• Course Title:  Theatre I & II

    Course Description: This class is designed to give students fundamental knowledge of the creative and artistic process of acting for the theatre. This knowledge is best learned through experience, participation, and performance. During this course students will learn to adopt the rituals and routines of the actor, develop skills and techniques of the actor, and engage in ensemble building behaviors of the actor. Fee is $15 per semester. Theater students begin their sequence of studies with one semester of Theater I followed by one semester of Theater II. (Although these classes may be taken in separate years, it is recommended for the classes to be taken in the same year.) Both classes are prerequisites for Actor’s Workshop. 
    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.