Middle Upper Theatre
Foundations of Theatre
Foundations of Theatre is an elective offered to middle school students (grades 7-8). This course is designed to enhance development of self-confidence and awareness through the use of movement, vocal expression, improvisation and dramatization. Students experience basic acting and technical skills through theater games, exercises and short classroom performances. The class culminates in a final class performance of a short play in which students learn about the production process and perform for an invited audience.
"Theater isn’t just about performing. Students learn to form an inclusive community, collaborate with their peers, give and accept criticism and feedback with grace, think creatively and problem solve on their feet. It is a place where they can explore their creative side, freely express their ideas and take creative risks in a safe and supportive environment."
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Theatre Arts is a performance-based class offered to high school students. In this class, students learn to develop and build upon the fundamentals of voice, movement, acting, script analysis, and directing. Throughout the semester, students work with a variety of performance genres that may include Ancient Greek Theatre, Commedia Dell’ Arte, Shakespeare, Realism, Theatre of the Absurd, Contemporary American Theatre and Devising. The course culminates in a final performance for an invited audience.
The Drama Department presents a fall and a spring production each school year. Students in grades 9 – 12 may audition for parts in the play or to be part of the technical crew to work behind the scenes.