length and genre, ranging from monologues to one-acts, to full-length Broadway shows.

    Recent shows include: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, How to Succeed in Business without Even Trying, Guys and Dolls, Waiting for Godot, Into the Woods, The Breakfast Club, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, Lucky Stiff, Mullen's Alley, Actor's Nightmare, and Pippin. 
  • Vocal Music

    The Kents Hill Singers continue a century-old tradition of choral music at Kents Hill School. The class meets outside the academic schedule in order to enable any interested student to participate. The Kents Hill Singers is a year-long program; students may participate on an extracurricular basis or for academic credit. The Singers perform at numerous school occasions over the course of the year, including Family Weekend, Awards Assembly, and the annual Vespers service in December. Singers of all levels are encouraged to join.
  • Instrumental Music

    Instrumental music at Kents Hill School is currently divided into two groups: Contemporary Rock Band and Instrumental Band. Both groups are open to all students and meet once a week in the evening. The repertoire is tailored to the groups according to their interests, level of playing, and instrumental variety. They are invited to perform at several major school events, including the Winter and Spring Concert, school assemblies, and graduation.  
  • Music Assemblies & Extracurricular Activites

    The Kents Hill Music Program hosts two annual Music Assemblies which offers any and all students, regardless if they are enrolled in the music program or not, the opportunity to get up and perform in front of the school community. There may be an offering of song and dance by the ice hockey team, or an instrumental duo playing a classical piece. Kents Hill School faculty, staff, and special guests are invited to perform as well. Students taking lessons through Snow Pond have the opportunity to participate in the Ensemble Concert and Solo Recitals.

    Coffee Houses at Kents Hill School are offered several times throughout the year. On Friday nights, students will gather in a community space to share their pasion for music and performance with one another. Vocalists, musicians, and even poets are encouraged to perform and share their talents in an intimate setting.


George Dunn
Director of Performing Arts

Marcia Gallagher
Director of the Music Program
Founded in 1824, Kents Hill School is a co-ed college preparatory boarding school for boys and girls grades 9-12 located in central Maine.