The following are the Drama Electives available to 7th and 8th graders as part of their Electives Options.

Improvisational Acting ~

This course uses the craft of improvisational acting to: foster team building, exercise spontaneity, sharpen focus and increase listening skills, build from nothing, and stretch creative imagination. Students will learn what improvisational acting is and, with this knowledge, will act out teacher-given skits, as well as ones they create.


This course will be offered in TWO half-quarter sessions during the first and fourth quarters.

Five Short Stories ~

Students will become familiar with the genre of short story fiction by reading the following selections: The Monkey's Paw, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County, The Necklace, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. As a culminating activity, we will attend the Chamber Theatre Productions Encore! presentation of these stories at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.


This course will be offered ONLY in the SECOND quarter.

Shakespeare Production ~

Opportunities abound when students get involved in our production of The Merchant of Venice. This marks our 12th entry in the Diocesan Shakespearean Festival. Students will be able to audition for acting roles, learn about basic aspects of technical theater, and take part in the overall theatre experience through publicity and set design. Most, but not all, classes will be devoted to rehearsals. Remaining work on the production will move in the fourth quarter to one afternoon a week until the week of the Festival (May 17-21).


This course will be offered ONLY in the THIRD quarter.

Oral Speaking ~

This course is designed to increase the student's understanding of effective COMMUNICATION. This will help develop useful study habits, and will improve speaking, listening, thinking, and writing skills. During the course, students will practice preparing and presenting three formal speeches: (1) a personal experience speech, (2) an informative (how-to) speech, and (3) a persuasive speech. Students will prepare and deliver individual, as well as group, speeches and will participate in class discussions and class activities (graded and not graded).


This course will be offered in TWO half-quarter sessions during the first or fourth quarters.

One-Act Plays ~

OThis course will bring students through the experience of participating in the dramatic form of a one-act play. After reading and acting out age-appropriate one-act plays or scenes from plays, students will compose short, one-act plays of their own. Performances will include one matinee for the school and possibly an evening show.


This course will be offered in TWO half-quarter sessions during the first or fourth quarters.