Performing arts play an essential role in shaping the learning experience of all students at Bosque School. As part of the core curriculum, participation in the performing arts will engage students in content and skills that will provide meaningful and successful life experiences. Bosque offers a rich variety of performing art disciplines which include drama, technical theater, choir, band, jazz ensemble, string ensemble, wind ensemble, dance and guitar. All performing arts activities at Bosque lead to performance opportunities where students build self-confidence and a sense of pride in their accomplishments.
Bosque's Mainstage 2013-mark your calendar
Presenting....As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
Pastoral Comedy Turns Root’n Toot’n Wild West - As You Like It Mainstage 2013
The running joke is that Shakespeare only wrote one comedy with interchangeable parts: lovers flee to the woods to escape some sort of family or political censure, the crafty female lead resorts to cross-dressing, and estranged brothers or other relatives fight and then find peace. Hijinks and merriment ensue before the final, big wedding-scene resolution. This formula may be best expressed in As You Like It, considered by many to be Shakespeare’s wittiest and most eloquent comedy. (Review by Martine Tharpe of the Albuquerque Journal July 2006). Bosque’s Performing Arts Director Colleen McClure’s choice of a “wild west” setting works brilliantly with this idea. The performance will have a tart Western twang, replete with cowboy-shepherds and outlaw dukes, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Fri., September 3rd – Wed November 13th- 3:30pm to 5:30 p.m.
Thurs November 14th Mainstage Dress 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri., November 15th Mainstage Performance 7 p.m.
Sat., November 16th Mainstage Performance 7 p.m.
Sun., November 17th Mainstage Performance 2 p.m.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS
Students enroll in band, chorus, drama or technical theater. Through their participation, they learn the techniques and skills necessary for their chosen art form. They also learn many important life skills: how to work effectively in groups, how to share responsibility for attaining goals, and how to express thoughts and emotions through performance.
- MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA: Students in this course develop acting skills through a study of technique, improvisation, theater games, mime, camera work and scene study. In addition, theater history is introduced in a general survey, exposing the students to the themes, styles and development of dramatic arts. Each grade has a different area of concentration: 6th—improvisation; 7th—mask and contemporary drama; 8th—Shakespeare. All courses culminate in a performance at the end of the year.
- EIGHTH GRADE DRAMA TECH: This class is intended to give students a broad experience in stage design, scenery, props, lighting, sound and stage management. Students will learn the components of stage production including safety, history, lore, etiquette and protocol. Every student will learn the proper use and care of tools and equipment in each discipline. During the course of the year, production needs will be supported by the work done during class. Students will increase the depth of experience as a working member of the stage crew on at least four Bosque productions.
- 6th, 7th, and 8th GRADE BAND: Instrumental ensembles in the middle school teach the students the subject of music through performance. Each level of ensemble provides a unique learning experience to strive for musical excellence and challenges the individual to grow as a confident musician. Ensemble classes cover a wide variety of subjects, including music theory, music history, form and analysis, improvisation, and composition. The goal for all ensembles is to develop a lifelong appreciation for music, beginning with performance.
- MIDDLE SCHOOL STRING ENSEMBLE: Strings teaches the students the subject of music through performance. Each level of ensemble provides a unique learning experience to strive for musical excellence and challenges the individual to grow as a confident musician. Ensemble classes cover a wide variety of subjects, including string technique, music theory, music history, form and analysis, improvisation, and composition. The goal for all ensembles is to develop a lifelong appreciation for music, beginning with performance.
- MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR: Choir focuses on teaching music through performance, movement, singing games, sight-reading, basic music history and music theory. There are three choirs in the middle school and each increase in grade level increases the degree of difficulty of the music and music theory involved. Students in middle school will learn what it takes to become part of a group that fosters a sense of community and how to be self-evaluators. The choral program encourages students to take creative risks, develop independent thought and creative problem-solving, develop tolerance and sensitivity toward others, and respect the work of their fellow students while developing an acceptable, productive voice.
UPPER SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS
Upper school students are required to take an equivalent of two years of performing or fine arts courses.
- Upper School Drama: The primary goals of the upper school drama program, also known as the Bosque School Theatre Conservatory, are fourfold: 1) To provide a learning environment that is fun, safe and nurturing. 2) to help students develop strong acting skills. 3) to expose students to a broad range of international theatrical literature. 4) to present students with numerous performance opportunities.
- Drama Tech: This class is intended to give students a broad experience in stage design, scenery, props, lighting, sound, and stage management. Students will learn the components of stage production including safety, history, lore, etiquette, and protocol.
- Theater Production: This class will encompass the theatre arts as a whole from pre-production to post-production. Students will learn the entire process of putting on a play including selecting a show, designing and building sets, directing, stage managing, casting, rehearsal, publicity and performance.
- Upper School Choir: Cantate and Treble Choir are groups that focus on healthy singing and excellent choral tone. In addition, students will work each day on sight-reading music, and attention is paid to learning about and understanding all aspects of the repertoire.
- Upper School String Ensemble: For students interested in continuing string ensemble. This is an advanced level course and previous playing is required.
- Upper School Band: For students interested in continuing instrumental ensemble in the upper school. This is an advanced level course and previous band experience is required.