The most important part of theater is the audience, for without them, we are just doing stuff for ourselves. It is the concept of doing things for others – telling them a story, amusing, enlightening or occasionally frustrating and creating tension – that brings us back time and again to the challenge of performing. In many places, the act of creating things for others to enjoy is left to the professionals, or to the self-described or self-elected specialists. Not here. We count ACCESS as our most important asset. And once a person has tried it and maybe even liked it, they realize that theater, and acting, and being part of something much bigger and older and more important than the individual, something that goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks and beyond, is a joy and a privilege. Then they realize that here, at KO, they own it. The faculty turns the shows over to the students.
Every aspect, from stage management to props to sets to lights to sound mixing, all of it is done by the students. Our goal is to have every student "'tread the boards"' before they graduate or to participate in some way to make theater happen. We routinely involve more than 10 percent of the student body in our musicals, and the recent production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" put 30 students on stage and another nine backstage. This is a program that doesn't pretend to make a "star" out of anyone.
We leave that to you.
170 Kingswood Road West Hartford, CT 06119-1430 (860) 233-9631| KO is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades 6-12.