Drama and Performance Art

Performing arts and our drama program have been a long standing tradition at WCA. Starting with recreations of the manger scene in our early years, all the way to our two separate performing arts events today, WCA has celebrated our students God-given talents in acting, singing and dance for over 35 years.

Our performing arts are broken down into two events, in the Fall and Spring:

Fall: Night of Fine Arts

Spring: Spring Musical

Cathy Naylor

Drama Director

Our drama production/musical this season is a creation by the students themselves under the artful direction of Mrs. Cathy Naylor. All aspects of the production are being generated by the students under her method, giving them ownership over their own creation. Here is a peek into the process used to develop the production:

Our Creative Arts Workshop will have fun exploring the entire process of creative drama and the elements of stage production.  We will do this through movement, voice, problem solving, communication activities, and improvisation.

Our Pre-production Session will take us through the development of character, story, and eventually, dialogue, sets and staging.  After becoming comfortable with improvisation, itself, the participants begin work on their original musical production.  To begin, they are given a musical soundtrack, dealing primarily with characters, and focusing on a central theme.  The students listen to these songs, and then draw, discuss, write, name, and act out these characters, until they bring them to life.  The group, then, brainstorms them into a story line, by discussing together, where we should take these characters, and how.

The Production Session: When we have a story line we like, we break it into chapters, type it out, and each student gets of copy of our story.  Then through improvisation, and more discussion, we develop each scene and add dialogue and other play elements.  These ideas become the basis for our script, and the script becomes a working document, as the students rehearse their scenes.    The songs they had used as springboards for character development, become the music for the show soundtrack, and we have created an original, musical production.  This is fun, wholesome entertainment, which has family and community at its heart.

Now in it's second production, the Night of Fine Arts (NOFA) 2017 invites talents from all over the student body to put those talents on display. Not limited to performing arts, NOFA includes visual arts like photography, painting, graphic arts, even origami, as well as instrumental pieces, comedy and drama shorts, vocal solos and collaborations. 

What has resulted in the past two years has been a stunning display of not only courage, but also the blessing of amazing performances. 



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