Acting Classes & Productions
As a core requirement of all SAAS students, the Theatre Program instills a deep respect for the process and craft of acting with performers, stage technicians, and audience members alike. By creating safe space in the classroom to take risks and explore the inner landscape of the stories we tell, students also practice the presentation of written material and improvisational skills that transfer to presentations in the academic classroom. In addition to acting, Seattle Academy theatre classes encompass stagecraft, costume design, masks, stage combat, improvisation and sketch comedy writing.
Students are introduced to the craft of acting. By incorporating imaginary circumstances, character building, actions and objectives, and text analysis, the Theatre Program instills confidence in numerous facets of the art form and its many applications.
6th graders are introduced to the theater arts though exercises in improvisation, concentration, and ensemble building.
During the 7th and 8th grade years, students build on these skills while also preparing for a theatrical performance. Cast members learn to memorize words and movement, while also incorporating the basics of costuming and set building.
Upper School students build on the foundation established in Middle School and are encouraged to participate in the after-school theatrical productions. 9th grade students may take any entry-level acting course and are also encouraged to be a part of the after-school shows in the fall and winter.
By 10th grade, students may audition for the two-trimester Intermediate Acting class which sets the groundwork for physical expression, vocal projection, and text analysis. The Intermediate Acting class presents a public performance near the end of the trimester and these students are also allowed to participate in the Spring drama.
11th and 12th grade students who want to continue working on their skills through the last years of their high school career can audition for the full year Advanced Acting class. There is a two-year curriculum cycle for those who want to take both years. The objective in Advanced Acting is to loosen personal and group blocks to emotion and interpersonal connectivity while simultaneously setting the groundwork for physical expression, vocal projection, and text analysis. Work on the ensemble is emphasized through all-class movement, sharing, and impulse exercises.