Students begin their drama experience at Pike in fifth grade. In their first and second year of theater, the focus is on building trust and a common vocabulary, storytelling and understanding the role of the director.

In addition to daily skill-building activities, students write and perform in two formal scene projects. Students practice writing scripts and monologues in the voice of their character. In eighth grade, students create their own plays and participate as playwrights, directors, and actors. They also participate in at least one technical role.

The ninth grade theater performs in a drama production that has already been written. This is a different challenge from the eighth grade theater project because the ninth graders must interpret the playwright’s intentions by looking for clues in the script. All ninth graders perform and assist as directors during this project.