Middle School Theatre

The Middle School Theatre Department is a wonderful source of training, education, and experience for our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The 6th grade "wheel" class offered for sixth graders includes a nine week mini-class on Theatre, where students are introduced to the world of improv, monologues, and scenes. The 7th/8th grade middle school Drama class is a semester-long class of Theatre, which includes workshops on beloved acting teacher Uta Hagen, screen acting, auditioning, and improv. The students also are consistently given assignments to prepare monologues, stage scenes, and film scenes. During "Movie Week," students study a specific movie with lessons planned around its themes. In the last month of class, the students audition and rehearse a one-act play, which includes sound, costumes, and lighting, then the students perform for an audience for their final.


Tara Battani Bowles, Middle School Theatre Arts Director, studied Theatre and Communications at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. Tara has done many national commercials and is currently a proud member of Actors Co-op in Hollywood, an Equity waiver Christian theatre company. Her first love will always be theatre, and she has performed many of the best written roles for the stage in Los Angeles including Gypsy Rose Lee in GYPSY, Jackie-O in THE HOUSE OF YES, Jennie in CHAPTER TWO, Tracy Lord in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Georgette in THE TRAVELING LADY, Kirsten Clay in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, and Annie Sullivan in THE MIRACLE WORKER. Her latest stage role was as Alma Winemiller in Tennessee Williams’ SUMMER AND SMOKE (directed by VCS's own Thom Babbes) which resulted in staggeringly wonderful reviews and a "Best Female Lead Performance" 2018 Stage Raw Nomination. She will next appear as Lee in MARVIN'S ROOM, which will open in 2021.

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