Drama & Dance
Drama classes and productions are an important part of The Runnels Experience.” Recent main stage shows in the 500-seat Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre have included Disney’s "The Little Mermaid," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "Summer and Smoke," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and "Aladdin, Jr." During the 2015-16 school year, our high school playwriting class wrote the script for Playmakers of Baton Rouge’s Spring Educational Elementary School Tour. The play, "My Habitat Is Where It’s At," was performed by professional actors in schools throughout our state from February through May of 2016.
Dance classes are offered at the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels in the Ally Short Dance Studio in the performing arts classroom building. Elementary dancers present dance demonstrations at the end of each quarter to show their parents what they have learned. Intermediate and advanced dance students perform in “An Afternoon with the Performing Arts” at the conclusion of the school year. Runnels dancers frequently appear in Baton Rouge Ballet’s "The Nutcracker, A Tale from the Bayou." In 2015, seven of our students appeared in the cast, two in coveted adult roles and one as Clara.
Beginner/Intermediate Ballet: Ballet fundamentals are thoroughly covered in this class. Emphasis is placed on correct technique so that dancers can build to advanced movements. Students in grades 4-6 perform “Ballet Watch" days for parents, and students in grades 7-12 perform in a spring performing arts concert. Performances in the community are also a possibility.
Advanced Ballet: Correct technique is emphasized in this class. Students continually progress to more difficult movement combinations. Students perform in a spring performing arts concert. Performances in the community are also a possibility.
Modern: Students will explore earthy and grounded movement. Dancers are barefoot and wear clothing that is dance appropriate. Dancers work on building from ballet techniques to fully explore their movement in center. Modern dance encompasses using core, flexibility, and musicality to form a beautiful mixture of strong and graceful dancers. Students perform in the Spring Performing Arts Concert. Performances in the community are also a possibility.
Jazz/Contemporary/Lyrical: Students will touch on various forms of dance. Dancers will use isolation technique to create a very strong and precise jazz movement. Contemporary will combine graceful ballet technique with flexibility. Lyrical will explore deeper into combining ballet technique showing different ways of expression through physical movement. Students perform in the Spring Performing Arts Concert. Performances in the community are also a possibility.
Drama, Speech and Theater
Junior High Drama: Students will be introduced to the world of theater and acting. Theater history, acting styles and techniques, and contemporary drama games will be part of this course. This class will also include a performance during the school year.
Theatre I/II: This class covers an overview of the theatre and basic acting techniques. The course will introduce styles of theatre from Greek to early 20th century, vocabulary, games, improvisation, scenes and monologues. Students will explore historical and social influences, types of theatres spaces, and styles of acting. The emphasis is on developing potential and skills. Theatre II is a continuation of the curriculum taught in Theatre I. Open to students in 9-12 grade.
Theatre III- IV: This course involves further exploration of acting techniques. Students will have the opportunity to direct, write plays and strengthen skills introduced in Theatre I and II. This course will also include exporation of contemporary theatre and film. Open to students in grades 11-12 who have successfully completed Theatre I/II or by audition.
Technical Theater I: This course covers all the backstage areas of producing a play. Students will learn how to design and build sets, costumes, and props, write publicity and stage manage. They will also learn how to use power tools. The successful student must be an independent worker and self-directed. This course requires after school time to work on plays. Students may repeat the course for advanced credit. This course counts as an art credit.
Technical Theater II -IV: This course covers all the backstage areas of producing a play. Students will learn how to design and build sets, costumes, and props, write publicity and stage manage. They will also learn how to use power tools. The successful student must be an independent worker and self-directed. This course requires after school time to work on plays. Students may repeat course for advanced credit. This course counts as an art credit.