Theater Courses

Theater Studies I  (Course 795) 

Grade 9

2  Credits

Full Year

Acting I

Teamwork and ensemble building will be our main focus as we begin our year together. Students develop artistic discipline based on the professional model to create a positive safe space where creativity can flourish. This course introduces theater vocabulary, basic acting technique, and theater etiquette. Students who master these skills and the discipline to work as an artist are invited to audition for performances or work as part of a support team on student productions.

Rehearsal & Performance I

Students participate in a production. Rehearsals are held during class time and focus on voice and articulation, scene study, character study, scene direction, and technical design study. Students apply acting and analytical skills, create characters, memorize lines, and work in an ensemble (professional practices) manner on a play that is publicly presented.

Origins of theater

Through the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles as well as a contemporary adaptation, Darker Face of the Earth by Rita Dove we will study theatre and its beginnings.  Students engage in oral readings and discussions as well as creative dramatic activities that help them to demonstrate their understanding of the plays and dramatic structure.

Playwriting I

Students improvise, write, and revise scripts based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature, and history.

 

Theater Studies II  (Course 796)   

Grade 10

2 Credits  

Semester

In this course, students will study the historical background of the Elizabethan Era with a focus on William Shakespeare.  Students will learn about the First Folio acting technique and how to apply it to one of Shakespeare’s plays. They will also read and analyze the work from a historical perspective in order to develop a context for understanding. Lastly, students audition for roles in their upcoming Shakespearean class production. Rehearsals are held during class time and focus on voice and articulation, scene study, character study, and scene direction. Students apply acting and analytical skills, create characters, memorize lines, and work in an ensemble to produce a play for public presentation. Instructional Units: Ensemble Building, First Folio Acting Technique, Voice and Speech I, Elizabethan Era: Historical Context, Rehearsal and Performance.

 

Advanced Acting  (Course 798)     

Grade 11 &12

2 credits                                                           

Full Year

All Juniors and Seniors are required to take this course.

In the junior and senior years, students will be able to choose a different area of study each quarter.  Descriptions of the various courses are below.  Students will participate in conferences to decide which classes they will take each quarter.

Please Note: All SENIORS must sign up for a section of Capstone

Acting for Film

In this class students will explore the changes an actor needs to make when working in front of a camera. Students will record monologues and scenes for critique and develop a “reel” of their work.

 Advanced Movement

Students will explore different movement techniques while applying them to scenes and monologues as well as using them to developing a creative movement piece. “Dressing out” is required for every class.

 Voice and Speech

In this course, students will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and how it applies to speech training for the actor. Students will also learn the heightened speech requirements for classical work and dialects, explore the anatomical vocal process, and how to adapt their voice and diction for character and performance space.

Audition prep

This course is for students preparing to pursue theater at the collegiate or professional level. Students will explore different college programs and their audition requirements, develop three audition monologues and one song, create professional quality headshots and resumes, and participate in multiple mock auditions for visiting adjudicators. It is recommended that students have audition pieces selected before the course begins, but finding and developing pieces during the class is also possible.

Capstones 1

For seniors only: students will choose a research topic to explore, write a research paper on their topic, develop a creative project inspired by their research, and then present their work formally. A completed capstone is require for graduation.

Capstones 2

Capstones 3 is open to both junior and seniors and is also available for students who completed capstones 1 or 2 who would like to further develop their projects. Students will choose a research topic to explore, write a research paper on their topic, develop a creative project inspired by their research, and then present their work formally. A completed capstone is required for graduation.

Classical Acting in Performance

Students will study a classical approach to acting in production. Actors will be assigned roles, be required to memorize lines, and are required to attend any after school rehearsals or performances as indicated. Performance classes should be treated as honors level work and high attendance and afterschool work are essential to success.

Contemporary Drama in Performance

Students will study a contemporary approach to acting culminating in a production. Actors will be assigned roles, be required to memorize lines, and are required to attend any after school rehearsals or performances as indicated. Performance classes should be treated as honors level work and high attendance and afterschool work are essential to success.

Curtain Call

In this class students will learn the production and event planning aspects involved in theater. Students will help to organize and create an alumni event and fundraiser that features a performance of former coop theater graduates as well as an end-of-year awards show and senior send-off. The course involves mandatory after-school commitments.

Directing
Students will study the history and techniques behind directing in the theater. They will choose plays to conceptualize and develop directing binders for, then direct small scenes from their selected work.

