Unity Theatre Department
The Creative Drama Middle School elective is an introduction to the world of theatre. It focuses on building confidence and self-expression through improvisation, writing and performing. This course lays the groundwork for strong performance skills within the student. Projects include character work, monologue writing, scene study and pantomime, and the class explores the art of filmmaking as they produce their very own silent film.
The Advanced Theatre Arts Middle School elective is a class for the serious acting student. The class develops acting technique through monologue work, scene study, and class productions. Advanced Theatre Arts students create and perform an original presentation for Unity’s annual “Shakespeare in the Park” series. They also take part in playwriting workshops and tour through theatre history in Acting Styles: Greek, Commedia dell’Arte, Absurdism, and Naturalism.
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is a prestigious theatre arts honor society that is internationally recognized at the middle and high school level. Middle school student members are referred to as “Junior Thespians”. Through their work in theatre, Junior Thespians earn membership into the International Thespian Society. The Society’s guiding principle is a dedication to excellence in educational theatre.
Unity Middle School’s Junior Thespian Troupe meets weekly and actively participates in Thespian Festival. Thespian Festival is a celebration of student achievement in the arts, and a one-of-a-kind immersion in acting, singing, writing, and memory-making. Students can participate in performance-based individual events or in technical-based individual events. Troupes from all over the county come together and perform in front of each other and panels of working professionals in the arts. Festival is a unique and incredible experience where students get to bond over their love of theatre and take part in fun-filled festivities throughout the day.
“There are no small roles, only small actors.”
Mrs. Roxanne Lamendola
Theatre Arts Director