Theatre Arts program students may participate in plays and musicals at both the Upper School and the Middle School. Students can also attend drama festivals and participate in a variety of theatre classes at the Upper School level.
Through active participation, students will be able to:
use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to bring truth to life before an audience
analyze the worldview of a dramatic word
articulate the artistic argument being made through the work
Ultimately, students will create dramatic art that reveals and glorifies God to a world in need of His beauty and redemption.
Upper School students perform in Chapel services, assemblies, and other special events. In addition to those performance opportunities, students may also choose to engage in theatre arts behind the scenes as make-up artists, set builders, stage managers, student directors, tech crew members, or properties masters. Some of the past productions include:
Into the Woods
Doubt: A Parable
A Festival of One Act Plays (featuring The Velveteen Rabbit and Aria Da Capo)
Singin' in the Rain
The Sound of Music
The Diary of Anne Frank
Upper School drama classes include Drama, Advanced Drama, Dramatis Personae (an auditioned dramatic acting ensemble), and Media Technologies. Upper School students may also join the extra-curricular Drama Club, which produces the annual Fall Play and Spring Musical. Finally, students who exhibit exceptional dedication to the dramatic arts may be eligible for induction into the International Thespian Honor Society.
Students may take a Drama elective in 7th or 8th grade. Students also enjoy being involved in annual Middle School productions.
Into the Woods was not an easy musical to perform; its composer, Stephen Sondheim, is infamous in the musical theatre world for his beautiful - if incredibly difficult to master - musical compositions. But, like the characters in the musical, the AACS actors boldly forged ahead with the work, tackling not only the music, but also the lessons they encountered. In Act I, we met familiar fairytale characters pursuing and attaining their wishes, creating and discovering their own identities. The message we encountered in the Act I finale is this: "To be happy and forever, you must see your wish come true. Don't be careful, don't be clever, when you see your wish; pursue." But, we were left wondering whether mindlessly pursuing our own self interest was really the way we ought to go through life?
In Act II, we watched these fairytale characters undertake a journey to discover and create their individual identities and ultimately discover that genuine fulfillment can only be found in community. This musical provided a mirror of the world we live in, somewhere in-between Christ's death on the cross and His second coming, where we must constantly cope with the fallenness not only of the world around us, but also inside of ourselves. The redemption of the show came toward its end, when our heroes came together to form a strong, loving, self-sacrificing - if messy and unexpected - community.
People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (I Samuel 16:7)
Upper School Drama Club Fall Play 2014
Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20, 2014
Doubt: A Parable is set in a Bronx Catholic school in the 1960s. The principal, Sister Aloysius, suspects that the progressive young priest, Father Flynn, has had an improper relationship with a student. Sister Aloysius is absolutely certain that Father Flynn is guilty. And nothing that Father Flynn can say will convince her otherwise.
Annapolis Area Christian School's production of Doubt: A Parable invites audiences to consider how we make choices when we can't have all the facts. We like to think that we can be certain and judge others, but when we believe we already have what we need to know-- about a circumstance or a person-- we're putting ourselves in God's place.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:7)
The Drama Club used their Spring 2014 production of Singin' in the Rainto bring themselves and their audiences back to 1927, when the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, was turning Hollywood upside down:
At Monumental Pictures, the two stars, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, are both living in an illusion they have created for themselves. Don has cast himself as a “dignified” silent movie leading man, although the truth is that he sang and danced his way through many a saloon, burlesque house, and vaudeville stage on his way to the silver screen. His co-star, Lina, is living in the illusion spun by the studio’s publicity department—that she is the best actress in Hollywood and that she and Don are engaged and soon to be wed. Both take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror of reality and are forced to deal with the truth: Don sees a performer who can sing and dance his way through a story; a man who has discovered authentic love for unknown actress, Kathy Seldon. Lina continues to see the illusion; she asks the question “What’s wrong with me?” But she answers that question with another distortion: “Nothing!”
Through the production, the cast and crew of Singin’ in the Rain sought the truth about themselves in the Word of God. James 1:22-24 directs us to, “…not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
The Upper School Drama Club presented Scott Davidson's theatrical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel. We looked back at the warm and loving sorority of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Our retelling of Little Women began in memory and reflection, looking into a past and bringing it to life before our eyes. As Jo looked back to tell her story, she came to know it better and more truly. Through active reflection on her own experiences of joy and grief, of departures and homecomings, Jo realized the simple truth and beauty of her own story. Movement toward growth and maturity can be painful, but it is well worth it if toward Truth. As Paul writes, "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." We invited our audiences to join us, to reflect upon the truth in their own story, and to seek movement forward into full knowing, in gospel community with brothers and sisters, that we might meet Truth face to face.
With its spring 2013 production of the musical Hairspray, based on the film written by John Waters, the AACS Upper School Drama Club tuned our television sets to 1962 for a cheeky, upbeat, but honest look at teenage life in Baltimore. Hairspray used humor, interesting characters, catchy music, and high-spirited choreography by AACS alumna Kadi (Wenger) McKinley to capture the audience’s attention and to invite them, and our students, to consider some very serious questions about racism. As a community we explored the Lord’s imperative to “act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). The cast explored these issues with the help of seniors Jessica Bamgbade, Taryn Timko, and Sarah Lyons, all of whom completed Senior Practicum projects related to the issues of racial identity, physical beauty, and the redemptive power of art respectively.
Tackling Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible is no easy task for a troupe of high school actors, but AACS’s Upper School Drama Club rose to the challenge with their fall 2012 production. In addition to displaying incredible performances by some exceptionally talented student-actors, producing The Crucible allowed the Drama Club to explore what it means to live in community, what are appropriate responses to guilt and fear, how mankind’s notion of “justice” can be flawed, and where Truth can be found. Through this project, the cast discovered that Truth is it’s own good, regardless of personal benefit or blessing. Along with regular performances, the cast presented a free matinee show to an audience of local homeschool and middle school students, and Dr. Ken Camacho (Upper School English faculty) and Ms. Niki Ellis (Co-director, Upper School English faculty) presented a free lecture before four performances.
The production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,the popular fairy tale tells a story about kindness and dreams-come-true. The musical features many of our favorite characters and also introduces a few new faces and a few unexpected plot twists.
To allow additional time for travel and for our facilities team to clear any ice/snow that formed overnight, Annapolis Area Chrisitan School is opening two hours late today, Friday, January 18, 2019.
Although there is no classroom instruction for students K-12, faculty and staff are working and several clubs and athletic-team meetings and practices are scheduled today.
Inclement Weather Delays US Exams and K-12 Electronic Report Card Release
Due to the inclement weather that caused AACS to close on Monday, January 14, the Upper School first-semester exam schedule will not finish until Tuesday, January 22. All electronic second-quarter report cards for grades kindergarten through 12 will be available for review on Veracross by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28.
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Thursday and Friday, January 17 and 18
NO SCHOOL Monday, January 21, MLK, Jr., Holiday
Tuesday, January 22:
Upper School First Semester Final Exams Periods 7 and 8
Upper School Exam Schedule Notes
First exam: 8:15—10:00 am (Extended Time Students: 7:45-10:15 am)
Second exam: 10:45—12:30 pm (Extended Time Students: 10:45—1:15 pm)
There is no SAGE lunch service on January 22. Please arrange transportation for your Upper School student following his/her last exam on Tuesday. Students who must stay after exams conclude are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and will be supervised until bus pick-up at 3:15/3:45 p.m.