This course offers a survey of the world of theater while focusing on the personal development of each student as an actor and a human being. Using games and exercises, the students are guided through the creative process, where they are challenged to stretch their imaginations, focus their creative energies, and by working alone or in groups, bring their characters to life.
Throughout the fifth- and sixth-grade years, students are invited to Drama Club during their activity periods as well as after school on Wednesdays and Fridays. Fifth- and sixth-grade curriculum is comprised of games and exercises by masters such as Uta Hagen, Viola Spolin, and Kristin Linklater. Each game or exercise builds skills and empowers the child’s confidence and abilities. There is a Drama Club production each year where students are able to showcase their newly acquired skills.
The seventh- and eighth-grade students receive daily instruction in their Creative Dramatics course, which is part of the fine arts rotation. Seventh-grade highlights include a survey of the classical theatre and production of a play based on a Greek Myth. The eighth-grade class delves into the world of the Elizabethan theatre and William Shakespeare: his life, his time, his words, his plays, and his theater. Favorites include monologues, scenes, and the ever-popular stage combat!
Each year the seventh and eighth grades are invited to produce a full Broadway musical. Our production standards are high, and the creative process is palpable as we build community through this shared vision and common goal. Many students believe that middle school is not complete unless they are involved in the middle school musical!