Drama is an important aspect of education and enrichment at Greenwich Academy. Drama productions provide a stage for student actors, enlist the expertise of student technicians, and celebrate individual talents, as well as collaborative efforts. In addition, every year a number of theater companies, actors, directors, and technicians visit GA and share their knowledge, experience, and cultural heritage with the students.
The objectives of the GA drama program are to teach essential theater skills and foster a love and appreciation for this art form. The drama department believes that participation in drama encourages cooperation and teamwork, helps to develop confidence and poise, gives voice to ideas and feelings that may not come out in ordinary exchanges, and helps young people to explore a variety of cultures and ways of approaching life. Faculty and students collaborate to select material that is of the best quality, age-appropriate, and inclusive, all of which reflects GA’s values as a community.
In Middle School, students learn the foundations of the theater. Movement, character development, and performance are the focal points of the program.
All students attend drama classes twice a week. Curriculum work is presented in a class production by half of the grade in January. A second production is performed by the remaining half of the class in early May.
There are no formal drama classes, but there is an optional after-school play open to all who wish to participate.
Students have the opportunity to take part in two different productions: a large-cast girls-only play at Greenwich Academy and a co-ed musical in conjunction with Brunswick Middle School performed on the Brunswick campus.
Again, students have the opportunity to participate in a co-ed Brunswick musical, and they can also take a course at Greenwich Academy in Musical Theatre, which culminates in a musical production performed exclusively by the members of the class.
- Liza and the Riddling Cave
- High School Musical 2
- I Hate Shakespeare
- Still Life with Iris
- Dear Edwina Jr.
- Twelfth Night
- Comedy of Errors
- Hundred Dresses
In the Upper School, students have the opportunity to participate in a myriad of theater projects both in and out of the classroom. Through all of these experiences, the drama department aspires to help students develop confidence and poise while promoting cooperation and teamwork within the framework of the theater experience.
- Group IX students can elect to take an introductory acting course, which aims to hone performance skills while introducing students to a variety of different approaches to acting.
- Acting II and Honors acting courses delve into more advanced components of performance and scene work.
- A class in collaborative theater, offered to juniors and seniors, focuses on the creation and development of original student work.
- Opportunities to participate in after-school productions are numerous and varied. Both GA and Brunswick produce fall and winter coed fully staged productions, with a musical and straight play each season.
Recent productions include:
- Mamma Mia!
- Sound of Music
- Secret Garden
- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
- Raw Footage
- Annie Get Your Gun
In addition to the productions and classwork, students may also participate in the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition in the winter, or take part in our biannual trip to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in early August, where we present a play for performance.