Lower School Drama
Involvement in a chapel leadership and musical dramas through the year gives our lower school student’s exposure to the Dramatic Arts. They rehearse hours before every production in music class and after school learning blocking, character development, articulation, and lines. They learn the foundational skills necessary to communicate effectively in the dramatic arts. Many of our students continue their experience as they enter the middle and upper schools.
Middle and Upper School Drama
The drama program provides a range of theatrical experiences that foster a greater appreciation for the dramatic arts and prepare young actors for a variety of performance styles. Students audition for the regionally recognized annual Fall Dinner Theatre, now in its 17th season, making it the longest running theatre experience of its kind in East Texas. The annual One Act Play contest happens in November, and we also produce a full-length musical in the spring every year. Past productions include the Rodgers and Hammerstein classics The Sound of Music (2001), Oklahoma! (2003), and Cinderella (2005), as well as critically acclaimed productions of Annie (2012), the breath-taking The Secret Garden (2013), the much-loved Hello, Dolly! (2014), and most recently the incomparable Mary Poppins (2015).
Middle and Upper School students enrolled in the drama classes receive direction in many competitive speaking events, such as Prose and Poetry Interpretation and Solo and Duet Acting. The State Academic and Speech Meet in the spring is a major event involving dozens of Brook Hill students. We are proud to have produced two State Champion Duet Acting teams over the past several years and participants have been awarded Superior ratings and First Place rankings at the District and State levels. In December the Middle School drama class performs in a One Act Play on the big stage, which affords them the opportunity to practice their craft and improve their talents before auditioning for one of the premiere productions.
Our goal in all of the Fine and Performing Arts programs is to provide a safe and Christ-centered environment in which we can affirm the talents of the students, challenging every artist to reach his or her potential, and to give students the knowledge, performance skills and experience necessary to compete at regional and state levels and to vie for college scholarships.