The Bolles theater curriculum focuses first on the exploration of acting skills, with students introduced in their first two semesters to a range of approaches aimed at the development of sound individual and ensemble acting technique. The more advanced courses emphasize script analysis, directing, and production skills. Theatre history, including styles, and theory are incorporated in instruction in all classes, and students work at all levels from both play scripts and original scenes. A drama showcase each semester highlights the best student work from all classes and the Production Class culminates in a public performance of their project each spring.
The after-school programs for Bolles theater students are the most extensive in the department, with as many students participating in after school productions as taking classes. During a four-year period at Bolles, a student has the opportunity to attend and/or participate in a wide range of full length and one-act plays. Every other year there is a musical; every third year, a Shakespeare. The annual Night of One-Acts is dominated by student directed works. Plays are consciously selected to cover many roles, styles, periods, and subjects. Bolles thespians regularly earn excellent and superior ratings at district and state individual, duet, and ensemble competition, and full length productions are often chosen to perform at the State Thespian Conference in Tampa. Though many of the students participating in after school drama are not currently enrolled in classes, those who are find productions an important laboratory to test and expand their class work.