Creativity · Craft · Collaboration · Confidence · Community
Beauty and the Beast, Spring 2019 · Penoso Images
The ACHS Drama Program brings to students the passion and power of the performing arts by providing high-quality, dynamic Theatre Arts education at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Our program offers students the chance to experience the excitement and rewards of theatre while developing poise, social & collaborative skills, confidence, and the ability to work with others. All members are introduced to both drama theory and practice as part of their programming.
We offer classes that help students become successful in the Theatre Arts, whether they are in front of or behind the curtain. Our comprehensive program gives students the opportunity to learn about the various theatrical disciplines, including:
- Critical Analysis
- Stagecraft (Set Design & Props)
- Production and Management
- Promotion and Marketing
The ACHS Drama Department produces at least 3 productions each year. Our fall production is typically a non-musical play. Mid-year, our department participates in the Virginia High School League competition of student-performed, produced, and directed One Acts. Each spring, we produce a large-scale musical. Students who participate in our productions receive a practicum credit toward their degree and will gain membership into the prestigious International Thespian Society. We also travel to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. each year to participate in the Secondary School Shakespeare Festival, where participating middle and high schools perform Shakespeare for each other.
Our Theatre Arts educators work together to teach our robust population of Theatre Arts students: