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.
In the fall of 2014, Siena produced its first-ever Broadway musical, "Oliver!" In this production, 4th-12th grade students acted, sang, designed choreography, ran props and served on set/lighting crew. In the fall of 2015, Siena presented Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" with a cast and crew of nearly 30. In 2016, students will be staging "Ruddigore," a comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan.
Hands-on opportunities in drama permeate the Siena curriculum:
- 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
- Each year the high school Spanish classes write their own version, in Spanish, of a well-known play, which is presented to the entire school and performed at a special evening event
- All Siena students may audition for the annual musical
- Students perform skits at performing arts assemblies each year