Oak Hill School students begin studying drama in 3rd grade and
become confident on and off stage through their experiences in creative
dramatics and theater. The culmination of the Oak Hill dramatic
experience is the Broadway musical presented each spring.
Third graders learn to read simple scripts and interpret stage
directions. The annual third grade play brings
their year of drama to a close.
Each class in fourth grade presents a class play. Drama becomes more intense and
rewarding for fourth graders as they learn about voice, movement,
character, and stage directions.
Fifth graders are transported back to the golden age of radio. Radio
dramas are rehearsed, sound effects are chosen, and shows are
videotaped - with lens cap on, of course. Students also focus on the
art of persuasion by taking affirmative or opposing views of the
argument that cartoon characters should replace teachers in the
classroom. A brief experiment with the Lincoln-Douglas style of debate
is followed by the much-loved commercial project. Students write, act
in and film commercials based on products they have chosen.
Sixth grade drama students focus on the use of voice and stage
presence by examining the Christian allegory, "The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe". Through performing a reader's theater version of an
adapted script, sixth graders become more competent in creative
dramatics. First grade buddies, as well as other classes and adults,
provide an audience. Students also perform Shakespeare's most beloved
play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream". This is also an in-class performance
that ties directly to their study of Greek and Roman culture which
involves rewriting and presenting old myths for parents, special
guests, and at a school-wide assembly.