Drama

Shakespeare

At St. Monica Academy, dramatic plays and presentations are a very  important part of the curricular and co-curricular activities.  They complement the classical curriculum on a number of levels—in the development of memorization and rhetorical skills, and in making the historical material and literature the students are studying more real to them.  Grade school students perform several skits and presentations throughout each school year beginning with Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day in early fall, followed by each student choosing a saint to portray on All Saints’ Day, as well as by participating in the Christmas Pageant and in the living Stations of the Cross before Easter break.   In addition to these annual events, students participate in a number of other presentations each year which change depending upon the course of study.

The opportunities for performance during the grade school years prepare students for the annual high school play.  Past plays have included Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Comedy of Errors.  While all of our students study Shakespeare in their high school literature classes, it is only through performance that they assimilate his true genius.