Drama’s Growth and Talent is No Act


Photo Courtesy of Tabitha Bradley

Drama 2 student and sophomore Giselle Villegas practices memorizing her lines from her monologue, which is her final project of the year.

Annie Qiao, Co-Editor-in-Chief

From comedy to tragedy, the school’s growing combined Drama 1 and 2 class of 42 students explores the beauty and complexity of the theatrical world.

“Drama and theater are an artistic avenue of self-exploration and a way of learning how to interact with others and connect on a deeper level,” drama teacher Megan Kirby said.

In the class, students analyze characters, practice improvisation and study different styles of acting methods, scenes and monologues. More importantly, drama students learn how to apply the skills gained in class to the real world and how they can contribute to their community through performing arts by exploring the arts beyond school.

Beyond learning about the theatrical world, both Drama 1 and Drama 2 classes provide an exciting and lively atmosphere where students can take a break from the bustle of academics while forming close bonds with their peers.

“Drama has also helped me get out of my shell,” Drama 2 student and sophomore Tabitha Bradley said. “I’ve done performing arts for a long time, but every drama class that I have, especially this one, helps me get out of my comfort zone and try new things with people who will be there to support you.”

Drama has been pushing the boundaries for performing arts at school and has shown tremendous growth through the past two years. This year, the class put on the first play in school history: “The Crucible.” In addition, many students from Drama 1 or Drama 2 participated in the school’s first full-blown musical production, “Wizard of Oz.”

The professionalism of “The Crucible” and “Wizard of Oz” reflects the dedication, passion and hard work that the students poured into the makings of both productions.

“The reason I like drama so much is because it brings you into such a loving culture,” Drama 1 student and freshman Ian Aros said. “Everyone in drama is working together to become more knowledgeable about the arts and just a better actor. Despite our differences, acting is something we can all work on.”

Although Kirby will no longer be teaching the drama classes after this year, the foundation that has been set will continue to prevail in the performing arts department for years to come.

“I hope [future drama teachers] enjoy it as much as I have in the past two years and that they continue to keep it student-centered and let the students lead where the program goes, because there’s no sense in trying to direct students in a program that is not impactful for them,” Kirby said.