Shannon Forest Christian School’s Drama program instructs in theatre performance basics, focusing on the actor’s voice, body, and intent. In addition, students learn introductory technical terms and skills for directing and designing theatrical performances.
Upper School Drama
Our program divides courses between Middle School Drama (6th - 8th Grades) and High School Drama (9th -12th Grades). Both divisions focus on learning and developing the actor’s voice and body through vocal and physical warm ups, improvisational exercises, and educational units covering vocal health/use, physical awareness/characterization, character intent/commitment (through solo/duet/group acting), readers theatre, directing, and impromptu speaking/storytelling. Students also study Greek/Roman, Medieval, Elizabethan, and Modernist theatre history, studying scenes from plays written in each period. The Upper School Drama Department presents one to two performances each year.
Shannon Forest Christian School is a current member of the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association (SCSTA). SCSTA hold an annual competitive festival for Middle School and High School levels featuring original monologue, solo acting, duet acting, readers theatre, impromptu speaking, poetry interpretation, and five more categories in which students may compete.
Speech and Debate
Competitive Speech and Debate begins with a basic overview of the events for competition, those that are individual and debate related. The aspects of logical reasoning and argumentation are studied, as well as the basics of good communication. Students are to research and present arguments on current issues. They will also learn how to write an effective speech, and develop interpretation skills. These students participate in locally held National Forensic tournaments throughout the school year.
Lower School Drama
Lower School students use the art of Drama to delve into historical studies taking part in the grade level classrooms. 1st Grade students present the All-American Picnic presentation, 3rd Grade students culminate their study of the state with the South Carolina History Musical and 4th Grade students perform a drama about the historical travels of Lewis and Clark.
Recent Productions Include: