An after school theater club for St. Christopher students Grades 3-8 with the stated goals:
- Self-Confidence: Throughout the rehearsal and
performance process, young performers discover how to take creative and
emotional risks and learn to trust their abilities.
- Literacy: Students increase reading and writing
skills at their own pace by immersing themselves in the story, reading
and re-reading their scripts, memorizing their lines and taking notes at
- Communication: During rehearsals, students learn
how to articulate their thoughts and questions. They must carefully
listen to direction in order to improve their performances.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: The amount
of work required to successfully put on a show makes all participants
valuable troubleshooters. Whether inventing mnemonics to remember lines,
adjusting staging to show off everyone’s faces or mastering a tricky
scene change, students have countless opportunities to creatively tackle
- Self-Discipline: Through prompt attendance at
rehearsals and learning lines, music and choreography on schedule,
students acquire valuable self-discipline techniques and become reliable
and trustworthy members of an ensemble.
- Public Speaking: Whether performing for their peers
during rehearsal or for their school and local community during a
performance, students gain expertise and confidence speaking in front of
- Curricular Integration: A musical provides a rich
and engaging springboard for students to explore many subjects in their
classrooms and discover connections among various modes of learning.
- Teamwork: Theater requires extensive creative input
from all its participants. Students build ensemble by working together
to rehearse, construct, promote and perform their show. Every role –
whether onstage or behind the scenes – is vital for the show’s success.