As art mimics both the beauty reflective of the Lord's creation, and the reality of the imperfection introduced by sin, so does dramatic art strive to truthfully imitate the good and evil inherent in humanity. The purpose of the dramatic arts at The Academy is to teach students to understand and appreciate the faithful reproduction of what is beautiful and true in the world. Drama does this particularly by allowing students to examine human interaction -- both with itself and with truths of Christianity.
A classical drama program begins in the grammar stage, with memorization and performance of age-appropriate material (such as certain poetry or Bible verses), with an emphasis on speaking clearly, presenting the material understandably, and being comfortable performing in front of others.
In this stage, students are required to participate in Recitation, a competition involving performance of a memorized piece.