Students at FCS have several opportunities to perform in theater arts, including several plays and musicals throughout the year. The following are some of the theater arts opportunities currently available.
During a twelve-week introductory course to drama, students participate in a wide variety of “theater games” (exercises that teach the basics of acting and movement) to gain an understanding of basic acting principles, including pantomime, character development, and stage movement. As the final project, a short scene is rehearsed, memorized, and performed for the class.
The basics of theater arts are studied in this introductory one-year course. Through the presentation of children’s theater productions, skits, radio plays, and the like, students study the various components of acting, as well as some basic stagecraft, lighting, costuming, and makeup techniques. All students are required to be on stage, in front of an audience. Students may also be involved in creating simple scenery, props, and/or costumes for their productions.
Fremont Christian School alternates every other year between a musical production and a stage play. The musical performances usually have the participation of 200+ students, inclusive of the elementary campus through the high school campus. The students begin rehearsal months ahead of time and hold four performances. A professional orchestra is hired, a set is built, and costumes are rented. These productions are put on the opposite years from the Concert Choir going to New York.
Our play productions are a bit smaller in scale, as the cast size consists of approximately 20 students. A small set is built and a variety of costumes are rented. These productions may be smaller, but they do not lack quality, as powerful performances are portrayed by our high school students.
For both plays and musicals, students rehearse for several months before the production is performed four times. Our students put in a lot of time and effort to putting on a spectacular performance!
Big-School Opportunities in a Small-School Environment