For the Love of Drama

In drama classes, the Viola Spolin method is used as a basis for theater training for comedy and straight drama. Students learn improvisation and present various scenes to classmates for discussion and critiques. The Upper School productions generally include Shakespeare in the fall and a musical in the spring that brings Broadway a little closer to home.
MPCDS presents the "Solve-It-Yourself" musical murder mystery THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD!
Come one, come all, as the acting company of the Music Hall Royale mounts their opening night performance of their adaptation of Charles Dickens's unfinished final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This hilarious whodunit invites YOU to choose the identity of the murderer! Who killed Drood? Was it the deranged choirmaster John Jasper?  Or was it Edwin's fiancée, the too-good-to-be-trusted Rosa Bud? What about the Reverend Mr. Crisparkle, who harbors a dark and sinful secret? Or was it one of the Landless twins, Helena and Neville, torn from their homeland and forced to subjugate themselves to imperialistic British rule? There's also the mysterious opium dealer, Princess Puffer, desperate to escape the past; the drunken gravedigger, Durdles, desperate to forget the present; and the ever-forgettable Bazzard, who's desperate to bask in the kind of attention that Edwin Drood so effortlessly attracts. Which one was desperate enough to kill? Only the audience knows for sure. Watch as our delightfully daffy company of actors rewrites the show before your very eyes as they bring your solution to life. No two performances are alike!
The original Broadway production of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD played over 600 performances and was nominated for a whopping 11 Tony Awards, winning 5, including Best Musical. The Country Day production features the talents of an all-student company of over 40 performers and technicians, including Zach Atchley, Caroline Berger, Kye Carter, Logan Collier, Catherine Culicchia, Caroline Cvitanovich, Maya Cvitanovich, Colleen Daly, Katie Davidson, Elizabeth Downs, Aliya Eissa, Bryce Elmore, Jane Fantaci, Scott Freeman, Jack Geary, Hannah Halpern, Katie Hennessy, Ruffin Henry, Julianna Holley, Ethan Katz, Ashley Kim, Conley Kronenberg, Claire Lafaye, Destiny Laugand, Darby Le, Dorie Le, David Lovell, Emma Meyer, Joanna Moody, Abby Myers, Grayson Myers, Parker Neece, Clinton Nicholas, Alexandra O'Sullivan, Dude Riley, Camille Shall, Julianna Simons, Logan Stouse, Conor Taliancich, Natalie Varisco, Emily Weinmann, and Stewart Woods.
The poster for this production is the work of senior Natalie Varisco. Natalie's provocative pieces challenge traditional expectations of gender, standards of beauty, and structures of power. She also often includes the depiction of figures who are more complex than they may first appear, all of which is thematically relevant for this production. Natalie's grayscale image captures the Dickensian gloom of the piece, but also its whimsy, evidenced by the central figure's enigmatic grin. The sketched and shaded elements suggest the form of the show itself, which is incomplete until the audience joins in and contributes its ending. In all, it's a stunning graphic. A digital version is attached. If you'd like a poster to display, please let me know.
We want to give each of the suspects a chance to be selected as the murderer, so we have quite a few more performances than usual:
Friday, March 16 @ 7:00
Saturday, March 17 @ 3:00 & 7:00
Sunday, March 18 @ 3:00
Thursday, March 22 @ 7:00
Friday, March 23 @ 7:00
Saturday, March 24 @ 3:00
Sunday, March 25 @ 3:00
Monday, March 26 @ 7:00
All performances are in Weinmann Auditorium. Tickets are $10, available at the door or online at We encourage you to see it more than once--no two performances are alike! After each performance, a special discount code will be sent to attendees to use for a subsequent performance.
We are running an opening week promotion: use discount code WHODUNIT for $5.00 tickets to any performance March 16-18.
To order tickets:
2. Choose the performance you wish to attend.
3. Choose the number of General Admission tickets you want, OR click Enter a Password or Discount Code.
4. Type in the Discount Code you wish to apply, if any, and click Show Available Tickets. Don't just hit enter. (Please note: You can use only one code per transaction. Use one transaction for comps, and then a new transaction for purchases.)
5. After you choose the number of tickets you want, choose your delivery method.
6. Click the Add to Cart button.
7. Complete your checkout process.
Thank you for your continued support of Drama at Country Day!

