Through the performing arts, girls discover their passion for the arts, develop creativity and confidence, achieve excellence, and make lifelong friends. In the drama program, students can act and sing in many dramatic, musical and comedy productions, and participate behind the scenes – from lighting and sound to set building and stage management.
Fifth and sixth grade drama focuses on three focus areas: Miming, Story Theater, and Dramatization of a Script. While working on miming, students emphasize basic illusion mime techniques with studies focusing on action/reaction, character, plot, and/or theme. Story theater is a continuation of the developed mime skills, but with the addition of dialogue. The final focus area, dramatization of a script, takes either a class-created or adapted script and brings it life!
Semester One of sixth grade creative drama focuses on Greek roots. The Arachne Myth is dramatized with choruses and individual roles, and during the Theseus unit, students explore the thematic material of leaving home.
Semester Two focuses on Roman comedy and explores what makes us laugh? Students watch and analyze famous comedy teams and scenes, and learn the comic elements. The capstone project for the semester is a three-scene comedy presented by small groups that will make their classmates "laugh like the Romans!"
This practical and fun class centers around projects with real-life public speaking opportunities. Students learn how-to, practice, and present skills such as: introducing guest speakers, debate, acceptance speeches, prose/poetry interpretation, reader's theater, and toasts... both with and without technical support.
The middle school musical is a fully staged, 60-minute "Broadway" musical that is accompanied by a live band. This no-cut production is a synthesis of the Harpeth Hall dance, music, and theater classes, and is widely attended by the school and community. Past shows have included a variety of Disney musicals, and "Suessical Jr," "Annie," and most recently, "Dear Edwina." Auditions are in November, and the performances are in early February.
The Upper School Musical is a collaboration between Montgomery-Bell Academy and Harpeth Hall's performing arts departments. Productions in the past have varied from traditional golden-age musicals to cutting edge, eccentric productions to allow for these young artists to develop themselves into true "triple threats." Auditions are typically in May, with performances in early September.
Meet the Drama Team
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