Theatre Arts Course Descriptions

Course Title: Technical Theatre Design and Production (grades 9 - 12) Course Credits & Duration: 1 credit, full year
Description:
 
An elective for students in grades 9 – 12, this course can only be taken in addition to a regular English class. This course examines the processes of creating a theatrical production from concept inception into design through construction. Stage lighting, sound, set construction, costuming, and make-up are discussed with emphasis on fundamental technique. Analysis and understanding of what goes on backstage to make a theatrical performance possible, including stage and theatre management principles, will also be covered. Major projects are required throughout the year, including elements of research and analysis. Some time outside of class will be required as students will participate in set construction and strike for school productions.

Textbook title: Illustrated Theatre Production Guide
Prerequisites: none

Course Title: Advanced Technical Theatre Design and Production (grades 10 - 12) Course Credits & Duration: 1 credit, full year Description:

An elective for students in grades 10 – 12, this course can only be taken in addition to a regular English class. This course continues to examine the processes of creating a theatrical production begun in the introductory class, with greater emphasis on design principles. Major projects are required throughout the year, including elements of research and analysis. Some time outside of class will be required as students will participate in set construction and strike for school productions as well as running lighting, sound, and stage management during shows. Advanced tech students are also expected to take a leadership role in mentoring and training new tech students.

Textbook title: Illustrated Theatre Production Guide
Prerequisites: Technical Stage Design and Production or permission from Ms. Brooks

Course Title: Acting and the Stage (grades 9 - 12)
Course Credits & Duration: 1 credit, full year

Description:

An elective for students in grades 9 – 12. This course gives beginning acting students a broad overview of acting and theatre. Topics covered will include: acting fundamentals, memorization techniques, vocal awareness, general stage movement, backstage technology, performance critiques, and other theatrical subjects. We will also study western theatre history and performance styles from the ancient Greeks to the early 20th century. This course contains both academic and performance-based components.

Textbook title: No formal text
Prerequisites: none

Course Title: Advanced Acting and the Stage (grades 10 - 12)
Course Credits & Duration: 1 credit, full year
Description:


An elective for students in grades 10 – 12, this course can only be taken in addition to a regular English class. Acting is both art and craft – what is the difference? A number of acting methods have been created over the past 100 years that attempt to answer this question through a single outcome: a convincing performance that captivates an audience. This course will detail major acting techniques such as Stanislavski character development and the Strasberg Method. Students will read and perform scenes from multiple plays throughout the year to work towards the development of a personal acting style. We will also continue the study of western theatre history and performance styles from the late 19th century to today. This course contains both academic and performance-based components.

Textbook title: No formal text
Prerequisites: Acting and the Stage or permission from Ms. Brooks

Course Title: Introduction to Theatre (grades 7&8) 
Course Credits & Duration: 1 credit, full year

Description:

An elective for students in grades 7 and 8. This elective course uses open scenes, theater games, and exercises to introduce the beginning actor to basic techniques and the vocabulary of acting.Topics covered will include: acting fundamentals, memorization techniques, vocal awareness, general stage movement, backstage technology, performance critiques, and other theatrical subjects. We will also study western theatre history and performance styles from the ancient Greeks to the early 20th century. This course contains both academic and performance-based components.

Textbook title: No formal text 
Prerequisites: none