The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School


Our Stage is your World!

Theater is both a co-curricular activity at Pathfinder and a common element of classwork. Children in our early elementary program frequently engage in dramatic play; this is a daily activity especially with our youngest students. As children move through the Pathfinder curriculum, their experiences in theater become more formalized. Fourth graders write and perform monologues as figures in Michigan history. Fifth graders have a semester of readers’ theater, which culminated in performances of short works by Matt Groening and Simon Rich, as well as an Indian fable adapted for the stage by Aaron Shepard. Middle schoolers have the option to pursue technical theater, performance and playwriting through elective courses. Under the direction of Audrey Pittinos, the Pathfinder players toured Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties with Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Following this tour, the students presented "Murder at the House of Horrors", a quirky audience-participation mystery that was also staged on our campus.

"We wanted to find a school community for our children that would reinforce rather than erode our home values. We found our children’s second home at Pathfinder. I know that the adults here—teachers and staff—have the same goals for my children as I do. "

- Parent, grade 5 and graduate