The Emery/Weiner Performing Arts program is broken down into two components: Stagecraft and Theatre Arts.
In keeping with The Emery/Weiner School’s holistic approach to theatre education, the Stagecraft program is dedicated to training students in all aspects of theatre production. While our talented student actors are performing on stage, our enthusiastic student technical crew is busily working backstage. From the scenic designs to the lighting and sound plans; from the stage management to the costume changes, our technical students do it all!
Stagecraft courses concentrate on safety and proper use of theatre machinery paired with a solid training program in theatrical painting techniques, scenic construction, lighting techniques, sound execution, costume building and prop creation.
Every theatrical production at The Emery/Weiner School is run by the Stagecraft students. By allowing them to gain this hands-on experience, and by stocking our theaters with the most up-to-date technology, we ensure the students leaving our Stagecraft program are properly prepared for college and professional-level theatrical work.
In addition to the theatre productions produced at the school each year, Emery/Weiner Stagecraft students have the opportunity to work on a multitude of special events throughout the school year and, through partnerships with different professional theatre companies, gain experience working as crew members on professional productions within the Houston area.
The Emery/Weiner School's Theatre program continues to thrive, providing students with exemplary theatrical training, and providing the community with exciting musical and non-musical theatre experiences. Theatre classes at The Emery/Weiner School run the gamut of skills and exercises for students grades 6-12. In addition to acting, students also study directing, play-writing, theatre history and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Emery High School students are treated to field trips to The Alley Theatre where, in addition to seeing a production, they are given exclusive backstage tours and/or talkback sessions with members of the cast.
The Emery/Weiner School offers four major theatrical productions annually (as well as various student-directed productions throughout the year). The shows vary greatly from year to year in terms of style and content in order to give students (and audiences) the opportunity to experience a broad theatrical spectrum. All students, grades 6-12, are eligible to participate in specific productions.
At the Middle School, Theatre Arts begins with an Introductory Theatre rotation in the first semester of the 6th Grade year. In the second semester of 6th grade, and at the 7th and 8th grade levels, students may choose to enroll in semester-long Theatre Arts courses, which build acting skills, collaboration, confidence and creativity. 7th and 8th graders may also take MS Production — a course which creates, produces and performs a full-length show.
At the Upper School, students may enroll in Theatre Arts I, an introductory acting course which focuses on foundational performance skills and scene study. Theatre Arts II is an advanced course delving into specific schools of acting technique and theory, directing, script analysis and scene study. In the spring of the Junior Year, students may apply to be a member of the Senior Directing Seminar. This select group spends the fall semester studying directing theory, notable directors and theatre movements, and creation of artistic works in various media. The semester culminates in the Senior Directed Projects- student created and produced works, performed in December.