Theatre class at Asheville Academy for Girls is one of the most beloved aspects of the academic program. Drama classes have been proven to help improve SAT scores, raise self confidence in young girls, improve reading and memorization skills, and help girls come out of their shell.
Skills learned in theatre class can be carried over into all other classes. When girls get involved in theatre classes where reading is part of the fun, they feel more confident in their reading abilities in all of their other classes.
At Asheville Academy, drama class teaches girls to be unafraid to get up in front of their peers to perform. Girls participate in everything from improvisation and radio dramas to talent shows and musicals during these classes.
Recently, theatre students participated in the Annual Weaverville Christmas parade. Students were able to build their own float, learning about scenic design and creating mood. This parade was carried out right before students auditioned for the annual musical, which helped give them a good sense of what goes on behind the scenes and onstage. The 2015 Christmas float earned third place out of 82 floats!
Cheryl Brown, or Miss Cheryl as she’s lovingly called, is the person behind our amazing theater program. She also teaches language arts and runs the community service program.
Miss Cheryl spent eleven years working on Broadway, even working in the costume department during the original run of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods. After her time spent on Broadway, Miss Cheryl lived in England for many years and started a drama program for children. With over twenty years of theatre education experience, Miss Cheryl offers a wealth of theatrical knowledge to all students.
Every year, students stage a musical at a local theatre. In this kind of venue, the girls are able to experience what performing in a professional setting feels like. All girls audition for the musical and every girl plays a role in putting the show together.
Another fun activity girls participate in during their time in drama class is a staging of a radio drama. Students spend an entire term in theatre class writing and preparing the radio drama, and then get to perform all of the parts, and even make up their own sound effects! A local radio station opens their doors to our students to use their professional equipment and take a tour of the entire studio.
Many of our students have used these experiences as a stepping stone to get involved in theatre and other creativity-based extracurricular activities after they transition back home.