The leadership of Killian Hill Christian School has recognized the importance of communicating confidently and effectively by introducing the elementary, junior high, and senior high students to different approaches of oral interpretation, acting, musical theatre, and dramatic production through competition and the stage. Killian Hill is a member of the Georgia Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts and American Association of Christian Schools competition which rigorously challenges the students through interpretation, public speaking, acting, and debate competitions, training students from the fourth-twelfth grades in public speaking.
Before leaving for the Christmas break, Killian Hill presents its annual Christmas program featuring the lower and upper school choirs, bands, and orchestra. This year’s theme was “Christmas Around the World,” with songs and narration centering on traditions and customs celebrating the birth of our Lord. Mr. David Eilert directed our elementary choirs, orchestra, and band, with Mrs. Terry Fulbright, Mr. Greg Habegger, and Mrs. Marcia Rygh assisting in narration, junior and high school choirs and accompaniment.
The school also offers participation in Broadway style musical theatre which over the years has produced shows such as The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, and My Fair Lady. Also, The Christmas Carol, The Matchmaker, Going Home, and various stage plays have delighted audiences for decades.
Killian Hill bases the training of the student on the biblical mandates Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man,” and Ephesians 6:19-20, “…that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” Controlling the fear of public speaking, delivering a speech professionally and confidently, identifying and eliminating distracting mannerisms while speaking, and gaining discernment in evaluating strong and weak public speaking through performance and critique are skills that will be carried throughout the individual student’s career and lifetime ministry.