"The world is our stage" is more than an expression at IDS. Each year, beginning in Kindergarten, all students are involved in acting and producing age-appropriate dramatic productions. We act, we sing, we dance, we design and build sets, and no matter how small or large the role, students are engaged in working together to bring the theater to life.
Students in kindergarten through grade five present a play to the entire community. Often the theme of each classroom production is woven into the classroom’s academic curriculum. The class play is certainly one of the highlights of each child’s year!
All Middle School Students take semester of Theatre Arts each year. The sixth grade students study puppetry. They study the history of puppetry and write scripts, design and build the puppets, create scenery, and present a puppet production. The Seventh Grade students study public speaking skills. The focus of the class is on non-verbal communication, verbal expression and stage presence. The students also create a monologue about their passions and present them to an audience. The Eighth Grade studies specific scenes through a program that integrates acting, creative writing and text analysis. Student use script reading and group discussion to examine the plot, characters and language of a play. At the end of the course, the eighth graders work on scenes. They analyze and direct their own scenes that are presented to an audience. To supplement their weekly classes with direct experience, students can participate in a fall play and/or a spring Broadway-style musical production, involving up to fifty cast and crew members. The Tech Club offers experience and opportunities in all aspects of technical theatre.