My name is Emily Armstrong and I am thrilled to be teaching Theater for my fourth year here at American Academy!
I believe that the skills that students learn in Performing Arts are essential to their growth and development. Theater teaches students how to think creatively, develop empathy, make important connections with others and develop crucial communication skills. Theater embraces students from all backgrounds and experiences and demonstrates to them that every person has value, no matter where they come from or what they've experienced in life so far.
Here are the main theater curriculum focuses for this school year broken down by grade level:
-Foundational performance skills in voice/movement - Pantomime Performance
-Theater terminology and logistics of a theater space
-Building blocks of creating character -Character Commercial Performance
-Theater History - connecting theater with history/music/science, etc.
-Theater Design - Finding storytelling in Sets, Lighting, Costumes, Music, etc.
-Scene Study - Scene Performances
-Creating their own monologues and performing them as a form of self-expression
-Putting all the elements we've learned together so far! Performing for Elementary Students
Ms. Armstrong campus rotation schedule:
MB Campus: Trimester 1
CP Campus: Trimester 2
LM Campus: Trimester 3
I also encourage students to get involved outside of the classroom and dive into live performance even deeper by participating in the performing arts extra-curricular activities (specifically plays and musicals).
I have an open door policy with students and parents alike, so if you ever have any questions about Drama class or would like to get your student involved, I'm happy to help and discuss!
Looking forward to telling some awesome stories together,