Live Oak’s middle school drama program encourages an appreciation for the dramatic arts while developing students’ theatrical skills. Students participate in dramatic play, explorations of drama theory, visits to local dramatic performances, and a variety of dramatic productions. In addition, students read plays, study the history of theater, explore theater in various cultures, and learn dramatic techniques such as concentration, voice production, characterization, and text analysis. Drama classes contribute to students’ self-esteem and comfort in presenting to an audience, in addition to their building an understanding of the theatrical arts. A Fall performance and a full-scale middle school drama production in the Spring offer students opportunities to work on many aspects of the theater including lights, sound, sets, costuming, front-of-house duties, and programs.