Oakwood's beautiful new Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center Theatre had its debut performance on October 25th and 26th with the high school comedy "Here Comes the Judge." The rapid comedic dialogue, superb acting, and zany characters in this play held the audience's attention. Thank you to everyone who came out to support Oakwood's Performing Arts Program and the cast, tech crew, creative staff, and parent volunteers and supporters for their time, talent, and hard work putting the show together.
Theater & Dance
The main objective of the theater experience is to develop students’ communication skills. No other experience better instills self-confidence than presenting oneself well in front of an audience and receiving deserved praise. Every student in first through fifth grade participates in a well-rehearsed, finely tuned, annual class play. Upper school students, too, have the opportunity to participate in various theater classes and electives. Directors train students in the effective use of voice, face, and body in order to represent oneself dynamically. These communication skills and the resulting self-confidence are invaluable assets for life.
To see how we approach Theater and Dance at each grade level, please see more detailed information in each school division's curriculum.
Actress Cecelia Ticktin, the current Elphaba Standby in the National Broadway Tour of Wicked, graciously came to speak to Oakwood's Performing Arts Students on Wednesday. Ticktin recounted that at the age of ten, during a Broadway performance of Les Miserables, after feeling a connection with the lead actor, she decided to pursue a career as a Broadway actor. While speaking to the students, Ms. Ticktin relayed it was her willingness to work much harder than others, an enormous amount of perseverance, and a slight touch of delusion, that allowed her to pursue her lofty goals and finally achieve her dream role. Click "Read More" for details.
You could almost feel the tropical breeze and smell the salt of the ocean in the air as Oakwood's high school theater students took the audience on a journey to Once On the This Island. The beautiful music and lighting for this production set the stage as the actors tell the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl, who rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune's life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel's heart. If you haven't yet had a chance to see this production there are three more performances next week; it is a show you do not want to miss!
A group of Oakwood Middle and High School performing arts students participated in the Junior Theater Festival (JTF), February 8-10, 2019 in Sacramento, taking home a trophy for Excellence in Dance. Sophomore Konark Vinod and 8th Grader Tegan Leong were also selected as all-stars for a special performance, in which Konark had a terrific solo. Click "Read more" below to here details about their experience at JTF.
The "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin' in the Rain. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin' in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
Oakwood High School drama hosted the annual Monologue Night on Saturday, January 20th, 2018. Students of all levels from beginners to advanced entertained the audience with Shakespeare,"How To Train Your Dragon" and Helen Keller's "The Miracle Worker" among others. Students also acted in small one-act scenes that they wrote, directed and executed themselves! One of the highlights was the finale performance of the famous Abbott and Costello routine, "Who's on First?". The audience laughed, they cried and laughed some more.
Join us at 7pm on April 27th in the Oakwood Barn for a music and dance showcase presented by the Oakwood High School Performing Arts Department. High School students from the Jazz Combo, American Popular Music Percussion Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, Dance Class, and Dance Team will perform alongside special guest artists in this exciting performance. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Laugh heartily and sigh deeply at this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. The attractive young son of the affluent Kirbys falls in love with the daughter of the eccentric Sycamores. He brings his parents to dinner at the joyous, quirky home of the Sycamore's on the wrong evening. The evening explodes into hysterics! There will be three performances across two days: Friday, October 27 at 7:00pm; Saturday, October 28 at 1:00 & 7:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.