Middle School Drama
As Head of Middle School Trevor O'Driscoll points out about performances, the lessons learned are much larger than the play, itself:
"Of course, as an educator I’m one of those people who truly believes that process trumps product every time. I know that what the rest of the audience and I didn’t get to see — the classmates who developed a friendship through hours of running lines during every spare moment; the student who learned how to fully project her voice; the girl who, despite getting very sick, was so worried about letting down her castmates that she somehow willed herself to make it to the final dress rehearsal; the boys who fearlessly stepped in and took on additional roles when actors were absent — is where the real magic happened. The failure and recovery, learning, and personal growth all occurred in the weeks before the house lights went down and the curtain came up." Photo: 8th Grade Play: Born to be Wild, November 2016.
Classes and Performances
The first quarter of the year is dedicated to the 8th Grade Play, a fully staged theater production in which every member of the class participates by singing, dancing, and acting. The remainder of the year involves electives, which are conducted in small groups and offer a wide range of theater activities such as Improv and Filmmaking. The topics covered continue to follow in the building of skills that all our courses contain: communication, imagination, and cooperation.
An annual fall event, the Eighth Grade Play is a fully staged musical collaboration between the Performing Arts and the Visual Arts Departments. Every student in eight grade has a singing, acting, and dancing role, and they all help to design, build, and decorate their set.
8th Grade Play: Born to be Wild, November 2016