WHO WE ARE
Westminster Academy’s upper school drama program gives the students an exciting array of experiences and training in many facets of the dramatic arts, including acting, improvisation, writing and directing. The upper school drama curriculum begins with middle school with an introduction in improvisation, audition monologues and short scene work. It continues into high school with Drama I, Drama II, and Drama III and opportunities in production class.
In Drama I students study mime, create children's theatre, write and perform original monologues, and perform scenes for their school peers. In Drama II students create original plays based on social issues, write and perform an original works murder mystery and a literary character, create multidimensional characters, and more. Drama III is an honors course where students study different acting theories and techniques, practice dialects, work on classic and modern works of theatre, begin stage combat skills, and much more. Each course also teaches technical theatre and directing, advancing from introductory to intermediate/advances as they advance into higher course levels.
Students at WA enjoy performing in venues from in-class productions to middle school and high school chapels, and all high school students are welcomed to audition to the annual school production. There are many off stage opportunities for students to work on the technical, stage-management, advertising, directing, and more! Students here have many avenues to discover how dramatic storytelling reflects the beauty of creation and human existence.
WHAT WE DO
Westminster's drama courses are all part of our school's curriculum. Students are required to take a least one year of a Fine Art, and drama courses is just one of the great avenues to satisfy this graduation requirement. Students are able to perform both original and published works in front of a live audience. More importantly, our theatre program teachers students priceless life skills such as teamwork, creativity, time-management, self confidence, public speaking, and conflict-resolution skills.
There are also many avenues outside of the class room for students who do not take drama as part of their course load. Students can audition for the school play and/or work as part of the production, crew, or design teams!
This year we have also established an International Thespian Society (ITS) as Troupe 8570 were students can join and participate in local, state, and national competitions!