CN SeventhGradeAshland

Nueva seventh graders recently returned from the Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival where they had the wonderful opportunity to see several performances that they had recently staged as part of their Drama Conservatory.  

Over the course of three days, students saw professional actors applying the same skills they had just learned and reading the same lines they memorized, all while enjoying the iconic town of Ashland, Oregon, and all it has to offer.

The seventh-grade Drama Conservatory is one of the many programs that makes seventh grade a unique year at Nueva. Since February, students studied twice a week with professional directors and actors brought in from all around the Bay Area. They honed thespian skills ranging from character status to stage combat. 

After work on core skills, students divided into six groups and dove deeply into several productions. As spring emerged this year on the Nueva campus, these students performed productions of Julius Caesar (Parts I & II), Romeo and Juliet (Parts I & II), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, and improvisational theater. Their final performances were on Wednesday and Friday, May 10 and 12, and were met with great acclaim by friends, family, and fellow students.

As Colin Tribble, seventh-grade humanities teacher and Nueva alumnus, puts it, “Our Drama Conservatory provides students with the unique opportunity to discover strengths that go beyond traditional academics. When seventh graders memorize fifty or sixty lines of Shakespearean dialogue, they really start to believe they can overcome anything that might have originally felt daunting about the coming eighth-grade year. It is an amazing way to cap off their year as a seventh grader.”


 June 9, 2017



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