Drama

Fenn students on stage

 

Hats off to the Nashoba Brooks/Fenn Spring Muscials, Mary Poppins and Into the Woods, Jr. 


 

Grade 4 Drama

First year drama students at Fenn participate in a variety of games and exercises designed to develop skills in observation, sensory and emotional awareness, pantomime, mime illusions, and improvisation. Working together, students focus on the dual performance skills of speech and movement. They learn basic theater vocabulary, stage directions, and stage movement techniques. Time is also spent learning how to be a positive and polite audience member. Each student will take part in a short performance at the end of the term for the fourth grade audience.

Grade 5 Drama

Following a review of basic acting techniques, fifth grade drama students will participate in a short one-act play with special focus on the structure of Greek and Roman Theater. Once roles have been assigned, students will personalize their parts through character analysis and design. Students with fewer lines will take on technical responsibilities back-stage. Students are expected to support each other at all times, both on and backstage. The play, with costumes, make-up, and simple sets will be presented to the fifth grade at the end of the term.

Grade 6 Drama

The sixth grade drama program reviews previously learned skills and introduces students to the words and works of William Shakespeare. Students learn historical background information about Shakespeare and his time. All students participate in scenes from well-known Shakespeare plays. The scripts used are adaptations that allow students to become familiar with authentic Shakespearean language, characters, and plots. The scenes are presented to a sixth grade audience at the end of the trimester.

Grade 7 Drama

This course offers an exploratory view of multiple forms of theater and an introduction to stagecraft. During the trimester, they will learn about the elements of how a show is produced (set design, costume design, hair and make-up design, lighting and sound design). They will then have the opportunity to design many of these elements for a character of their choice. The term will culminate with a ‘Character Showcase’ in which students will share their complete theatrical character with lighting and a brief performance.

Upper School Drama

The Upper School program offers a comprehensive list of opportunities in all aspects of theatre. Building on the foundation acquired in the Lower and Middle School drama programs, the pieces selected and performed in the Upper School are advanced and require artistic commitment, truthful characterization, effective ensemble work, and risk-taking. Actors receive individual attention with regard to acting skills such as character development, emotional expression, physical movement, motivation, vocal delivery, and staging techniques. Theater Tech classes allow boys to gain in-depth experience in lighting, sound, set design, and stage managing. Video Production introduces boys to filming, editing, script writing, acting, and directing.

 

Drama offerings vary by term, but include the fall drama production, the winter musical (held in cooperation with Nashoba-Brooks School and the Fenn music program, and hosted in alternate years at Fenn), as well as the spring comedy, and classes such as Improv, Theatre Tech, and Video Production. Many of the courses require additional time commitments beyond the scheduled class periods, and in some cases weekend commitment. Each of these courses culminates in at least one performance, and some plays are performed for audiences two or three times.

Theater Tech

Theater Tech covers the technical aspects of a theater production. Students are expected to learn the history and theory of various effects as well as their practical use. This course is organized so that half of the time boys are involved in 'hands-on' experience while the remainder is conducted in a lecture and discussion setting. Class members may be called upon to assist technically with the Upper School fall play, the Middle School fall play, the Fenn-Nashoba Musical, the Upper School spring comedy, and various Lower School plays.

Drama Calendar

  • May 2017
    • FriMay12 Fifth Grade Play 3:00 PM
    • WedMay17 Fourth Grade Play 3:00 PM
    • TueMay23 US Performance Tech/Dress Rehearsal 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • TueMay23 US Performance Open Dress Rehearsal 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • WedMay24 US Drama Performance in ASM 10:00 AM
The Fenn School will raise the curtain on its middle school play, "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" on Friday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. in Ward Hall.
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" declares the sprite, Puck, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, when he has administered a love potion to the wrong person and chaos ensues.

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