Sometimes the best way to teach a child is just knowing when to get out of the way.
In all grades, our school’s emphasis on interdisciplinary study includes the performing arts. Classes may prepare skits that will accompany an area of study and individual students may create projects that involve dramatic performance. Perhaps a young student will perform a monologue as part of his book report; maybe another will write a skit in the style of a playwright studied in English class.
Our formal drama program links the elements of dance and drama. Students see the commonality between the two art forms and use what they have learned in dance to develop their theater skills. Use of the imagination is stressed while developing characterization, projection and diction, confidence and concentration. Performance is the focus of the seventh and eighth grades with seventh graders producing both comedic and serious works. Additionally, students are given the benefit of learning how to direct their own work when working on scripts. Shakespeare and poetry are often included and coordinated with the language arts department.Eighth graders have produced Guys and Dolls; Aladdin; Bye, Bye Birdie; and Fiddler on the Roof.