Glenelg Country School’s Theater Program is designed to take students through a full exploration of Theater Arts and the creative process. Students are given opportunities not only to act and perform on stage, but also are strongly encouraged to experience other elements of theater, including design, directing, and technical work including set, props and costume building.
The program begins in the Middle School with a one-act musical production in the Fall. It continues in the Upper School with a full-length play in the Fall, a musical production in the Spring, and a Spring Showcase in early April. In addition to the performances, Upper School students have a variety of electives from which to choose to help complete their performing arts requirement prior to graduation.
The student is introduced to aspects of acting, directing, oral interpretation and playwriting. Improvisation is used as a class tool to develop the imagination and the fundamental tool of risk-taking in performance. In the first semester, students participate in a class performance project. Theatre I is introduced to a survey of theatre history. The spring Evening of the Arts gives students the opportunity to share works developed in class. The year concludes with a performance final.
Advanced levels of theatre work in common space and on mutual projects. The student continues to explore a deeper investigation of character development seeking to extend his range of emotional, psychological, and presentational choices. Various styles of theatrical presentation and study of theatre in society is researched. Skills are honed by exploring various methods of “telling the story” in acting, directing, oral interpretation, and playwriting.
This is a hands-on course designed to challenge students artistically and technically. Students will experience the technical aspects of theater in the areas of sets, lights and sound. Students will not only learn about theater technology in these three areas, but also develop a practical knowledge of working with their hands.