The junior high school drama classes are designed
to support students’ fluency and to develop students’ self-confidence.
Students will be challenged to develop better self-expression,
stage presence, artistic awareness and acting skills.
The junior high school drama classes are designed to support students’ fluency and to develop students’ self-confidence. Students will be challenged to develop better self-expression, stage presence, artistic awareness and acting skills. This class will help students understand how art plays a role in developing and expressing personal and cultural identities. They will explore, express and communicate ideas through drama activities.
The aim of the drama classes is also to introduce them to the study of dramatic literature and a variety of theatre styles. Through the study of various types of theatre, students will become informed, perceptive, and appreciative audience members of plays from various cultures and time periods. Students will be exposed to both classical and contemporary plays, companies and theories. They will examine and compare historical influences and contexts and universal themes in dramatic literature.
KIA Black Box Theatre
The KIA Black Box Theatre is a space that is designed to be used in a variety of ways, including but not limited to performing arts events, lectures, and as an interactive classroom. The concept of the “black box” is a space which is a flexible domain that is devoid of distractions. The lighting system, three huge screens, and the sound system help students to bring their creativity to life. In Japan, we usually do not have this kind of space especially in a secondary school; therefore, the theatre provides our students a very unique experience.
Field trip Performances
Kansai International Academy values education through the five senses. For drama, it means that we think it is important for the students to watch and feel professional performances. We connect the classroom knowledge with the outside world. Watching live-performances brings the richness of the artistic work that students would not be able to feel through videos or books. This experience will allow the students to develop their aesthetic sense and inspire them for their own creations.
Winter Celebration is a school-wide performance event that elementary and junior high school students collaborate in a variety of ways. Main cast members are selected through auditions that are held in September, but all the students can contribute to the performance in different ways. Junior high school students have the opportunity to design makeups or costumes and/or create background music or videos that are part of the show. Students will learn to be responsible and they also experience a feeling of accomplishment through the production.