Visual and Performing Arts at Mercy
VPA students share their gifts and talents with the Mercy community at a number of performances throughout the school year, including: Fall Play, Winter Pops, Winter Dance Concert, and Spring Musical. In addition, student artists have the opportunity to write, direct, choreograph, and sing their own pieces in the annual Visual and Performing Arts Festival, a showcase for students in VPA classes.
Mercy High School produces two main stage theatre productions each school year. Our fall plays consist of dramas, comedies, mysteries, and Shakespearean classics. Our spring musicals explore the full canon of American musical theatre. Through warm ups, acting exercises, and rehearsals, students explore a variety of acting techniques and styles, and learn about the history of the theatre from its roots in Ancient Greece. Male students from schools across San Francisco join our casts and perform alongside Mercy students.
Mercy High School’s after-school dance program provides rigorous training for all levels of dancers. Professional dancers teach one-hour technique classes in jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, and modern every day during the school week and on Saturdays. These classes are open to members of the local community who wish to expand their dance training and are aimed at developing the dancers’ ability to express oneself through movement, technical ability, and overall performance quality. The dance ensemble is made up of students who audition and are accepted into the program. These students attend regular rehearsals in addition to their technique classes, and perform in the Winter Dance Concert and Visual and Performing Arts Festival in the Spring. Additionally, our liturgical dancers, Mercy’s “Soul Sisters” are members of Mercy’s Dance Ensemble and provide a special service to our Campus Ministry program.
Mercy’s vocal ensemble, leads the student body as the Music Ministry choir for the school liturgical celebrations. Students who participate in Chamber Choir learn responsible rehearsal, vocal, and performance habits. The vocal ensemble performs jazz, classical, and popular/contemporary music as well as music from Broadway musicals.
Mercy students also have the opportunity to explore all of the facets of behind the scenes production by joining our Tech crew. Tech crew students design and construct sets, stage props, lighting, projection, and sound for all VPA productions throughout the year. During performances, Mercy students stage manage, run backstage changes, and operate the soundboard, light board, projection software and spotlights during productions. Additionally, our tech crew students are hired by outside theatre and dance companies to run the technical components of the performances they produce in Mercy’s theatre.
2019 Fall Play: Shakespeare Then & Now
November 8, 9, 15, 16, 17
Support our cast and crew by attending this year's fall play. Watch our students perform traditional scenes (Shakespeare "Then") from Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Richard III and see how the student cast wrote their own scenes with Shakespeare's characters today (Shakespeare "Now").
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase tickets to our performances, place an announcement or advertisement in our programs, or if you would like more information about the program.