Students at Siena will find drama incorporated throughout their daily classes. Drama develops a variety of skills, including oral expression, listening, and collaboration. Learning various dramatic techniques helps to develop spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, linguistic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal intelligences as the students participate in activities, games and an annual production. Students explore the theater as a whole, undertaking different roles including that of writer, actor, stage manager, stage designer and director.
Since 2014, Siena has been producing an annual musical. In these productions, 4th-12th grade students act, sing, design sets/costumes, choreograph, run props and serve on set/lighting crew. In 2018, students will be staging "Pippin", with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson.
Hands-on opportunities in drama permeate the Siena curriculum:
- Middle school students participate in drama as part of their daily arts curriculum
- High school students have the option of a drama elective
- Students in all grades write and act in skits and plays in history classes to demonstrate their understanding of historical time periods
- 9th and 10th graders present an annual Mock Trial, with 9th graders taking roles as the witnesses and 10th graders serving as attorneys
- Students in grades 7 and higher read and act out Shakespeare plays in their English classes
- All Siena students may audition for the annual musical
- Students perform skits at performing arts assemblies each year