St. Mary's values the Arts Programs that encourage as many students as possible to participate.
We have been fortunate to have a working relationship with Princeton's McCarter Theatre which has provided juniors and seniors opportunities to interact with teaching artists in our classrooms. As a result, students have written ten minute plays and three students have had their plays performed by professional actors at the McCarter Theatre.
Over the past ten years students have attended professional performances of plays at the McCarter Theatre at least once a year. In many cases, teaching artists have come to our classrooms to prepare students for the plays.
St. Mary's participates in the Poetry Out Loud competition, part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. We have had two regional winners who went on to the state level,
Fourteen St. Mary's students participated in the Shakesperience Festival at Rider University, performing scenes from Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet. The students participated in workshops such as Combat Choreography and Shakespeare Aloud with teaching artists in the morning. In the afternoon, they performed their scenes on the stage of the BLC Theatre at Rider. We have been invited back to perform again this year.
An annual Celebration of the Arts allows St. Mary's students to share their talents in the areas of spoken word and written poetry, drama and musical performances. We also showcase visual art created by St. Mary's students. Students who participated in this program also participate in the Union County Teen Arts Festival.
All seniors write poetry as part of the English 4 curriculum and produce an individual poetry project and a class anthology of poems.