ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

MS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

ACTING FOUNDATIONS

In this course, students learn to work creatively in collaborative group settings and individually to research, develop and perform: scripted monologues, scenes, and plays. Students will develop the skills to create fully formed characters utilizing voice, movement, gesture and relationships. Students will perform once for a live audience.

Prerequisites: None

Length of course: 1 trimester


IMPROVISED THEATER

In Improvised Theater, students develop the fundamental skills to create short improvised scenes. The unit has focuses on accepting, advancing, extending and justifying offers in scene work. Students develop an understanding of narrative structures and how to use voice, movement and space to spontaneously form believable and engaging characters and relationships in performance. This course improves student listening skills, promotes collaborative learning and develops student confidence in performance. Students will practice and present a wide range of improvisation games to an audience of their peers.

Prerequisites: None

Length of course: 1 trimester


COMEDY IN PERFORMANCE

In Comedy in Performance, students learn a variety of different techniques to engage an audience and make them laugh. The units will focus on physical comedy, stand-up comedy, and sketch comedy. Students will develop an understanding of timing, rhythm, physicality and word play to highlight normal everyday situations to discover the hidden humor. Students will develop and present three performances.

Prerequisites: None

Length of course: 1 trimester


STAGECRAFT

This class is designed to introduce students to technical theater. Students will be exposed to all aspects of theater production including backstage, front of house and production management. Students will learn the safe operation of theatre equipment and fill the role of crew and technicians. Students will explore the elements of theatrical design in either set, costume or publicity design. Students may work with the Page to Stage class or other school plays as part of this course to provide practical authentic learning experiences. 

Prerequisite: None

Length of course: 1 trimester


PAGE TO STAGE

This course focuses on the process required to take a script and use it to produce a performance for an audience. Students will learn techniques for analyzing a script to create character, connecting emotionally and physically with their character and developing stage presence through the use of voice gesture and movement. Students will work in small groups to rehearse and perform 10 minute plays.

Prerequisite: Students can only select this course if they have completed one of the following units (Improvised Theater, Acting Foundations, Comedy in Performance or Stagecraft)

Length of course: 1 trimester


ACTING TRADITIONS

In this course, students work creatively in collaborative group settings and individually to develop and perform: self-devised plays and scripted scenes. Students will explore a variety of theatrical forms which might include Realism, Commedia del' Arte, Greek Chorus, Puppetry, Clowning, Epic Theatre, Laban, and Theatre of the Oppressed or Shakespeare. Students gain a broad practical grounding in theater, an understanding of theater practices and develop dramatic techniques with voice, body language, movement, gesture and facial expression through workshop activities, rehearsal, and performance.

Prerequisite:Students can only select this course if they have completed one of the following units (Improvised Theater, Theatre Foundations, Comedy in Performance or Stagecraft)

Length of course: 1 trimester