Every year, Grade 1 through 5 students present theater productions for Parker parents that reflect topics they are learning in the literature or social studies curricula. Students in Grade 1 through 4 are given the chance to learn lines, cues and blocking and incorporate music and choreography. In Grade 5, students put their Design Thinking skills into practice by having the opportunity to create and direct their own play. Students write original scripts and lyrics, design and build sets and costumes, and create choreography. There are roles for every student in the class, and often the opportunity to assist with set design and playwriting.
In the drama elective, students learn theater terminology, perform monologues and scenes, and perform in drama presentations at the end of the trimester. Grade 8 students learn about playwriting, directing, technical theater, and different acting techniques as well as perform in either a one-act play or an original piece at the end of each trimester. Students can take drama for one trimester or more.
The Francis Parker Drama Club is an internationally renowned Grades 6-12 club. The club was formed to bring together students that share an interest and a passion for theater, whether it is performing on stage or working behind the scenes. The club provides a safe place for students to come together and share their enjoyment for the performing arts.
Through the theatrical arts, it is the club’s aim to promote positive social interaction and a safe environment for learning. While we strive to foster a lifelong appreciation of the arts, we also acknowledge the educational power of theater. Theater has the capacity to bring about change, provide a cathartic experience, and unify a community.
Middle School students spend time exploring ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation, hip hop, and various cultural dances. In addition to performing group dances choreographed by their instructor, they are also taught cultural dances taught by guest instructors. By Grade 8, students have the opportunity to perform dances they choreographed on their own.