Students interested in the dramatic arts have a wide array of classes and extracurricular offerings to choose from each year. During the school day, students can hone their acting skills in Acting I and Acting II, explore a different type of theater in Guerilla Rep, or work behind the scenes in our technical theater workshop.
The two-year, conservatory-style Acting I and II sequence, students are introduced to and explore basic techniques in acting through movement, physical and vocal exercises, improvisation, script analysis, scene work, monologues and short plays.
In Guerilla Rep, students work together to devise and stage original theatrical pieces for performance. Ensemble members are responsible for all creative and technical elements of production, discovering all that our theater program has to offer.
In our Technical Theater Workshop, students learn all about the various technologies available in the Student Center for the Arts.
The course is broken into three primary sections:
- In Scenic Workshop, students learn basic carpentry and painting skills needed to build a set
- In Lighting Workshop, students delve into electrical systems, lighting instruments and color theory, necessary for illuminating sets and actors
- In Design, students work in groups utilizing the skills they've discovered in carpentry, paint and electronics to create art.
Students in Technical Theater Workshop are also encouraged to work as crew members on our extracurricular productions, which you can learn more about below.
For Upper School students who don't get enough theater during the academic day, or for students who want to be involved in theater while exploring other arts classes at Kent Denver, we also offer extracurricular theater opportunities throughout the year. In the fall, students can audition for our annual play; each winter our students put on a musical; and in the spring we offer a "One Act" play festival.
In the past, the Kent Denver Players have performed plays and musicals such as Grease, The Sound of Music, Annie, Oliver, Argonautika and much more.
In the Middle School, students can participate in a fall play or winter musical. Rehearsals are held during the sports period at the end of the school day.
Middle School Musical