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Drama — Grades 6-8
The Drama program is a sequence of workshops designed for students to make connections between each other, the audience, and the material. Many of the exercises, warm-ups, and games are taken from the book, Improvisation for the Theater by Viola Spolin. Quotes from Spolin’s book are used to define a theme for each grade, to challenge and focus the students as they encounter new theater concepts.
6th grade: “Were they acting? Get them to play.” The sixth graders develop their acting skills through play.
7th grade: “Acting is doing.” The seventh graders take their acting to the next level through scenes with specific actions and story involved.
8th grade: “Follow the follower.” In eighth grade we transition into two and three person scenes, requiring the girls to connect with each other and experience empathy; the girls memorize scenes and develop character.