For more than 20 years the Performing Arts program has been thriving in the middle school. Each grade level experiences a different aspect of the Performing Arts affording them the opportunity to develop their creative and communication skills; oral interpretation in fifth grade, creative movement and dance in sixth grade, advertising campaigns in seventh grade, and a reflective Chapel Talk delivered during a weekly chapel service in eighth grade. . Classwork is designed to help students build their self-confidence, develop an appreciation for the Performing Arts, and refine their presentation skills.
Students are also able to participate in two school productions and a Performance Lab. Each year there is a fall production, which is usually a one-act play or series of short scenarios/skits woven together thematically. In the spring, students can showcase their singing and dancing skills in the annual spring musical. Performance Lab happens during the winter trimester. It offers students the opportunity to explore different theatrical emphasizes, such as stage combat, directing, musical theater, improv or costume & lighting design, without the pressure of mounting a production.
The Performing Arts program at GSL supports a chapter of the International Thespian Society. The ITS is an honor society that acknowledges and celebrates the hard work and achievements of students in middle and high school who have participated in theatrical endeavors at their educational institutions. Students who have participated in at least three middle school productions are invited to join the International Thespian Society Junior Thespian Troupe #88798 – Luker’s Troupers. Inductions are held each spring.
A Middle School Thespian Award is given each year at graduation to that member of the graduating class who has exhibited excellence in professionalism and character while participating in school productions.
Performance Lab 20-21
To Be or Not To Be… and a Song!
This year our Performance Lab will focus on creating characters through monologues and songs. Each student will be required to memorize and perform a 1 minute monologue and 16 bars of a song.
Performance Lab meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. beginning November 10, 2020 - January 21, 2021. Fifth & Sixth grades will meet on Tuesdays and Seventh & Eighth grades will meet on Thursdays. We will meet in the Performing Arts room. All school COVID protocol must be followed.
We will record the final presentations to share with parents.
Please email Ms. Reddick at lreddick [at] gslschool [dot] org if your child is interested in participating in Performance Lab.
Performance Lab Schedule
Tues., Nov. 10 5th & 6th Grades Discussion & Decisions (deciding what monologue & song to do)
Thurs., Nov. 12 7th & 8th Grades Discussion & Decisions (deciding what monologue & song to do)
Tues., Nov. 17 5th & 6th The Work begins in earnest!
Thurs., Nov. 19 7th & 8th The Work begins in earnest!
Tues., Dec. 1 5th & 6th Practice & present
Thurs., Dec. 3 7th & 8th Practice & present
Tues., Dec. 8 5th & 6th Practice & present
Thurs., Dec. 10 7th & 8th Practice & present
Tues., Dec. 15 5th & 6th Practice & present
Thurs., Dec. 17 7th & 8th Practice & present
Tues., Jan. 5 5th & 6th Practice & present
Thurs., Jan. 7 7th & 8th Practice & present
Tues., Jan. 12 5th & 6th Practice & present
Thurs., Jan. 14 7th & 8th Practice & present
Tues., Jan. 19 5th & 6th Final presentations & recording
Thurs., Jan. 21 7th & 8th Final presentations & recording
Let me know if your child wants to participate or if you have any questions.