The arts are an integral part of the daily life at Norwood School, fostering a culture of creativity and collaboration that nurtures all of our students. Through drama, students build even stronger self-confidence, develop solid public-speaking skills, hone interpersonal skills, all while enjoying the fun that is brought forth through dramatic exploration.
All children are innate users of theatre. Play helps us make sense of the world. It helps us observe and respond to our environment. As we imitate words and actions, we learn, we grow, we explore. Theatre makes for smarter, braver human beings by connecting the head to the heart.
Academic Drama Classes
At Norwood, there are three academic drama classes offered to middle school students each year. During the 2012-2013 school year, students choose between Introduction to Theatre, Improvisation, and Film Making.
In Fifth Grade, students perform in an annual play every April. Sixth graders participate in an annual variety show, which includes dramatic, musical, and dance performances. Seventh and eighth graders have three opportunities to perform outside of the classroom: the annual play in early December, a talent show in February, and the famous spring musical in May. A portion of the spring musical is debuted for all students, faculty, and staff prior to the official opening. This special sneak peek is always a favorite community event. Both the play and the musical offer a wide variety of ways to participate -- on and off stage.
In the past, students have performed in productions of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Airline, Bye Bye Birdie, South Pacific, The Princess and the Pea, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate, and Seussical.