A Theater Alive With Varied Voices


The first steps into the art wing is a view of the Harry P. Garland II Auditorium. Several angel rays of sunshine hit this art wing hallway “acting” as a natural “spotlight”.

The audience is one of the most important parts of any show. It gives actors and artists a reason to perform, constructive criticism, and a reason for the performers to strive for the best.

The Ancient Greeks took their entertainment very seriously and used drama as a way of investigating the world they lived in, and what it meant to be human. The three genres of drama were comedy, satyr plays, and tragedy.

Some people in life don’t have a formal way of expressing how they feel. Those people sometimes fall into the category of expressing themselves into art by painting, acting, singing, or drawing.

At Thornton Academy Treble Choir is an all female, auditioned choir. The Choir consists of all Altos and Sopranos. The word treble is used, especially in British English, to mean the singing voice of a boy or girl. Often it is called boy soprano, but since there are also many girls who sing in cathedral and church choirs these days, the word treble is now used to describe the voice of either sex.

“I have been teaching for 24 years and a total of 21 years here at TA. I have been the Spring Musical music director for 20 shows! My first was “Grease” and the current show is “Mamma Mia!” My experience here has been incredibly rewarding and I have been able to take the vocal music program to new heights. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher because I loved helping other students in school and cared about others. My passion for music runs deep and I wanted to give my students the unique opportunity to express themselves and feel like they matter.”
-Mrs. Murray


“ I was born into this life. With both my parents being music educators, I was brought up surrounded in music.“ Emily is following in her parents footsteps and plans on becoming an elementary teacher.
Mr. Hanright has been working at TA for 22 years and has been in over 80 productions. ” The experience here has always been positive for me. The best thing is seeing groups of people come and go every 4 years and seeing them after they graduate still doing what they love. I took the sole director role for the productions in ’04 and I’ve seen the program go from 15 kids to over a hundred.” Mr. Hanright actually has a major in painting and visual arts and teaches a painting class at Thornton. ” I have been painting since before I could talk and I have always loved it.”
– Mr. Hanright

“ Since Emma Campbell started working here, we have brought so much more money into the TA drama department. Also since we started doing dances in our shows, that’s what set us apart from other schools. We can show off some of our other talented students that maybe don’t sing or act.”
-Acting department student


I love acting because of all of the behind the scenes work, all the laughter, team building, companionship and for the final product as well. The department is incredible because we always come together with an amazing show and also, everyone is so close and it’s just a really nice environment as a whole.”
-Jon Dube

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