An Introduction to Theatre Arts
This introductory theatre course will focus on creative expression through theatrical performance and design. Students will become skilled at employing: acting techniques, movement & body control, proper vocalization methods, and the basic development of a character. Students will have opportunities to see live theater performances.
A Closer Study of Technical Theatre and Theatre Production
This intermediate theatre course is an extension and further exploration of the concepts and training covered in Theatre I. Students of Theatre II will refine skills in theatrical creative expression. Levels of expectations and approaches will vary depending on the assignment, and class size.
Theatre Production and Competition Team
The prerequisite for this course is Theatre II and/or teacher approval. An audition is required to be accepted into this course. This class will build upon the foundations of Theatre I and II, but will explore play production more in depth through application and public performance. In the Fall this course focuses on the Walter Trumbauer Festival. Each student is expected to enter 2 individual events, a collaborative Studio Theatre piece, and be prepared to compete for an opportunity to travel to State Competition. In the Spring, the class will focus on performing a full length play or creating an original work. This depends solely on the class as a whole.
An Introduction to Musical Performance
This course is for the student that is interested in Musical Theatre – both on stage and “behind the scenes”. An audition is required for acceptance and/or teacher approval. Auditions are typically held in May. This course requires after school rehearsals, this is non-negotiable and taken into consideration when casting and selecting the class. Each student will be expected to participate on-stage and backstage throughout the fall and spring semesters. The objective of this course is to produce and perform a full-length stage musical in the spring. The Musical is decided upon by the teachers with the suggestions of the students taken into consideration. The course is taught by Alex Silva (Theatre Director), Tanya Parent (Dance Educator), and Justin Gipson (Choral Director). As co-teachers they strive to introduce musical theatre using the three categories that create triple threats, Acting, Singing and Dancing.
Theatre is a truly fun and rewarding journey. Students must be willing to participate in all warm ups, exercises, activities, skits, scene work and projects. The coursework is centered on participation and collaboration with peers. To create an environment where individuals feel comfortable performing in front of peers, we must support and respect each other. Much like a sports team, in each class we will strive to give every practice our best effort and to offer encouragement to others. Being supportive of classmates and displaying proper audience etiquette is equally as important as the project work. Just like athletes, artists must have self-discipline and in this class, students will learn to manage time, rehearse according to a schedule and to meet deadlines. A positive attitude, teamwork and a willingness to try are the key ingredients to a successful experience in any Theatre Arts class.