Theatrical productions make their way into the Lower School at the classroom level, and each grade has opportunities to explore drama. First grade prepares an annual production of "The Three Piggy Opera" - a song-filled adaptation of the story of the three little pigs. Second and third grades combine to produce the Julius Caesar play which uses dialog from the William Shakespeare original. Fourth grade performs an elaborate Medieval performance called "The Pilgrimage", which includes script and music memorization.
In addition to activities like these, the students prepare and perform skits and presentations for the annual Christmas Program and History Night.
Middle School Drama is designed to introduce the students to various elements of theater and performance. Students will study and practice the fundamentals of acting and character development. Throughout the year, students will build their performance skills by working on a monologue, a dialogue scene, an on-camera commercial and improvisation techniques.
Each year the Middle School puts on a play. In the past these have included "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", "The Phantom Toll Booth", and "A Modern Christmas Carol".
The Upper School Drama course is designed to introduce the students to various elements of theater and performance. The history of Greek, Roman and American theater is woven throughout the units of study to enhance understanding of the nature of performance and the stage. Students will study and practice the fundamentals of acting and character development. Throughout the year, students will build their performance skills by working on a monologue, a dialogue scene, an on-camera commercial, and improvisation techniques.
Dramatic arts productions are a regular and exciting feature of school life at Washington Christian Academy. Over the last few years, productions have ranged from Aeschylus’ "Antigone" to Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" to Vonnegut’s "Welcome to the Monkey House" to C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Each year’s play features multiple performances played to capacity crowds, with students not only performing but also serving as the tech and stage crews for all shows.
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Did Someone Say, Murder?
Cheaper by the Dozen