Theatre

Theatre in the MYP engages students in an active relationship with the
subject and encourages autonomous learning and exploration. It encourages the growth of creative, reflective and communication skills though practical work. Emphasis is placed on the artistic process and the students’ understanding of this process as an essential component to their own artistic development through continuous investigation, planning, goal setting, rehearsing, performing/presenting, reflection and evaluation.

Theatre 6/Year 1 is designed to offer students a general overview of drama and the opportunities involved in theatrical production. Students will experience the elements of theatre in a hands-on approach by artistically investigating roles such as actor, director, costume designer, set designer, sound technician, and props master.

Theatre 7/Year 2 offers students three unique trimesters of theatrical exploration and application. In the first trimester, students will experience the elements of theatre in a hands-on approach by artistically investigating the “World Puppetry” while building skills in the optimal use of the voice and collaborative ensemble work.  The second trimester takes students on a journey to explore Asian Theatre traditions of China and/or Japan. The third trimester offers students a Production Practicum in conjunction with the annual spring musical. Students will create and lead design projects related to the selected show.

Theatre 8/Year 3 invites students to develop a deeper appreciation and application of drama. Coursework begins with theatre foundations as a tool for self-awareness such as physical expression, vocal technique, improvisation, and collaborative work. Students will experience the elements of theatre in a hands-on approach by artistically investigating roles such as actor, director and designer. Units of study include: “The Actor as a Student of Humanity” which ties into the Washington, D.C. field study and interdisciplinary units in Language and Literature and Art; Improvisation and Theatre history and Performance Practicum.  Students work together as an ensemble towards the common goal of presenting formal performances and presentations.

In addition to the MYP Theatre course offerings, St. Mary’s presents an annual spring musical for students in grades 3-8. Each participant is offered a role in the cast and/or creative team and crew. Students have a voice in selecting the musical each year. Middle school students have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in stage management, choreography, sound and costume design. Recent past production include: The Little Mermaid, Jr., Willy Wonka, Jr. and Alice in Wonderland, Jr.