The Galloway School’s theatre program embraces each student’s individual skills and gifts, while simultaneously building community and ensemble. Led by a team of professional theatre artists, students discover their own voice and encourage one another to let their voices be heard as they grow in empathy and perspective. Galloway students discover and explore concepts related to plot, character, language, process, and product in dramatic presentations in the classroom and on the stage.
Imagination and creativity are enhanced through dramatic play as classroom teachers work with the theatre team to create opportunities for students to develop understanding and empathy around a variety of subjects. Examples of past class performances include fairytale theatre, living biographies, and poetry slams. Students enjoy performances by professional, visiting theatre artists and attend field trips to see performances at the Alliance Theater and Center for Puppetry Arts.
Students may participate in a musical guided by the theatre team. Students discover character, plot, conflict, actions and change while learning how to work together as a group. Rehearsals take place during regular school hours in a safe, no-cut environment that culminates in three performances on the school’s main stage. Nine-week elective courses are offered in musical theater appreciation, acting improvisation, stage craft, prop-making, and woodworking. Large-format painting and stage makeup electives are available to all 5th-8th grade students.
Students in grades 9 – 12 may elect to take theatre classes that earn students credit while exploring, deepening, and honing their skills in acting technique, performance styles, ensemble physical training, playwriting and screen playwriting structure and script analysis. Theatre electives include: Acting 1 and 2, Improvisation, Writing for Stage and Screen, Public Speaking, Stage Craft, Lighting and Scene Design. You can read course descriptions here.