The Brook Hill School

Drama
From the Lower School Play "Fear Not Factor"

 

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.

 


 

Cast of "The Imaginary Invalid"
Cast of "The Imaginary Invalid"

Upper School Drama

The Drama program at The Brook Hill School provides students a wide range of theatrical experiences that foster a greater appreciation for the art form and prepares young actors to participate in a variety of performance styles. Students in grades six through twelve are encouraged to audition for the regionally recognized annual Fall Dinner Theatre, now anticipating its tenth season, making it the longest running theatre experience of its kind in East Texas. Patrons from Houston, Dallas, and Shreveport are regular supporters of this event. The Brook Hill School drama department also produces a full-length musical in the Spring every year. Past performances include the Rodgers and Hammerstein classics The Sound of Music (2001), Oklahoma! (2003), and Cinderella (2005). In 2006, patrons were treated to a critically acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof which was also performed in the Bergfeld Amphitheatre, a first among area high schools. And in May of 2007 Brook Hill staged an even more extravagant production of Irving Berlin’s masterpiece Annie Get Your Gun which again received rave reviews. The 2008 musical was the Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite The King and I, its tenth full length major musical production in nine years. Both of these shows, “Annie” and “The King” were also presented to large audiences in the Bergfeld amphitheatre.

One of the unique things about the Brook Hill drama program is that it allows serious Middle School students to act in productions along side their more experienced Upper School mentors. In this way, beginning actors receive support from more experienced ones, and build friendships that will endure for years to come. Middle and Upper school students in the drama classes receive direction in many competitive speaking events, such as Prose and Poetry Interpretation and Solo and Duet Acting. The ACSI and the PSIA speech meets for Middle School students and the TAPPS district and state meets for Upper School students are major events every year involving dozens of Brook Hill students. Participants have been awarded Superior ratings and First Place rankings at the district and state levels. Every drama class also presents a One-Act play in a workshop setting which also affords student actors the opportunity to learn the craft and improve their talents before moving to the big stage.

Our goal in all of the Fine and Performing Arts programs is to affirm the gifts and talents of the students, challenging every student 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.

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