The MICDS campus includes three state-of-the-art theatres – Orthwein Theatre, Price Theatre and Freeman Theatre -- that are invaluable resources for JK-12 drama, choral and band students.
The Upper School's Orthwein Theatre is a 350-seat proscenium space, with separate booths for lights, projection and sound, and integral platforms for the follow spots. There are catwalks to the lighting positions over the audience and the front of the stage, and three other electrics pipes on winches over the stage. The Drama Program uses this space for the Fall Play (this year's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream",) Troubadours (the annual musical) and the Student Directed Thespian Production. Orthwein Theatre, which underwent an extensive renovation in 2011, has been a focal point of the Upper School campus for more than 50 years.
Also located in the Upper School is The Price Theatre, named for legendary actor and St. Louis Country Day School alumnus Vincent Price '29. It is a 35-foot x 40-foot black box theater, usually seating around 90 people. It has a pipe grid system about 16 feet above the stage, and a booth for lighting and audio control. It is used by the Drama Program for the 11th/12th Grade Play (this year's production of "Radium Girls") and the 9th/10th Grade Play (this year's production of "Alice in Wonderland.") It is a flexible space, and has been arranged as a proscenium stage, a thrust stage (audience on three sides,) an arena stage (audience on four sides) and an alley stage (two audience sections facing each other across a narrow stage.)
Middle and Lower School students take the stage in Freeman Theatre, located in the Freeman Arts Building. The Freeman Theatre is a studio performance and classroom space that can seat up to 135 people. It features a computerized light board and sound system as well as a mounted pull down screen behind the back curtain for media. The Freeman is used through out the year for student classes, 5th through 8th, the 7th and 8th grade play, the 4th grade play and special events including the Middle School Diversity Conference and special class meetings for different grade levels.
Fine arts students use well-equipped art studios located in each division, perfect for drawing, painting and more. Lower School students use a woodworking studio in addition to their art space, Middle School students create drawings, paintings, three-dimensional works of art and more in the studio spaces housed in the Freeman Arts Building, and Upper School students utilize the Bryant Arts Center. The lower level of the Bryant Arts Center features a state-of-the-art studio for drawing, painting and sculpting, a ceramics studio complete with kilns, as well as spaces equipped for architecture, digital design and photography. Photography students also have access to a darkroom.