Theatre Department

Innovation Montessori is excited to start the school year with a full drama program with a multi-tiered approach!

Maria Montessori once said that “Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”

When integrating drama into a Montessori environment, we take very seriously the second plane of development, where children explore real life through imagination. Giving children the ability to explore storytelling and learning concepts through the arts is an amazing thing to witness, and we hope you partner with us in our endeavor each step of the way.

During the School Day

Students in Lower and Upper Elementary will attend drama class as part of our enrichment program. Classes meet once a week and will cover a variety of topics.

Students in Middle School and IMHS may select Musical Theatre One as an elective. Classes meet 4 times per week.

After School Programs
2018 - 2019 Drama Club

Our after-school drama clubs will be split by age, with Lower Elementary on Monday and Upper Elementary, Middle/HS meeting on Tuesday. Drama Club offers the most interested students the opportunity for in depth study, character development, scene work, more complex concepts, and additional performance. This is a great way for a student to learn if drama is a passion and potential career path as well as develop important character traits like compassion and acceptance.

Drama Club will present their showcase during Arteco Festival on March 2, 2019.

Commitment:

    • Lower Elementary Monday 3:15PM to 4:15PM (Wait List - at capacity)
    • Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School Tuesday - REGISTER TODAY!
    • Fee: $125

You can register for Tuesday Drama Club HERE.

Cast Central

This is where you will find information about upcoming productions, audition materials, and cast information.

Cast of Aladdin JR can find music resources here:

2018 - 2019 Stage Productions

Current productions:

The Enchanted Bookshop

December 2018

Synopsis:

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore.  But at night, it’s a place where magic happens.  That’s when the characters inside the books come alive.  Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store.  But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes.  So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn.  Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever?  Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen?  Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.

Show Dates

Performances of The Enchanted Bookshop will be at Quest Church in Ocoee.

  • Friday, December 14th at 7PM
  • Saturday, December 15th at 2PM
  • Saturday, December 15th at 6PM
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Adult Tickets: $10

Student Tickets: $8

ALL TICKETS AT THE DOOR WILL BE $10 CASH ONLY

Your ticket purchase helps offset the cost of this show and all productions and programs sponsored by Innovation Montessori in The Arts!

Ticket FAQ

Who qualifies for the student rate? 
The student rate applies to primary school students all the way up to college students.

I’m bringing a little one. Do they need their own ticket? 
Children ages two and under who will sit in a lap and do not require their own seat will not need a ticket for admission. If they do require their own their own seat, your child will need a ticket.

What is your refund and exchange policy?
While we do not offer refunds, we gladly offer an exchange of your tickets for a different show time (if available). The exchange must occur prior to the performance for which you are currently ticketed. We will not offer compensation for performances missed due to a patron’s no-show by curtain time.

How do I get my tickets?
Once you’ve made a ticket purchase, your name will be on the Guest List at the theatre. Please give them the name you entered for the "Guest Name" when you made your purchase.

Aladdin JR

April 2019

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Production of

Music by

ALAN MENKEN

Lyrics by

HOWARD ASHMAN, TIM RICE and CHAD BEGUELIN

Book by

CHAD BEGUELIN

Based on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and directed & produced by Ron Clements & John Musker

Synopsis:

Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within.

The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character.

Show Dates

Performances for Aladdin Jr will be at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, Florida

  • Friday, April 5th at 7PM
  • Saturday, April 6th at 2PM
  • Saturday, April 6th at 6PM

TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 2019

Additional Information

While the goal of our program is to involve as many students in theatre as possible, not everyone who auditions is guaranteed a role. We host interactive auditions that encourage students to learn through the process and feel confident as they develop their talents.

  • Commitment: After school, evening, and weekend rehearsals as well as all performances
  • Fee: $150 per student

Past Productions

Summer 2018

Camp Lakewood at Innovation Montessori Ocoee presented their Summer Camp production of Alice in Wonderland, JR. Twenty performers learned a full show in less than 2 weeks and performed in front of an enthusiastic audience to rave reviews!

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Production of

Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard, Oliver Wallace and Cy Coban, Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston

Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle

Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Simpatico

Based on the 1951 Disney film "Alice in Wonderland" and the novels "The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll

April 2018

Innovation Montessori Ocoee presented their 2018 production of Beauty and the Beast JR on April 9th and 10th at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, Florida.

Special thanks to all of those the contributed to this amazing production.

Please visit THIS LINK to view photos of our dress rehearsal and performance courtesy of Jennifer Zenkle.

You can view our performance HERE.

Our productions are made possible by Innovation Montessori in The Arts!

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Production of

Beauty and the Beast JR

Music by Alan Menken     Music by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice     Lyrics by Linda Woolverton

Originally Directed by

Robert Jess Roth

Originally Produced by

Disney Theatrical Productions

Credits

DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR, ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR, and ALADDIN JR
are presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Music Theatre International
423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684
www.MTIShows.com


Faculty

Drama Teacher Rachel Williams

contact: rachel.williams@innovationmontessori.com | theatre@innovationmontessori.com

Rachel Williams is an experienced theatre professional. She received her BA in Communication Arts – theatre from Malone University. She is finishing an MBA from Keller Graduate School and took additional classes in Entrepreneurship. She has done 22 theatre productions, including “As You Like It”, “The Toby Show”, “The Road to Mecca” and more. She has received a certification in Film Production from the LAFSC in Los Angeles, CA, working on half a dozen short films. She ran the theatre department at Lighthouse Academy, a private Montessori school in Virginia for two years, and taught three years of after school classes. She has explored every single position in theatre and received training in each. She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society, and Pi Kappa Delta, the speech and debate honor society. She has additional training in miming, puppetry, clowning, opera, musical theatre, choir, American sign language, dance choreography, interpretive dance, and speech/debate competition.  She is excited to join the Innovation Montessori team and be an active part of each student’s personal journey.