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Music & Theatre

Dramatic Arts

Dramatic Arts

Acting and public speaking can help build confidence, improve verbal communication, sharpen memorization skills, foster cooperation, and so much more. Grier provides many opportunities for students at all levels to get involved with acting and drama, both through classes and through cast or crew roles in stage productions.


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  • Acting I

    Through written and performance activities like improvisation and theatre games, students will be exposed to voice training, diction training, mind and body training for stage acting. Students will have beginning make-up training. Students will perform monologues and scenes and at the end of this semester, students will have a head shot and resume so they can audition anywhere.
  • Acting II

    A continuation of Acting I, in the second semester students will be introduced to character development, scene development and analysis, dialects, physicality of characters. Students will continue to be introduced to make-up techniques. Students will perform skits and scenes for student assemblies. At the end of the semester, students will perform in front of faculty judges. Students will have a notebook of valuable information and exercises at the end of this class.
  • Improve and Sketch Comedy

  • Stagecraft

    Adventures in 3-D. Papier-mâché, wire, rope, plaster, clay and occasional welding give the students a solid introduction to casting, building, shaping and carving to make various sets for the stage.

Past stage plays have included:

  • Little Women - Fall 2023
  • Pippin - Fall 2022
  • Love, Loss, and What I Wore - Fall 2021
  • 12 Angry WomenFall 2018
  • Murder on the Nile - Winter 2018
  • Bad Seed - Fall 2017
  • Arsenic and Old Lace - Winter 2016
  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare - Winter 2016
  • The Diary of Anne Frank - Fall 2015
  • The Mousetrap - Winter 2015
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner - Fall 2014
  • The Odd Couple - Fall 2013


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    Julie Hanlon 

    Music Dept Chair & Musical Theatre Director

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