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Expression through Performance

Choices abound for middle school students interested in performing arts. In addition to the possibility of deep immersion in musical theater, students can select from an array of academies, interest-based classes offered once a week.

Seventh and eighth graders can choose arts from the numerous electives open to them. As signature elements of Nueva, these choices include studies that are interdisciplinary in nature and allow students hands-on engagement. For example, in “Adaptations of Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol," students will read the original book, discuss it in depth, watch several film adaptations, and then adapt the work as directors, writers, and actors.

Each year, seventh graders anxiously await the spring Drama Conservatory, a treasured part of the Nueva middle school experience. Beginning in February, students study twice a week with professional directors and actors from around the Bay Area. After rigorous work honing thespian skills ranging from character study to stage combat, students divide up and dive into various productions including improvisation, Shakespeare, or contemporary and classic works. After performing for the Nueva community, the grade travels together to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where they experience professional performances of shows they just completed. The perfect ending to the year!


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Middle School Academies and Electives

This is a sample list of performing arts academies electives. Offerings change by semester.

Musical Theater and Play Production
Adaptations of Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol
World's Fair Production Company

Recent News

Middle School Students Take the Stage in Guys and Dolls

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Seventh Grade Thespians Wrap Up Drama Curriculum

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Please click below for more information:

Performing Arts Overview
Lower School • Grades PreK–4
Upper School • Grades 9–12




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