Performing Arts

Drama

Through the dramatic roles and worlds that are available vicariously in theatre and directly in … drama, we can learn both who we are and what we may be. It is this that makes the essential nature of both theatre … profoundly educational. - Cecily O'Neill

Drama Production opens up a fascinating world in which young actors have an opportunity to exercise self-expression and creativity, and to experience a whole new world from their character's point of view.

TA's drama program provides students with the basic skills necessary to develop the craft of acting. Its focus is on various techniques used by actors in the professional theater, including voice and speech work.Students also have an opportunity to participate in various technical aspects of production such as lighting, sound, and stage-managing.
Students at the Academy perform three dramatic productions per year, and a playwriting class is offered in the spring:

  • Fall Play - First quarter
  • Ten Minute Play Festival - Second quarter
  • One Act Play Competition - Third quarter
  • Writing for the Stage (and Screen) - Fourth quarter

TA's drama program produces a wide variety of plays. Plays produced in recent years have included:

  • Twelfth Night
  • The Metamorphosis
  • The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
  • Almost, Maine
  • This is a Test
  • Rumors
  • Adaptation
  • Antigone
  • The Actor's Nightmare
  • The Foreigner
  • Comedy of Errors

Music

Music is a form of aural expression whose impact upon us can be instantly and profoundly
experienced. It reaches across time and influences us regardless of our differences.


Recognizing that music can be an effective communicator, can provide
great joy to both performer and listener, and can bring people together, it is the goal
of the Thetford Academy Music Department that:

  • Students learn to use music to express what they understand and experience about
    their world and to realize and respect what others have said about theirs.
  • Students learn that working together in a cooperative, caring atmosphere fosters
    positive results.
  • Students develop an awareness of the traditional musical concepts of pitch,
    melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, timbre, and form through participation in
    various performing ensembles, private and small group lessons, and general
    music activities.
  • As attendance, work attitude, effort, and commitment are important to achieving
    the best possible product, students take responsibility for attending class
    regularly and coming ready to work.

The Music Department helps students meet the Vermont Standards in Elements, Forms and
Techniques, Artistic Process and Critical Response.

The Music Department usually produces a musical each year. Past productions have included:

  • Urinetown
  • Lucky Stiff
  • Into the Woods *
  • Me and My Girl *
  • The Pirates of Penzance *
  • The Secret Garden *
  • 42nd Street *
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Seussical
  • Fiddler on the Roof *
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Anything Goes *
  • Children of Eden
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat *
  • Hello Dolly
  • Brigadoon
  • My One and Only
  • Mame
  • Bye Bye Birdie

* indicates a musical that has been produced multiple times