The 10th grade rehearses and performs a play on a classical theme. Recent choices have been Mary Zimmerman’s The Odyssey and an adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia. The class designs their production in a combination of modern and ancient styles to convey the universality of the themes. Each student has one or more speaking roles and also participates on one of the production crews. The class culminates in two evening performances for a public audience.
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This is an introductory class in the art of acting, introducing the ninth graders to basic speech exercises, physical warm-ups, and theatre games inspired by the work of Viola Spolin. In addition, the students enact scenes from the plays they read in their History of Theatre class, memorize their lines, and block the scene with their scene partners. The class culminates in a presentation of the scenes to an invited audience.