In Poetics, Aristotle writes that drama must include these six elements: plot, character, thought, diction, music, and spectacle. Coram Deo Academy’s theatre department brings all this to the stage as they combine literature, music, art, and dance in productions among the three campuses of performing arts classes.
The overarching goal of the Collin County drama program is to encourage young actors to communicate the meaning of quality literature while gaining confidence. The program seeks to train and support students while they work as a team to tell a story. The program is split into two levels: a logic school class for those students 5th to 8th grade, and a rhetoric school class for students in grades 9-12.
The program on the Dallas campus has been limited to the grammar and logic levels and has musical theatre as its focus. It is in the process of building into the rhetoric level in 2021 with the first class of 9th graders on the campus .
The Flower Mound campus has three Friday class electives for theatre. Beginners in theatre can take the first level course that includes a spring production. Advanced students may audition for second and third levels of class experience including spring productions. The most advanced class participates in the TAPPS One Act Play contest show each fall. Their one-act plays have represented Coram Deo Academy at the TAPPS State Meet six times, placing second twice. Combined classes present a musical every two years.