Plays and Musicals
Each fall, students in our upper grades have the opportunity to participate in a play. In the past, few years, we have seen everything from Shakespearean comedies to humorous versions of Homer's Odyssey to a twist on the classic A Christmas Carol. While the play was originally an experience reserved for sixth graders, fifth graders have been able to participate when the numbers allow.
In addition, just after our winter break, students in grades 4-6 are encouraged to audition for a role in our large spring musical production. Over the years, our students have taken the stage in incredibly impressive shows like Willy Wonka, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical, The Music Man, and Into the Woods.
The benefits of learning how to move through the process of a theater production are extraordinary for our students. They learn the part-to-whole process of how scenes, sets, music, and costuming comes together; they must memorize lines, steps, and cues; they learn the critical importance of commitment, discipline, and personal responsibility; and they experience the joy of working collaboratively toward a challenging goal. By opening night, our director can sit in the back of the auditorium because the students have mastered their parts, know their stage directions, and are able to support one another backstage. For many of our students and graduates, taking part in theater productions has been one of the highlight of their school experience.
A PANDEMIC UPDATE: While it is not possible for us to conduct a fall play in person, our theater teacher, Mr. Johnny Gallagher, is hard at work looking for creative ways to keep theater alive at Baden Academy. Be on the lookout for more information about an exciting theater activity in the upcoming weeks!