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    Course Title:  Theater I & II

     
    Course Description:
      
    Theatre combines the study of acting with the study and analysis of 

    dramatic literature and play production. Students will prepare and perform 

    improvisations, monologues and group scenes which will be presented in 

    class and in some cases, to evening audiences. 

    Attendance or participation in the shows 

    produced by the department during the semester(s) is encouraged.

    Fee 

    is $15.00.

     
    Enduring Understandings:
    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:
    • How does rehearsal influence an actor's performance?
    • How does critique inspire the creative process?
    • How do the elements of characterization affect an actor's interpretation?
    • How do technical elements affect the outcome of a scene or production?
    • How does history influence an actor's analysis of a piece of text or character?
    • How do the voice and the body shape an actor's portrayal of character?

     

    Academic Vocabulary:
    Proscenium, Thrust, Projection, Characterization, Physicality, Blocking, Analysis, Constructive Feedback, Stage Positions/Directions, Blocking, Set, Lighting, Costumes, Cheat
     
    Topics of Study:
    Improvisation, Duet Acting Scenes, Monologue, Directing, Play Selection, Auditions, Casting, Text Analysis, Vocal techniques, Theater games, Critique, History.