VHHS Theatre Arts Department Philosophy Statement

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We believe the theatre arts are essential as part of all learning as the process of creating and displaying one’s artistic vision is an inherently DARING endeavor. Theatre teaches students to be Inquisitive, to be curious about the world, and express this curiosity creatively. Furthermore, the customs, beliefs and social, economic, and aesthetic growth of past cultures have always been, and always will be recorded through theatre performance. Studying theatre inherently encourages students to be more Global in their understanding of the interconnectedness of the world as they empathize with characters of varying backgrounds. The process of rehearsing and performing in theatre also encourages big picture thinking, by asking students Dream and Do, to perceive the ideal finished product, and then work steadily towards creating their ideal. The creative process further asks students to be Aware, empathizing with the characters they portray, reflecting frequently and moving Nimbly through the process of creating an impactful performance, building Resilience by failing multiple times and then succeeding. Actors and crew members are DARING.

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