Drama is a collaborative art form. Classes are not only about acting but also about learning how to communicate and how to listen. Through the use of improvisation and other theatre techniques, the student’s self-esteem and self-confidence increases, while developing their social, communication, public speaking and comprehension skills. The curriculum includes:
Throughout our drama curriculum, the students learn to develop dialogue for various plots. They explore the underlying reasons why characters act the way they do. Students learn to create dialogue for various plots; analyze dramatic elements that create mood; identify motives and objectives of characters in a story; and demonstrate how a character's motives influence his or her actions and the final outcome. The Middle School Drama Program focuses on improvisational games that teach the students to listen and improve their problem-solving skills. They also learn stage presence, speaking skills and are given the opportunity to perform in every class.
In 8th grade students are given the opportunity to chose the drama elective which includes producing a one-act play. The students become involved in every aspect of this production. The play is presented to all Middle School students during an assembly. By taking responsibility for their own show, they learn many valuable lessons and skills.
The Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School curriculum focuses on production, improvisation and communication skills including membership in the International Thespian Society – Troupe 6991.