The Drama Studio offers multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. We strongly believe that performing for a live audience is a crucial part of the actor's training.
Productions: The Studio presents multiple full-length productions each year, plus a Winter Shorts Festival in February and a Created Original Works Festival in June. The Festivals feature short, one-act plays, many of which are written by our students. In addition, the Studio tours two short plays to Springfield Elementary Schools. All plays are chosen to uplift the adolescent experience and any student is eligible to audition for a production. In the 2009-10 season, sixteen plays were produced.
Full-length plays are chosen to extend the training of our students, providing them with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of playwrighting and performing styles. We have produced plays by such classical writers as Shakespeare, Moliere, and Aristophanes and dramatic adaptations of works by Dickens, Orwell, Chaucer, and Boccaccio. Contemporary dramatists have included Horton Foote, David Mamet, Tim Mason, Suzan Zeder, Constance Congdon, and Jeffrey Hatcher. Over 150 dramas, comedies, and musicals have been presented since our inception, many of which were premiered at the Studio.
The Cabaret: Each May, the Studio presents six performances of student work in revue format, featuring monologues, scenes, dances, songs, or sword fights from classroom work of the past year. The Cabaret is presented for a paying audience and the level of performance is higher than that of the sharings. Students perform in at least two performances and have traditionally enjoyed full house audiences.
Sharings: At the conclusion of each semester, parents and friends are invited to the final classes of each course offered at the Studio. Students present excerpts of the work of the semester and have an opportunity for audience feedback. Sharings are “low-pressure” events but many students use the sharings to present work at a high performance level.