Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.
Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
The Elementary Drama Club recently concluded its 9th year. It began back in 2005 with a group of twenty-five 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The club has expanded in size each year since and this year provided a drama experience for over 70 students in the elementary school!
Thirty-six 3rd grade students attended an introductory four-week after-school session in the fall. They played dramatic games and rehearsed for their very successful all-school morning meeting production of The Gingerbread Boy goes to School.
Thirty-six 4th and 5th grade students met for 12 weeks this spring. Along with playing some dramatic games, they also spent much of their time in groups writing and rehearsing their own short ten-minute play. These short skits fit together into a bizarre sequence of events that happen on a single day at school at BFA. They performed two showings of their production, one for the elementary school and one for their parents, friends, and neighbors. The students put many hours in outside of drama club memorizing and rehearsing their parts. Their commitment to the show is commendable!
Many teachers, paras, and parents have served as volunteers over the years to support and guide these students in the dramatic arts. The program could not run without their enthusiasm, help, and dedication.
The success of the elementary dramatic arts program is evident in the number of students it attracts. Because of continually increasing elementary enrollment, it is challenging each year to create a plan that will give all students an equally enriching experience.
The ultimate goal is for the students to have a great time and become comfortable performing for others on stage – and to make the audience laugh, of course! Many of the students find a comfortable niche on the stage and continue to include dramatic arts throughout their educational experience at BFA.
Student interest in auditioning for the BFA Dramatic Arts Ensemble’s fall musical has also been increasing each year, in part due to the success of the elementary program. For a small school, BFA is are fortunate to be able to provide a dramatic arts experience for all students from 3rd grade on to graduation.