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The Upper School Drama Program offers many different classes including: Drama I: Beginning Acting, Drama II: Advanced Acting, Musical Theatre, Company Players, Directing Seminar, and Technical Theatre. The courses are designed to train both the serious and beginning student, while encouraging continued theater participation and appreciation. Acting classes address scene and monologue study, script analysis, voice, movement, introductory stage combat, theatre history, and theater for youth. The musical theatre class produces and performs a one-act musical while the Company Players course production a full-length non-musical play. The Directing Seminar students cast, direct and produce the bi-annual 10-Minute Play Festival. If students have an interest in set design and construction, they can participate in our shop—building sets for Upper School and Middle School plays. Independent studies beyond the curriculum in technical theatre and performance.
Opportunities also exist outside the classroom to participate in drama. There are three to four major productions a year, and auditions are open to all students in the 9th through 12th grade. There is an annual musical with an average of 80 students participating, both on and off stage or in the pit orchestra. Finally, we have a troupe in The International Thespian Society, a national honor society that recognizes excellence and commitment to the theatrical arts. Membership is offered to students who work more than 100 hours in theatre during a school year.
Dance classes are semester-length courses designed to introduce the beginner student to the fundamentals of dance as well as strengthen the technique of the experienced dancer. Students spend the first quarter on ballet and the second quarter on jazz/modern fusion. Ballet gives the students a solid foundation in body position, balance, and terminology, while jazz focuses on building strength and stamina using the Horton technique. At the end of each quarter, there is an observation day in which parents, friends, and faculty may come and watch class. Students are also invited to perform each year in the Fine Arts Showcase.
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