Dramatic productions are open to all interested students and are intended to foster creative growth and technical knowledge in a fun, supportive environment. Students are encouraged to participate in all areas of the theatre to build self-confidence and camaraderie with their fellow thespians.
Everyone at Long Trail takes pride in the recognition we’ve received for the outstanding quality of the drama productions, put on by student actors and technicians. It has participated in the Vermont Drama Council Regional One-Act Festival since 1990 and has qualified for the State Festival five times. Long Trail was also one of 50 American high schools selected to participate in the Summer 2005 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, the largest performing arts festival in the world.
The major theater productions include:
A full-length comedy or musical
One-Act play for Vermont Principal’s Association Drama Festival
MUSIC and DANCE
In addition to the numerous course offerings in the Arts, students may also participate in extracurricular ensembles and teams.
This ensemble, comprised of stringed instruments, practices and performs a variety of classical music selections, helping each player improve their skills and develop ensemble skills.
Varsity A Capella
Taking place during Enrichment Classes, the Varsity A Capella group is open to Upper School singers selected through the audition process. The group chooses, arranges, and performs a variety of songs throughout the year.
Green Mountain District Festival and All State Chorus
Musicians and singers may audition to participate in these events. Long Trail has a long tradition of participants in these festivals.
Upper School Dance Team
The co-ed Upper School Dance Team competes with other Vermont high schools, choreographing and performing dances in two of three categories: hip-hop, pom, and jazz.
Middle School Dance Team
In the co-ed Middle School Dance Team, dancers develop their technical skills and work together to choreograph dances to music they have selected. Under the supervision of a faculty coach and a member of the Upper School Dance Team, the dancers prepare a hip-hop dance to perform in a competition or at an exhibition.
Each Spring, Long Trail teachers and students mount an exhibition of exemplary work at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, alongside other schools in the region.