Explorer West’s drama program is focused on:

7th graders get ready for a video shoot.

Students getting ready for a video shoot.

  • Getting students ready for high school drama programs
  • Increasing their appreciation for theatre
  • Developing an understanding of theatre and acting techniques
  • Building their confidence on stage and in front of groups

For example, many sixth grade students enter the program with little experience or knowledge about drama. At the end of three years, many students express and exhibit increased appreciation for theatre, are capable of working at a ninth grade level, and go on to voluntarily participate in drama programs outside of the middle school.

Specifically, each student, after three years in the drama program is able to: present a monologue, tell a clear story, design for theatre (lights, sets, costumes, sound), and work in partnership with other actors. This comes from being in a school production every year, making choices as a group about the technical aspects of the production, and working in a clear academic sequence that is targeted to the skills of theatre.

7th graders working on Young Playwrights Program.

7th graders working on Young Playwrights Program.

Drama - Main program elements by grade:

6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade
Aims to be comfortable on stage and to use dynamic expression to create monologues and build their ensemble.Uses the creation of character to play in scene work, the structure of a play, and technical theater design. Participates in Young Playwrights Program at ACT. Studies Shakespeare and play analysis for an applied appreciation of theatre.