Studies in Theatre Arts build confidence and communication skills, broadening students’ skills as they present works of art on stage. Courses cover not only acting, but theatre terminology, history, lighting, writing and more. As students take part in theatrical productions, they must work collaboratively on the production, but individually on their role. Exercises such as improvisation require students to think on their feet, furthering their spontaneity and comfort in the spotlight.
Middle School – Cooperative Creativity
Middle School Theatre Arts introduces students to the world of theatre by generating creative ideas in small group settings. Students collaborate to create ensemble pieces that are performed in class. Theatrical exercises develop skills in the areas of improvisation, monologue delivery, script-writing, and acting – the tools necessary to prepare for an end of semester performance, a culmination of the creative process.
Upper School – From Backstage to Onstage
In the Upper School, a student’s experience in Theatre is very comprehensive and highly collaborative. Not only are there classes whose primary focus is acting, both basic and advanced, but there are also courses offered which immerse students in all facets of theatre arts. Students are introduced to the audition process, and will have a chance to direct projects within the confines of the classroom. Acting exercises are comprised of many methods of acting styles, as well as improvisational exercises and character analysis. Musical Theatre emphasizes this specialized craft, and includes vocal participation. For non-performers that wish to participate in the Theatre program, the Technical Theatre course offers hands-on learning in topics such as set construction, lighting, and sound. To effectively convey a role on stage, students must demonstrate initiative, fortitude, enthusiasm, leadership and confidence. These real-world skills give theatre students the preparation that many professions require.