DRAMA

GRADES 2-12

This class is performance-based, with a lot of fun thrown in throughout!  Drama students of all ages will play games; some titles include “Who Started the Motion,” “Magic Beans,” “Masters and Robots,” “Revolving Door,” and “Freeze.”  Body and vocal warm-ups are a part of class as well.  Students will have a chance to work with different genres of theatre, possibly including pantomime, puppetry, choral reading, storybook theatre, and one- and three-act plays. Many times, students will be actively involved in writing the plays!  Students also will have opportunities to help create and gather materials needed for each show. Sometimes, a mini-audition will take place to choose roles.  All students will play a role unless a backstage position is desired—there is a place for every child in this class!!

 

We will have performances two times a year, at the end of each semester.  These will be evenings of delightful entertainment complete with costumes, props, and scenery.  There are few things more heart-warming to see than children taking the stage to act for an audience!  Younger students will develop a self-confidence that will last throughout their lives, and the older ones will find talents that they didn’t even know they possessed! 

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MEET SARA NICHOLS

DRAMA TEACHER 

EDUCATION
I was born and raised in Des Moines, attending Hoover High School.  I then went on to Drake University, earning my B.F.A in Theatre Education.  Later, I earned my Masters in Education from Viterbo University.  I am certified to teach English, Speech and Drama.

 

EXPERIENCE
I started my teaching career at East High School teaching Drama.  I then went on to teach English, Speech, and AP Literature and Composition at North High School for 12 years.  While teaching at North, I was an Asst. Drama Director directing plays, coaching events for Speech contest, constructing sets, designing costumes and lights, and more.  I then chose to stay home with my son.  During that time, I started and have continued to work for Cecelia Talley and DramaTykes teaching drama at daycares, preschools, and elementary schools.  

 

INTERESTS
My family and I like to ride bikes, hike, read, decorate our new home, and watch our son participate in sports and the arts.

WHY I LOVE TEACHING
The ability to communicate effectively is a vital skill and I am proud that is what I get to teach.  Theatre and the communication arts is my passion.  I have been involved in the theatre since I was a child.  Sharing my love for theatre and communication with your children is a thrill.  Thanks so much!

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MEET CECELIA TALLEY

DRAMA TEACHER 

EDUCATION 
I have a degree in Speech Communication: Public Address and am certified to teach Drama, Speech, English, and Spanish.  I attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

 

EXPERIENCE
I started my teaching career in Bogotá, Colombia at an all-girls Catholic school.  I then taught English, Speech, and Drama for eight years at Lincoln High School in Des Moines.  At Lincoln, I also coached and directed speech contest and plays.  For eight years, I was a stay-at-home mom, during which time I created my own company, DramaTykes.  Along with my four employees, I continue to teach at local daycares, preschools, and elementary schools with DramaTykes.


FAMILY
My husband Jim and I have two daughters, Josie and Rachel, and a canine member of the family, Coco, a mini-labradoodle. 

 

INTERESTS
My family loves to boat, fish, bake, and hike! I also enjoy watching both of my daughters perform on stage, whether that be playing the piano, singing in choir, or performing in a play or musical!  Spending time with extended family and traveling are also favorite activities. 

WHY I LOVE TEACHING
I believe strongly in imparting effective communication skills to students.  I love the theatre and sharing that love with students!  Turning the show over to the kids so they can own it is amazing.  Watching a shy child come alive on stage is very fulfilling.  In addition, the magic of the backstage the night of the show is a tremendous experience I treasure with the students!!

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