We believe that theatre allows us to see ourselves in a new light and to see the working of God in our successes and failures. Our theatre arts department offers classes throughout the day and provides a context for students to learn about all aspects of theatre production — acting, prop making, set design, lighting, and more. Auditions for our two annual productions are open to all students in 7th-12th grades and often include students from the elementary school. Past productions include:
- Fiddler on the Roof
- The Diary of Anne Frank
- Alice in Wonderland
- Cheaper by the Dozen
Introduction to Theatre Arts
This course gives beginning students a broad overview of live theatre, exploring its nature and origins, its different forms, and the various personnel and practical elements that go into production.
Many theatre practitioners identify improvisation as an indispensable tool for any performer. Improvised theatre can be an entertainment form in itself, but the necessary skills can also be applied to developing a character, writing scripts, strengthening the creative impulse, and of course saving the day when something goes wrong.
Voice for the Stage
Developing a healthy, expressive voice is half the battle for a performer in live theatre. This course will provide techniques to strengthen the actor’s vocal capacity, using storytelling, readers’ theatre, and radio scripts to exercise this skill set.
Fundamentals of Acting
Students will develop their skills in bringing dramatic literature to life. This course will introduce notable acting methods in use today, and students will exercise their craft using a broad sampling of material, classical and contemporary.
Advanced students can take their interest in theatre to the next level, getting a taste of all that goes into directing a production: play selection, historical background, interpretation and vision, scenic design, stage composition and blocking, rehearsal, etc. Student directors will have an opportunity for practical application, preparing selections from plays of their choice for performance.