(updated October 8, 2020)

At Beaver, Performing Arts is a signature program we know is critical to many of our students’ identities. We are committed to finding the safest ways possible for them to engage in their art form this year.

On this page, you’ll find the latest information about the 2020-21 season as well as links to virtual and live-streamed performances.

Upper School

Here are a few examples of virtual performances:

Upper School: Afternoon Activities
“Seasons of Love” Virtual Choir: Cast of Rent

Upper School: Select Singers
Landslide, Stevie Nicks

Upper School: Instrumental Ensemble
Rumba Latina

Upper School: Foundations of Choreography
The theme behind this piece is isolation. Students shared their thoughts around the drastic shifts they had to make and the emotional toll that the current shutdown due to COVID-19 has brought on in many of us.

Click here for more Upper School performances.


Middle School

Middle School: Strings

Middle School: Woodwind
“Linden Lea” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. Wagner

Policies, Practices, and Guidelines

Chorus

  • Classes will be outdoors as much as possible, under a tent when on campus. When indoors due (to extreme weather), students will focus on non-singing aspects of the class, such as musicianship.
  • The teacher and students will wear masks at all times.
  • Students will be in straight lines (no curves, circles) and facing in the same direction, in a 10 ft by 10 ft space.
  • Classes will be broken down into smaller sections.,
  • There will be no shared supplies or materials.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and students will be encouraged to use it before and after class.
  • Chairs and surfaces will be disinfected between classes

Woodwind & Brass

  • Classes will be outdoors, under a tent when on campus. When indoors due (to extreme weather), students will focus on non-playing aspects of the class such as musicianship.
  • Brass, clarinet, and saxophone teachers and students will wear performance masks provided by Beaver. These allow for students to keep a mask on even while playing.
  • There will be nylon bell coverings for trumpets, trombones, tubas, saxophones, and clarinets.
  • Brass musicians will use a cloth for emptying spit valves and discarding water.
  • Students will be in straight lines (no curves, circles) and facing in the same direction, in a 10 ft by 10 ft space.
  • In the Middle School, students will be sectioned by grade level and classes will be broken down into smaller sections.
  • There will be no shared supplies or materials.
  • Students will have their own instruments in school as well as at home.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and students will be encouraged to use it before and after class.
  • Chairs and surfaces will be disinfected between classes.

Strings, Percussion, Rhythm Section Instruments

  • Classes will adhere to the safety protocols outlined in all other classes at Beaver including class sizes, masks, no sharing of equipment, disinfecting spaces, and social distancing.
  • Students will have their own instruments in school as well as at home.
    Instruments that have to be shared (such as a piano) will be disinfected between classes.
  • Note for Upper School: Ensembles with mixed instrumentation will have hybrid indoor/outdoor classes to ensure that they can play together while maintaining all of the safety protocols for individual instruments recommended above.

Theater

The MS Theater Arts and the US Acting and Technical Theater classes will adhere to the safety protocols outlined in all other classes at Beaver, including class sizes, masks, limited sharing of equipment, and social distancing.

Dance

The dance classes and afternoon activities will adhere to the safety protocols outlined in all other classes at Beaver, including class size, masks, no sharing of equipment, and social distancing. Afternoon activities, plays, performances are addressed in a separate section below.

Afternoon Play & Rehearsals

Afternoon rehearsals will adhere to the safety protocols outlined in all other classes at Beaver including class sizes, masks, limited sharing of equipment, and social distancing.

Additional rehearsal considerations:

  • Plans may be made for online performances, even if rehearsals are on campus. This offers students consistency and alleviates the feeling that the performance mode could change at any moment. It also allows them to focus on learning a new form of theater!
  • There will be a mix of virtual and in-person rehearsals to maximize social distancing.
  • Rehearsals may occur in non-traditional spaces to maximize social distancing, including outdoor spaces, gyms, etc.