Drama classes start in the sixth grade and is an introductory journey into the world of theatre. Students participate in various theatrical opportunities through the use of creative dramatics. Each unit covered in drama contains an in-class performance. This introduction to drama gives students the necessary skills to become a budding actor/actress, and develops life skills that will be utilized in the world outside of the drama room!
Students can continue drama in seventh and eighth grade. A full year of drama is offered to students who are interested in developing intermediate skills in theatre, working toward being seasoned performers. The focus is on introductory work in creativity, voice, movement, and characterization; as well as an introduction to styles of performance, auditioning, multi-media Reader’s Theatre, improvisation, theatre production, and directing. The classes evaluate material that includes published and original scripts, as well as unscripted improvisational performances. A culminating project developed by the students in the class ends the year.
Madison Academy's award-winning High School Performance Theatre students spend the first semester each year honing their skills with monologues, duets, and ensemble acting as they work toward competing and applying for scholarships at the Alabama Conference of Theatre's Walter Trumbauer Theatre Festival. During the 2018 state competition at Troy University, there were 2,066 students from 98 schools competing in Individual Events. This included students from Madison Academy. Madison Academy also entered a Studio Theatre One-Act Play, Antic Spring by Robert Nail, into the festival for the first time. There were 70 schools that competed at the district level in studio performance. At the District Competition, Madison Academy won Best In Show, Best Ensemble, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and all cast members won All-Star Cast. Only fourteen schools go on to compete at the state level; Madison Academy was honored to come home with the Best in Show trophy and three All-Star Cast members in the fall of 2018.
Students also experienced the complete production process as they prepared for the 2019 spring musical Godspell, a full-length musical composed by Stephen Schwartz with the book by John-Michael Tebelak. Madison Academy’s production of Godspell had over 50 students, faculty members, parent volunteers and alumni volunteers in its cast and crew.
Madison Academy Theatre Tech students get instruction in advanced light board programming skills, advanced sound system programming, and scenic design construction techniques. Students participate in using live performance technology, learn venue management skills and assume leadership roles in technical theatre positions running school performances, weekly chapel gatherings and a variety of school events that occur in the Madison Academy Performance Center. An emphasis is placed on theatre management and advanced theatre technology; as well as hands-on film production experience. Tech students get an opportunity to compete and earn scholarships at ACT's Walter Trumbauer Festival in individual tech events and in studio one-act.