The Arts Education Program offers a specialized curriculum for young students to explore acting and the world of theatre.
The students participating in the Arts Education Program are immersed in a ten week course in theatre. The finale of this rich educational experience is a journey to the amphitheatre for a Mountain Play performance and an opportunity to meet and interview the actors.
One example of the curriculum took place in our 2016 season. In partnership with the Boys and Girls club of Marin and Petaluma, the Mountain Play brought their Arts Education Program (AEP) to students at Davidson Middle School in San Rafael. Using that year’s production of WEST SIDE STORY, the AEP enabled students to explore the challenging issues of racism, immigration, bullying, violence and intolerance. This safe and confidential environment allowed the students’ work to flow freely through their theatrical expression. Through games and activities, the students in the program were exposed to the imaginative and creative aspects of theatre, their passion for the art was ignited, and they built strong connections with their peers. By discussing the play and viewing the film version of WEST SIDE STORY, the students were able to delve into the complex themes that the show presented, and had meaningful moments of questioning society’s current status-quo. Throughout the program there is an emphasis on fun, safe risk-taking, and the joy of theatre.