Theatre Arts

Congratulations to Geneva’s theatre arts, performing arts and visual arts students for winning Best in Show performance piece at the 2015 Platform Kids competition!

 Theatre arts students are taught, tested, and receive scores in GCA Performance Arts, Stage Logistics, The Artful Monologue Delivery, and The Anatomy of a Play. These lessons not only teach students theatre etiquette but also the skills necessary to audition for and perform in a production. 

Each year the students work together with their Director to produce two full-length shows – an original Shakespeare show and a spring play. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Platform Youth and Art, an annual county-wide student showcase, and GCA’s theatrical fundraisers Colonial Christmas and Scared to Death by Literature.  

Shakespeare Counsel

The Geneva Shakespeare Counsel is extra-curricular for Upperclass students. The Counsel works to plot the annual Shakespeare performance which becomes part of their class score. Participation on the Counsel is by invitation only.

The annual Shakespeare production is a conglomeration of selected sonnets and scenes from various Shakespeare plays. The sonnets and scenes are strung together with narration, modern songs, and dance; this allows the actors to show the appeal of classical texts to modern viewers.

Every student in Theatre Arts Class is given a speaking role in this production, allowing them to practice their skills of rhetoric in front of an audience. Students are required to study and analyze the show’s content before memorizing lines and executing the performance.

After the production, the most diligent and dedicated students are invited to serve on the Geneva Shakespeare Counsel. This counsel meets over the summer and after school to plot the next year’s original Shakespeare script.Along with the Florida Dance Theatre Training Academy, Geneva won the 2012 Platform.5 Youth & Art Performance Award for a collaboration choreographed by Freddie De Jesus, the Associated Artistic Director for Florida Dance Theatre, and directed by Amber Grubb.

The annual spring play production is a class effort from start to finish. The season begins with the selection of the given year’s script. Students read and analyze a number of scripts for consideration. A student vote is then taken to determine which script will be produced.

Once the script is chosen, open auditions are held and students are given the opportunity to experience the pressures of monologue delivery, choreography, and various other exercises and to impress the director and secure a role in the show.

Regardless of whether they are cast in the show or not, students are, based on their strengths, divided into groups to handle various production tasks such as costumes, props, marketing, set design, decoration, and concessions.  This gives students a broader view of the production process and enables them to get a feel for what aspects of a show they enjoy most.