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Jr. High Drama

Mr. DeAnte' Hall serves as the dance and theatre teacher at the Academy for Classical Education.  He has been with ACE since 2019.  Mr. Hall was introduced to theatre at Perry High School as a freshman and major in theatre during college.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, minored in Dance, and earned a Masters in Theatre Education from Columbus State University, in Columbus, Georgia.  While attending college, Mr. Hall performed in a show that toured over 60 elementary schools in Georgia and Alabama.  He also performed for Duke Ellington's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington!
Opportunities at ACE:

THEATRE ART I: The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the different elements of theatre. Through taking Drama students will learn about empathy through character study, work as a team and ensemble, learn about the different elements of theatre including technical and design aspects, develop good diction, stage presence, a ton of theatre careers, dance, and more. I strive to teach life skills through stage skills. Inadvertently, we work on public speaking and getting comfortable being in front of a crowd.


THEATRE ART II: This course is for Jr. High students that have already completed Theatre Arts 1. In this course, students will deepen their knowledge of theatre. Students will learn new acting techniques, dig deeper into technical theatre elements, and learn about the theatre rehearsal and production process. Whether students plan on continuing to study theatre or not, by taking this course, students will gain a foundation of skills and abilities to carry them through future life endeavors. I strive to teach life skills through stage skills. Inadvertently, we work on public speaking and getting comfortable being in front of a crowd.


DANCE : Covers basic dance concepts and terminology vital for theatre specific dance development and growth. Students will be able to gain an understanding of introductory level movement skills in ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques as applied to stage and theatre production performance. We will explore and dance to songs from musical theatre songs to some current pop music.



This class is co-taught by Mr. DeAnte’ Hall & Mrs. Lea Anne Walters. This course is designed for the student that is interested in Musical Theatre. Scholars will have the opportunity to rehearse, perform, and create various scenes from a variety of musical theatre productions. If interested in this course you must complete the application and audition. Through this course, students will gain performance skills (acting, singing, and dancing), develop distinct characters, and learn the discipline involved in musical theatre. Performances will include in-class and main-stage” productions. Out-of-school performances and activities are part of the course grade. We will produce a full main-stage musical production in this class. There will be a small class fee of $20 to help cover cost of costumes, props, scripts, music, etc.


International Thespian Society: Students have to opportunity to join Troupe #8502. Being a member of this internationally recognized honor society lends a great amount of stature and pride to the students who are part of the program. You are joining more than TWO MILLION students who have been honored for excellence in theatre since 1929! Overall, the mission of the International Thespian Society is to honor studentsachievements within theatre arts. Within the program, junior high school students are affectionately known as Junior Thespians”. ACE Junior Thespians are eligible to go on a Field trip in the spring to Junior Thescon! This is a one-day conference that takes place in Columbus, Ga. Junior Thespians from all over the state come to take workshops from professionals in the field. They are also able to see a plethora of shows put on by other schools. If you are interested in joining the Junior Thespian Society, please talk to Mr. Hall.


Both the Thespian and Junior Thespians meet at least once a month. During our meetings we might play theatre/improv games, have theatre karaoke or prepare for an upcoming fundraiser or event. Theses meeting can take place before or after-school and typically last no longer than an hour.


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