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 drama. 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. Drama makes for smarter, braver human beings by connecting the head to the heart.
Lower School (Grades K-4)
Students in grades K-4 have many opportunities throughout the lower school experience to develop, practice, and enjoy public-speaking and performance experiences. While our youngest students do not participate in a separate drama class, they hone these skills in a wide variety of subjects and activities, including music, reading, social studies, Spanish, and morning chapel. Every lower school class participates in a spring stage performance, which features singing, dancing, and storytelling.
Middle School (Grades 5-8)
Norwood offers three academic drama classes to middle school students each year: Introduction to Theatre, Improvisation, and Filmmaking. In addition, students enjoy a exciting variety of performance opportunities during their middle school years. Fifth graders perform in a play each spring. Sixth graders participate in an annual variety show, which includes dramatic, musical, and dance performances. Seventh and eighth graders may participate as cast or crew in a play in November, a talent show in February, and a musical in May. 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, Seussical, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.