Middle School and Upper school students are provided with the opportunity to audition for our Fall Musical each year as a collaborative show.
Our Spring productions include various opportunities for our Middle and Upper school students to shine beyond our community. Our Middle School students perform in their own One Act Play, which competes against other schools within PSIA. Our Upper School students have the opportunity to audition for and perform in a One Act Play that is taken to the ISAS Fine Arts Festival. Both of these shows are showcased during our public performance weekend in April each year.
Middle School Drama
Sixth grade Fine Arts Rotation
Included in this trimester rotation schedule are two drama courses: Experimental Theater, and Exploring the Voice.
In Exploring the Voice, students learn how breath control, pitch, range, timbre, tempo and imagery are applied to dynamically use their voice for purpose. Students will gain a solid foundation in using their voice to deliver song, poetry, prose, public speaking, radio show voices, character voices and video game voice overs.
In Experimental Theater students will write, produce, rehearse and perform small pieces in collaboration with each other. In addition the students will gain an understanding of performance and the power performing arts can have on a community.
Middle School Drama
The nature of Middle School Drama is exploratory. Students will discover and explore the impact theatre has had on the world throughout history. They will be introduced to acting and vocal techniques, elements of design and drama, technical theatre opportunities, improvisation, theatre game play, scene writing and development, ensemble and collaborative work and more. The class goes beyond acting and gives students a look at many of the creative outlets theatre offers. Additionally students are exposed to activities that help build confidence, empathy, trust and a deeper understanding of themselves, their peers, community and the world. Students who choose to continue in Middle School Drama for a second year will take on leadership roles which will provide the students with deeper, more specific experiences and enrich the class as a whole.
Upper School Theatre Electives
This course is designed for the student who wants to deepen their theatre and acting skills. The Acting Intensive course will be broken up into three sections, focusing on core components of acting technique. Trimester 1 will focus on Stage and Body Movement, putting attention on dance, stage combat and physical traits of character work. Trimester 2 is a focus on the actor voice, strengthening core voice muscles and navigating various ways to use the voice in performance. Trimester 3 will focus on character development, emotional context and authentic reactions to script and dialogue work. Using a range of skills from multiple theatre techniques, students will become stronger in their ability to use their body and voice for character development.
This course will focus on three specific areas of technical theatre. Trimester 1 will focus on Stage Management: What is a Stage Manager, how to create a Stage Manager book, skills needed for an effective Stage Manager, how to write down blocking and cues and how to call cues. Trimester 2 will focus on Lighting: design, types of theatre lighting, how to use a light board, types of light boards, and how to program lights. Trimester 3 will be focused on Costume: how to read a pattern, how to cut a pattern, how to design and create your own pattern, how to use a sewing machine, how to hand stitch and more.
Art of Speech, Communication, and Conversation
This course will equip students with the skills necessary to communicate in a wide range of situations. By learning the basics of public speech, students will learn to construct speeches in thoughtful and impactful ways as well as deliver these speeches to a range of audiences. Additionally, communication and conversation is becoming more complex in our society. Students will gain skills that help them navigate how to positively and effectively communicate thoughts, ideas and needs with others in a range of situations and topics.
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