Drama is both an art form and a medium for learning and teaching. It can develop the whole person, emotionally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, aesthetically and socially, by giving form and meaning to experience through “acting out.” It fosters positive group interaction as students learn to make accommodations in order to pursue shared goals.
The overall goal of drama is to foster a positive self-concept in students by encouraging them to explore life by the assumption of roles and by the acquisition of dramatic skills. The imaginative exploration involves setting up a dramatic situation, “acting out” that situation, communicating within that situation and reflecting on the consequences. It is this reflection that provides the knowledge for self-development.
As students progress through the dramatic forms of expression at the secondary level, greater emphasis is placed upon the development of the individual as a creator, performer, historian, critic and patron. Here the self-development and socialization processes of the student are extended by developing an appreciation of theatre as a traditional art form.
Goal I: To acquire knowledge of self and others through participation in and reflection on dramatic experience.
Goal II: To develop competency in communication skills through participation in and exploration of various dramatic DISCIPLINES.
Goal III: To develop an appreciation for drama and theatre as a process and art form.