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  • 2020-2021
    NAHS Theatre presents

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    The New Albany High School Theatre Department is proud to present the musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe -- The Songs of Leiber and Stoller as its spring production!

    Through the hit songs of writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Smokey Joe's Cafe tells the story of American rock and roll's Golden Age. The duo's iconic tracks -- including "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Potion #9," and "Stand By Me," among many others -- form the basis for the characters' journey in the show, as they grow from high schoolers in the 1950s to adulthood in the 1960s. Their journey is that of our nation, as it took a step toward equality with the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Acts of 1964 and 1965. The 1960s were a tumultuous period in American history, as the United States fought an increasingly unpopular foreign war in Vietnam and groups that had been historically oppressed sought equal rights and opportunities.

    Two casts of 14, 28 performers in total, will take the stage at the McCoy Center for the Arts on April 8th - April 11th. Click here to purchase tickets today

    NA Theatre believes that the dramatic arts are an essential academic subject that help prepare students for college and career readiness. The theatre program functions as a core curricular area and produces well-rounded and civically-engaged theatrical artists. Every student has the opportunity to participate in a meaningful theatrical experience that cultivates the aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of the child. 

    The arts, specifically theatre, teach students invaluable 21st-century skills like: 

    • Agility and adaptability
    • Collaboration across networks
    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Curiosity and imagination

    These skills will enable them to thrive not only in their chosen profession but, most importantly, in life. 

    NA Theatre cultivates four artistic processes that are the way the brain and body make art and define the link between art-making and the learner. 

    1. Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. 
    2. Performing: Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation.
    3. Responding: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.
    4. Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. 

    These processes are rigorously honed through the NA Theatre's productions and its curriculum, beginning with Introduction to Drama and Stagecraft. The curriculum continues with Acting the Method and is followed by Honors Actor's Studio. It concludes with Introduction to the Theatre - KC, which is a collegiate level course taught through Kenyon College's KAP program. More information about each of these classes can be found on their individual pages.