GMVS aims to graduate well-rounded student-athletes with the skills and tools to pursue academics, athletics, future careers, and all their passions with success and intensity. Students are asked to try new things, take calculated risks, and gain an appreciation for something new and different. Theater is a key piece of that plan to develop “the whole child”.
Theater provides GMVS students with another venue to perform at their highest level and achieve their personal best. One child’s personal best might be as the lead in the play; another might simply face the fear of being on stage and speaking a line. Regardless, the theater program enhances the sense of community amongst the entire GMVS family- students, families, teachers, coaches, local businesses and residents.
Instruction is provided in dance, voice, performance, sound, and set design.
The Theater Director
David Kent has more than 25 years of experience on Broadway. As Associate Choreographer, Director of the Dance Department, and a performer for the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical, Chicago, Kent prepared actors, singers and dancers for performances worldwide. He worked with dozens of celebrities and Broadway veterans, including Charlotte d’Amboise, Ruthie Henshall, Christie Brinkley, Usher, Backstreet Boys, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Sophia Vergara. His theatrical credits include, but are not limited to, Chicago, Cats, Driving Miss Daisy, The Color Purple, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Carnival, Carousel, Evita, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Little Me, Man of La Mancha, Romeo and Juliet the Rock Musical.
David grew up in Cazenovia, New York, and ski raced throughout childhood. He graduated from Holderness, did several PG years at Whiteface, skied NorAm and International FIS races, and was once ranked among the Top 25 Giant Slalom racers in the U.S. He attended University of New Hampshire where he was Ski Team Captain, EISA All East, and Student-Athlete of the Year. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Physical Education/Kinesiology.
David first worked with GMVS on the production of Cats six years ago. “I was truly impressed with the work ethic of the GMVS student-athletes that year and, consequently, I continued to cut more and more time out of my schedule in subsequent years to be part of the GMVS productions.”