Our Community: Theatre
Our Community: Theatre
Upper School Theatre Program:
The Oakstone Players are in their eleventh year of performing as a theatre troupe. Their season consists of two plays each year, one musical and one non-musical. The Troupe performs all styles of theatre, from Shakespeare to Guys and Dolls. Any student in the 9th-12th grade is eligible to audition for any production as an actor on the stage, or a member of the tech crew behind the scenes. The Oakstone Players are members of The Educational Theatre Association and chartered members of the International Thespian Society (Troupe #7799). Each year, eligible students are inducted into the International Thespian Society which offers exclusive scholarships for its members. Students earning the rank of Honor Thespian wear a blue and gold Thespian Honor Cord with their graduation robes at commencement. The Oakstone Players are the largest extracurricular in the Upper School with over 40 active members. Other than the directors, the troupe is completely student-driven with elected student officers helping to run day-to-day activities.
Upper School Theatre Courses:
In and out of the classroom students are exposed to various acting techniques to further enhance their performance abilities. Students who have a particular interest in theatre are able to take a variety of theatre courses ranging from an introduction to theatre to more advanced introspective acting methods, to directing their peers. In their course work, students find enrichment through reading and performing a variety of plays, designing sets, conducting improv exercises, and examining classic and modern playwrights.
Middle School Theatre Program:
The Oakstone Jr. Players are in their eighth year of performing. Each winter, students in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to audition for their annual spring play. The program provides students with a creative outlet for artistic expression. Theatre is also the largest extracurricular activity in Middle School. Middle School Theatre is also directed by a hand-selected group of our High School Juniors and Seniors. The Oakstone Jr. Players put on their show for two nights each spring. This experience is a stepping stone for students to explore their interests in theatrical arts, and to prepare them for theatre at the Upper School level.