All the world is a stage for
The study of the dramatic arts at The Wellington School includes a focus on the process, encouraging students to become more than interpretive artists and giving them the tools to be creative artists. Wellington dramatic arts is led by an experienced theatre director who taught at Denison University and is a company member of Available Light Theatre.
A progressive theatre experience
Wellington students begin performing on the Blanchard Performing Arts Center stage in prekindergarten. Lower school classes produce a play every year where each student has a speaking part that in turn inspires a sense of confidence and achievement. This early work is training for later experiences on stage and in public speaking.
Every child in our middle school participates in a performing art. In the theatre, students audition for roles in the annual production and have increasing responsibilities in all areas, including opportunities to contribute backstage. Costumes, set, and sound tests become part of the students’ lives, as do rehearsal commitments and rigorous schedules.
Upper school students undertake two performances each year that are intellectually stimulating and theatrically challenging. The program has been selected twice to travel to Scotland’s International Fringe Festival. The students have also created a playwright festival that is student-run — from script writing and tryouts to directing and costume design.