Performing Arts » Drama


Drama classes offer students an opportunity to explore all aspects of stage acting, both individual and in groups. They learn to express themselves through pantomime, improvisation, storytelling, and monologues. Students build a foundation of self-expression in a safe, creative environment.

Students are also offered courses to further develop their acting technique - working with scenes and character building and to develop their theatre skills by writing plays.

The Drama Club presents student productions twice a year. All SPX students are invited to audition. They do not have to be enrolled in a drama course to audition.

Drama Classes offered at St. Pius
Introduction to Drama
This course serves as a basic introduction to theatre and drama, focusing on voice, movement, improvisation, and the rehearsal process. Students work with contemporary, classical, and original scripts. Projects include collaboration and opportunities for public performance. This class is designed as a foundations course for further study in theater.

Technical Theater
Technical Theatre covers all aspects of producing theatre. Students discuss plays, design sets, and build props. Students develop skills in carpentry, scenic painting, and prop design. Students learn about setting lights, creating cues, special effects, programs, and publicity. In addition to work on the set, students complete design and lab projects based on a variety of theatrical elements. These may include set and costume design, audio production, lighting labs, carpentry, and painting.

Acting I
This course focuses on acting techniques. character development, script analysis, audition skills, and playwriting. Projects include collaboration and opportunities for public performance.

Acting II
This course offers the student the opportunity to further develop his/her acting and performance skills. In addition, the student will be exposed to the fundamentals of script writing and directing.

Student Repertoire Production
Students in this course produce a one-act play to be performed in the spring semester. They are guided through script selection, analysis, design, and directing techniques. Students are introduced to a range of directorial approaches and acting techniques, as well as the basics of stage management.