Beowulf (A Comedy.) Little Red Ridinghood. Wind in the Willows. Turkeys go on Strike. A Light in the Attic. Dinosaur from Planet X. Dandelion. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.
Old Orchard students love to get on stage - and they get many, many chances to do so. Every year, Grades K-5 stage individual class plays as part of the regular drama program. At the Upper School, every student in Grades 6-8 may take drama as an enrichment courses and appear in a school play, if they choose.
Pre-K students have several song-fests that gently ease them onto stage, and they join older students in special performances before Winter Break, at the annual Lower School Family Fiesta, at 8th Grade Graduation and more.
The students have great fun putting on these shows, learning about staging, movement, rhythm, timing, improvisation and set design. Even the shyest soon learn that appearing on stage at Old Orchard is safe and that forgetting a line or missing a cue isn't the end of the world - the drama teacher will simply give you a prompt and the show will go on.
At the same time, Old Orchard's Performing Arts Program helps students develop less obvious skills that apply on and off the stage: they learn how to address audiences of all kind, while performing or making presentations; they learn that the play will only be as good as its players, and that they must to work together and appreciate the talents and efforts of others. By the time they graduate, most Old Orchard 8th Graders volunteer to give a speech at graduation and - as with parts in our plays - every one who chooses to speak may do so.