Class plays are an important tradition at Tenacre. Throughout the year, students in grades PK-4 preform a play for classmates and parents. In keeping with Tenacre's belief that elementary school is too early to identify stars, all students have significant roles in the performances. When commercial plays are adapted, lead roles are spilt amongst a number of students. With each class play, students gain confidence performing for an audience and become more comfortable speaking in public. In addition to speaking roles, plays often provide opportunities for creative expression through song and dance. Students also collaborate to create scenery in art class. Working together to perfect their performances, students learn valuable lessons about cooperation and teamwork.
Students in Pre-kindergarten through Grade 4 typically perform a play that ties in with their respective curricula. Grade 5 traditionally performs a Shakespeare play in November. In the spring, Grades 5 and 6 perform a musical in which sixth graders take on the lead roles and fifth graders, the supporting roles. Last spring (2011), fifth and sixth graders performed "The Wizard of Oz." This spring (2012), students will perform "Seussical."