The Highlander Theater Company is Chase's resident Upper School company made up of students that produce two main stage productions each year. This group is led by Mr. Cutrofello through all aspects both on and offstage. From acting to stage managing to assistant directing, to lights, sound, design, and house managing, this group creates a style of theater and subject matter usually found in colleges rather than high schools.
Over the years, these companies have been recognized by being nominated and winning many Halo Awards. In 2018, Chase earned 15 nominations and won in one category.
Presently, students may attend a playwriting, screenwriting, or production class. The screenwriting class is a new hybrid opportunity to work on a story and then create a crew in a film production course to record and show the work. Chase's multimedia equipment and innovation labs are used as studios.
Each spring, the middle school puts on a musical production. The students work with both the Theater Director and receive guidance from Upper School students, expanding their knowledge of voice projection, stage presence, and much more.
Lower School - Learning through Drama
Each year, lower school students present a content-based and teacher-written musical play. The subject matter revolves around a theme or subject that connects with what students are learning in the classroom. Recent plays include “Looking Backward to Look Forward: 150 Years of Chase Collegiate School” and “Living Green in Chase Forest.”
Typically, plays bring history, science or nature to life through humor and song. Students have said that they passed a history test in the Middle School because they still remembered songs they learned about American history while in the Lower School!