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.
You Can’t Take It With You: December 6,7,8
You Can’t Take It With You is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy. In our rendition of You Can’t Take It With You, Grandma Vanderhof and her wacky family, the Sycamores, have been happily living their zany lives in her house by Columbia University in New York for many years. This family (and their friends) are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy. Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published, and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs, and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them! But when practical young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws. Disaster ensues when the Kirbys arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice’s family in all of its crazy glory. Will love conquer all? Will any lessons be learned? You will have to come see our show to find out! We look forward to seeing you there!
Directed by Jenna Tremblay
Students / Seniors $5
SHOW DATES & TIMES:
Thursday, December 6th 7:30 pm
Friday, December 7th 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 8th 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 8th 7:30 pm
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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]