Drama

You can do so many cool and different things— student-produced works, play production, and even creating your own projects!" UPrep student

Middle School

In the Middle School Drama program, sixth grade students are introduced to the fundamentals of theater: story and character. Seventh and eighth grade students then have the opportunity to learn all aspects of theater art and craft, including creating a character, learning the discipline of rehearsal and performance, designing and building sets, lights, props and costumes and, finally, bringing all those elements together in public performances. This work is based on the ethics of the theater, which include:

  • Preparation;
  • Doing your own work and leaving space for others to do their own work;
  • Taking risks and supporting others as they take risks; and
  • Putting the show first.

Upper School

Upper School students are given the opportunity to experience the process theater artists use to create meaningful theatrical experiences, incorporating multiple levels of learning through specialized courses including:

Stagecraft

Students explore the entire process of theatrical design, from execution of theory by building their designs to, finally, coordinating the tech crew for a performance.

Play Production

Student actors experience the same process all actors embrace to perform in a fully mounted production, from audition to performance in both musical and non-musical plays.

Acting or Reacting

In this in-depth and fun semester-long course, students focus on learning acting skills, from theater improvisation to scene study workshops.

Mime and Stage Combat

Students develop their physical performance strengths.

Film Studies

These classes cover the science and art of the motion picture on multiple levels from its earliest days to the present.

Recent Productions

Middle School

  • Black Twilight (play)
  • Disney's Alice in Wonderland (musical)
  • Melancholy Play (student-produced)
Upper School

  • Assassins (musical)
  • Evening of Short Plays