Facilities : Theatres
Shreyas has three theatres for plays, dance and music performances. Theatre is a powerful and dynamic medium of learning. Each year, the school conducts various stage performances during celebration of festivals and seasons. All of these events sensitise children to all aspects of folk and classical performances as a rich medium of story telling, expression, history and heritage.
Named as Shrimati Bharatidevi Sarabhai Shrirangam Amphitheatre, this open-air theatre, uniquely constructed, has accommodation for 3000 spectators. It can be made available for public programmes of suitable nature.
The stage is 33 meters long, its front adorned with fountains and a pool of water. The fountain, the reflections in the pool and lighting effects together create an illusory world, while also facilitating the changes of stage-decor without the use of curtains. The highest step of the theatre named Chitrakoot provides a fascinating glimpse of city lights during night. The north-facing auditorium makes an ideal location to avoid sunrays hurting spectators’ eyes during the day. The quiet surroundings, acoustics, design and location of the auditorium dispense with the need for amplifiers.
Up to 200 or more dancers or actors may take part in dramas and dances on this stage. Shrirangam has lighting arrangement with a patchboard cabin, light control room and light towers. Natural surroundings around the stage, such as the slopes on the hill, fountains, ters, upper section of the auditorium, the Chitrakoot provide possibilities of creating unique ambiences and settings.
World classics like the Mahabharata, Shakuntala, Taser Desh (by Tagore), Faust (by Goethe), the Iliad, The Passion Play, The Blue Bird, Peter Pan, The Nightingale, The Giant’s Garden, a shadow Play from Gandhiji’s ‘My Experiments with Truth’ have all been enacted in Shreyas.
“I do think that very few schools, then and now, introduce their students to Faust or Valmiki, Peter Pan or the Giant’s Garden. The message to us as children, was that ‘All stories are true’.
What fun it was to become the characters from these ‘True Stories’.
Did we not manage to turn epics into furious prose bordering on poetry, revealing a feeling for the spoken word?”
- An old student
Rangasthal is suitable for any event or festival celebration. its capacity is up to 1500 spectators.
Established: in 1978, it has a two performing platforms, set in opposite directions with a connecting path. There is a third stage in the center where these paths intersect.
Suitable for: folk & classical dance and drama
Capacity: 2800 spectators.
‘Santhagar’ Multi-purpose Hall
Shreyas Multipurpose Hall is named Matrushri Kanchangauri Mangaldas Santhagar.
It is the venue for daily prayers and assembly for primary section.
It is also suitable for: festivals, exhibitions, presentations, celebrations and dance recitals.
Capacity: 400-600 spectators.