Drama and Performing Arts

Drama and performing arts have long been an important part of Pioneers Baccalaureate School. We recognize that participating in theater productions and choreographing song and dance routines teaches important life skills including perseverance, teamwork, and locution. Socially, we find that students who participate in these activities are more confident and willing to take risks. Furthermore, these activities have academic value, building students' vocabulary and helping their pronunciation and public speaking.

Check out this year's theater production, "Annie", performed by students from grades 4-6 and directed by second-grade teacher Emma Heidorn.

Drama Program

In addition to incorporating dramas, music, and dialogues into the classroom, PBS students produce one full dramatic production each year. Past years have featured The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. These productions include full auditions, months of rehearsals, and lighting and sound systems set up for the final shows, performed to large audiences of parents and community members. In the 2013-2014 school year, students in grades 6-8 (and PBS staff!) put over two months of practice and preparation into Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, culminating in an amazing final performance.

Our drama program would not be possible without the incredible efforts of the PBS staff and teachers, who direct the play, work with students to memorize lines and blocking, design and make all costumes from hand, do make-up for the actors for dress rehearsals and final performances, and assist backstage during shows (among many, many more roles that go unmentioned). We also want to thank our high-school students, who give up their nights and weekends to manage props and costume changes throughout the process.