Intro to Theatre

Students will study basic acting techniques focusing on the actor's toolbox (preparation, movement, voice), basic technical theatre (direction, set design, costume design, lights, sound), and theatre history (specifically Greek, Japanese, Italian, and American focus).  While there are some notes and tests, most classwork is conducted through hands on, creative group projects.  Students will act and design plays for their finals.  This is a great class for students who have never done theatre as well as those who have participated for years. 

When:  6th and 7th periods, fall semester
Prerequisite:  a desire to learn more about theatre
For:  Grades 9-12

All assignments, resources, the syllabus and class calendar are available on Sakai for current students and parents.
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Goals of this class:
  • Learn the value of theatre in society
  • Gain general knowledge of theatre including terms, the people, and the process
  • Learn theatre history
  • Understand parts of script/dramatic literature and be able to analyze scripts
  • Explore the basics of acting, directing, lighting, sound, costuming, and makeup
  • Create original costume, set, light, sound, and prop designs
  • Gain real design experience by working on a play
  • Discover different theatre forms, such as masks, mime, puppetry, television, and film
  • Gain the ability to critically examine a theatre performance based on conventions, script analysis, design, and acting

Topics Covered in this Class:
This class will be addressing the following topics through creative, hands on projects:
    • The Production Process
    • Theatre Vocabulary
    • People in Theatre
    • Theatre History, including Greek, Shakespearian, and Japanese Drama
    • Modern Theatre Conventions
    • Script Analysis
    • Theatre Analysis
    • Types of Theatre, including Masks, Puppetry, Mime, Television, and Film
    • Parts of a Play
    • Set Design
    • Light Design
    • Sound Design
    • Costume Design
    • Stage Management
    • Directing
    • Acting, including Movement, Voice, Improvisation, and Character Workshops
    • Dead Actor Research Project
    • Creating and Designing a Real Play
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