When Heritage added drama as a high school class elective in 1975, students performed the first official school production of "Cheaper by the Dozen." Today, elective theater classes are offered to middle school and high school students. Students currently perform two stage productions each year; a musical in the fall and a play in the spring. Both productions attract patrons from within the Heritage family and the Indianapolis community.
Middle School Theater Course
Middle School students study a Christian approach to theatrical arts, participate in drama sketches, and learn to use the theatrical arts to share the gospel and glorify God. They learn stage directions, create and develop believable characters and emotional responses using dialogue and physical movement, and study technical aspects such as set design, costuming and lighting.
This course provides an opportunity for students to evaluate and critique student performances in a non-threatening environment.
High School Theater Courses
Acting - In this class, students learn basic acting theory, characterization techniques, and “physicalization.” They apply fundamentals of acting and increase confidence through performances of monologues and scenes.
Technical Theater - This hands-on, interactive course introduces students to scenic design, construction, painting, lighting, sound, costume design, and stage makeup design and application. Projects designed and built by the Technical Theatre class will be used for the major production of the semester, and students will have the option to participate in that production's crew.
Musical Theater - This course is an introduction to the three elements of musical theater: music, acting and choreography. Student study the development of musicals and the audition process. An emphasis is placed on analysis, interpretation, rehearsal and presentation of plays from a range of styles and periods, creating a more diverse and complete performer. They focus on synthesizing acting, singing and dancing, which will culminate in a final project; and an examination of the organizational and logistical aspects of a musical from the perspective of production and stage management. This class culminates with a final showcase.
Theater Productions - A play or musical is presented each semester by high school students. The cast is selected by audition.