“But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always,
and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing
unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray
unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will
consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy
performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.”
— 2 Nephi 32:9
Role playing is a powerful mechanism for familiarizing oneself with important concepts. At American Heritage, acting out the lives and statements of great men and women familiarizes our students with true heroes worthy of their emulation. Students in grades K-12 are first, and routinely, afforded acting opportunities as part of their Core Classroom’s annual devotional: a pageant-style performance that demonstrates to parents, fellow students, and other audience members the interconnectedness of the history, literature, geography, gospel topics, and personal application covered during the year.
More formal exposure to drama comes in the eighth grade, when students perform a play as part of the school’s Shakespeare week. Students in grades 9-12 can then choose from among drama and stagecraft electives. All students in grades 9-12 can audition annually for the high school musical in the Fall and a small-cast play in the Spring.