Lower School

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  • Pre-K to 5th Grade

    Our goal in lower school art is to foster children’s creativity through problem solving, skill development, and the exploration of a variety of materials. Art history is introduced, and projects may be linked to what is being taught in the classroom.

    A broad spectrum of projects enable students to become more aware of their environment, to express themselves visually with more confidence, and to develop into flexible and creative human beings. Periodic art discussions enhance students’ reasoning powers and critical thinking. Sketchbook work provides students with accurate records of their visual development through the years.

Middle School

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  • Art 6

    Students will study various art disciplines: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and metals each semester on a rotating format. Each student will work with the artist/teacher of the specific discipline in the studio environment. This program expands the experiential focus of the art curriculum and provides instruction on a highly individualized basis.
  • Art 7

    Students will continue to experience individualized instruction with an emphasis on transition to the Upper School art program. The students will continue study of our various art disciplines including metals and photography within a semester rotation format. Each student will work with the artist/teacher of the specific discipline in the studio environment.
  • Art 8

    Students will continue to experience individualized instruction with an emphasis on transition to the Upper School art program. The students will continue study of our various art disciplines including metals and photography within a semester rotation format. Each student will work with the artist/teacher of the specific discipline in the studio environment.

Upper School

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  • Clay

    Students are introduced to the clay construction techniques of slab, coil, modeling, and wheel-throwing; glazing applications will also be taught. Emphasis is placed upon individual expression and skill.
  • Drawing

    This course will expose the students to the fundamental structures and techniques of drawing through direct observation of still life, landscape, and/or the human figure. Students will experience the expansive qualities and characteristics of multi-media drawing through additional imaginative projects and sketch book work.
  • Honors Art

    This course is designed for upper school students talented in the visual arts and seriously committed to the process of making art. Students are recommended by the department based on evidence of superior artwork, behavior and attitude. New students to the program may need to submit a portfolio for review by the art department and be recommended by former art instructors. The curriculum is determined primarily by the student, with the teacher serving as a coach. Students submit written proposals near the beginning of the semester. Any medium can be employed with emphasis on the creative process of problem solving. Various projects will be introduced depending upon students’ prior art experiences. Some students elect to build their college portfolios as their primary curriculum.
  • Metals

    This course will teach basic metal techniques, working with brass, copper, and silver on constructed and cast pieces. Students will make both pieces of jewelry and small metal sculptures with a priority placed on design principles. Credit will be earned through the completion of several projects.
  • Painting

    Students explore and utilize color properties, theory and composition in the process of painting. While learning various painting techniques, they create and critique their individual works. Abstraction and realism are themes of study as well as the works of well-known painters.
  • Photography

    This course begins with an introduction to the basics of the medium: operation of the camera, exposure, film-development, and printmaking. Students explore the use of print controls; i.e., burning, dodging, and toning. Specific projects will be assigned based on previous experiences and interests of individual students. A 35mm camera is required.
  • Sculpture

    This course is designed to develop the student's awareness of three-dimensional form. Students are encouraged to expand their imaginations as well as their observational skills through the use of a variety of materials and techniques. Students learn armature construction through wire figure sculptures and clay self-portraits. They learn casting, reduction, and relief sculpture techniques in combination with the construction of architectural structures.
  • Stagecraft

    Students gain experience in technical theater through design, construction, and painting of sets for upper school productions. Students have the opportunity to specialize in specific phases of the project including research, drafting, model building, carpentry, scenic painting, and lighting design and operation. Class members also assist in documenting rehearsals and performances.


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  • Mr. Steven Donnelly 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Art Department, Metals
  • Ms. Christine Petz 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Upper and Middle School Art Teacher
  • Mrs. Jennifer Waller 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Visual Arts Teacher
    (504) 654-1088
  • Mrs.  Michelle Haysley 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    MS & US School Art Teacher
  • Mr. Barry Kaiser 

    MS & US Photography
    Southern Illinois University - BSA
  • Mrs. Lisette Overby 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    LS Art Teacher
    (504) 849-3125
    Tulane University - BS
  • Mr. Paul Troyano 

    Woodworking Teacher
    Millersville State College - Teacher Certification
    Seton Hall University - BA
300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.