Middle School Drama
Fifth- and sixth-grade drama classes are based on the creative drama concepts developed by the American Alliance for Theater in Education (AATE), which focuses on improvisational, nonexhibitional, and process-centered forms of creative drama. Students are guided to imagine, enact and reflect upon human experiences, and as a group they explore, develop, express and communicate ideas, concepts and feelings through dramatic performance.
Middle School drama activities include movement, pantomime, theater games, improvised story drama, and group improvisations. The students practice developing their imagination, independent thinking, cooperating with others, developing their own ideas and understanding of the art of theater.
Students learn the fundamentals of acting, the history of theater, the techniques of performance, and the literature of drama. Acting fundamentals are explored through movement, vocal production, imagination, emotion, observation, characterization, and motivation using varied forms and methods of acting. History and literature are explored through play production, including the technical aspects of set design, costume design, lighting design and sound design.