Mercy High School offers a diversified fine arts curriculum with courses in dance, drama, vocal music, and visual arts. Quality instruction of these courses comes from a top notch fine arts faculty — most of whom hold a masters degree in their field of expertise. Students enrolled in the fine arts strengthen their critical thinking and problem solving skills, while expanding their imaginative horizons. Students are offered abundant opportunities to explore multiple solutions and interpretations to creative endeavors. A fine arts student at Mercy finds herself in an environment where ingenuity and self expression are nurtured and encouraged.
For specific courses offered by the Fine Arts Department see the Curriculum Guide.
The dance program at Mercy High School is designed as an appreciation course teaching students of all abilities the art of dance. Students are exposed to ethnic, cultural, social, performance, choreography, history, ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. Over the course of a year students will explore dances they would like to pursue whether it be for a professional dance company, dance for exercise, or for social purposes. The advanced dance students develop a production they choreograph, design costumes, deal with press releases and perform at local venues and schools. Over the year students gain a sense of self confidence, overcome challenges, and see improvement and growth while working with others.
The music program at Mercy High School is committed to the expression of self, the ability to share on a musical level, and the joy and perseverance of performing. It is such an empowering gift to one another to communicate with singing or playing of an instrument. Opportunities are never ending in support of the traditions the Mercy community embraces of music.
Our beginner choir, the Concert Choir, and our advanced select choir, Mercy High Singers, continue to share in singing at school Masses, school activities and many performances for the community. Instrumentalists have the opportunity to work with singers as they perform for Mass and events such as the musical.
Mercy High Singers has a compelling commitment to serve the community as well as embracing every opportunity to grow and build. Through musical experiences with operas, symphonies, musicals, and other choirs on local, statewide and national levels, students are able to see the world through musical description. Top ratings have been received by both choirs with highest honors given to soloists and many ensembles such as duet, trio, quartet and sextets.
The music department also offers Show Choir.
Winter Concert – December 5
Spring Concert – April 23
The Department of Theatre Arts at Mercy High School is committed to providing a superior training program for high school students in theatre. Through a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on stage production experience, students gain the theatrical skills necessary to succeed in college or in community theatre. The program at Mercy High School nurtures a student’s intellectual and aesthetic development in all aspects of the art of theatre, whether for personal enrichment, advanced study or for the preparation for a career in theatre or a related field. The department presents a balance of both classical and contemporary theatre, offering at least two stage productions each academic semester. Two of the stage productions each year (one each semester) include male actors from high schools across the Omaha metropolitan area. The students assume responsible roles in the areas of performance, scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and management. The department has an active International Thespian Honor Society Chapter, which participates in the annual state convention and receives awards consistently each year at the State Convention.
Pictures from the One Act Plays
Read about what the students thought about them on our blog.
November 8, 9, & 10 at 7:00 p.m.
The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan’s — As Presented on Broadway by New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer, Directed by Wilford Leach, Musical Adaptation by William Elliot, Choreography by Graciela Daniele.
January 31, February 1 & 2 at 7:00 p.m.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
January 31, February 1 & 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Freshmen Show: The Canterbury Tales Adapted by Craig Sadero
Sophomore Show: The Canterbury Tales Adapted by Lindsay Price
April 4, 5, & 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Robin Hood – Tales of Ye Merry Woode Book and Lyrics by Anna Murdock Music and Lyrics by Catharina Jensen.
The visual arts curriculum is well rounded, and designed to meet the needs of any student, regardless of ability. Whether you are seriously considering a career in art or simply enjoy being creative, you will find opportunities for artistic growth at Mercy. You may browse our online gallery at www.artsonia.com/schools/mercy4 to see our recent projects. Mercy student-artists have won recognition at numerous local and state competitions and have exhibited at the local, state and national levels. In addition to formal course work, Mercy also offers an Art Club.