Theatre Courses

Theatre Performance

Fundamentals of Acting and Theatre History

This course covers the foundations of performance skills and practice. Students will study voice, body, characterization, basic text analysis, and the connection of these elements.

Students will also learn Theatre history and about theatre’s application as a business, stemming into marketing themselves as an actor. Students will also be required to perform small scenes and monologues. They will be assessed on their participation, quizzes, worksheets, group work, and performances.

  • Course Number: 576                   
  • Duration: Semester        
  • Credits: .5                                                        
  • Grade: 9-12        
  • Fees: $5

Additional: None

Advanced Acting, Literature, and Film

This course is constructed as a higher-level continuation of Fundamentals of Acting and Theatre History. Students will engage in a challenging, complex study of specific acting techniques and practices. By focusing on various performance methods, etiquette, and preparation, students will develop in-depth character ability, progression, and script/character analysis.

In addition, students will learn the structures of musical theatre, and analyze a number of classical plays and view the corresponding films while comparing and contrasting the two. Students will be assessed on their participation, quizzes, worksheets, group work, projects, and performances.

  • Course Number: 577                   
  • Duration: Semester        
  • Credits: .5                                                        
  • Grade: 9-12        
  • Fees: $5

Additional: Credit in Fundamentals of Acting and Theatre History required

 

Actors’ Studio I

Actors’ Studio I is for those students who want to produce longer works. Class members will produce the holiday dinner­ theatre or other special events and help in the production of the fall play. This is an audition­-based course and instructor permits entry in this class.

  • Course Number: 581                   
  • Duration: Semester        
  • Credits: .5                                                        
  • Grade: 9-12        
  • Fees: $5

Additional: Credit in Advanced Acting, Literature, and Film required

Actors’ Studio II

Actors’ Studio II is for those students who want to produce longer works. Class members will produce the spring dinner­ theatre or other special events and help in the production of the spring musical. This is an audition-­based course and instructor permits entry in this class.

  • Course Number: 582                   
  • Duration: Semester        
  • Credits: .5                                                        
  • Grade: 10-12      
  • Fees: $5

Additional: Credit in Actors’ Studio I required

Dance Theory and Composition

This course will introduce students to the art and formal ideologies of dance. Basic compositional techniques will be discussed and practiced, with an emphasis on principles such as weight, space, time, effort, and shape. The intent is to give students an awareness and reverence for the physical body and its athletic and expressive capabilities. Students will experience these elements through a variety of genres: modern dance, musical theatre dance, jazz, ballet, African and others. Introductory elements of dance choreography and performance are also included.

Principles of musicality will be considered and developed by each student. Working with each other as the raw material of the dance, students will develop short compositions that reveal their understanding of basic techniques. Students will come to understand a range of compositional possibilities available to artists who work with the medium of the human body.

  • Course Number: 580                   
  • Duration: Semester        
  • Credits: .5                                                        
  • Grade: 9-12        
  • Fees: $5

Additional: Course only available at North

Theatre Production

Theatre Production 1

This course is designed to be a practical, hands-on approach to theatre. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of lighting, sound, and rigging and will concentrate on learning the fundamentals of scenery construction by helping to construct the set for the Fall Play. They will also serve as crew members for various school district events which are produced in the Performing Arts Center.

  • Course Number: 568                   
  • Duration: Semester        
  • Credits: .5                                                        
  • Grade: 9-12        
  • Fees: $5

Additional: None

Theatre Production 2

This course is a continuation of Theatre Production 1. Greater emphasis is placed on lighting, sound, and rigging. Students will serve as construction crew members for the Spring Musical and also serve as crew members for various school district events which are produced in the Performing Arts Center.

  • Course Number: 570                   
  • Duration: Semester        
  • Credits: .5                                                        
  • Grade: 9-12        
  • Fees: $5

Additional: Credit in Theatre Production I required

Theatre Production 3

This class is for the serious technical theatre production student who has displayed outstanding technical and theatre construction skills on previous main stage productions. Under the direction of the instructor, the student will produce demanding projects during the semester.

  • Course Number: 572                   
  • Duration: Semester        
  • Credits: .5                                                        
  • Grade: 10-12      
  • Fees: $5

Additional: Extensive experience on crews of the Fall Play and Spring Musicals, and permission of Instructor or Audition

Theatre Production 4

This class is a continuation of Theatre Production 3. The student will produce challenging works in the technical or construction fields under the direction of the instructor.

  • Course Number: 574                   
  • Duration: Semester        
  • Credits: .5                                                        
  • Grade: 10-12      
  • Fees: $5

Additional: Extensive experience on crews of the Fall Play and Spring Musicals, and permission of Instructor or Audition