Modern Drama/Advanced Acting

Students will learn the history and acting techniques of the modern drama era while reading plays from prominent playwrights of the time. Students will then choose and rehearse scenes from those plays to present at the end of the quarter.

Modern Drama in Performance

Students will study method acting then apply those techniques to a production. Actors will be assigned roles, be required to memorize lines, and are required to attend any after school rehearsals or performances as indicated. Performance classes should be treated as honors level work and high attendance and afterschool work are essential to success.

Playwriting

Students will explore dramatic structure and playwriting forms. Students will develop several pieces, including a one act play.

Student One-acts

Students will develop projects from capstones, playwriting, and directing for performance. They will learn to schedule rehearsals, communicate and work with technicians, and ultimately produce their own work.  This is a performance class and should be treated as an honors level course. High attendance and afterschool work are essential to success. Afterschool rehearsals and performances are mandatory.

Technical Theater Practicum

Students will learn the fundamentals of Stagecraft through the History of Stage Technology and Development.  Students will learn the necessary etiquette, safety, and technical skills necessary to serve successfully as crew for school department changeovers.  Students in the course will also serve as run crew for department shows.  Students will have an introduction to Stage Lighting, Sound, Costumes, Scenery, Drawing and Rendering, and Stage Operations.

 

Theater Electives

Directing for the Stage (Course 780)

Grades 11 and 12

1 Credit  

Full Year

Prerequisite: Theater Arts juniors and seniors. Students will be accepted into the class based on an application and interview process.

This class may serve as an art credit. The maximum number of students in this class will be 20.

An introduction to play direction, including: script analysis and research methods, preparation of production book, consideration of design elements, casting, rehearsal techniques and work with actors. All students should expect to complete a Directing Portfolio that includes research, design elements, casting, and a script with annotations for a given play.  All students will direct at least two scenes that will serve as the midterm and final for the course.

 

Independent Projects: A Creative Process (Course 2341) 

Grade 12

1 Credit  

Maximum Enrollment: 16 students Full Year

Please Note: This course is open to students from every Art Concentration. Students must be willing to work on an independent creative work. For example, their Capstone Projects.

Capstone projects are culminating experiences in which students demonstrate knowledge and skills by creating a research project in an area of personal interest. They communicate their findings in written and oral presentations.

In this elective, seniors will be given time and individual attention to work on their Capstone project or any other creative endeavor that they feel inspired to develop. This class will serve as a space where they can work with a teacher mentor to develop writing skills

 

Theater for Non-Majors (Course 784)

Grades 11 and 12

.5 credits 

Semester

Prerequisite: none

Please Note: This course is open to students from every Art Concentration, EXCEPT theater.  No theater experience is required.

Non-Theatre students will have the opportunity to learn what it’s like to “walk in another’s shoes”. Students will explore the creative processes and techniques of an actor by engaging in theatrical games and acting exercises. Students will then apply what they learn by interpreting characters in the performance of monologues and scenes from contemporary plays.

 

Technical Theater I (Course 785)

Grades 10-12

1 Credit 

Full Year

Prerequisite: None

Maximum Enrollment: 16 Students

Please Note: This course is open to students from every Art Concentration, no theater experience is required. This class may serve as an art or technology credit.

This course is an introductory course in Stage Technology, open to students of all Arts.  Students will learn the fundamentals of Stagecraft through the History of Stage Technology and Development.  Students will learn the necessary etiquette, safety, and technical skills necessary to serve successfully as crew for school department changeovers.  Students in the course will also serve as run crew for department shows, including: Band, Strings, Choir, Fashion, Visual Arts, and Dance as needed.  Students will have an introduction to Stage Lighting, Sound, Costumes, Scenery, Drawing and Rendering, and Stage Operations.

 

Technical Theater II (Course 786)

Grades 10-12

1 Credit 

Full Year

Prerequisite: Technical Theater I

Maximum Enrollment: 16 Students

Please Note: This course is open to students from every Art Concentration, no theater experience is required. This class may serve as an art or technology credit.

This course is open to students of all arts and will continue the education in Stage Technology; and will further develop the aspects of design within Performance.  Students will have immersive education in each of the design aspects of Performance, including; Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Props Design, Costume Design, Drafting, and Stage Management.   This class may also assist in All School Department Changeovers, as needed within the school day schedule.