Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts
The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts is a magnet program at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Georgia.
The program is open to any student in Cobb County who is selected from auditions and meets the academic eligibility requirements. Every student is enrolled as a vocal, dance, drama, or technical theatre major. Students can also minor in other areas or take on a second or even third minor. Students study in their major each day for two hours and in their minor for one hour and a half. Students are actively involved in extracurricular performances and are given the opportunity to work with professionals from around the United States. The training is extremely rigorous. The dance program includes (but is not limited to) hip hop, jazz, classical ballet, modern, conditioning, and enrichment (dance history). The vocal program includes (but is not limited to) three level choirs. The program includes the famous Pebblebrook chamber choir, select choirs, solos, classical, musical theatre, music theory, piano, piano theory, and much more. The drama program includes (but is not limited to) internal timing, projection, emotive studies, cold readings, improvisation, Shakespearean study, monologue study, traditional plays, contemporary plays, classical theatre, comedy, and musical theatre. The technical theatre program includes (but is not limited to) set construction, lighting, sound, costumes and stage management. There is a small elite group called ComPAny which consists of 20-30 students who must audition for the ensemble. These students are considered the "best of the best". They travel around Georgia to perform and take an annual trip to New York City to work with professionals and see Broadway shows. These students are involved with the most rigorous rehearsal schedule, rehearsing everyday from August to May with the exception of holidays. All students must maintain a "3.0" in their major study. More than 50 alumni have been in Broadway shows and many others are working as dancers, classical singers, stage hands, and actors, making the success rate very high. This school is known to have very professional students and fantastic talent coming out if it's program.