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.
Theatre & 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.
Congratulations to Oakwood 8th Grade student Rhea S. for being selected into the iTheatrics summer workshop this July. Rhea has an opportunity to perform in a brand new adaptation of a musical in a workshop setting in New York City! For these workshops, iTheatrics casts an ensemble of actors who spend the week working with professional theater artists learning vocal techniques and advanced performance skills that culminate in a staged reading. This workshop will be attended by the students' families, invited educators, and the authors of the show. Bravo Rhea!
Audiences were delighted as the Middle School Musical students sang and danced their way into hearts during this week's performances of Hairspray Jr., as they told the story of one girl's inspiring dream to dance and change the world. The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! The show celebrates students' diversity and brings audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor. It is clear the amount of time, dedication and effort put forth by our students and faculty was huge! If you didn't have the opportunity to see this great show on Thursday, you still have time to make it to their last performance on Friday at 7:00 pm in the Oakwood Barn.
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.
Oakwood's talented students put on an incredible show Saturday night for the enjoyment of family and friends. The night began with the Middle School and High School JTF participants showcasing the selections of Hairspray Jr. that they will be performing at the Junior Theater Festival in February. Then the high school drama students performed individual monologues from the humorous to the dramatic. Additionally, they acted in small one-act scenes that they wrote, directed and executed themselves. Thank you to everyone that came to support these hard-working students!