Course Descriptions

Acting

Grade: 10, 11, 12       1 Semester      1 Credit

Prerequisite: Intro to Theatre or Theatre Process

This is a performance-oriented course. Students will take part in physical, vocal and imagination exercises. Students will examine scripts from the actor’s point of view and will explore the subtle differences in acting for the stage and acting for the camera. Students will also evaluate performance and develop character-building techniques. During the semester students will develop and perform pantomime, monologues and dialogues. Course may be repeated once. Qualifies for fine arts credit.

Children’s Theatre

Grade 10, 11, 12      ½ Semester      ½ Credit

Prerequisite: Intro to Theatre or Theatre Process

This is partially a performance-oriented course. Students will work with design, script analysis and performance critique of both children’s theatre and theatre for young audiences. Students will also take part in various exercises to develop children’s theatre pieces for performance.  Qualifies for fine arts credit.

Costume and Stage Make-up

Grade 10, 11, 12           ½ Semester            ½ Credit

Prerequisite: Intro to Theatre or Theatre Process

This class offers students an introduction to the theories and practice of costume and make-up design. Students will develop skills in character and script analysis, costume plotting, sketching and the use of line, color and texture in design. Hands-on activities will include developing a complete costume design portfolio. This is not a performance class and students will not be required to act. Qualifies for fine arts credit

Film History

Grade 10, 11, 12     ½ Semester         ½ Credit

This course will examine the history of American Film from the development of the motion picture camera through the era of silent films and the rise of the studio system. The course will focus on the cultural influences of film, the art and literary value of the screenplay and cinematography, the process and technique of filmmaking and written film critique. Qualifies for fine arts credit

Playwriting

Grade 10, 11, 12           ½ Semester       ½ Credit

Prerequisite: Intro to Theatre or Theatre Process

Through theatre scripts of varying styles and genres, students will examine dramatic structure, characterization, dialogue plot and point of view. During this course students will develop their own short scripts working individually and collaboratively. This is not a performance class and students will not be required to act. Qualifies for fine arts credit.

Theatre Process I

Grade 9, 10, 11, 12       ½ Semester           ½ Credit

This is an introductory course to the theatrical process. The course will cover an overview of theatre history and organization. Students will study different types of theaters, theater companies, as well as the different departments and roles within the respective theaters. There will be a number of hands-on projects in this class. This is not a performance class and students will not be required to act. Qualifies for fine arts credit.

 

Theatre Process II

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12         ½ Semester          ½ Credit

This course is intended to be an in depth exploration of topics introduced in Theatre Process 1 as well as continued study in theatre and arts management. Students will follow the process of developing a show from first reading of the play through research, budgeting, design and publicity. There will be a number of hands-on projects in this class. This is not a performance class and students will not be required to act. Qualifies for fine arts credit.


Intro to Theatre

Grade 9, 10, 11, 12              ½ Semester            ½ Credit

All aspects of theatre production will be examined in this course. Students will explore the theatre through script, costume design, lighting, scenic design, the role of the director, theatre history and performance. This is not a performance class though students may be required to act for one unit. Qualifies for fine arts credit.

 

Independent Study in Theatre Projects

Grade 10, 11, 12            ½ Semester              ½ Credit

Prerequisite: Intro to Theatre or Theatre Process and have PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR

This opportunity is designed for students who have a sincere interest in continuing their education in theatre, communications, design or a related area. Students must submit a 9-week Project Proposal for approval before commencement of the class. Students will work independently with instructor supervision. Qualifies for fine arts credit.