Among the more exciting elements of the Academic program at Grove is an Arts program that offers a variety of options. Students can enjoy traditional electives by taking classes in painting and drawing and they can also take unique courses in ceramics, still photography and video-game design. The Drama department presents three annual productions that range from modern musicals to classic Shakespeare plays. The music department gives students the opportunity to participate in the school's Choir, which includes community performances and local competitions, as well as support for the drama program.
Two years ago, the Grove School unveiled a unique Film Program. In Film Theory, students are introduced to the tenets of various cinematic genres while learning how to analyze the aesthetics of different types of films. In Screenwriting 101, students learn the fundamentals of writing for a unique medium while also completing a feature-length screenplay over the course of a school-year. In addition, Grove offers an Introduction to Film Production course in which students are taught to tell stories visually, while having the opportunity to each direct their own short-film.
Both the Theater Department and the Film Program are led by faculty with professional experience in both industries. Emily Webster our dramatist and Kevin Rosenberg our film maker. Grove School also offers courses to gain practical and hands-on experience related to various careers within the entertainment industry. The Arts have always been an exciting and unique part of the learning experience at Grove and they continue to be a significant arena for students to express themselves and explore their creativity.
Winter 2016 through Summer 2017 Arts Department Events (currently targeted):
(mid-December): Evening of the Arts
(late-January): Art Fair
(mid-March): Drama Production
(early August): Summer Choir Concert
Grove School's Arts Department is proud to announce the recent founding of its very own Children's Theater Troupe. This group of talented students will be adapting popular children's material before heading out into the community and performing at local pre-and-elementary schools.
The first production to be presented is a fun adaptation of the children's picture book, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. The book tells the story of a box of crayons whose inhabitants decide to go on strike after growing sick and tired of how they’re being used. Among the lead characters: a white crayon with an existential crisis because he never shows up on white paper, a black crayon who longs to color a rainbow, and a pink crayon who is fed up with coloring nothing but princesses.. The book was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over 60 weeks and has won numerous awards.
The Troupe's premiere performance was Friday, April 8th at Ryerson Elementary School, in Madison CT.
With upcoming performances already scheduled, the hope is that this will be the first of many in a creative and unique new endeavor.