…can be a gateway into dialogue on the new, challenging questions young students confront on personal, community, and global levels.
At Rowland Hall, theatre is a magical and powerful art form. Experiences in class and on stage charge students’ imaginations and challenge their belief systems. Theatre Teacher and Technical Designer Matt Sincell guides middle and upper schoolers in finding their own artistic voices, and provides a platform for complex social-emotional learning.
Under Mr. Sincell’s direction, students present two major shows per year: a fall production for upper schoolers only, and a spring production for both middle and upper schoolers. Classes, meanwhile, focus on generating excitement around all the disciplines of theatre: acting, singing, dancing, stage management, lighting, sound, set, costumes, and directing.
Mr. Sincell also hosts guest artists, collaborates with other educational institutions such as the University of Utah, and keeps middle and upper schoolers connected to the Salt Lake City community theatre scene—including helping interested students find internships with professional theaters.
Theatre Teacher and Technical Designerget to know Matt
Peter and the Starcatcher
Upper and middle schoolers dazzled in this fun riff on the story of Peter Pan, rich in antic humor and theatrical innovation. As a Broadway play, Peter won a staggering nine Tony Awards in 2012. Watch a preview of Rowland Hall's production on Facebook.
Middle and upper school actors, dancers, musicians, and visual artists derived an absurd, whimsical, haunting, and comedic version of Alice in Wonderland. The April 2019 production featured large-scale murals, traveling props, a costume menagerie, every style of dance, and integrated orchestral, vocal, and jazz music.