At the elementary level, theatre is offered through storytelling, role playing, and classroom plays as a part of most classroom experiences. Theater specialist Kasha Browning works with students and other arts specialists at Elk Plain School of Choice to produce theatrical performances throughout the school year. Many of our elementary general music specialists also direct a grade level musical at their schools.
Through our partnership with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, our district has an after-school program called The LENS Project. LENS offers youth an arts-centered, extended after-school program that empowers students while developing empathy, negotiation, and self-esteem to improve relationships and personal growth. LENS classes give students an opportunity to articulate their hopes and concerns and to develop their personal voice, fostering respect among participants, and using innovative content and delivery by professional teaching artists. The program is supported by a grant from Pierce County Community Services’ Youth Violence Prevention Grant.
The LENS Project School Liaisons:
Middle School Theatre
In middle school, theatre classes are designed to help students speak effectively and perform creatively through the study of basic acting skills including pantomime, improvisation and theatre sports. Most of our middle schools offer theatre as an extracurricular activity, where students have the opportunity to present plays or musicals each year.
Middle School Theatre Teachers and/or The LENS Project School Liaisons:
High School Theatre
In high school theatre classes, students learn the fundamentals of acting, blocking, sound enhancement, set design, lighting and costuming. Plays and musicals provide students daily rehearsal and an opportunity to perform for a community audience.
High School Theatre Teachers: