Theatre takes center stage at BCA high school! Kids of all ages love to get involved in productions, either backstage or front and center.
Lower and Middle School students stage a major Christmas musical each year. Eighth-grade students perform a play or musical in the spring. And student-made films and skits are an integral part of many classes K–12.
High School actors stage two shows a year—one play and one musical—at two different venues, based on production needs.
While theatre participants have a rigorous rehearsal schedule, they also have a lot of fun during the creative process. Working in a collaborative environment, students accept responsibility for different functions and tasks to make the production a success. Together we work to to challenge ourselves and to bring the audience a story that touches the mind, body and spirit.
Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Teyve, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of their Jewish faith and heritage – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.
The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest running Broadway musical for almost 10 years, the seventeenth longest-running show in Broadway history. The production was extraordinarily profitable and highly acclaimed. It won nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography.
DATES: May 16, 17, 18
TIMES: Thursday – Saturday 7:00 pm | Saturday Matinee 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Bristol Theatre Company, 235 High Street, Bristol, RI, 02809
Directed by Jenna Tremblay
High School Theatre Curriculum
Led by a professionally trained teacher, our acting classes are classical in nature, focusing on the techniques of Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg and Konstantin Stanislavsky. Students work on Emotional Recall and use the imagination to stimulate emotion and involvement in a play, scene and/or monolog’s imaginary circumstances. We observe each actor’s behavior, making sure the scene reflects what is going on between all the individuals in the moment. As a result, the actors learn how to respond more freely and spontaneously, both physically and vocally.
Eventually more detailed imaginary circumstances are added to the exercise, and it gradually becomes a kind of improvised scene. When this is fully developed, the actors will be ready to start working on monologues and scenes with actual scripts. Together we work on breathing, voice and body exercises; and on character and courage through improvisation and scene-work. Students are quizzed on memorization of lines and their ability to apply an understanding of basic dramatic concepts like motivation, obstacle, action and beats.
By reading, discussing and responding to students’ acting techniques, we learn as a group that while acting is primarily about technique, it is also about courage, instincts, choices and character.