Darlington School: Arts: Drama and Musical Theater

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Drama and Musical Theater



At Darlington, students are exposed to drama and theater beginning in pre-K with annual class productions. Through fourth grade, each class performs a musical once a year for the entire Lower School, parents and friends. This allows our students to not only experience the stage, but to build self-confidence at an early age. Students memorize all speaking parts and work on their projection and expression.

As students grow at Darlington, they are able to develop as performers in class plays, concerts and presentations. Though there is not a true Drama course at the Middle School level, students have many opportunities to strengthen their public speaking skills through presentations and projects. One example is the annual “Night at the Doscars” film festival, in which students produce and present film projects that spotlight their individual talents.

Drama, which is open to all Upper School students, focuses on technical theater, scene construction, lighting and theater studies. Students will present monologues, short scenes and a one-act play at the end of the semester. Upper School students interested in drama may also participate in fall, winter and spring productions.

Musical Theater, which is open to juniors and seniors, is taught by our drama teacher and choral director to provide the ultimate music and stage experience. This class focuses on the history of musical theater as well as individual and group instruction in voice, script analysis, improvisation and movement. Students are exposed to a variety of group and solo experiences, including the student-directed production “Actin’ Out,” the Musical Theater Variety Show, and our three annual productions in the fall, winter and spring. Each class is taught in the Zelle Black Box Theater, which provides a wonderful small stage experience for our actors and singers.

One of the most anticipated productions of the year is Darlington’s winter musical, which features incredible scenery and costumes and often involves students from the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. Recent shows have included classics such as “Les Misérables,” “Anything Goes,” “The Music Man,” “The King and I,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Hello, Dolly!” With incredible parental support, Upper School students make up the cast and crew, and select instrumental and vocal students participate in the orchestra pit and ensemble groups.







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