Student Life

Dramatic Arts

The Dramatic arts encourages students to feel, think, and communicate differently.  When preparing for a role, as a lighting technician or a lead actor, our students work unto the Lord.  They know that each place in the production is vital to the success and ultimate experience of the audience.  Most importantly, our productions are given year after year to bring Glory to God.  It is our prayer that the dramatic arts will allow our students to fully demonstrate the unique talents and gifting that the Lord has chosen for them.

The dramatic arts program teaches our students to explore the way others think, feel, and respond.  It encourages self-awareness and understanding, while polishing their creative skills set.  This unique grouping of talents enables our students to succeed in other areas of academic and personal life.

The Atlantic Shores Theatre Department Productions are UNBELIEVABLE year after year!  We give God the Glory for our strength in this area and seek to utilize our productions to bless our community.  

Secondary Students may participate in 3 dramatic productions during the school year.  The first production is designed to help train Speech II students in the technical and performance requirements of a theatrical production and in oral interpretation of literature. The second production is our annual Middle School play.  The third production is our annual High School play.  

Beginning in 4th grade, Elementary Students may participate in their own dramatic production which always coincides with our Elementary Grandparent's Day.  

These events are large scale productions, which have become featured events for Atlantic Shores.  Annually, these productions draw a near sell-out crowd, with over 1,000 attendees.  The productions vary from serious drama, "The Diary of Anne Frank", to mysteries, "The Mousetrap", to musicals, "Fiddler on the Roof", to feel good stories, like "Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast".


ASCS is a member of the TIDEWATER FORENSIC LEAGUE. This organization is comprised of public and private schools who meet monthly to compete in various speech categories. Most schools, particularly the larger schools, have teams of 20-40 students competing in various categories at the monthly tournaments, with a select few advancing to the Tournament of Champions at the season's end. While the ASCS forensic team is smaller by comparison, members consistently place at the monthly tournaments, and ASCS has sent one or more students to the Tournament of Champions in 16 of the last 20 years!

Our speech class is very closely connected to our Drama Department. The first production that our students and parents attend is the Speech Class II play. This single act play is designed to help train students in the technical and performance requirements of a theatrical production. The play is presented in the spring and attended by students, faculty, and parents.