Performing Arts Program
At Discovery Ranch for Girls, we help students express themselves through art. Each student participates in a weekly art therapy and music therapy group. Students can learn a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, ukulele, and drums. They can take part in our dance classes to learn styles such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop. We have fun art club opportunities for our students like our “Jammerz” club and musical theater group. Our girls may also choose to take voice lessons or use our on-campus recording studio.
Students learn a variety of things like stage and sound production along with theater costumes and makeup. Students also have opportunities to perform and showcase their talents. Four times a year, our students put on a variety show for their parents and staff during our parent seminar. Our girls also enjoy competing with some of our sister schools in our version of “Battle of the Bands”. For those especially interested in arts, we offer a “performing arts track” which adds an additional 6-10 hours a week of more advanced arts classes into their schedule. In our performing arts track, students learn to compose their own music, write original theatrical productions, and choreograph individual and group dance routines. Our arts program helps students express their thoughts and emotions in their own, unique way.
Performing Arts Director, Alex Allred
Alex Allred is our Performing Arts Director at Discovery Ranch for Girls. He became interested in the performing arts as a teenager in Arizona where he acted as part of a youth theater group. He has a degree in classical acting from Southern Utah University where he became educated and experienced in Shakespeare, musical theater, contemporary theater, directing, and design. Since graduating, he has worked professionally in Utah and Los Angeles as an actor, musician, and teacher and has recently spent time studying film acting. Throughout his years in the theater, he has seen how it has shaped him as a person. Theater has helped him connect with and understand others, along helping him work through his own struggles. He is thrilled to have this opportunity to teach what he loves to the girls of Discovery Ranch.