The White Pines Drama Club provides fifth and sixth grade students an after-school opportunity in February and March to collaborate in various "stages" to gain basic theatrical skills. Space is limited to no more than 75 students.
This stage uses the backdrop of a haunted house to help develop drama skills. The tale of Howling Lodge is developed with a mysterious character whose past is the source of numerous village rumers.
This stage introduces students to the real life event of the sinking of the Titanic, focusing on the survivors and their stories. Using a series of though provoking exercises, students develop their characters and their own survivor story.
Actors will play the characters and work through the plot, taking part in fun, interactive activities and developing their knowledge and understanding of essential drama forms. Drama forms taught include thought aloud, mime, hot seating, frozen pictures, slow motion, and how to create tension and suspense.
Students may register early in February to particpate in the after-school club. Teachers Kirby Chittenden, Elyse Westerman, Alex Klomparens, Jordin Weber, and Ashley Mulder assist as drama coaches during the six-week sessions.