The middle school drama program teaches students the building blocks of acting technique. With units on improvisation, playwriting, scene study, and audition technique, students are offered a wide array of performance opportunities to develop their voices, bodies, and inner artists. They learn to appreciate art for art’s sake, but they also learn the interdisciplinary value of theatre by applying textual analysis and problem solving skills to creative situations. Theater teaches important skills for actors and non-actors alike. Perhaps the most important of these skills is teaching students to think creatively, which will prepare them for whatever path in life they may choose.
The 6th grade curriculum centers on playwriting and building three-dimensional characters. The 7th grade curriculum explores audition technique and contemporary monologues. The 8th grade curriculum focuses on scene study. In these workshop-based classes, students hone their skills in projection, articulation, characterization, staging, and text analysis. In exploring multiple points of view, students learn how to amplify their own unique voices while learning empathy for those different from them. In learning the basics of acting technique, students also learn public speaking skills, develop creative thinking skills, and gain confidence and self-awareness.