Quest Academy’s Drama program aims to expand each student’s creative and expressive potential through the art of theatre. Activities encourage thinking and imaginative skills for students to apply to other academic areas and everyday life. The curriculum is designed to build on learned and new skills at each age level. Students will experience various roles in the theatre. As audience members, they develop listening and observation skills. As actors, they create characters and dialogue. As directors, playwrights and designers, they explore leadership, writing and envision costumes and set design. Students engage in collaboration by contributing ideas and problem-solving while giving mutual respect.
Lower School focuses on developing a basic understanding of the foundational skills in drama such as imagination, communication and (believable) transformation. Lower school drama partners with the Music program to put on concerts or dramatic/musical presentations once or twice per year. Families are also invited to view “Informances” in the classroom; this allows them to see the learning process in action. Examples of “Informances” include three year-olds acting out a familiar story, 2nd grade students presenting stories of Greek Mythology or a Native American Potlatch, 5th grade students presenting a musical of “Lewis and Clark.”
The Drama teachers often collaborate with classroom teachers to create cross-curricular experiences.
The Middle School Drama teacher coordinates with the music program to put on a junior musical for Sixth Grade. Seventh grade teachers also coordinate with Language Arts and Social Studies teachers to study and perform Shakespeare. Sixth and seventh grade students implement an annual “Scene Night” with props, costumes, and minor set pieces.
The culmination of the Quest Drama program occurs annually in the form of an eighth-grade musical production. All eighth grade students are cast in the production to sing, dance, and act. They are also required to be on a production crew such as: props, costumes, lighting, marketing, concessions, make-up and hair, stage manager, painting, and set design. This allows students to take complete ownership of the production.
Technology may be used to bring in other thoughts and ideas about acting and the theatre, by viewing films or live stage productions, reviewing and evaluating class work, and analyzing existing scenes and scripts. Students use Chromebooks to research information to depict characters or to watch appropriate videos that support a drama lesson. Chromebooks are also used for presentations, music, and as evaluation tools.
There is an expectation for students to participate in all the exercises, assignments, presentations and performances - necessary for learning, growth and assessment. Quest’s drama program provides opportunity for students to be challenged regularly to share their work and to present in front of an audience. This experience enhances their emotional expression, communication, and confidence.