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: Drama Production and Travelling Show
Spring: Night of Fine Arts and Evening at the Improv
(*In 2018-2019, both events are planned to be held in the Spring)
Listen to the recorded radio interview of Cathy Naylor by WMBG AM radio regarding last season's production of 'Finding Franklin'.
Our Middle and High School students have the opportunity to participate in the Drama Club, an after school activity that meets once each week. The Drama Club allows our students to explore acting, writing, and performance through participation in WCA's annual Night of Fine Arts and Spring musical, as well as special Drama Club only events like our newest Evening at the Improv event!
Our drama production/musical last season was a creation by the students themselves under the artful direction of Mrs. Cathy Naylor, and was a tremendous success. All aspects of the production were 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.
Stay tuned for the subject of this year's drama production, which is currently in development!
Now in it's third year, the Night of Fine Arts (NOFA) 2017 invited talents from all over the student body to put their God-given gifts 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 three years has been a stunning display of not only courage, but also the blessing of amazing performances. Read the recap of the 2017 NoFA HERE.
This groundbreaking production, which opened a new era in the WCA Drama Department, incorporated students from 1st grade through 12th, and was completely developed and produced from a skeleton concept by the participating actors and actresses themselves. This included scripting, stage positioning, and scene development. Under the artful eye of Mrs. Cathy Naylor, who implemented similar programs in the elementary public school system, this method was brand new to WCA, but the results speak for themselves. Please enjoy this full-length recording of 'How to Color Your Cardboard Box'.