Rockbridge Academy Presents
The Rockbridge Academy drama program is designed to give students an in depth understanding of what it takes to bring a full-length musical, or musical variety production, to completion. Students learn the value of godly character, hard work, and cooperation as they go from initial auditions and read-throughs, to the final curtain, always encouraged to keep in mind standards of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty (Php. 4:8). In addition, musical stage productions serve a distinctive role in giving "flesh" to the concept of rhetoric. Students use their talents to persuade and articulate in a way that a traditional class never could. Students are encouraged to be part of the stage crew if that is where their particular gifts and talents lie.
Typically, students perform a full-length musical, and a student-lead Variety Show, in alternating years. Last year in the 2012-2013 school year, Rockbridge Academy performed a variety show: A Mid-Oral's Week Dream, to rave reviews.
THE MUSIC MAN
This year's musical was Meredith Willson's The Music Man. In this award-winning Broadway musical, con-man Harold Hill passes himself off as "Professor" Harold Hill, boys band impresario. He sells band instruments and uniforms to the good folk of River City, Iowa, explaining that the boys don't need to touch their instruments, but will learn to play through his revolutionary "Think System." However, the prim librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo, sees through his ruse. But when Professor Hill helps her younger brother Winthrop overcome his shyness due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall for him. Harold falls for Marian as well, and risks arrest by the town's authorities to win her.
The cast of 46 students in grades 2-12 was a delight to work with. People often ask if Rockbridge Academy is a performing arts school, or even a gifted and talented school, after seeing our productions. My answer is always the same. No, Rockbridge is not a school for the gifted or students with a bent toward the performing arts. Rockbridge Academy, a classical and Christian school, is a school whose mission is to teach students how to learn, to teach them to work hard, to pay attention to the details, and to do all that they do for the glory of God, whether that be perform in a musical or take out the trash. It is my sincere belief that the efforts you see from our students, whether on the stage or on the ball field, are simply a result of that mission.