Last Thursday, the Prep School English department held its annual Summer Reading Symposium for 11th and 12th grade students.
Middle School Theater & Dance
For one semester during their sixth or seventh grade year, students take drama. Participating in drama helps students gain self-confidence, imagination, empathy, cooperation, memory and communication skills.
The curriculum is divided into four units: developing the actor’s instrument through voice and movement; introduction to basic acting with exercises focused on concentration, listening and motivation; storytelling as a solo performer using freestyle rap and moth storytelling; and collaborating to write and perform a two-person scene using a location as a foundation.
Drama focuses on developing the following skills:
- Relaxation/body awareness
- Voice: Diction, Projection, Pronunciation
- Following directions
- Teamwork and collaboration and confidence
In addition, Middle Schoolers can participate in extra-curricular theater and dance through the sixth and seventh grade musical which premieres at the end of the fall semester.