Theatre Arts Instructor: Charles Jabour
The SPS Theatre Arts program provides Somerville students with the tools to grow as communicators, collaborators, and creative thinkers through active engagement in the study, development, and production of live theatre.
Theatre provides a place where every student can succeed. Through collaboration, every student is valued for the unique perspective that they bring to the creative process. With such a wide array of opportunities - from designing, building, and production management to acting, writing, and directing - there are so many ways for every learner to thrive.
- Jonathan Larson's award-winning rock-musical Rent. Starts Thursday, December 6, 2018.
- (plus a simultaneous workshop for young children)
- Holy Broth by Quiara Alegria Hudes, a bilingual Spanish & English play. Starts Friday, February 8, 2019.
- Silent Sky about a visionary woman astronomer, written by Lauren Gunderson. Starts Thursday, March 21, 2019.
- Highlander Fringe Festival with original student works. Starts Thursday, May 16, 2019.
The 2018-2019 Season represents our vibrant school community through collaborations with local partners, other academic departments and other student clubs. We aim to include as many students in our productions as possible, making theater accessible and engaging to our entire community.
Theatre Arts at Somerville High School
Somerville High School currently offers the following courses in Theatre Arts. Each course explores new material every term and may be taken multiple times for academic credit.
Drama Workshop: Explore how plays are translated from the page to the stage. This is the perfect course for students interested in directing, design, and dramatic criticism. We will read, discuss, and workshop plays that range from classic to contemporary and discuss playwrights that represent many different cultures. Students will learn the basics of how to read and discuss a play and receive an introduction to the arts of acting, directing, and playwriting in the theatre.
Performing Arts: Explore the study of acting and performance art, from the various interpretations of the Stanislavski “method” to performance styles and techniques such as improvisation, voice/dialects, and movement for the actor. Students will study and perform in monologues and scenes from classic and contemporary plays and will learn basic audition techniques. Students will also have the opportunity to showcase their work in a live public performance.
Introduction to Musical Theatre: Explore the history of the American Musical and its various forms from operetta to currently running musicals on Broadway. Students will have the choice of concentrating on performance technique or musical production. Students concentrating on performance will learn foundational vocal technique and the musical theatre style; students concentrating on production will focus on the business and technical roles in a musical. All students will have the opportunity to apply these techniques to a live musical performance.
Every Somerville High School student is eligible to participate after-school with the Highlander Theatre Company (HTC), the resident theatre company of Somerville High School. Established in 2017 as an expansion of the Musical and Drama Clubs at Somerville High School, the mission of the Highlander Theatre Company is to create the opportunity for every Somerville High School student to participate in the creation, production, and performance of live theatre. For more information on this year’s HTC season, visit www.highlandertheatre.org.
Theatre Arts for Middle School Students
The emerging middle school Theatre program is being piloted during the 2018-2019 school year. The John F. Kennedy School is currently offering a weekly Introduction to Theatre elective for students in grades 7 and 8, and workshops are being planned across the district.
All SPS 7th and 8th graders are eligible to participate after-school in the district’s first All-City Middle School Musical, which will meet weekly at Somerville High School beginning in March 2019 and be presented in June 2019. Stay tuned to this page and district newsletters for more announcements about the All City Middle School Musical.