American School of Paris - Performing Arts

Theater and Music


Theater classes are an active, dynamic, and essential component of an ASP education.

Starting in Lower School, theater studies allow students to understand theory and the multiple facets of fine dramatic pieces, to work together as a group, and to apply learnings to the creation of their own projects.

Beyond classroom learning, ASP's co-curricular theater activities provide students with opportunities to work as part of an ensemble, design sets, contribute to scripts, and participate in performances.

Upper and Middle School students may participate in musical and drama productions. There are also occasionally special opportunities to participate in International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) events.

All productions are presented in our professional-standard Performing Arts Center (PAC) and are major events on our school-year calendar!

Theater Performances

Periodically during the school year, students perform for the ASP community, presenting works perfected over the previous months. While the culmination of performing arts is to play for an audience, the experience students gain in preparing for these presentations provides them with key learnings. Students have the opportunity to develop confidence and performance techniques, adapt learnings from the classroom and studio to a stage setting, design sets, and work together as an ensemble with performers of varying skill levels.

Recent ASP Theatrical Productions include:

Lower School Musicals

Grade 4
  • Compose Yourself
  • Summer Camp
Grade 5
  • A Child's Life
  • Dig It!
Musical Theater Club
  • Holiday Road Trip
  • At The Bandstand
Middle School Musicals
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Grease
  • Guys and Dolls Jr
  • Fame Jr
  • Time and Tempo (Creative Cabaret)
  • Seussical the Musical
  • Honk!
  • The Man of Steel

Middle School Drama Projects

  • Alice in Wonderland /Thru the Looking Glass
  • Pinocchio
  • I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • The Tree that Held up the Sky
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Hunting of the Snark
MS/US Joint Productions
  • The Crucible
  • Oliver!
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Urinetown

Upper School Musicals

  • Bye Bye Birdie
  • Once Upon a Matress
  • Cabaret ASP
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Pippin
  • Legally Blonde
  • The Baker's Wife
  • Return to the Forbidden Planet
Upper School Drama
  • Once in a Life Time
  • You Can’t Take it With You
  • Madwoman of Chaillot
  • Blood Wedding
  • Conference of the Birds
  • Some Like it Hot
  • Love’s Labor’s Lost
  • All the World is a Stage
  • The Government Inspector


ASP incorporates music as a curriculum subject from the Lower School onward, providing students the foundation for a lifelong relationship and appreciation with it. Students are empowered to become independent musicians and to engage in the cognitive, physical, social and emotional experiences of a rich and diverse musical life.

American School of Paris - Music Program

Many English-speaking music teachers offer private lessons to students after school.

And, there are a multitude of opportunities for ASP students to appear in vocal and instrumental Musical Concerts, at school or abroad, at international music festivals.

At ASP, there are many opportunities to create and appreciate the sounds of music!

Musical Concerts

ASP Students may perform as part of a variety of ensembles, providing them with the opportunity to develop performing skills and self-confidence and to work with others to achieve a desired result. Some musical performances are part of curricular courses, others are extra-curricular and may require auditions. Your school division will be pleased to provide additional details.

Musical concerts and festivals that ASP's Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School students typically participate in during each school year include:

Lower School

  • Winter Music and Choir Concert
  • Winter Student Guitar Concert
  • Spring Student Guitar Concert
  • Instrumental "3D"-all three ASP divisions
  • Vocal "3D"-all three ASP divisions
  • Student Piano Recital

Middle School

  • Middle School Winter Music and Choir Concert
  • Winter Student Guitar Concert
  • Spring Student Guitar Concert
  • Student Piano Recital
  • Creative Cabaret Collaboration
  • Instrumental "3D"-all three ASP divisions
  • Vocal "3D"-all three ASP divisions
  • AMIS International Mixed Honor Choir
  • AMIS European Honor Band
  • AMIS International Girls Honor Choir

Upper School

  • Upper School Winter Music and Choir Concert
  • Student Piano Recital
  • Instrumental "3D"-all three ASP divisions
  • Vocal "3D"-all three ASP divisions
  • AMIS Jazz Festival and Workshops
  • AMIS International Solo and Ensemble Festival
  • AMIS International Honor Band and Mixed Choir
  • AMIS Women's Honor Choir and Orchestra